<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Sports]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usFri, 28 Apr 2017 18:18:46 -0400Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:18:46 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[ESPN Doc About '87 Redskins Replacements Debuts in NY]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:39:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Redskins5.jpg

A documentary acknowledging the players responsible for three important wins in the Washington Redskins’ NFL championship season in 1987 premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York Thursday evening.

ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series documentary “Year of the Scab” tells the story of the replacement players who went undefeated during the 24-day player strike that year. While some stars from other teams crossed the picket line to play, no one on the Redskins’ roster played in those three games.

The three wins by the “scabs” helped the Redskins make the playoffs with an 11-4 record. They went on to win Super Bowl XXII with a 42-10 rout of the Denver Broncos.

Director John Dorsey’s documentary revisits that season and looks at their lives after they crossed the picket line to get to their NFL dreams.

This isn't the first film inspired by that team. The team in the movie "The Replacements" starring Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves is based on that 1987 team.



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<![CDATA[Caps Fans #RocktheRed for Playoffs]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:53:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/2a80244fb78d4dca93c038f05bcb9fca.jpg Share your #RocktheRed pics! Tweet them to @nbcwashington or email them to isee@nbcwashington.com.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Take Alabama DE Jonathan Allen in NFL Draft]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:16:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jonathan+Allen.jpg

The Washington Redskins have taken Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen with the 17th pick in the NFL draft.

Allen can play inside or outside along the line and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2016, but there are medical concerns about shoulder problems that affected his draft stock.

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 286 pounds, Allen is a senior who should instantly upgrade a defensive line that was one of the biggest weaknesses on a Redskins team that failed to make the playoffs last season. Washington's defense ranked 28th in the league and was particularly poor on third downs and against the run.

Eight of the top 12 picks Thursday night were on offense, sending some of the top defensive talent tumbling, which worked in Washington's favor.

Allen was the fifth consecutive defensive player selected.

The Cleveland Browns started Thursday night's first round selecting Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. Despite a defensive-heavy draft class, three teams traded up to grab quarterbacks, the Bears, Chiefs and Texans.



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<![CDATA[Four Things to Know About the Draft -- Redskins Edition]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:30:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170427+Kirk+Cousins.jpg

The Washington Redskins enter the 2017 NFL Draft with 10 overall selections, including the 17th overall pick in Thursday’s first round. Here are four things to know about the draft -- and the Redskins' situation before the three-day event begins.

What is their biggest need?

Defensive line. Washington ranked 28th in defense last year in large part because of limitations up front. At best this unit broke even with the offseason additions (Terrell McClain, Stacy McGee) offsetting two key subtractions (Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois). And, on paper, that’s not nearly enough for real improvement.

Problem: There aren’t any lineman projected in the range of the Redskins’ first round pick and this isn’t a particularly good deep crop overall.

The good news is there are several other need areas – inside linebacker, edge rusher, cornerback, safety, guard – where they can find help throughout the draft.

How did free agency affect their situation entering the draft?

Honestly, not much. Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and inside linebacker Zach Brown will bolster their respective units this season, but both only signed 1-year deal. That’s why speed receiver John Ross and ILB Haason Reddick are names worth considering at 17.

Neither McGee nor McClain play nose tackle, a major weakness last season. Neither does Michigan’s Chris Wormley, but the hard-working and productive lineman would upgrade the talent level on Day 2. Safety D.J. Swearinger might be the best safety on the roster in a couple of seasons, but the Redskins shouldn’t be shy about adding more help on Day 2 like Utah’s Marcus Williams.

What about the quarterback situation?

Here we are: NFL Draft week and there’s seemingly no progress in agreeing on a long-term contract with Kirk Cousins.

At this point, all we know is that Cousins is slated to play the 2017 season on the franchise tag that will pay him just shy of $25 million. Not bad. The thing is, if there’s no extension signed by July 15, then negotiation time is over.

