This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 During the early portion of most practices, the Washington Commanders defensive line runs through a drill that usually draws an audience "Here we go!" defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina begins, his voice booming. "There it is!" he says, as tackle Daron Payne swats the ball. "I see you, Big Payne!" One at a time, the linemen put their weight into a padded sled to lift it like a blocker, drop it with a thud, then jump to bat a volleyball Zgonina tosses from about 10 yards away. Comical as it is at times to watch 300-pound linemen lunge for volleyballs, the drill has a purpose. On Sunday, Payne deflected a pass that cornerback Kendall Fuller then intercepted to seal Washington's victory over the Atlanta Falcons. "I said on the sidelines, 'Way to go; you're taking the drill to the field,' and the guys started laughing," Zgonina said. "They don't want to hear that." Washington's … [Read more...] about With Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne, Commanders may have NFL’s best DT duo
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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
WASHINGTON - Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) woke up thoroughly depressed one late June morning earlier this year. His best friend in Congress had lost his primary race to a MAGA Republican, leaving Joyce to think about both losing his wingman but also the direction of his party. "What am I doing here?" the five-term Midwestern moderate recalled thinking. If he hadn't already won his own primary weeks earlier, Joyce acknowledged that he might have just given up and retired. Instead, after winning another two-year term by more than 20 percentage points last month, Joyce has thrown himself into the deep end of the House Republican Conference's ideological swimming pool. He's the new chairman of the Republican Governance Group, a collection of just under 50 GOP lawmakers who quietly like to see Congress function. They often end up under siege from what he calls "the exotics" from the far-right flank, the loudest, most media-seeking Republicans who pine for former president Donald … [Read more...] about ‘Everybody’s a Joe Manchin.’ A GOP moderate looks ahead to a very narrowly divided House
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
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 17 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ty Zentner kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime as 13th-ranked Kansas State beat No. 3 TCU 31-28 in the Big 12 championship game Saturday, leaving the Horned Frogs to wait another day to find out if they had already done enough to get into the four-team College Football Playoff. The Wildcats set up the winning field goal after TCU (12-1) had the opening possession of overtime and Kendre Miller was stopped short on consecutive plays from inside the 1. Deuce Vaughn ran for 130 yards and a touchdown and Will Howard threw two TDs for the Wildcats (10-3, No. 10 CFP), who six weeks earlier had jumped out to a 28-10 lead early in the second quarter before TCU scored the game’s last 28 points. That was one of five games the Horned Frogs (12-1, No. 3 CFP) won when trailing after … [Read more...] about No. 3 TCU loses 31-28 in OT to K-State in Big 12 title game
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.