<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Sports]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington https://www.nbcwashington.comen-usFri, 15 Dec 2017 22:47:07 -0500Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:47:07 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[What if Georgetown Squeezes Syracuse in Ewing's Series Debut]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:11:38 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Patrick+Ewing+GettyImages-664877256.jpg

Patrick Ewing returning to coach his alma mater was Georgetown’s 2017-18 story. No way anybody could ruin this feel-good scenario. Well, about that…

The Hoyas created a historically brutal non-conference schedule with 11 games primarily against truly overmatched foes. This became the national narrative/joke despite Ewing's presence and an 8-0 start. Realistic fans know this isn’t just sports hate. Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. home matchup against historic rival Syracuse offers the Georgetown men’s basketball team their first true test of the season.

Competitively lose by a little and perhaps some plan validation emerges. Lose by a lot, coast-to-coast laughs from pundits and opposing fan bases. The latter is what Hoyas nation should brace for against the 8-1 Orange who already own wins over Maryland and Connecticut.

Here’s a thought: What if they win?

Seriously, think about it. What if the Hoyas win?

You know who is laughing then? The Georgetown fan base, from the alums tying one on at The Tombs to the students in Harbin Hall to the casual interneter’s message boarding their hearts out.

It’s not just about dealing with college basketball know-it-alls cracking wise over a non-conference schedule that overall – sorry, Patrick – makes virtually no sense for any program remotely contemplating a postseason appearance or entertaining their fans.

Yes, the Hoyas enter undefeated, but their strength of schedule, a key component in determining at-large berths and seeding for the NCAA Tournament, is stupifying last among 351 Division I programs. That’s crazy. Beat Syracuse and some will say genius. Especially those supporters who pre-Ewing endured back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since before anyone named Thompson coached the Hoyas.

You know who else will be cackling like mad? John Thompson Jr., who pushed his most famous player for the job, which opened when the university fired his flesh and blood.

We have discussed this bizarre scenario, but let’s do so one more time. Georgetown ousted John Thompson III in April after 13 seasons. Turns out missing the NCAAs three out of four campaigns won’t keep your job safe even though your dad’s name is literally on the on-campus basketball practice facility.

Yet Big John remains a looming figure. Thompson’s other son, Ron, helps Ewing in various unofficial ways. (Seriously, what was that Thompson Thanksgiving dinner like?) The Thompson’s weren’t walking away from a basketball program the old man put on the national map. Should the player who was the centerpiece of his lone national title beat his old coaching nemesis, Jim Boeheim, an excited John Thompson Jr. will be audible from Chinatown to the Hilltop.

Defeat Syracuse and no doubt the players will be in hysterics, even though juniors Jessie Govan, Marcus Derrickson and Kaleb Johnson are 2-0 against the Orange. The trio arrived in 2015, part of a recruiting class expected to help the Hoyas contend for Big East titles. Instead, they suffered through back-to-back losing seasons and the man who recruited them fired.

There’s been no suffering through eight games. Govan, a double-double machine with a 3-point touch, is playing like a worthy part of Georgetown’s Big Man U heritage. Johnson, a wing threat who never took off under his former coach’s read-and-react offense, is thriving under Ewing’s up-tempo scheme. Should Georgetown win Saturday, it’s a good bet those two and the powerful Derrickson led the way.

Famous friends like the coaching Van Gundys, Michael Jordan and Pat Riley will surely enjoy a hearty chortle should the Hoyas thrill. They know how much he wanted an NBA head-coaching job. No doubt his pals celebrate if their guy shines brightly in his first big head coaching test.

Then there is Ewing, who has Mutombo’d all questions about his scheduling choices. There’s no doubting the 55-year-old put in his dues with unglamorous assistant work. No offers came on the pro level. Ewing jumped when Georgetown called.

The Basketball Hall of Famer played against Boeheim in the early 1980s, often coming out on top. Imagine the thrill doing so in his first try as the head coach. Even for a certified legend that’s a cause for celebration.