Though the Redskins can slap the franchise tag on Cousins for a third time next year, the salary increase would make it seemingly impossible or at least unwise for that to occur. That makes Cousins in leaving in free agency – with Washington receiving minimal compensation – the odds-on favorite.

As for the 2017 draft, the Redskins could hedge their future by selecting a passer in the early rounds – Deshaun Watson? Pat Mahomes? Nate Peterman? -- or take a flyer on Day 3. If they actually go QB in round 1 AND keep Cousins, hang on for a wild 2017 season.

Who will they draft in the first round?

Crystal ball time. This draft is the toughest to predict in recent years due to various factors – injuries, off-the-field issues, grading the quarterbacks, lack of stud offensive linemen.

Some aren’t convinced the first pick is obvious, though Texas A&M’s pass rusher Myles Garrett is the likely call. If Alabama inside linebacker Reuben Foster falls to 17 because of his injury and temperament concerns, the Redskins should make a bold move that would provide their defense with a needed inside presence.

Otherwise, UCLA linebacker Takkarist McKinley would offer pass rushing presence for a team facing dealing with Trent Murphy’s four-game suspension, Preston Smith coming off a down sophomore season and Junior Galette hoping to play after missing two consecutive years with Achilles injuries.

Washington Redskins picks:

Round 1, Pick 17, 17th overall

Round 2, Pick 17, 49th overall

Round 3, Pick 17, 81th overall

Round 4, Pick 7, 114th overall, via Jets

Round 4, Pick 17, 124th overall

Round 5, Pick 10, 154th overall, via Saints

Round 6, Pick 17, 201th overall

Round 6, Pick 25, 209th overall, via Texans

Round 7, Pick 2, 220th overall, via 49ers

Round 7, Pick 17, 235th overall

Ben Standig talks Wizards daily on the Locked on Wizards podcast and is the Redskins Insider for BreakingBurgundy.com. He tweets way too much via @benstandig.



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<![CDATA[Home, Sweet Home: Beal, Wall Lead Wizards Past Hawks, 103-99]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:38:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/John+Wall1.jpg

Back at home, and back in charge, Bradley Beal scored 27 points, and John Wall added 20 points and 14 assists, leading the Washington Wizards to a 103-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night for a 3-2 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 29 points, making a career high-tying five 3s, and 11 assists. But after his basket from beyond the arc pulled Atlanta within 101-99 with 70 seconds left, Wall responded with a 21-foot pull-up jumper.

A miss followed from Paul Millsap, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds, but after Wall's jumper was off the mark, the Hawks seemed to waste too much time at the other end and the buzzer sounded.

The host has won every game in this series so far.

Washington can close out the best-of-seven series and move into the conference semifinals by winning Game 6 at Atlanta on Friday night.

The Wizards won 30 games at home during the regular season, the second-most in the East, and they have now collected six consecutive first-round home playoff games.

The crowd filed in on the late side, which perhaps wasn't all that surprising given that this was an earlier-than-usual 6 p.m. tipoff time on a weekday. But they were sent away happy.

In a series that has been filled with plenty of physical play, referee whistles and smack talk, including a "Crybaby" accusation and a comparison to MMA fighting, there were fouls galore in stretches once again.

Dwight Howard and Millsap both had three fouls at the half. Then Howard, who finally came to the fore in Game 4 with 16 points and 15 rebounds after a quiet start to the series, exited after picking up his fourth foul with 2minutes left in the third quarter. His fifth arrived on an offensive foul off the ball with 8 minutes to go.

Washington's Markieff Morris picked up No. 4 after 2 minutes of the third quarter and didn't return until there were less than 6 minutes remaining in the fourth.

Still, Washington stretched out a one-point halftime edge to 69-58 on Wall's 3-pointer, before the Hawks responded. Tim Hardaway Jr. delivered eight of his 15 points in an 11-0 run that tied things at 69.

