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John Riggins says the Redskins need to start Chris Thompson

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Chris Thompson heads toward the end zone. (Kelvin Kuo / AP) It’s hard not to be blown away by what Chris Thompson has done for the Redskins through two games. His average of 13.1 yards per touch is sixth best in the NFL. He’s one of seven players in the league with at least three rushing or receiving touchdowns. He’s one of just five players with at least 80 rushing and receiving yards, alongside brand names Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt, LeSean McCoy and Ty Montgomery. Thompson is often described as a change-of-pace back, and his pace is apparently frenetic: He’s been the most explosive player on Washington’s offense, and has scored three of his team’s four offensive touchdowns. All that — along with the rib cartilage injury suffered by Kelley on Sunday — has led some to wonder whether Thompson might be worth a look as the team’s featured back next weekend. Coach Jay Gruden already addressed that possibility earlier this week, and he sounded dubious. “Chris has got such a defined role for this offense — and it could be expanded — but he’s so important to us on third down we just have to be careful,” Gruden said. “He’s not the biggest guy in the world. We don’t want him to get 20-25 carries a game and get a lot of pounding on that body. He’s definitely needed in pass protection and the routes and all that stuff on third down and red zone. So we’ll try to expand his role a li…

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It's starting to look like Colin Kaepernick won't play in the NFL again. What happens next?

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Protesters rally for former quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Sept. 10 outside Ford Field in Detroit. (Jose Juarez/AP) Every time an NFL quarterback is injured, or a passer plays poorly enough to bring his job status into question, fans and observers will wonder and debate whether Colin Kaepernick will play football again. Take a minute, though, and it’s difficult not to conclude a verdict has already been rendered. It’s difficult to believe Kaepernick will play in the NFL again. The Bengals are not signing Colin Kaepernick, as Paul Dehner writes, despite rumors earlier this week about Cin…

Alex Gordon hits MLB’s record-setting 5,694th HR of season

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TORONTO — Kansas City’s Alex Gordon hit Major League Baseball’s record 5,694th home run of 2017, breaking the season mark. Gordon’s home run off Toronto’s Ryan Tepera on Tuesday night raised the total to one more than the 5,693 set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. The record was broken with just less than two weeks remaining in the regular season. There were 5,610 homers last year, an average of 2.31 per game, and this year’s average of 2.53 entering Tuesday’s action projects to 6,139. That would be up 47 percent from 4,186 in 2014. Power subsi…

Dickinson State men's hoops coach leaving for another job

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DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - Dickinson State University men’s basketball coach Justin Wetzel is leaving for another job. The university said Wetzel has accepted a coaching position with another organization, but didn’t name it. Wetzel coached DSU for three seasons. The Blue Hawks last season won their first regular season conference championship since 2001. The team’s 22 wins marked only the eighth 20-win season in the program’s 93-year history. LOAD COMMENTS () HIDE COMMENTS Copyright © 2017 The Washington Times, LLC. /* { init: true, // Load Disqus SDK -- s…

Player leaders vote to keep DeMaurice Smith as NFLPA executive director

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DeMaurice Smith has served as executive director of the NFL Players Association since 2009 (Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press) NFL player leaders voted Tuesday to retain DeMaurice Smith as the union’s executive director and extend his contract without him having to face opposition from competing candidates during this election cycle. The unanimous vote to keep Smith was taken by a 14-member selection committee established under a new set of election procedures. The outcome of the vote was confirmed by Eric Winston, the veteran offensive lineman who serves as president of the NFL Playe…

Fantasy football trade advice: A shake-up could have A.J. Green on the way up

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A.J. Green made a rare public complaint, and the Bengals seem to be listening. (Aaron Doster/USA Today) Sure, deciding to make a big trade can be a tough call, and at this point in the season, it can feel panicky. Well, you know who wasn’t too concerned about looking panicky to make a big move? The Bengals! On Friday, they fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, and while that may seem like a no-brainer to those who only look at how historically anemic Cincinnati’s attack has been, it was presumably difficult for the team to ax a coach who had been in the organization since 2003. The fa…

Brickley leads Panthers to exhibition win over Predators

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Connor Brickley had two goals and an assist, helping the Florida Panthers beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 in a preseason split-squad game on Tuesday night. Henrik Haapala, Michael Matheson and Denis Malgin also scored for Florida. Starting goaltender James Reimer stopped all 15 shots he faced, and reserve Harri Sateri allowed three goals on 19 shots. Cody McLeod, Emil Pettersson and Viktor Arvidsson scored for Nashville. Juuse Saros finished with 23 saves on 27 shots. BRUINS 4, RED WINGS 2 In Boston, Austin Czarnik’s penalty shot goal late in the second period l…

Is Eli Manning done? The Giants' offense is so bad, it's hard to know the answer.

