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Gruden stresses positives
in assessing Griffin’s play

After Saturday’s victory, it appears that the coach-quarterback relationship just might get a fresh start.

Cowboys take NFC East

Tony Romo throws four touchdown passes as Dallas claims the division title for the first time since 2009.

Maryland tops Oklahoma St.

Jake Layman and Jared Nickens lead the No. 17 Terrapins to a résumé-building win, boosting their record to 11-1.

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Seeds of destruction and rebirth

Gilbert Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton never recovered from bringing guns into Wizards locker room, but sorry episode triggered a roster overhaul.

TV and radio listings for Dec. 22

TV and radio listings for Dec. 22

Your daily guide to the world of sports on television and radio.

Blackhawks dedicate win over Maple Leafs to assistant who died too soon

Blackhawks dedicate win over Maple Leafs to assistant who died too soon

A 34-year-old assistant equipment manager was found dead Sunday morning.

New York Rangers held a moment of silence for two slain NYPD officers

New York Rangers held a moment of silence for two slain NYPD officers

Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were honored before Sunday’s game against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden.

Richard Sherman was given another chance to diss Patrick Peterson, and he took it

Richard Sherman was given another chance to diss Patrick Peterson, and he took it

The Seahawks cornerback tells Bob Costas that he “would be benched” if he gave up as many touchdowns as his Cardinals counterpart.

Win streak over as Wizards fall flat

Win streak over as Wizards fall flat

A victory would have cemented the Wizards’ best start in franchise history. Instead, a poor shooting night at Verizon Center helps Phoenix put a halt to Washington’s win streak.

Andrew Luck got pulled from the Colts-Cowboys game, and fantasy owners were NOT happy

Andrew Luck got pulled from the Colts-Cowboys game, and fantasy owners were NOT happy

The Colts quarterback left having scored around zero points in most fantasy leagues’ championship week.

Gruden stresses positives
in assessing Griffin’s play

Gruden stresses positives <br>in assessing Griffin’s play

After Saturday’s victory, it appears that the coach-quarterback relationship just might get a fresh start.

Cowboys take NFC East

Cowboys take NFC East

Tony Romo throws four touchdown passes as Dallas claims the division title for the first time since 2009.

Virginia crushes Harvard, 76-27

Virginia crushes Harvard, 76-27

Crimson scores just one field goal in the first half, tying an NCAA record during the shot clock era, against unbeaten Cavaliers (11-0).

Brawl between Giants and Rams is totally out of bounds

Brawl between Giants and Rams is totally out of bounds

Four players get ejected after melee breaks out along Giants’ sideline.

NFC South humiliation complete with Saints loss

NFC South humiliation complete with Saints loss

The Saints’ defeat Sunday to the Falcons means that no NFC South team can reach .500.

Dolphins’ Joe Philbin will be back as coach, owner says in surprise announcement

Dolphins’ Joe Philbin will be back as coach, owner says in surprise announcement

Stephen Ross ends suspense a week before the end of the regular season.

Jameis Winston cleared of any wrongdoing in Florida State hearing

Jameis Winston cleared of any wrongdoing in Florida State hearing

The quarterback, who had been accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student, will play in the Seminoles’ semifinal playoff game against Oregon.

Wizards vs. Suns: Game 26 discussion thread

Wizards vs. Suns: Game 26 discussion thread

The Wizards are a win away from the best start in franchise history.

Nene content with coming off the bench until foot improves

Nene content with coming off the bench until foot improves

Big man has come off the bench since returning from plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

Lightning strike at Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium sends fans to hospital

Roughly a half-dozen were affected in the postgame storm.

Trent Murphy a ‘long shot’ to play against Dallas

Trent Murphy a ‘long shot’ to play against Dallas

Rookie linebacker Trent Murphy appears unlikely to play in next Sunday’s season finale against the Cowboys after breaking his hand early in Saturday night’s win over the Eagles.

Gruden: Wins, losses pivotal in RGIII evaluation

Redskins coach says end result is what matters most.

Maryland tops Oklahoma St.

Maryland tops Oklahoma St.

Jake Layman and Jared Nickens lead the No. 17 Terrapins to a résumé-building win, boosting their record to 11-1.

Yankees will pay for education for children of slain New York police officer Rafael Ramos

Yankees will pay for education for children of slain New York police officer Rafael Ramos

Foundation created by George Steinbrenner 32 years ago will step up again.

Giants’ Tom Coughlin honors slain NYPD police officers with black stripe on shoulder, peace sign

Giants’ Tom Coughlin honors slain NYPD police officers with black stripe on shoulder, peace sign

Rafael Ramos, Wenjian Liu were remembered by Nick Mangold as well.

No. 6 Virginia slams Harvard, 76-27

No. 6 Virginia slams Harvard, 76-27

Mike Tobey scores 15 points in the first half and Virginia holds Harvard to one field goal before the break.

Lions’ Dominic Raiola stomps on Bears player; what will the NFL do about it?

There’s precedent for a suspension, although Raiola was not ejected.

