AP sources: Snyder agrees to $6.05B sale of NFL's Commanders
Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that a group led by Josh Harris and Mitchell Rales and including Magic Johnson has an agreement in principle to buy the Washington Commanders from longtime owner Dan Snyder.
Washington trails New Orleans Saints, 20 - 13
Jameis Winston connected with Marquez Callaway on a 49-yard Hail Mary touchdown at the end of the first half to give New Orleans a 20-13 lead on Washington. There were 8 seconds on the clock when Winston snapped the ball, and he lofted it into a crowd in the end zone.
Snyder to buy out other Washington owners, pending approval
FILE - Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder walks off the field before the start of an NFL football game against Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md., in this Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, file photo. Dan Snyder is buying out the Washington Football Team's minority owners and will become the sole owner of the club. An NFL spokesman confirmed Snyder's application for a debt waiver of $450 million was approved by the finance committee and that the deal is pending approval from owners. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)Dan Snyder is buying out the Washington Football Team’s minority owners and will become the sole owner of the club. An NFL spokesman on Wednesday confirmed that Snyder’s application for a debt waiver of $450 million was approved by the finance committee and that the deal is pending approval from team owners.
Washington reaches agreement with receiver Curtis Samuel
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel catches a touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Roanoke Valley Sports Club hosts Washington’s Logan Thomas
SALEM, Va. – The Roanoke Valley Sports Club hosted Logan Thomas on Monday night. The former Brookville standout and former Virginia Tech quarterback spoke to a room full of dozens, recounting his playing days on the high school gridiron and his journey to the NFL. I really couldn’t ask for anything more-- all my years from Brookville to Virginia Tech to now with [Washington] Football Team. Logan Thomas signs a Virginia Tech mini helmet at the Roanoke Valley Sports Club (WSLS)The 2020-2021 season was by far the most productive for the quarterback-turned-tight end. I think I’ve learned a lot, taught a lot and figured some things out there and I feel right at home in Washington,” Thomas said.
AP source: Washington tells Alex Smith he's being released
Washington has informed Alex Smith the team is releasing the veteran quarterback, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision. The team informed Smith he's being released, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision. AdThose warm and fuzzy feelings evaporated not long after Smith led Washington to its first playoff berth in five years. When Allen injured his right ankle, Smith started at Detroit on Nov. 15 and threw for 390 yards in a 30-27 loss. Washington went 11-5 in games Smith started during his time with the team and 5-26 in games he didn't.
Washington replacing cheerleading team with coed dance team
FILE - Washington Football Team cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., in this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, file photo. The Washington Football Team will not have cheerleaders for the 2021 season as part of an organizational rebranding. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr., File)Washington will not have cheerleaders for the first time since the NFL’s longest-running cheerleading team was founded in 1962, with a coed dance team taking its place. Wright has said he expects “Washington Football Team” to continue for 2021 with a new, permanent name to be ready in 2022. “My goal is to create this team, reinvent this team and make it more modern.”___AdMore AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Ex-Washington employees ask NFL to release report findings
Owner Dan Snyder hired lawyer Beth Wilkinson to conduct an independent investigation in July after several female former employees made allegations of workplace sexual harassment. The NFL in July took over control of the investigation. A spokesman said the NFL had not yet received the final report. “There must be accountability for the actions we believe are detailed in this report,” the employees wrote in their letter to Goodell. Seventeen former employees signed the letter to Goodell by name and three others anonymously.
QB Heinicke re-signs with Washington for $8.75M over 2 years
Washington re-signed quarterback Taylor Heinicke to an $8.75 million, two-year contract, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)Washington re-signed quarterback Taylor Heinicke on Wednesday to a two-year, $8.75 million contract. Heinicke was out of football and taking college classes online when Washington signed him to the practice squad in December. “We all saw how Taylor Heinicke played in the playoff game,” executive vice president of personnel and football Marty Hurney said. Signed to be the “quarantine quarterback," Heinicke went 12 of 19 for 137 yards and a touchdown in that game.
