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Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett responds to questions during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Jason Garrett under fire for Cowboys’ late-game choices

- The Washington Times

After a 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was heavily criticized for his team’s late-game decision making, choosing to run the ball with Ezekiel Elliott inside the red zone instead of riding Dak Prescott’s hot hand.

Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8), of Japan, holds the ball as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Rui Hachimura finding ‘comfort zone’ with an unpopular shot

- The Washington Times

If there has been a prevailing consensus in basketball this decade, it’s that the mid-range shot is now understood to be one of the least efficient shots a player can take. The influence of analytics has driven this point home, and NBA teams took a record number of 3-pointers last season.

Despite not having enough at bats to qualify for the batting title, Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick led the league in hitting with a .344 average. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LOVERRO: No player was more valuable to Nationals than Kendrick

You could make the case that Kendrick, one of the Nationals postseason stars and the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player, was an MVP candidate for the regular season as well, if we are to accept the meaning of the word “valuable.” No Washington National may have been more valuable to this team this season than Kendrick.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates his touchdown during the second half of NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Jackson dazzles in Ravens’ rout of winless Bengals

- Associated Press

The dual-threat quarterback threw for three touchdowns in a near-perfect performance and pulled off a sensational 47-yard touchdown run as Baltimore routed the NFL’s only winless team 49-13 on Sunday.

Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after his NASCAR Cup Series race win in Avondale, Arizona, on Sunday. Hamlin advanced to next week's title race. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Hamlin races way into championship field with Phoenix win

- Associated Press

Hamlin snagged his first spot in the championship field since 2014 with his win, a victory that eliminated NASCAR champion Joey Logano from the playoffs and gave Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota three of the slots in next week’s decider at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, right, talks to Nick Foles during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, in Minneapolis. Facing the mighty New England Patriots on the NFL's biggest stage, Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson's decision to try a trick play _ the "Philly Special" _ on a fourth down late in the first half of Super Bowl 52 will be remembered as one of the gutsiest calls in sports history. That signature moment between Foles and Pederson standing on the sideline discussing the play was turned into a bronze statue that sits outside the team's stadium as a reminder of the greatest play in franchise history. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

NFL at 100: Eagles upset Patriots, give Philly a special win

- Associated Press

Rookie running back Corey Clement took the snap out of shotgun formation, rolled to his left and pitched the ball to third-string tight end Trey Burton, who caught it coming off the end, ran a few steps and floated a pass to backup quarterback Nick Foles in the end zone for a touchdown.

Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Walker scores 29 to lead Celtics past Mavericks 116-106

- Associated Press

Kemba Walker made a trio of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 29 points, Jaylen Brown added 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Boston beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-106 Monday night in the Celtics' first game since Gordon Hayward had surgery on his broken left hand.

Pivec helps Oregon St beat Pacific 69-57

- Associated Press

Oregon State senior guard Mikayla Pivec knows the Beavers will need to play better moving forward after receiving a test from Pacific in the second round of the preseason WNIT.

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo during the Champions League Group D soccer match between Lokomotiv Moscow and Juventus at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Top teams in good shape as Euro qualifying reaches climax

- Associated Press

With the Netherlands missing out on Euro 2016 and Italy absent from the World Cup in 2018, some of Europe's traditional soccer powers have surprisingly failed to advance to recent major international tournaments.

Genk's manager Felice Mazzu watches the players during warmup before the Champions League group E soccer match between Liverpool and Genk at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Belgian champion Genk fires coach Mazzu

Associated Press

Belgian champion Genk has fired coach Felice Mazzu with the club at mid-table in its domestic league, and last in a Champions League group led by Liverpool.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) congratulates Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) after an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 35-32. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Tale of 2 left tackles: Taylor Lewan and Garett Bolles

- Associated Press

Just like Denver's Garett Bolles, Tennessee's Taylor Lewan has been dogged by penalties all season, and the Titans' struggling left tackle did just what the Broncos' grabby left tackle did earlier this season: he went on a postgame rant about the flags in the locker room after a penalty-filled performance.