Now, here’s the likely scenario. Syracuse, already battle-tested against the likes of No. 2 Kansas, likely prevails though it’s worth noting Saturday marks its first true road game. The Orange’s starting lineup offers impressive size and length not to mention 20-points per game scorer Tyus Battle. Boeheim has 1,012 career wins. Ewing has coached eight games.

Syracuse will likely have a large contingent of fans inside Capital One Arena. It’s tough knowing how many Georgetown backers show. There hasn’t been much excitement the last couple of years. Thanks to the unexciting schedule, empty seats dominated the scene in seven home games under Ewing.

These Hoyas are unproven, untested, unknown. Despite the sweet start, odds suggest this season ends sour with Ewing navigating the college ranks for the first time. That’s the most likely season-long scenario entering Saturday.

It’s just not set in stone. Besides, what if they win?

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[ Three Openly Gay Men Compete for a Spot on US Olympic Team]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:19:36 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/johnfennellgay2018olympics_1200x675.jpg

An openly gay man has never competed for the U.S. in a Winter Games, and it's been 14 years since one did in a Summer Games, NBC News reported. 

John Fennell is one of three publicly out male athletes competing to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games. He is joined by figure skater Adam Rippon and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who came out publicly after winning the silver medal in Sochi in 2014, NBC News reported.

Fennell will find out in December if he makes the U.S. Olympic luge team, and Rippon and Kenworthy will know their 2018 Olympic status by January.

Since 2004, gay men from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and Tonga have competed, reported NBC News. 

The U.S. is not liberal as it seems when pushing for gay rights. For example, the U.S. enacted legislation in 2015 that allows same-sex couples to marry, but gay marriage has been widely accepted in several other countries — like Netherlands (2000), Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009) and Argentina (2010) — for years now, reported NBC News.

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<![CDATA[John Wall Helps Family Struggling With Cancer, Job Loss]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:12:42 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/John_Wall_Helps_Family_Struggling_With_Job_Loss_Cancer_Diagn.jpg

"An angel has blessed us," a mom diagnosed with cancer said after John Wall offered to pay for her twin sons' school tuition. Watch to see John Wall share his inspiring message about giving back. News4's Sherree Burruss reports.

<![CDATA[‘Redskins’ or ‘Redhawks’? Activists Spread Name Change Rumor]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:12:51 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866004686.jpg

Washingtonians were nearly fooled by an "elaborate hoax" conducted by a Native American rights group saying the Washington Redskins had been renamed.

In a far-reaching hoax, a group created several fake web pages. On one web page sporting a Washington Post banner that looked strikingly like the D.C. publication’s actual website, activists posted a wishful, but false, article saying the football team was changing its name.

"This morning the Washington football team made a surprise announcement that the franchise is changing its controversial name from the Redskins to the Redhawks," the page read. It was posted to a URL that also, at first glance, could appear to be legitimately related to the Washington Post: washpostsports.com.

Over 14,500 people shared the fake story on Facebook after it surfaced Wednesday.

The activists also set up a website that resembled the Washington Redskins' official page. The top banner says "Go Washington Redhawks!"

The Washington Redskins confronted the rumors over Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

"This morning, the Redskins organizations was made aware of fraudulent websites about our team name," the Twitter statement said. "The name of the team is the Washington Redskins and will remain that way for the future."

Later, Peggy Flanagan, a Native activist from Minnesota, tweeted that the article and fake website were an "elaborate hoax."

Washpostsports eventually posted a disclaimer at the top of the article, saying the website is a "parody" that wasn’t endorsed by the Washington Post.

"This website was created by Native advocates created to help us all imagine how easy and powerful changing the mascot could be," the disclaimer said, before linking to a press release.

A native activist group, Rising Hearts, was behind the hoax, according to the press release. That group plans to host a rally on Saturday asking Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change a name they call racist.

"As a native person that grew up in Washington D.C.," Medina-Tayac, who helped organize the hoax, said. "Seeing that mascot was deeply offensive." He says he is of Piscataway heritage.

"We had to get the issue back in the news," Medina-Tayac, who was born in the Washington, D.C. area said.