The Latest: Packers' Aaron Rodgers wins 3rd MVP Award
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers passes during the first half of the NFC championship NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Rodgers received 44 votes, followed by Buffalo’s Josh Allen with four, and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, the 2018 MVP, with two. ___9:52 p.m.For turning around a moribund Cleveland franchise, overcoming injuries and COVID-19 concerns, Kevin Stefanski is The Associated Press 2020 NFL Coach of the Year. Ad___9:20 p.m.Justin Herbert is the latest quarterback to win The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year award. ___8:08 p.m.Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has won The Associated Press NFL Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Washington's King 1st Black female assistant position coach
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Washington promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach Tuesday, making her the first Black female assistant position coach in the NFL. She is the second woman in league history to be an assistant position coach after Tampa Bay’s assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. King spent the 2020 season as a full-year coaching intern under Ron Rivera and worked with running backs coach Randy Jordan. “I am very pleased to have coach King back to assist me full time in the running backs room,” Jordan said. Tampa Bay had two: Locust and assistant strength and conditioning coach Maral Javadifar, and coach Bruce Arians called women in coaching “the wave of the future.”“This game, it’s a tremendous game,” Rivera said.
Washington Football Team announces new general manager
The Washington Football Team now has a new general manager. Martin Mayhew will now be at the helm, according to an announcement from the team made Friday morning. Mayhew has 20 seasons of NFL experience and was general manager of the Detroit Lions for eight seasons. He also played on the Washington Football Team from 1989 to 1992 and was on the Super Bowl XXVI team. “Martin is a proven general manager who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization,” said Head Coach Ron Rivera.
The Latest: Wizards-Bucks game postponed
That can mean a positive COVID-19 test, an inconclusive test or potential exposure to someone who tested positive. He was pulled at halftime of Memphis’ game against Brooklyn on Jan. 8 but played the Grizzlies’ next game Jan. 11 against Cleveland. ___The Atlantic Coast Conference announced that Saturday's Pittsburgh-Boston College men’s basketball game has been postponed. The conference also said Pittsburgh's men's game at Wake Forest scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7, will move to this Saturday evening. ___Georgetown’s men’s basketball game at Xavier scheduled for next week has been postponed because of a coronavirus-related issue in the Hoyas’ program.
Sarah Thomas to be 1st female to officiate at Super Bowl
Sarah Thomas will cap her sixth NFL season by becoming the first female to officiate the Super Bowl in NFL history. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)NEW YORK – Sarah Thomas will cap her sixth NFL season by becoming the first female to officiate the Super Bowl in NFL history. “Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official,” said Troy Vincent, Sr., the NFL's executive vice resident of football operations. "Her elite performance and commitment to excellence has earned her the right to officiate the Super Bowl. This will be the first Super Bowl for Coleman as well as Thomas and second for Cheffers, Bryan, Baynes, Hall and Paganelli.
AP sources: Eagles won't be penalized for QB decisions
(AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Eagles won’t be penalized after the NFL looked into the way the team handled its quarterback decisions in the final regular-season game against Washington, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to reveal the conversations. The Eagles trailed by a field goal when Sudfeld, who hadn’t thrown a pass in a game since 2018, entered. Giants players and their fans were angry that Pederson benched Hurts, feeling the Eagles tanked. Eagles running back Miles Sanders, who was one of several starters inactive for the game, also was critical of Pederson’s decision to bench Hurts.
Brady vs. Brees: A matchup for the ages and aged
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The NFL has never seen a playoff matchup quite like the upcoming one between Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Drew Brees’ New Orleans Saints. Brees has thrown for more yards than any QB in the regular season with 80,358 and ranks second in TD passes with 571. Brady holds the mark for touchdowns with 581 and trails only Brees in yardage with 79,204. The combined age of the starting quarterbacks will be an NFL-record 85, surpassing the 84 from their two starts in the regular season this season. The team that swept the regular season series won 14 of the previous 22 matchups, which bodes well for the Saints this week.
