Kendall Fuller's Week 12 interception against the Atlanta Falcons, off a Daron Payne deflection, secured the Commanders' sixth win in seven games. Washington (7-5) now turns its attention to the New York Giants (7-4), who sit a half-game ahead of the Commanders for the sixth seed in the NFC. Here's what to watch for when the Commanders host the Giants (1 p.m., Fox). - Stop Barkley. When Washington's defense takes the field Sunday, it'll face the arduous task of trying to wrangle the Giants' potent rushing attack. Headlined by resurgent running back Saquon Barkley, the Giants rank sixth in the NFL in rushing, averaging 151.1 yards per game. In a contract year, Barkley, whose 992 rushing yards rank fourth in the NFL, has been the driving force behind the Giants' surprising start to the season. But as the calendar flips to December, the former Penn State star's level of productivity has slowed; his 224 carries (second-most in the NFL) may have begun to take a toll. The Giants … [Read more...] about Commanders keys vs. Giants: Limit Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones in run game
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 HAWARA, West Bank (AP) — A makeshift sidewalk memorial with a Palestinian flag and a mourning notice paid tribute Saturday to a 22-year-old Palestinian whose death at the hands of an Israeli border police officer — four pistol shots from close range — was captured on widely shared amateur video. A day after the shooting in the occupied West Bank town of Hawara, Palestinians pushed back against Israeli police claims that Ammar Adili was shot in self defense after he attacked Israelis, including a border policeman. and resisted arrest. They said the officer killed Adili without justification, and that Israeli security forces prevented Palestinian medics from trying to save the gravely wounded man as he lay on the sidewalk of a busy thoroughfare. The 38-second video begins with a tussle between the border police officer and three Palestinians, … [Read more...] about Palestinians say killing caught on video was unjustified
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 RAYYAN, Qatar - The U.S. men's national soccer team had reached the knockout stage of the World Cup with a blend of defensive excellence, precocious poise and unflinching confidence. Even though goals were scarce, the formula carried the young squad through group play unbeaten and injected belief that it could take yet another step on the sport's greatest stage. But the things that carried the Americans into the round of 16 were missing Saturday, and a World Cup campaign that brought hope and harrowing moments, a courageous winning goal in the group finale and stirred interest back home, came to a close with a 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands at Khalifa International Stadium. The Dutch, ranked No. 8 and a 2010 finalist, scored twice in the first half, including a backbreaker for the United States seconds before intermission. Substitute Haji Wright … [Read more...] about USMNT’s hopeful World Cup run fizzles out with loss to the Netherlands
When the new beginning ended, the television cameras found Tyler Adams absorbing the disappointment. The 23-year-old captain of the U.S. men's national soccer team, the youngest of anyone carrying that title at this World Cup, sat with his legs crossed and head down. Teammates and coaches came by, one at a time, to kneel and encourage him. Adams remained in the middle of the field, thinking and hurting for several minutes, until an American teammate and Dutch opponent extended their arms and helped Adams to his feet. It was the final, humbling scene of a spirited American recovery at this tournament. With a 3-1 victory, the Netherlands ousted the U.S. during the round of 16 on Saturday. No one is hustling to schedule a parade after this outcome, but for a program writhing near rock bottom and enduring ridicule four years ago, this run felt joyous. The incremental progress was clear, but more than that, the players performed in a matter that indicates they are on a path to immense … [Read more...] about Don’t view the USMNT’s loss as the end. It’s a down payment on the future.
CALGARY - Erik Gustafsson joined the Washington Capitals in the offseason as a low-risk, low-cost veteran set to be a third-pairing defenseman alongside Trevor van Riemsdyk. He had a strong offensive résumé, producing a 60-point season only a few years prior in Chicago, but there were questions about his play in the defensive zone. He has, in large measure, answered those concerns in recent weeks, flourishing in an elevated role in the wake of an injury to Dmitry Orlov. "You got to step up when guys are gone and I think it's been going well," Gustafsson said. "The last couple of years I haven't really got that defensive trust. Coaches, they didn't really trust me . . . feels like the coaches here [in Washington] trust me." Gustafsson, who signed a one-year, $800,000 deal in July, has been paired on the top line with John Carlson for the past month. Gustafsson, 30, has also spearheaded the second unit power play, taking over Orlov's duties on special teams. "He's been … [Read more...] about Erik Gustafsson, a low-risk signing, has delivered for the Capitals
RAYYAN, Qatar - As the American soccer players took their sadness and their hope and exited this World Cup on Saturday night, they passed through the mixed zone, a strange and familiar maze of padded barricades and ad-rich walls at global sporting events where athletes sometimes stop in front of gaggles of reporters and share insights or non-insights on what just happened. The Americans stopped, one by one by one, and unwittingly built a sort of staccato chorus that told of their pain at their 3-1 shooing from the Netherlands, their sense that they might have done more, and their sense that they might do more. They offered a bit of What I Learned At The World Cup, as when goalkeeper Matt Turner said, "I think the biggest thing is the margins of success or failure in this tournament are just so paper-thin," or when the youngest captain at this World Cup, Tyler Adams said, "If there's anything this team will take away from it, it comes down to the margins," or when veteran DeAndre … [Read more...] about The pain and promise of the USMNT’s World Cup exit
Fans on Reddit have turned against Kanye West, transforming a subreddit dedicated to him into a page promoting Holocaust education within hours of Ye's most recent antisemitic comments. r/Kanye, a 700,000-member space on Reddit where fans once discussed Ye's music, fashion and other endeavors, has been flooded with posts providing information about the persecution of Jews during the Holocaust and denouncing antisemitism. The page offered a spontaneous show of support for Jewish Americans and a visual representation of pushback against West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, after weeks of his antisemitic remarks. It came after Ye on Thursday said he liked Adolf Hitler and later tweeted an image of a swastika. "As a Jew and an early Kanye fan," one commenter posted, "I never looked in this sub[reddit] until this morning and I saw all the holocaust remembrance posts. I'm in . . . tears right now. Thank you for standing up for us." The posts include Holocaust-related … [Read more...] about Reddit users turn Kanye West page into a Holocaust awareness forum