The Wizards were ahead 83-79 entering the final quarter.

About 2 minutes after going back in, Morris drew his fifth foul, plus a technical for arguing, eliciting derisive chants about the officiating from spectators.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Howard only took three shots and accounted for five points. ... Schroder started 4 for 4 on 3-pointers and had scored a game-best 16 points by halftime.

Wizards: Led 50-49 at halftime, led by Beal's 14 points. ... C Marcin Gortat attempted his first free throws of the entire series with 6:09 left in the fourth quarter. He made the first, rolled his head back as if to say, ``Finally!'' and then made the second, too. Those were his first points of Game 5; Gortat finished with five.

VEEP

Former Vice President Joe Biden received the loudest ovation of the first half, with plenty in the sellout crowd of 20,356 rising to salute and cheer him when the videoboard showed him sitting courtside.

INJURY NEWS

Wizards front-court reserve Jason Smith left in the final minute of the third quarter with a bruised left calf and did not return. Washington has been without backup C Ian Mahinmi (strained left calf) all series.



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<![CDATA[Four Things We Know Now About the Hawks and Wizards]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:58:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170426+John+Wall.jpg

Welcome to a new voice on Capital Games: Ben Standig, host of the "Locked on Wizards" podcast and blogger for Breaking Burgundy!

The Wizards left town last week with a 2-0 series lead over the Hawks. Now both teams are headed back to D.C., all tied. Here are four things we’ve learned about Washington and Atlanta after four games of this NBA Eastern Conference first-round matchup.

John Wall Is So Good – But So Is Paul Millsap

The two best players in the series are meeting expectations and then some, especially in their wins.

Wall’s blinding speed and relentless attack mode fueled Washington’s victories in Games 1 and 2. Millsap’s versatility, strength and smarts helped tie the series. Wall is one of only two players currently averaging at least 28 points and 10 assists in the playoffs. Millsap is also filing up the stat sheet: 23.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals and a whopping 10.8 free throw attempts per game.

The point guard and power forward aren’t in any kind of head-to-head battle, yet whichever one ends up as the unofficial best player in the series probably advances to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

3s and Free Throws

The Wizards finished the regular season eighth in 3-point percentage (37.2). Having Otto Porter, Bradley Beal, Jason Smith and Bojan Bogdanovic each sink around 40 percent helped. Through Monday, Washington is last among 16 playoff teams (29.7). Having those four players shooting in the 20s has hurt.

The Wizards went 9-19 when shooting under 32 percent from deep during the season. They’ve done that three times this series with only Game 4’s 34.4 percent pushing across that line.

Most teams in the modern NBA will struggle if the 3-point shots aren’t falling. Atlanta (31.7) isn’t lighting it up either, but that wasn’t a strength for the Hawks (23rd) during the season.

They’re about getting to the free throw line and they’re doing that better than anyone in the playoffs. Meanwhile Washington center Marcin Gortat hasn’t attempted a single free throw this series. If these trends continue, look out, Wizards nation.

X-Factors

Markieff Morris held his own and then some against Millsap during the regular season. That trend continued with 21 points and four blocks in Washington’s Game 1 win. Since then, he has more fouls (15) than field goals (eight). When the 6-foot-10 forward sits, the Wizards don’t have another forward capable of defending Millsap one-on-one.

Washington is already shorthanded in the frontcourt with reserve center Ian Mahinmi sidelined with a calf injury. … Atlanta rookie Taurean Prince looked like the weak link among all the starters for both teams entering the series. Oops. Prince is giving the Hawks efficient scoring – 13.3 points on 64 percent shooting – while providing even more muscle up front beyond Millsap and big-shouldered Dwight Howard.

Home Sweet Home

There’s a saying that a playoff series doesn’t truly begin until the road team wins a game. Whether one buys that premise or not, the good news for the Wizards is that as long as they never lose a home game, they win the series.