The Latest: Browns open 28-0 lead over Steelers
The Browns have raced to a 28-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns’ 28 points are the most by any team in the first quarter of a playoff game since the 1970 merger. So, this will be the first NFL playoff game ever pitting two quadragenarian quarterbacks. Drew Brees is trying to join Brett Favre and Tom Brady as quarterbacks to win a playoff game after turning 40. That was his third career playoff game with 150 or more rushing yards, one game shy of Hall of Famer Terrell Davis’ record.
Washington falls to Tampa Bay in Wild Card game, 31-23
Brady threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 31-23 win at FedExField. Tampa Bay then answered with a field goal to take a 31-23 lead with 2:49 remaining. Heinicke drove Washington to the Tampa Bay 49-yard line with just over two minutes left, but the drive stalled on downs and Tampa Bay ran out the clock with Washington out of timeouts. Tampa Bay took a 9-0 lead after the first quarter, but Washington cut its deficit to 9-7 with 12:59 left in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by J.D. Tampa Bay added a field goal with 1:50 left in the first half and held an 18-7 lead at halftime.
Washington trails Tampa Bay Buccaneers at halftime, 18-7
LANDOVER, MARYLAND - JANUARY 09: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown #81 during the 1st quarter of the game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on January 09, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)It wasn’t a good start to the Washington Football Team’s first playoff game since 2015. When the game began, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got off to an early lead and currently hold an 18-7 advantage at halftime over Washington. Tampa Bay took a 9-0 lead after the first quarter, but Washington cut its deficit to 9-7 with 12:59 left in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by J.D. Tampa Bay added a field goal with 1:50 left in the first half to take an 18-7 lead.
The Latest: 3 Mavericks players out under COVID-19 protocols
The people say one was because of a positive test for COVID-19 and the other two for contact tracing protocols. On the women’s side, the Cavaliers remain in COVID-19 protocols and haven’t played since Dec. 13 with four straight games postponed. LSU will visit Mississippi on Saturday night after both teams had their originally scheduled games postponed. ___Defender Matthijs De Ligt is the third Juventus player to test positive for COVID-19 in a week. ___The Georgia State men’s basketball team postponed games against Troy on Friday and Saturday and paused all team activities following multiple positive COVID-19 tests.
Browns don't practice again as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on team
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield looks to throw during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Cleveland. However, a league spokesman said Thursday there “is no change to the status of the game” at Heinz Field. As his first postseason appearance draws near, Mayfield said he's been doing all he can at home to get ready. For special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, Sunday's game is a scenario he knew was possible due to the pandemic. “Make no mistake, this is Kevin’s team,” said Priefer, a Cleveland native.
Washington beats the Eagles 20-14, captures NFC East title
Washington Football Team's Logan Thomas (82) catches a touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles' T.J. Edwards (57) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes and Washington beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 Sunday night to capture the lowly NFC East. “This one’s special just because of how hard it was," said Washington coach Ron Rivera, who overcame a form of skin cancer during the season. Washington opened the season with a 27-17 victory over the Eagles. Eagles: They face difficult decisions in the offseason, including figuring out which quarterback they plan to build around for 2021.
Washington Football Team beats Philadelphia, 20-14, wins NFC East
Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Washington Football Team warms up prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles. For the first time since 2015, the Washington Football Team is headed to the NFL playoffs. In a do-or-die game at Philadelphia, Washington pulled out a 20-14 win over the Eagles to clinch the NFC East and earn the right to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Wild Card game at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Washington (7-9) became the fifth team in NFL history to qualify for the playoffs with a losing record. After a scoreless third quarter, Washington went up 20-14 on another 42-yard field goal by Hopkins with 7:42 remaining in the game.
Washington Football Team leads Philadelphia, 17-14, at halftime
Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Washington Football Team warms up prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Washington Football Team leads Philadelphia 17-14 at halftime of a win-or-go home game. If Washington wins, it wins the NFC East and will host Tampa Bay in a playoff game next weekend. Things looked good early for Washington, which took a 10-0 lead after the first quarter. Washington then took a 10-0 lead with 2:06 remaining in the first quarter on a 42-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins.