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Maryland silences critics

The Terps, going for their eighth win on Saturday, have blown away all expectations in first Big Ten season.

Chilly reception in Cleveland

John Wall stumbles to six points and five turnovers while LeBron James scores game-high 29 points as Cavaliers claim payback for blowout loss in Washington.

NFL Thanksgiving preview

Eagles face Cowboys in Dallas with first place in the NFC East on the line at 4:30.

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 26:  Travis Hamonic #3 of the New York Islanders checks Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals during their game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Penalty kills Capitals’ effort

Nicklas Backstrom’s holding penalty in overtime dooms Washington in overtime at Nassau Coliseum.

Maryland silences critics

Maryland silences critics

The Terps, going for their eighth win on Saturday, have blown away all expectations in first Big Ten season.

LT Trent Williams eyeing return against Colts

LT Trent Williams eyeing return against Colts

After missing last week’s game at San Francisco, Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams hopes to return to lineup against Colts on Sunday

Column

When team needs a voice, there’s a void

When team needs a voice, there’s a void

Washington President and GM Bruce Allen’s absentee leadership charts course to nowhere.

Griffin: ‘I’m here to help this team win’

Griffin: ‘I’m here to help this team win’

In first public comments since benching, Robert Griffin III says he’s preparing to be ready to play, help Redskins win any way he can.

Rematch with Islanders offers rare ‘mini-series’

Rematch with Islanders offers rare ‘mini-series’

The Capitals lost the first game in overtime, but were playing with an eye toward Friday and the second act at Verizon Center.

Snyder, Allen supported Gruden’s decision

Snyder, Allen supported Gruden’s decision

In the last month, as Robert Griffin III made his return from injury, struggled and this week got benched by coach Jay Gruden, debate swirled over the involvement of owner Daniel Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen in the handling of the quarterback.

Jack Hillen ‘was really good’ in first game back

Jack Hillen ‘was really good’ in first game back

What better place to return than Nassau Coliseum, the building where his NHL career launched?

The last three RGIII Thanksgivings

The last three RGIII Thanksgivings

Three Thanksgiving weeks, three times on A1 of The Post, three vastly different circumstances.

Throwback Thursday: Sean Taylor

Throwback Thursday: Sean Taylor

On this day seven years ago, beloved Redskins safety Sean Taylor passed away. His memory looms large and lends perspective.

NFL Thanksgiving TV schedule, previews

NFL Thanksgiving TV schedule, previews

The Bears and Lions kick off the Thanksgiving slate of NFL games, followed by the Eagles-Cowboys and Seahawks-49ers.

Gruden regrets last three losses but doesn’t second-guess starting Griffin

Gruden regrets last three losses but doesn’t second-guess starting Griffin

In making his second quarterback change of the season, Jay Gruden is building a record as a coach who doesn’t play favorites.

College football TV schedule for Thanksgiving weekend

College football TV schedule for Thanksgiving weekend

Iron Bowl highlights this weekend’s slate.

NFL Week 13 ATS picks: Read this before making yours

NFL Week 13 ATS picks: Read this before making yours

Spend your holiday weekend making friendly wagers with your family members.

Best daily fantasy football lineup for Thursday Only leagues in Week 13: DeMarco Murray and Calvin Johnson are solid choices

Best daily fantasy football lineup for Thursday Only leagues in Week 13: DeMarco Murray and Calvin Johnson are solid choices

Murray is the league’s premiere back and is averaging 5.1 yards per carry, 2.9 of them after contact.

Buccaneers’ bar served the most watered-down drink possible

Buccaneers’ bar served the most watered-down drink possible

A pair of tequila shots turned out to be nothing but colored water. Your move, Seattle.

Andrew Wiggins gets a huge swat, but Jabari Parker wins first meeting

Andrew Wiggins gets a huge swat, but Jabari Parker wins first meeting

Milwaukee beats Minnesota in the initial matchup of the players who went 1-2 in the NBA draft.

St. John’s player wears very short shorts

St. John’s player wears very short shorts

The Johnnies beat Minnesota, but all people were talking about was a center’s homage to John Stockton.

Postgame: Caps pleased with effort, but even-strength offense still absent

Postgame: Caps pleased with effort, but even-strength offense still absent

Washington fails to score at even strength for the second straight game, but scrapping one standings point against the NHL’s hottest team was cause for a confidence boost.

Two straight losses and a bit of adversity for the Wizards

Two straight losses and a bit of adversity for the Wizards

The Wizards dropped two games in two nights to fall to 9-5.

Mayweather taunts Pacquiao with Instagram post

Mayweather taunts Pacquiao with Instagram post

Is it another sign that the two are finally getting ready to fight? The boxing world certainly hopes so.

Penalty kills Capitals’ effort

Penalty kills Capitals’ effort

Nicklas Backstrom’s holding penalty in overtime dooms Washington in overtime at Nassau Coliseum.

Chilly reception in Cleveland

Chilly reception in Cleveland

John Wall stumbles to six points and five turnovers while LeBron James scores game-high 29 points as Cavaliers claim payback for blowout loss in Washington.

Conflicted Fuller parents have the perfect jersey

Conflicted Fuller parents have the perfect jersey

Corey Fuller’s Lions jersey is combined with Kyle Fuller’s Bears jersey, and it’s actually not that bad of a look.