All that work over 82 games paid off in giving Wall and company home-court advantage this series. In what looks like a 50-50 series, that might be the decisive factor.

Here’s more good news: Only the teams with the best regular season records – Golden State, Cleveland, San Antonio – won more home games than Washington (30). The Wizards are 4-0 at Verizon Center against the Hawks this season. They’re also just 10-11 overall since March 13.

Washington cannot count on home cooking alone to pull them across the finish line. The time to find that formula that propelled them to the most wins (49) in franchise history since the 1978-79 season is now.

Ben Standig talks Wizards daily on the Locked on Wizards podcast, covers the Redskins for BreakingBurgundy.com and tweets way too much via @benstandig.



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<![CDATA[Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush Group Buying Miami Marlins: Reports]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:26:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/042517+jeb+bush+derek+jeter.jpg

A group led by New York Yankees great Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a deal in place to buy the Miami Marlins for $1.3 billion, according to published reports.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday that a person with knowledge of the deal said the group won the bidding for the team.

An MLB source told The Miami Herald that there's an agreement in place but it's pending MLB approval and other details need to be worked out.

The team is owned by Jeffrey Loria. The Marlins had no comment Tuesday.

The deal could take months to conclude, but Bush will be the "control person," the Herald reported.

"I think Jeb and Jeter are just fine. I think they'll be great owners and I believe this community is ready for new ownership of the Miami Marlins," Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told reporters Tuesday.

Jeter has made no secret of his desire to own a baseball team, telling CNBC in 2016 that it is his "ultimate goal." And Bush comes from a baseball-loving family; his brother George owned the Texas Rangers before becoming president.

Loria, the former Montreal Expos owner, bought the Marlins for $158.5 million in 2002 from John Henry, now part of the Boston Red Sox ownership group.

Loria has been an unpopular owner among many Marlins fans, and some local residents, after the team used hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build Marlins Park. The team also hasn't made the postseason since 2003, when they won the World Series.

"It's a great facility, it's just too bad, we just need a good team to fill it up and also put some of the negative and the bad taste that we may have in our mouths away and I think that will go with the new ownership group," Gimenez said.



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<![CDATA[Aaron Hernandez Suicide Letters Released to Family]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:28:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/aaronhernandezfeuerherdIB.jpg

Three suicide notes that former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez allegedly left in his cell before killing himself last week were handed over to his family Monday, the Worcester County District Attorney's office confirmed.

A lawyer for Hernandez's fiancée filed a motion earlier Monday in Bristol County Superior Court seeking the release of the letters, which the district attorney had previously refused to release to the family.

"The family has the right, during this grieving process, to know their loved one's final thoughts," George Leontire, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez's lawyer said.

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Paul Jarvey, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said the letters were emailed to Leontire on Monday after Judge Thomas McGuire ordered their release. Jarvey confirmed one of the letters was addressed to Jenkins-Hernandez and another to the couple's daughter.

The third letter was left for Kyle Kennedy, Hernandez's friend and fellow inmate, Kennedy's lawyer said Monday.

Attorney Lawrence F. Army Jr. said his client has not yet seen the letter, but will request that it be turned over to Kennedy as soon as possible. 

“My client is obviously saddened by the loss of his friend, Aaron Hernandez,” Army said. He said the two were not cellmates.

Army said he met with Kennedy briefly on Monday, and his client is “no longer on suicide watch,” though he was moved to a protective unit after Hernandez’s death “as a standard precaution.” He said he will be meeting more with his client in the coming days, and will provide updates as the case develops. “For now, we will have no further comment.”

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Kennedy’s family also issued a statement Monday, saying their thoughts are with Hernandez’s family and their son, and asking for privacy.

Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence for murder and was acquitted in two other killings just days before he hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, in the early morning hours of April 19.

Investigators said Hernandez blocked access to his cell from the inside by jamming cardboard into the door tracks. They said there were no signs of a struggle and Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging.

