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Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) handles the ball against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Brooks wants Porter more involved offensively on West Coast trip

- The Washington Times

Porter, the Wizards’ third-highest paid player, took only two shots in the second half after taking seven over the first two quarters. Further, Porter played just 25 minutes — and when asked about the low total, coach Scott Brooks said he wanted guys who “play hard.”

D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney celebrates his first MLS goal during the first half of a soccer match against the Colorado Rapids in Washington, Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

D.C. United clinch playoff spot behind two goals from Wayne Rooney

After being mired in last place in mid-August, D.C. United (14-11-8, 50 points) secured a playoff spot with a convincing 3-1 victory Sunday afternoon against New York City FC to continue an improbable rise up the standings.

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, left, walks off the field after missing a point after attempt in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Justin Tucker misses extra point as Ravens fall to Saints

- Associated Press

Justin Tucker missed the first conversion of his career after the Baltimore Ravens scored the potential tying touchdown with 24 seconds left in response to a strong fourth quarter by Drew Brees, and the New Orleans Saints escaped with a 24-23 victory Sunday.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) scrambles as Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett (77), linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) and linebacker Nigel Bradham (53) defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia. Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, right, helps block on the play. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Cam Newton rallies Panthers to win over Eagles

- Associated Press

Cam Newton tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen with 1:22 left and the Carolina Panthers overcame a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 21-17 on Sunday.

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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2018, file photo, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) catches the ball during the warm-up before an NFL football game against Seattle Seahawks at Wembley stadium in London. The Dallas Cowboys have acquired Oakland receiver Amari Cooper for a first-round draft pick. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, his team will get the pick in the 2019 draft.  (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)

Raiders heading into rebuild mode following Cooper trade

- Associated Press

Soon after Jon Gruden arrived for his second stint as Oakland Raiders coach last winter he called Amari Cooper a "focal point" of the offense and pointed to Khalil Mack as a reason why he came back to coaching.

Bye week boost: Steelers suddenly atop topsy-turvy AFC North

- Associated Press

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree spent a rare fall weekend off watching the rest of the AFC North falter, one by one. First, the Browns lost in overtime in Tampa. Then Baltimore fell at home to New Orleans when Justin Tucker missed the first extra point of his career. Then Cincinnati was bum rushed by Kansas City.

Washington running back Salvon Ahmed, left, scores a touchdown ahead of Colorado linebacker Davion Taylor during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Gaskin injury giving Washington chance to display RB depth

- Associated Press

Myles Gaskin missed the first game of his career with Washington last weekend, which speaks to the durability of the Huskies' star running back after 3 ½ seasons as the primary ball carrier.

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (26) is chased by Dallas Cowboys free safety Xavier Woods (25) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Redskins riding run defense, rushing offense to 4-2 start

- Associated Press

With Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne anchoring the defensive line, and Adrian Peterson hardly looking like a 33-year-old, the Washington Redskins have established what sort of team they are. It's quite a drastic shift from who they've been under coach Jay Gruden until now.

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson (96) celebrates with teammates Sheldon Richardson (93) and Stephen Weatherly (91) after tackling New York Jets' Isaiah Crowell near the goal line during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Howard Simmons)

Order restored for Vikings defense, after 3rd straight win

- Associated Press

The Minnesota Vikings sputtered into the second quarter of their season after a concerning and humbling performance by their well-decorated defense in Los Angeles, raising questions about whether this team was still among the NFL's elite and in contention for the Super Bowl.