Saints tight end’s thoughts on Ferguson go viral

Saints tight end’s thoughts on Ferguson go viral

Benjamin Watson’s deeply thoughtful post has been shared more than 250,000 times.

Calling a reverse

Calling a reverse

In benching Robert Griffin III for Colt McCoy, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden felt he risked losing locker room, undermining message of accountability, and was compelled to act.

For RGIII, the end is in sight

For RGIII, the end is in sight

The move to bench Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was seen as a stunning decision from which there is no return.

Redskins react to Griffin benching news

Redskins react to Griffin benching news

“I feel for him,” fullback Darrel Young says. “I know what type of guy he is.“

After benching, Griffin says little to reporters

After benching, Griffin says little to reporters

While the media circus swirled in Ashburn, the quarterback talked with reporters, but did not answer questions about being benched. It wasn’t clear if that was his choice.

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The Kickoff: RGIII news may be good for McCoy

The Kickoff: RGIII news may be good for McCoy

After a string of injuries, losses, and poor performances, the Redskins' coach Jay Gruden has benched quarterback Robert Griffin III for the next game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Washington Post's Jason Reid explains why this may be a big opportunity for Colt McCoy.

Discuss Wizards at Cavaliers

Discuss Wizards at Cavaliers

Washington and Cleveland meet for the second time in five nights.

49ers’ safety Eric Reid calls rival Richard Sherman’s bizarre press conference “awesome“

49ers’ safety Eric Reid calls rival Richard Sherman’s bizarre press conference “awesome“

“Everything he said was true,” the safety said of Sherman, who called the NFL a “hypocritical” organization alongside a cardboard cutout of his teammate Doug Baldwin.

McCoy doesn’t plan to change approach

McCoy doesn’t plan to change approach

Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy goes through his usual preparations after being named the starter against the Indianapolis Colts.

Injury report: Hatcher, Biggers sit

Injury report: Hatcher, Biggers sit

Defensive end Jason Hatcher did not practice on Wednesday because of an injury to his right knee. Meanwhile cornerback E.J. Biggers didn’t practice while being monitored for concussion-like symptoms.

Column

Desperate, and dangers only to themselves

Desperate, and dangers only to themselves

COLUMN | From owner Dan Snyder to coaches to quarterbacks, Redskins try too hard and succeed too rarely.

Concerns in common for Commonwealth Cup

Concerns in common for Commonwealth Cup

Virginia Tech and Virginia enter their rivalry game seeking bowl eligibility and with their coaching staffs under scrutiny.

Porter to IR, Minnifield to 53-man roster

Porter to IR, Minnifield to 53-man roster

The Redskins have placed cornerback Tracy Porter on injured reserve with a AC joint separation in his right shoulder. The team promoted cornerback Chase Minnifield from the practice squad to fill Porter’s spot on the 53-man roster.

Capitals head to Long Island

Capitals head to Long Island

LIVE DISCUSSION | Washington visits Nassau Coliseum for the first of two consecutive games against streaking New York, which has won four straight and nine of 10.

The photographer who ‘got fired on Twitter’ for seemingly gawking at Odell Beckham’s catch still has a job

The photographer who ‘got fired on Twitter’ for seemingly gawking at Odell Beckham’s catch still has a job

Andrew Mills became famous on Twitter after being captured seemingly not doing his job. Well, he says he was and has the shot to prove it.

Gruden: Book not closed on RGIII

Gruden: Book not closed on RGIII

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Robert Griffin III hasn’t played well, but has a future in the NFL. Meanwhile, to stem the offensive regression, Gruden things McCoy is the best option.

NCS’s Fish signs with Michigan

NCS’s Fish signs with Michigan

TRACK AND FIELD | National Cathedral senior Jeryne Fish signs her national letter-of-intent with the Wolverines.

Fantasy Scout: Week 13

Fantasy Scout: Week 13

How to get an edge on the fantasy gridiron this weekend.

New York DJ and Redskins fan Peter Rosenberg stands by RGIII, won’t watch Colts game

New York DJ and Redskins fan Peter Rosenberg stands by RGIII, won’t watch Colts game

Hot 97 host is not happy with Jay Gruden’s decision to bench Griffin.

Stats changes made in Wizards’ loss to Hawks

Stats changes made in Wizards’ loss to Hawks

The Wizards were credited with 20 turnovers, not the original 25, though it remains a season high.

London will return to coach U-Va. football next season

London will return to coach  U-Va. football next season

The announcement by Athletic Director Craig Littlepage removes uncertainty before regular season finale vs. Virginia Tech.

Pierce is Northwest’s on-field coach

Pierce is Northwest’s on-field coach

FOOTBALL | Still only a junior, Northwest quarterback Mark Pierce has mastered a sophisticated offense, and the Jaguars depend on his good decision-making.

Slovakian hockey team mistakenly plays the Soviet national anthem for visiting Russian KHL team

Slovakian hockey team mistakenly plays the Soviet national anthem for visiting Russian KHL team

After a few awkward looks, the Russian players didn’t seem to mind it.

Column

A real opportunity for McCoy

A real opportunity for McCoy

COLUMN | Accuracy, mental toughness endear quarterback Colt McCoy to Redskins Coach Jay Gruden, and he could start in Washington for a good while.

Ole Miss, Alabama hope bowls of Egg and Iron serve up revenge

Ole Miss, Alabama hope bowls of Egg and Iron serve up revenge

As college football season draws closer to its close, rivalry games burst with potential playoff impact.