It would appear they were successful. A number of news outlets covered the hoax, including USA Today, ESPN and the Washington Post. Organizers say they’re happy with the public response, which was supportive.

"People were overwhelmingly excited," Medina-Tayac said.

Changing the Redskins name would be easy, Medina-Tayac said, because it's only a four-letter difference between Redskins and Redhawks.

"Who are they rooting for? Are they rooting for the team or are they rooting for that severed head?" Medina-Tayac asked.

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<![CDATA[Reed, Cravens Symbolize Redskins' Season, Uncertain Future]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:35:20 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jordan+Reed+GettyImages-865610156.jpg

Major headlines Tuesday involving tight end Jordan Reed and safety Su’a Cravens encapsulate what’s gone wrong for the Washington Redskins.

Whether necessary, merciful or out of frustration, the Redskins placed tight end Jordan Reed on the injured reserve list with a lingering hamstring injury. Linebacker Chris Carter (broken leg) and running back Byron Marshall (hamstring) also were placed on IR, running Washington’s total to a staggering 17 players on the season. Of all those names and battered bodies, Reed’s is the most significant.

The Pro Bowler last played two days before Halloween, though he left the Week 8 loss to Dallas with a hamstring injury. Watching Reed run past and swerve around defenders is a treat for fans. Good bet most feel like they were tricked over the last six-plus weeks waiting for his return.

He will ultimately miss the final nine games -- 10 overall -- and play in just six, finishing with 27 receptions. While injury-prone throughout his career, Reed’s previous low for games played in a single-season was nine.

Head coach Jay Gruden admitted the constant uncertainty with Reed’s status from that point on hampered his ability to create that week’s game plan. The why is obvious: Other than quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Redskins were counting on their star tight end in the passing game above all.

When you decide to let veteran wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson walk in free agency, you do so in part because you think the 6-foot-3 playmaking tight end is your pass-catching centerpiece.

Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson, the projected Garcon-Jackson replacements on the outside, had a combined one year of true NFL receiver experience entering 2017. They were hope and (possible upside) change. They weren’t proven. Also not proven? Reed’s ability to play a full NFL season. He still hasn’t. The Redskins (5-8) season went down in flames partly because they seemingly thought he would.

Even before this campaign began, Reed wasn’t right. He dealt with a toe injury during the summer and wasn’t ready for the start of training camp. When the games turned real, Reed rarely wowed. There were no games with more than 64 receiving yards. His only two touchdowns came in Week 7 against the Eagles. His season ended the next week.

The Redskins season didn’t end right there, but the decomposition began. Washington got by most of the season with running back Chris Thompson and tight end Vernon Davis serving as passing game playmakers. Then Thompson suffered a season-ending leg injury on Nov. 19. Then the 33-year-old Davis reverted to the mean. After finishing with at least 58 receiving yards in seven of eight games, he had 41 combined over the last three.

Just like other areas on the team dealing with injuries, the Redskins passing game held up until it couldn’t without a central figure that never truly showed up at a Pro Bowl level at all. Assuming Reed and his hefty contract return next season, it’s hard imagining the organization trusting his weekly availability when building their offseason plan.

Many have assumed since September Cravens was no longer in Washington’s plans. That’s when the Redskins placed their 2016 second-round pick on the “Reserve/Left squad” list after Cravens did just that moments before the season kicked off. The 22-year-old texted teammates about possibly retiring. Washington’s procedural move gave Cravens the entire season to ponder. It also eliminated his paycheck.

Tuesday brought news via a statement from Cravens’ agent, Fadde Mikhail, that the safety "has received medical clearance to resume all football activities" after dealing with "Post Concussion Syndrome." Great news -– and completely weird seeing as there was no concussion talk at the time of Cravens’ exit. If hurt, he should be with those 17 other players on IR.

Is this some ploy by the agent to possibly get back some/all of Cravens’ 2017 salary or prevent the Redskins from seeking a chunk of the $1.4 million signing bonus given in 2016? Did the organization know about the concussion issue and pretend otherwise?