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Eli Manning has taken a beating this season. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today) At halftime Monday night, MetLife Stadium honored the 2007 New York Giants. Many members of the Super Bowl champion team walked to the middle of the field and waved to the crowd, basking in warm nostalgia. One of them sat in the Giants locker room, trying to solve what has gone horribly wrong for the current edition of the Giants. Quarterback Eli Manning is one of two Giants remaining from the team that knocked off the undefeated New England Patriots. (Long snapper Zak DeOssie is the other.) Manning is 36 years old.…

Sabathia, Gardner help Yankees top Twins 5-2

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NEW YORK (AP) - CC Sabathia recovered from a shaky start to pitch six innings, Brett Gardner had a pair of tying hits and the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Tuesday night to ensure their sixth straight series win. With their ninth victory in 11 games, the Yankees remained three games behind AL East-leading Boston and opened six-game lead over the Twins for the top AL wild card. At 84-67, the Yankees are 17 games over .500 for the first time since September 2015. Minnesota, which started the night 1½ games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild card, has lost f…

Widespread Deceptive Practices May Reduce Payouts in N.F.L. Concussion Settlement

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PHILADELPHIA — Lawyers for professional football players who reached a landmark settlement with the N.F.L. over concussions said Tuesday that hundreds of their clients may have been swindled by unscrupulous lenders and advisers looking for a cut of their payments. In a hearing in federal court here, Christopher Seeger, a lawyer for the retired players who sued the N.F.L., said nearly 1,000 ex-players had signed dubious contracts with lenders and lawyers. Nearly a dozen lenders have lent money at interest rates of 50 percent or more to players who will pay them back with money they receive from…

University of Akron may add baseball, women's lacrosse

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Top officials at the University of Akron are recommending that the school restore its baseball program, which was dropped in 2015 as a cost-cutting measure, and start a women’s lacrosse team. University President Matthew Wilson and athletics director Larry Williams said Tuesday that they hope the teams would be ready for competition in the 2019-20 academic year. Their recommendation will be presented to the board of trustees Oct. 11. A group of former players has been lobbying for the return of baseball since the team was disbanded as former President Scott Scarborough…

Max Scherzer’s seven strong innings lift Nationals over Braves, 4-2

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ATLANTA — Scientists test the composition of baseballs. Statisticians study launch angle and exit velocity — the physics and mathematical tendencies of an ideal hitter. Front offices load up on data analysts to optimize something or another. Other predictors of baseball success, like the force of will, are harder to study. But if anyone were interested in such a pursuit, Max Scherzer would likely be an illuminating case study. Scherzer — who threw seven innings of two-run ball as the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves, 4-2, on Tuesday night — became the first pitcher since Randy …

‘The Tom Brady of college football’: Mason Rudolph has Oklahoma State rolling

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PITTSBURGH — Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy has never tried to shelter his senior quarterback, Mason Rudolph, and he’s not about to start. Rudolph is on his own in dealing with a wave of Heisman Trophy hype, in choosing to deflect or absorb praise as he pleases, even if it comes from his own coach. After Rudolph’s performance in the Cowboys’ 59-21 win over Pittsburgh last Saturday, in which the senior quarterback threw for 497 yards and five touchdowns, Gundy likened Rudolph to “the Tom Brady of college football.” Then he challenged Rudolph to tune it out. “They’ll name that street after …

Bulls hire Doug Collins as senior adviser

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Nine years after he tried to hire him as coach, John Paxson got his man. In an out-of-the-blue announcement, the Bulls hired Doug Collins as senior adviser of basketball operations Tuesday morning. The former Bulls coach will report directly to Paxson. “Doug will be great in this capacity for our organization. The position of ‘senior adviser’ has proven to work well around the NBA in recent years, and I am confident the same will hold true with the Bulls,” Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “The fact that our relationship goes back more than 30 years certainly helps, but he is esp…

Kevin Durant’s covert social media obsession runs deep

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Kevin Durant’s social media spy work may not be limited to Twitter. The Warriors star was all but caught red-handed over the weekend when he mistakenly tweeted in the third-person from his personal account after he engaged in an argument with a fan about leaving the Thunder. Now, numerous Reddit users started questioning whether Durant defends himself by using a secret account on Instagram. The revelation started after Durant’s brother posted a picture of the pair together on the beach earlier this month, but instead of tagging Durant’s verified account, Tony Durant …

Cris Cyborg says she's up for a Ronda Rousey fight — if it's 'inside the WWE ring'

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Cris “Cyborg” Justino, left, could be eyeing a pro-wrestling showdown with Ronda Rousey. (Photos by Getty Images) Many, if not most, MMA fans have given up on the hope of Ronda Rousey ever competing again in the octagon, but her longtime coach recently said that he would like to see her take on rival Cris “Cyborg” Justino. That got the attention of the Brazilian fighter, who said Tuesday that she’d still be up for a match against Rousey — if it’s “inside the WWE ring.” “Both of us are now at different chapters in our careers and for me that chapter is finished,” the 32-year-old Justino …

Nielsen's top programs for Sept. 11-17

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Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 11-17. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Atlanta, NBC, 20.24 million. 2. “NFL Sunday Post-Game,” Fox, 13.96 million. 3. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 11.59 million. 4. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.57 million. 5. NFL Football: New Orleans at Minnesota, ESPN, 11.4 million. 6. “Emmy Awards,” CBS, 11.38 million. 7. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 10.25 million. 8. NFL Football: L.A. Char…

Evgeny Kuznetsov's youth is the Capitals' future

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Whatever you do, don’t call Evgeny Kuznetsov old. “I’m not one of the older guys,” Kuznetsov said. “Come on!” The 25-year-old Capitals center, drafted as a teen by Washington in 2010, laughed.  Asked about the development of some of the younger players aiming to make the Capitals’ roster, Kuznetsov maintained that, at his age, he’s still part of the team’s youth movement. Kuznetsov will have new linemates this season after the Capitals traded away Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils and lost Justin Williams in free agency to the …