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Authorities said investigators found three handwritten notes next to a Bible in Hernandez's cell.

Additonally, law enforcement sources tell NBC Boston that Hernandez was found with the words "John 3:16" written on his forehead. The Bible passage reads "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Jenkins-Hernandez's lawyer are seeking to preserve records related to Hernandez's death, including Hernandez's prison cell video recordings and all of his property, medical and mental health records.

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Jenkins-Hernandez has also filed court papers indicating that she may sue over the supervision Hernandez received while in prison. The filing argues that authorities had a legal duty to provide safety and protection from personal injury to inmates in state custody.

Hernandez was locked in his cell around 8 p.m. on March 18 and no one entered until a correction officer observed him around 3 a.m. the following day and forced his way in, according to investigators.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text HOME to 741741 for a Crisis Text Line.



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<![CDATA[Caps' Semifinal Game Schedule Revealed]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:15:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-672065784.jpg

The National Hockey League revealed the Stanley Cup semifinal game schedule late Sunday night. So when will the Caps be facing off against the Pittsburgh Penguins? Read on:

  • Thursday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.: Pittsburgh at Washington -- airing on NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
  • Saturday, April 29, 8 p.m.: Pittsburgh at Washington -- airing on NBC, CBC, TVA Sports
  • Monday, May 1: 7:30 p.m.: Washington at Pittsburgh -- airing on NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
  • Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.: Washington at Pittsburgh -- airing on NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

If necessary:

  • Saturday, May 6, time TBD: Pittsburgh at Washington -- broadcast plan TBD
  • Monday, May 8, time TBD: Washington at Pittsburgh -- broadcast plan TBD
  • Wednesday, May 10, time TBD: Pittsburgh at Washington -- broadcast plan TBD



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<![CDATA[ 8 Most Famous Winners of the Kentucky Derby]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:34:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Scretariat.jpg For just two minutes of the year, a one and one-quarter mile track becomes the center of high-stakes American horse racing in Louisville, Kentucky.

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<![CDATA[Father and Son Set Atlantic Crossing Record]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_INT_ATLANTIC_CROSS_RECORD_042117-149280286850000001.jpg

Nico and Vittorio Malingri arrived in the Guadeloupe port town of Pointe-a-Pitre on April 20. The journey took 11 days, one hour and nine minutes after leaving Dakar, Senegal, in their sailboat, setting an Atlantic crossing record between those two ports.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Medalist Will Claye Embarks on Music Career]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/IMG_66532.JPG

Will Claye has earned three medals as a track and field athlete for Team USA. His most recent success came at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio when he brought home a silver medal in the triple jump. 

Since returning from the Summer Games, Claye has continued to compete at the highest level on the track but wanted to make sure all his time wasn't consumed by training and competition.

He has been working on something he has been passionate about since he was a child, music. When he was young, it was singing in the church choir or making a mixtape on a boom box.

Now, as an Olympic medalist, new opportunities have presented themselves for Claye, including a chance to record his own album.  

The result is "Look What You Created," a hip-hop album with 12 tracks of music Claye says "will put you in a good mood."


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<![CDATA[The Top Horses Contending to Race the 2017 Kentucky Derby]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:15:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-648033112_master.jpg As the official start of the Triple Crown nears, here's a look at the top 10 highest ranked horses.

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<![CDATA[Washington Redskins Announce 2017 Schedule]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:59:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Redskins5.jpg

The Washington Redskins have announced their 2017 schedule.

Preseason:

  • Thursday, Aug. 10 at Baltimore Ravens (NBC4/CSN) - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 19 vs. GREEN BAY PACKERS (NBC4/CSN) - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 27 vs. CINCINNATI BENGALS - 4:30 p.m
  • Thursday, Aug. 31 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NBC4/CSN) - 7:30 p.m.