The situation is bizarre and yet, for those who have followed the Redskins over the past 20 years, not so much. What we know for sure is Washington’s defense played without a promising talent it hoped would help bolster the secondary. The Redskins had strong-to-moderate success with other safety options though rookie Montae Nicholson battled injuries.

That’s not the point. Like Reed, the Redskins planned on having Cravens. Then they didn’t. They planned on returning to the playoffs. They won’t. Will they rely on either for 2018? We’ll see. Uncertainty is the buzzword entering the offseason. Those that have followed the Redskins over the last 20 years know just how reliable that reality is.

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[NFL Network Suspends Faulk, 2 Others Over Allegation]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:21:10 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NFLAP_17257826351257.jpg

The NFL Network suspended Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and two other former NFL players-turned-analysts on Monday, after they and a former network executive were alleged to have sexually harassed a female colleague.

Faulk and fellow on-air analysts Ike Taylor and Heath Evans, along with former executive producer Eric Weinberger and former network analysts Donovan McNabb, Warren Sapp and Eric Davis, were named in an updated lawsuit against NFL Enterprises by Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist for the network.

An amended complaint in the lawsuit, originally filed in October in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Faulk and Evans of having groped Cantor while she was at the network, while it accuses Taylor and McNabb of having sent her sexually inappropriate communications.

NBC News reached out to Faulk, Taylor, Evans, McNabb, Weinberger and Davis for their responses to the allegations and was attempting to reach Sapp.

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<![CDATA[Red Sox Pitcher Arrested on Domestic Assault Charge]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:42:26 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-667818360.jpg

Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright, 33, was reportedly arrested Friday night in his Tennessee home and charged with domestic assault.

According to NBC Sports Boston, a statement attributed to the Wright family released by Wright's lawyer confirms that the knuckleball pitcher was charged with domestic assault, but states that he did not "raise his hand at anyone."

According to the statement, Wright was arrested following a verbal argument. "Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident," said the statement. "We are working together as a family to make our relationship stronger, and we ask that we respect our privacy as we do."

The Red Sox reportedly wrote in a separate statement that they are aware of the incident and taking it seriously.

"Both local police and Major League Baseball are looking into this," wrote the club, which declined to comment further.

Wright's arrest will be reviewed by the MLB and the Players Association, reports NBC Sports Boston.

Wright is one of two active knuckleball pitchers currently in the MLB. He has been with the Red Sox since his MLB debut in 2013.

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<![CDATA[Student Helps Dallas Marathon Winner Cross Finish Line After She Collapsed]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:55:32 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/new-dallas-marathon.jpg

The 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon had an unexpected ending in the women's division with the winner struggling to reach the finish.

Chandler Self won the women's division of the marathon with an unofficial time of 2:53:58, but not without help.

Self collapsed a few times as she approached the finish line of the race. 17-year-old Ariana Luterman, from Greenhill Academy, was running for the elite high school relay alongside Self and helped her cross the finish line.

"Right when I caught up with her at the [relay team's] 2.5-mile mark, I told her: 'Just so you know, the high school relay is out here to compete with you guys. I'm going to be your pacer. We're going to get you that win,'" Luterman said in recalling the the moments before Self started to lose her strength to the Dallas Morning News.

"I just couldn't help but think she worked so many months. You can be training years for a marathon," Luterman said in an interview after the race.

"As soon as we got to the finish line, I pushed her out in front of me so she could cross the tape before I did."

Self ended the race grasping for the finish line and was immediately taken by marathon staff for treatment. Self was treated and came back moments later to give post-race interviews. 

Self recalled Luterman telling her, "You can do it. You got it, come on girl. The finish line's right there we can see it."

"She was so encouraging," Self said. "I knew she was right, and I wanted it so bad and this was just a dream for me." 

When asked about the heroic finish, Luterman said she's sure Self would've made it across without her. Still, she said she felt lucky that she was placed in the right place at the right time.