Johnny Manziel injured, Brian Hoyer in at quarterback for Browns (updated)

Johnny Manziel injured, Brian Hoyer in at quarterback for Browns (updated)

Hamstring injury sidelines Johnny Football.

Cam Newton strong in first game since his car accident

Cam Newton strong in first game since his car accident

In the first half, Newton completed 9 of 16 passes for 82 yards and added 35 more on the ground, including a two-yard touchdown run.

Column

Dan Snyder’s losing record

Dan Snyder’s losing record

COUCH SLOUCH | Since buying the Washington’s NFL franchise in 1999, Snyder has made one mistake after another.

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

“The Greatest,” who is 72, has battled Parkinson’s for years.

If fired, Rex Ryan leaves the Jets in bad shape

If fired, Rex Ryan leaves the Jets in bad shape

The Jets have a 3-11 record under Rex Ryan this season, the fewest wins since taking over head coaching job.

David Letterman spent five minutes on the world’s worst Redskins joke

David Letterman spent five minutes on the world’s worst Redskins joke

This is possibly the worst Redskins name segment in late-night history.

Jets’ Nick Mangold wears ‘NYPD’ cap a day after fatal shootings in Brooklyn

Jets’ Nick Mangold wears ‘NYPD’ cap a day after fatal shootings in Brooklyn

Less than 24 hours before gametime, two police officers were shot to death in an ambush in Brooklyn.

Capitals’ ‘trap games’ concern Barry Trotz

Capitals’ ‘trap games’ concern Barry Trotz

The Capitals have Sunday off, with three critical road games ahead, but cannot afford to overlook their lone home game before the calendar year ends.

Chargers’ Philip Rivers is playing despite a bulging disk

Chargers’ Philip Rivers is playing despite a bulging disk

He still managed to engineer a 38-35 overtime win over San Francisco.

John Wall speaks at Miyah Telemaque-Nelson’s funeral, posts statement on Instagram

John Wall speaks at Miyah Telemaque-Nelson’s funeral, posts statement on Instagram

Wall took to Instagram to post a photo of Telemaque-Nelson and encourage for donations in her honor.

Trotz explains scratching Schmidt, benching Wilson

The Capitals’ coach gave similar explanations for each move involving a young skater: “You have to give them a little jolt.”

Three reasons why RGIII got his first victory since 2013

Three reasons why RGIII got his first victory since 2013

A simplified game plan and more accurate passing was key to the Redskins’ win over the Eagles.

Kerrigan extends sack streak to five games

Kerrigan extends sack streak to five games

With his sack-fumble in the first quarter, outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan added to his career-high total and also extended his streak of games with at least one sack to five games.

Mike Shanahan hasn’t given up on Jay Cutler. (Neither have the Titans.)

Mike Shanahan hasn’t given up on Jay Cutler. (Neither have the Titans.)

Someone sounds like he’s ready to coach again in interview on ESPN’s “Sunday Countdown.“

Mike Shanahan talks RGIII

Mike Shanahan talks RGIII

The former coach talks about the Redskins and his former quarterback on ESPN’s “Sunday Countdown.”

Five observations from the Redskins’ win over the Eagles

Five observations from the Redskins’ win over the Eagles

The Redskins did a number of good things as they got their first win since Oct. 27.

Saints and Falcons battle for the NFC South

Saints and Falcons battle for the NFC South

New Orleans and Atlanta have a combined 11-17 record with neither above .500 mark, yet Sunday’s game will go a long way to deciding who will represent the division in the playoffs.

Lindsey Vonn crashes in super-G, suffers minor elbow injury

Lindsey Vonn crashes in super-G, suffers minor elbow injury

Fortunately, her surgically repaired knee is fine.

Morris tops 1,000-yard mark

Morris tops 1,000-yard mark

With his 21-carry, 83-yard performance in Washington’s 27-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, running back Alfred Morris went over the 1,000-yard mark on the season.

Maryland basketball at Oklahoma State: Previewing the game

Maryland basketball at Oklahoma State: Previewing the game

Playing its first true road game of the season, No. 17 Maryland looks for fourth straight win in Stillwater.

Veterans sing Breeland’s praises

Veterans sing Breeland’s praises

Bashaud Breeland’s big interception won him praise from teammates. “That dude has ice-cold veins, man. Play of the year,” Stephen Bowen said.

Postgame: Heavy hitters carry Capitals to 4-0 rout of Devils

Postgame: Heavy hitters carry Capitals to 4-0 rout of Devils

Two goals from Nicklas Backstrom, one from Alex Ovechkin and one from Mike Green power Washington to its sixth win in eight games.

Williams says toppling Eagles was worth the pain

Williams says toppling Eagles was worth the pain

With only one usable arm after fourth-quarter collision, Washington left tackle Trent Williams refused to remain sidelined against Philadelphia.

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Knights outlast Crusaders 65-50

Knights outlast Crusaders 65-50

No. 4 O'Connell improves to 8-0 on the season with their strong victory over No. 12 Riverdale Baptist.