Regular Season:

  • Sunday, Sept. 10 vs. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES - 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 17 at Los Angeles Rams - 4:25 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 24 vs. OAKLAND RAIDERS - 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 2 at Kansas City Chiefs - 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 8 BYE
  • Sunday, Oct. 15 vs. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS - 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 23 at Philadelphia Eagles - 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 29 vs. DALLAS COWBOYS - 4:25 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 5 at Seattle Seahawks - 4:05 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 12 vs. MINNESOTA VIKINGS - 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19 at New Orleans Saints - 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 23 vs. NEW YORK GIANTS - 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 30 at Dallas Cowboys - 8:25 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10 at Los Angeles Chargers - 4:05 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 17 vs. ARIZONA CARDINALS - 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 24 vs. DENVER BRONCOS - 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 31 at New York Giants - 1:00 p.m.
Some of the game times are subject to flexible scheduling, the team said.



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<![CDATA[Can Serena Play While Pregnant?]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:45:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/632915024-Serena-Williams-Australian-Open.jpg

The news of Serena Williams' pregnancy created a lot of commotion on social media. Barbara Harrison reports.



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<![CDATA[ME to Release Hernandez's Brain After Lawyer's Accusation]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:58:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/baez1.jpg

The stunning suicide of Aaron Hernandez led to another surprising turn -- a fight over his brain.

Hernandez's family wants his brain to be studied by the Boston University CTE Center for a brain disease found in some football players. While state officials have now said they would release the brain to the family, that announcement wasn't made until after accusations from the former New England Patriots tight end's lawyer.

"It is our position that they are holding Aaron Hernandez's brain illegally," attorney Jose Baez said.

Baez added that BU's CTE Center is "the finest lab in the country," and said medical examiner's office does not have the same level of expertise.

BU's CTE Center refused to comment on the matter Thursday.

"If it's not preserved properly, they won't be able to take proper specimens and we won't be able to get the information and the knowledge we want," said Baez. "It is literally a destruction of evidence issue."

The Medical Examiner's office released a statement saying the brain was being kept because it was part of the investigation into Hernandez's death and could require further analysis. But just hours later, just as quickly as the tension escalated, it seemed to come to an end.

When the Worcester County District Attorney's Office announced that Hernandez's death had officially been ruled a suicide, it added that the state would do as the family asked.

"Now that the cause and manner of death have been determined, the brain will be released to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center as Mr. Hernandez’s family wishes," DA Joseph Early Jr. said in a statement.

Baez says the family hopes the brain can be examined to help future athletes, and to shed any more light on his client's death.

"We need to specifically do everything possible to find out what happened," Baez said. "Why not? Doesn't everyone want to know?"

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<![CDATA[Capitals Beat Maple Leafs 5-4, Tie Series at 2 Games Apiece]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:51:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Caps+in+Toronto.jpg

Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie each scored two goals, and the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Wednesday night to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

Alex Ovechkin added his third goal of the playoffs as the top-seeded Capitals regained momentum with the series shifting back to Washington for Game 5 on Friday night. Braden Holtby made 30 saves.

Zach Hyman, James van Riemsdyk, Auston Matthews and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto, which was coming off a 4-3 overtime win on Monday night. Frederik Andersen stopped 22 shots.

The Maple Leafs rallied after the Capitals scored four times in the first for a 4-1 lead. Bozak, who had the winning goal in Game 3, got Toronto within one with 26 seconds left, but Washington held on from there.

The tight finish came after a dominant start for the Capitals.

Oshie got Washington on the board when he capitalized on a Nate Schmidt point shot sent purposefully wide of the net. Ovechkin then was left wide open for a one-time drive on a power play, making it 2-0 at 4:34 of the first.

It was similar to Game 3 when Toronto also went down 2-0 in the first five minutes, but the club was unable to recover this time around. The Capitals added two more goals in the first in a span of less than three minutes _ both by Wilson, a Toronto native.

