Validation was attached to the preseason e-mail announcement that the Washington Wizards would be participating in one of five NBA games on Christmas Day. Bulbs in the Madison Square Garden marquee will light up to spell “Washington Wizards” on Thursday, confirming the Wizards’ rise in panache is not just realized locally. They will play the New York Knicks on the NBA’s showcase day, tipping off at noon to start a run of daylong basketball playing in the background as wrapping paper is torn.
Kerrigan has 13 1/2 sacks this season, a career-high that ranks fifth in the NFL. Though he was only named an alternate to the Pro Bowl, he’s been a bright spot for a beleaguered Redskins’ defense.
If you wanted to keep talking about fantasy football now that another season has come and gone, Merry Christmas! In the first of three positional reviews, today we’re talking quarterbacks.
The Knicks are gigawatts ahead of Washington in terms of franchise star power, glitz and magnetic pull on national broadcasts. But Washington is no slouch when it comes to playing on the day gifts are unwrapped, having been in 21 such games.
Griffin, who missed six games earlier this season after dislocating his left ankle, would be replaced by Kirk Cousins if he’s unable to start. Cousins stepped in for Griffin after that injury in a victory over Jacksonville on Sept. 14 and started five games this season.
Jimmy Butler’s emergence plus the addition of Pau Gasol put the Chicago Bulls a step ahead of the Wizards.
With Colt McCoy out of the picture because of an injury, Gruden turned back to Griffin as his quarterback, knowing that some of the principles of his offense would have to be tinkered if Griffin were to succeed.
Even when the shots were not falling, Arizona could always rely on its defense to pull out close games. The Wildcats had a hard time stopping UNLV at all, much less at the end of the game, and now its long nonconference winning streak is over.
The news last week that President Obama was moving to restore relations with Cuba and lift the embargo against the country brought back recollections of that historic 1999 Orioles trip to Havana to play the Cuban National team.
The stalwart left tackle was named to the Pro Bowl for a third consecutive season Tuesday night, while outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and running back Alfred Morris were each selected as alternates.
San Diego State’s Donny Hageman missed a 34-yard field goal with 24 seconds remaining, allowing Navy to escape with a 17-16 victory over the Aztecs in the Poinsettia Bowl on Tuesday.
Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers take a seven-game winning streak into the Christmas break.