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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees' Robinson Cano looks to the stands while batting during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. Representatives for  the free-agent met Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, with the Yankees, and the gap between the sides remains wide, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.  The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized. The person adds the sides may meet again Wednesday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

2013 MLB winter meetings: What to watch for in Orlando

Major League Baseball's offseason often crests with its annual winter meetings, held this year in Orlando, Fla., next Monday-Thursday. With all of the sport's key executives and agents in one location, signings and trades come fast and furious. So what can we expect next week? Published December 5, 2013

Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, talks with quarterback Robert Griffin III during warm ups before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

RG3's relationship with Shanahans a work in progress

Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan and Robert Griffin III continue to field questions about their commitment and trust in each other. It has been a theme that has dogged the Redskins since late last season when Griffin first injured his right knee. Published December 4, 2013

Detroit Tigers' Doug Fister pitches against the Cleveland Indians in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Doug Fister addition lets Nationals rest easy with rotation

Washington has its top four starters on board for the next two seasons, a luxury few teams in the majors can boast. And with prices for even competent free-agent pitchers sky-high, that affords the Nats a nice weapon: financial flexibility. Published December 3, 2013

New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, left, tackles Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

RG3 starts fast, but Redskins' offense fades in loss

There is little left for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to say now. The playoffs long ago fell out of reach for his team. There is nothing left to play for now besides pride and teammates. Not even Griffin's best first half of the season, a 16-for-17 passing performance where almost everything he threw was on target, could take away the sting of yet another loss, this time 24-17 to the New York Giants. Published December 2, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers tight end Demarcus Dobbs (83) in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the San Francisco 49ers in Monday Night Football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

RG3 says he's still concentrating on the present, not the future

There are still five games left in a miserable 2013 season and it would be easy for Robert Griffin III to start planning for the offseason work that he missed last year recovering from major knee surgery. He won't give in to the temptation. Published November 27, 2013

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin pulls in a pass under pressure from Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A tough assignment, a difficult night for Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson

There was nowhere for Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson to hide. Assigned for much of the night to cover San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who has four inches and 30 pounds on him, Wilson was beaten on consecutive plays in the first quarter, the second a 19-yard touchdown pass to Boldin. Early in the second quarter, tight end Vernon Davis also beat Wilson for a 40-yard catch. That play led to a field goal and a 10-0 lead for the 49ers. They were well on the way to an easy 27-6 victory over Washington at FedEx Field. Published November 26, 2013

Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan pushes San Francisco 49ers defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan rebounds from benching

It was a comeback performance lost in another galling defeat. Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan rebounded from being benched last week against the Philadelphia Eagles with a season-high five receptions for 45 yards. But it was tough to enjoy it after a humbling 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night at FedEx Field. Published November 26, 2013

Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) sprays ice on Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Washington. The Penguins won 4-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Beat the Mets: Caps' new division an early disappointment

Almost a quarter of the way through the 2013-14 season, things haven't worked out as expected. Most of the teams in the new eight-team Metropolitan Division have spent the first seven weeks of the season floundering. Published November 21, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III walks through the tunnel before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

RG3's leadership the talk of Redskins locker room

"You don't say anything to the guys when it comes to that [leadership]," Griffin said. "The second you start changing and letting what outside people say affect what you do is the time that guys start to not believe in you. So you don't do that. You go out to practice every day ready to work." Published November 20, 2013

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) deflects a shot as Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) goes for the puck, in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Caps with an early letdown against the Penguins

Division rivals again for the first time in 20 years, the Penguins dominated the Capitals to retain first place in the new Metropolitan Division. Sidney Crosby and James Neal score for Pittsburgh, which allowed just 18 shots on goal. Published November 20, 2013

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) is upended by Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich (21) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Caps-Penguins set to renew their acquaintances as division rivals again

Washington and Pittsburgh resume their rivalry on Wednesday night at Verizon Center with first place on the line in the new Metropolitan Division. With the NHL moving back to a four-division setup, the two teams find themselves in the same division for the first time since the 1992-93 season. Published November 19, 2013

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan scratches his head during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. The Eagles defeated the Redskins 24-16. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Mike Shanahan: Redskins must maintain self-belief

At 3-7 after a 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and in danger of missing the playoffs for the third time in four seasons, Shanahan and his staff are tasked with keeping their players in a positive frame of mind while negativity swirls around them. Published November 18, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III lies on the field after throwing an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. The Eagles defeated the Redskins 24-16. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Redskins mount a comeback that ends in a turnover, more frustration

Once again the Washington Redskins dug themselves a hole that they could not escape. They came close on Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. But a fourth-quarter rally ended in the arms of Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin in the Philadelphia end zone. Published November 17, 2013

Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins (99) and cornerback Josh Wilson (26) force a fumble on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) in the second half, Landover, Md., Sunday, November 18, 2012.  (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

Redskins will see different Nick Foles than last year's model

The first drive of his professional career, as a fill-in last Nov. 28 at FedEx Field against the Redskins, ended with an interception. His second was another interception thrown into double coverage. But the quarterback the Redskins saw then and the one they will see this weekend in Philadelphia no longer resemble each other. Published November 14, 2013

Matt Williams turns after showing the back of his newly-donned jersey, after he is introduced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals baseball team, during a news conference at Nationals Park, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Rookies in the dugout: Experience no longer mandatory for MLB managers

When the Washington Nationals tabbed Matt Williams as their new manager earlier this month, the club joined a growing trend among Major League Baseball teams: Hiring someone with extremely limited or no managerial experience at any level to run a team. Published November 12, 2013

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) leaves behind Minnesota Vikings players during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Redskins RB Alfred Morris has best game of year in loss

For the second time in three weeks, the Washington Redskins' offense was cruising with running back Alfred Morris doing much of the heavy lifting. Morris topped 100 rushing yards for the third time this season, but it wasn't enough in a crushing 34-27 loss at woeful Minnesota, which had won just one game entering Thursday's contest. Published November 8, 2013