Moved up in the lineup for Game 4 as coach Barry Trotz looked for a spark, Wilson first pulled back a Morgan Rielly shot from the goal line after it snuck through the pads of Holtby. He then raced the other way and deflected Lars Eller's harmless shot from the sideboards past Andersen.

On his next shift, Wilson barreled over Rielly near the Washington blue line and then finished off a 2-on-1 sequence with Andre Burakovsky for a 4-1 lead at 16:04.

Van Riemsdyk scored early in the second on a power play, but Toronto wasted nearly two full minutes of a 5-on-3 advantage.

Washington appeared to go up 5-2 with just under 12 minutes to go, but the goal by Schmidt was waved off on goalie interference. The Caps challenged the play, which saw Nicklas Backstrom get tangled up with Andersen, but the initial call was confirmed.

Matthews scored his second at 12 minutes, but Oshie restored Washington's two-goal lead 59 seconds later.



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<![CDATA[Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush Team Up to Bid for Miami Marlins: Report]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:26:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Derek+Jeter-523131404.jpg

He's a New York icon, but Derek Jeter has apparently set his sights on a baseball future in Florida.

The Yankees great and former presidential candidate Jeb Bush have teamed up to bid for the Miami Marlins, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Citing people familiar with the sale, the paper reported that the future Hall of Famer and the former Florida governor had combined their once-competing bids for the club. There are a number of other potential bidders and no guarantee the team will be sold.

Jeter has made no secret of his desire to own a baseball team, telling CNBC in 2016 that it is his "ultimate goal." And Bush comes from a baseball-loving family; his brother George owned the Texas Rangers before becoming president. 

A deal could also potentially reunite Jeter with another Yankee icon, Marlins manager Don Mattingly. 

The Yankees are due to retire Jeter's number and unveil a plaque in his honor in Monument Park next month.



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<![CDATA[Gronk Crashes Spicer's White House Press Briefing]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:02:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000005668542_1200x675_924518979806.jpg
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski takes time out from the team's visit to the White House to interrupt White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's press briefing.
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<![CDATA[Patriots' Gronkowski Crashes White House Press Briefing]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:08:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/wh9.jpg

Rob Gronkowski crashed the White House press briefing on Wednesday, drawing laughs from the surprised press corps.

Press secretary Sean Spicer's briefing had been going on for about 20 minutes when the tight end opened a door and poked his head around the corner of the dais.

“Sean, you need some help?” Gronkowski said. 

“I think I got this, but thank you,” Spicer responded.

“You sure?” Gronk persisted.

Gronkowski's surprise appearance got a loud laugh out of the assembled media. Spicer kept his composure, though, quickly returning to the subject at hand.

"That was cool," Spicer, who is a big Pats fan, said with a laugh. "How do you follow that?"

Gronkowski's New England Patriots were at the White House to accept congratulations from President Donald Trump for their Super Bowl victory.



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<![CDATA[NFL Players React to Death of Aaron Hernandez]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:58:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/218*120/aaron-hernandez-juicio-4.jpg

Current and former NFL players were shocked by the death of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday morning.

Some of them took to Twitter to post about Hernandez's death.

Claude Pleon, a player for the New York Jets tweeted, "R.I.P Aaron Hernandez."

Former San Diego charger Antonio Cromartie tweeted, "I thought he was about to appeal his case. Wow."

Isaiah "Ike" Reese, a former player for the Philadelphia Eagles tweeted, "Aaron Hernandez, #HeGone!!!!" but later deleted the tweet and added, "Tweet has been deleted, completely insensitive on my behalf. Was caught up in my emotions for a moment there, no excuse, I apologize to ALL."

Former Pittsburgh Steeler player Ike Taylor tweeted, "#RIP Aaron Hernandez...something doesn't feel right about him committing suicide... #prayingfor ... GOOD MORNING TO ALL..."

Hernandez was found hanging from his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, on Wednesday morning.

He was later pronounced dead at UMass Leominster Hospital.



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