“More than anything, I think I showed people there are opportunities everywhere. There are opportunities to help everyone everywhere," Luterman said. 

Helping others has been a driving force in Luterman's life for several years. 

After competing in her first triathlon at age seven and her first adult triathlon at age 10, Luterman found a way to use her platform as a young elite athlete to benefit others. 

At just 12, she started Team Ariana to raise money for Vogel Alcove. The Dallas based organization provides free child development services for homeless children. In five years, Team Ariana has raised more than $150,000 for Vogel Alcove and helped several other local charities. 

Meanwhile, the men's winner is a familiar name, Keith Pierce, who won the 2016 marathon. Pierce is a cross country and track coach at McKinney Boyd High School.

He defended his title running the 2017 marathon in an unofficial time of 2:27:17.

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<![CDATA[Redskins Fall to Chargers 30-13]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:04:58 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Redskins+Chargers+2017.jpg

Philip Rivers passed for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and the Los Angeles Chargers continued their ferocious playoff push with their fourth straight victory, 30-13 over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Tyrell Williams caught a 75-yard touchdown pass and Hunter Henry had another scoring grab for the Chargers (7-6), who have won seven of nine after an 0-4 start to their relocation season.

While outscoring their opponents 131-53 during their winning streak, the Chargers also moved above .500 for the first time since September 2015 with a dominant offensive performance against Washington.

The Chargers stayed atop the AFC West alongside the Chiefs (7-6), their opponents Saturday in Kansas City.

Kirk Cousins hit Vernon Davis with an early TD pass for the Redskins (5-8), who have lost two straight and six of eight.

Although Bashaud Breeland returned an interception of Kellen Clemens' pass 96 yards for a touchdown with 2:36 to play, Washington's defense had few answers while the Chargers racked up 429 yards by midway through the third quarter.

Rivers passed for 256 yards in the first half of another outstanding performance late in his 12th season as the Chargers' starting quarterback. Rivers also moved ahead of Warren Moon for ninth place in NFL history in career yards passing while picking apart the Redskins' secondary.

Melvin Gordon rushed for a third-quarter score before several Los Angeles regulars took most of the fourth quarter off, banking rest for Saturday's showdown in Kansas City.

They earned the break on both sides of the ball by continuing their exceptional play since their slow start, winning their fourth straight home game. Rivers' offense played with confidence and flair, executing flea-flickers and thoroughly entertaining a crowd with distinctly fewer fans of the opposition than in the Chargers' first few games at StubHub Center.

Keenan Allen had six catches for 111 yards in his quietest performance during the Bolts' four-game winning streak. He still set new single-season career highs for receptions and yards during the first half for Los Angeles.

Los Angeles jumped to a 13-0 lead while scoring on its first three drives and getting a first-quarter interception by Kyle Emanuel, but Washington kept it close by forcing two field goals and then getting a 23-yard TD pass to Davis from Cousins, who repeatedly avoided the Chargers' vaunted pass rush.

But on the next snap, Rivers hit Williams deep downfield for an untouched, 75-yard score.

Los Angeles had a 23-6 lead when it drove 81 yards in the final 1:25 before halftime. The Chargers only missed out on even more points because Austin Ekeler was tackled on a 33-yard run at the Washington 4 as time ran out.


Redskins: Kick returner Byron Marshall's leg buckled underneath him while he moved to field a kickoff in the first quarter. He injured his hamstring and didn't return. ... Key LB Zach Brown injured his foot in the second half. ... LB Chris Carter injured his ankle in the second half and didn't return.

Chargers: Left tackle Russell Okung went down heavily in the first quarter and limped off the field with a knee injury. He returned later in the first half, however.


Redskins: Host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Chargers: Travel to Kansas City on short rest for a first-place showdown with the Chiefs on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[A Taste of South Korean Culture]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:13:06 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/A_Taste_of_South_Korean_Culture.jpg

To get a really authentic taste of the cuisine in South Korea, you have to get out of the restaurants and onto the streets. News4's Eun Yang reports.

<![CDATA[Running Back Plays for State Title in Memory of Slain Cousin]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:11:39 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Westfield_High_Star_Running_Back_Plays_for_Title_Memory_of_S.jpg

The Westfield High School football team plays for its third straight state title Sunday, but star running back Eugene Asante is also playing for his cousin, a Virginia Commonwealth University student shot and killed earlier this year. Sherree Burruss reports Eugene dedicated his season to his cousin and has the support of his team.

<![CDATA[Will Team USA Compete in the 2018 Winter Games?]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:49:44 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/teamusa2.jpg

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley recently said it was an "open question" if U.S. athletes would compete in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics because of concerns over North Korea. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to comment.

<![CDATA[Lindsey Vonn: I'm Not Representing Trump at Olympic Games]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:11:48 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Lindsay-Vonn-Estrella-Esqui.jpg

American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn is making it clear she'll be representing her country, but not her president, when she participates in the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

"Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," Vonn told CNN. "I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony."

Vonn added, "I want to represent our country well. I don't think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that."

Vonn is attempting to capture her second gold medal in Pyeongchang. She revealed to CNN she would decline an invitation to the White House if she were to win gold at the games.

"Absolutely not," she said. "No. But I have to win to be invited. Actually I think every U.S. team member is invited so no I won't go."

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<![CDATA[Russia Banned, But 'Clean' Athletes Can Compete in Olympics]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:00:04 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_02_09.Still003.jpg

"Clean" Russian athletes will be invited to take part in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year, though they will be required to compete under the Olympic flag.

<![CDATA[Supreme Court Taking Up Sports Betting Case]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:10:33 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/SCsportsbetting_1200x675.jpg

The billions spent on legal sports betting in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. But the U.S. Supreme Court seemed prepared Monday to bust Nevada's monopoly.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey challenged a federal law that requites states to ban wagering on sporting events, though Nevada was grandfathered in when the law was passed in 1992, NBC News reported.

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is unusual because it does not ban sports gambling nationwide as a matter of federal law. Instead the act says the states cannot permit it.

Ted Olson, a Washington lawyer representing New Jersey, told the court Monday that the law violates the Constitution's protection of state's rights. "Congress can regulate interstate commerce, but it can't make the states do the work of Congress," he said.

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<![CDATA[Woman Punched by Cop at UM Game Gets Community Service, Fine]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:57:09 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Brigest+Freitas+UM+Fan.jpg

A woman who was punched by an officer as she was being carried out of a Miami Hurricanes game at Hard Rock Stadium last month in a drunken incident that was caught on camera will be serving 50 hours of community service and must attend an anger management course as part of a deal reached with prosecutors Monday.

Bridget Freitas, 30, will also pay a $100 fine plus prosecution costs and must write an apology letter to the officer who was involved in the Nov. 4 incident.

Freitas appeared at a brief court hearing Monday to accept the terms of the deal.

Video of the incident showed Freitas, a 30-year-old nurse, slap Miami-Dade Police Det. Douglas Ross as he and several officers tried to carry her out of the stands during the Hurricanes' win over Virginia Tech.

Ross reacted to the slap, hitting Freitas in the head with his right fist. According to the arrest report, Freitas had been arguing with other fans and was "using profanity in a loud, boisterous manner" when officers arrived.

She was charged with felony battery on a police officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct but the battery charge was dropped and she was charged with resisting an officer with violence instead.

Last week, Ross was cleared of wrongdoing in the incident.

Photo Credit: Eric Argueta, Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Olympians Share Their Biggest Travel Pet Peeves]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:56:51 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pet+Peeves+Thumb.jpg

With holiday travel season coming up, members of Team USA, who are constantly on the road themselves, share the small travel annoyances that really grind their gears.

<![CDATA[Juan Dixon Speaks on Becoming Head Coach for Coppin State]]> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 22:27:57 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000021072009_1200x675_1108772931726.jpg

News4 sat down with Juan Dixon at the BB&T Classic in D.C., as the Maryland legend shares his thoughts on being a first time Division I Coach and advice he’s getting from his Hall of Fame Coach, Gary Williams.

<![CDATA[Watch Silverdome Fail to Implode in Demolition Attempt]]> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 19:44:04 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-12-03-at-7.43.19-PM.jpg

A partial implosion of the Silverdome failed to bring down the upper section of the Detroit Lions' former home as intended Sunday as demolition of the stadium began.


<![CDATA[SCOTUS to Decide If More States Can Legalize Sports Betting]]> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 11:11:25 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17335598773447.jpg

Nevada's decades-long monopoly on legal sports betting could be broken by the U.S. Supreme Court, depending on the outcome of a case to be argued Monday, NBC News reported. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, backed by 18 other states, is asking the justices to strike down a federal law that prevents the state from allowing gambling on sports. Some see it as an important test of states' rights, while others are simply eager to reap the tax revenue that would come from legal sports wagering.

They are challenging a 1992 law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which prevents states from allowing any sports gambling schemes. It's unusual because it does not ban sports gambling nationwide as a matter of federal law. Instead, the act says states cannot permit it.

Professional sports leagues and amateur associations say the law prevents the corrupting influence of organized crime in athletics — they're urging the court to uphold it.

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<![CDATA['I'm Doing Good': John Wall on Knee That Has Him Sidelined]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:31:00 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/John+Wall+120117.jpg

John Wall will miss his fourth consecutive game when the Washington Wizards host the Detroit Pistons Friday night. It remains unclear how long the four-time All-Star will remain sidelined with his current knee injury -– and if the Wizards can maintain a winning record without him. The point guard is doing all he can to hustle his way back.

“I'm great. I'm doing good,” Wall said Friday afternoon in his first public comments since undergoing injections to help relieve inflammation in his left knee on Nov. 25. “Just taking it day-by-day and getting treatment every day, walking on the (anti-gravity treadmill) and doing light jogging. I'm doing good.”

The Wizards (11-10) haven’t been so good without the point guard, who last played in the Nov. 22 overtime loss at Charlotte. They have lost two of three since Wall sat and are 2-3 this season without him.

The initial timeline offered by the team suggested Wall is expected to miss approximately two weeks. That scenario would have him back during the upcoming five-game road trip with the Dec. 9 matchup at the Los Angeles Clippers the projected target date.

One of the NBA leaders in assists passed on offering his own return date.

“I kind of really don't know yet. I'm just taking it day-by-day and listening to what the doctors are saying. I'm getting another checkup today with the doctors, so I'll see where I stand,” he said.

Before receiving the injections, Wall complained of knee discomfort and specified fluid build-up on knee stemming from an IV received Nov. 11 to deal with illness and migraines ahead of a home game against Atlanta. The team later announced knee-to-knee contact suffered Nov. 7 against Dallas as the original source of pain.

“I remember getting hit and I had a little bruise on the inside,” Wall said. “It was sore, but I didn't think it was the reason why. It kind of went away and died down, but I was playing more and then it swelled up.”

After sitting out the Nov. 19 matchup at Toronto, Wall played his usual role in games at Milwaukee and Charlotte. He had 31 points and 11 assists in 41 minutes against the Hornets, but signs of a larger picture became obvious.

“After the game I was with a couple of my friends. My agent said I was limping throughout the game,” Wall said. “I didn’t even notice it. The adrenaline, going through the game, being back home in front of family. It was like, alright, you need to do something about it. We talked, figured out what it was. After the Charlotte game I could barely walk. … My knee was swelling up even more. They were like we have to do something about it. I agreed to it.”

The Wizards continue working on a plan to thrive without their floor leader. With Tim Frazier starting for Wall, they overcame a slow start for a win at Minnesota Tuesday, but they couldn’t recover from a 24-point deficit in Wednesday’s 118-113 loss at Philadelphia.

“It’s a lot different when I’m not there,” Wall said. “I tell those guys let Tim push the pace. It’s a lot different. I know nobody can be me, but they can be themselves and try to help the team win. We’re doing a good job of getting good shots. We’re just not making some of them.”

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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