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Feb 10, 2014

Lawmakers call NFL on Redskins name: it’s an insult, not honor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. lawmakers on Monday rejected the National Football League’s claim that the Washington Redskins name was an honor to Native Americans and urged the sports league to recognize it as a racial slur and back changing the name.

In a letter to the National Football League, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state, and Republican U.S. Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma criticized the league for defending the name.

Dec 23, 2013

Ravens need a wild-card berth after pounding by Patriots

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The New England Patriots pounded the Baltimore Ravens 41-7 on Sunday to leave the defending Super Bowl champions in a precarious three-way tie for the AFC’s final wild-card spot.

Quarterback Tom Brady completed 14 of 26 passes for a modest 172 yards and a touchdown and LeGarrette Blount rushed for two scores in the Patriots’ lopsided victory.

Dec 12, 2013

Ripken opens the door to managing, sort of

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Despite gaining a little weight and losing the rest of his hair since walking away from baseball a dozen years ago, Cal Ripken, Jr. remains instantly recognizable.

It doesn’t matter if it’s downtown Baltimore or some tiny hamlet in Puget Sound, jaws drop and eyes open wide when he enters a room.

Aug 4, 2013

Del Potro overcomes shaky start to beat Isner in DC final

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina overcame a shaky opening set to defeat big-serving American John Isner 3-6 6-1 6-2 on Sunday and win the $1.3 million Citi Open, underscoring his status as a major threat at the upcoming U.S. Open.

Del Potro, playing in his first tournament since losing to Novak Djokovic in an epic Wimbledon semi-final a month ago, was at his best when it mattered most, converting four of six break-point chances.

Aug 4, 2013

Tennis-Del Potro overcomes shaky start to beat Isner in DC final

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina overcame a shaky opening set to defeat big-serving American John Isner 3-6 6-1 6-2 on Sunday and win the $1.3 million Citi Open, underscoring his status as a major threat at the upcoming U.S. Open.

Del Potro, playing in his first tournament since losing to Novak Djokovic in an epic Wimbledon semi-final a month ago, was at his best when it mattered most, converting four of six break-point chances.

Aug 4, 2013

Big-serving Isner reaches final in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American John Isner moved closer to his second title in as many weeks by blasting 29 aces to despatch Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov 6-7(7) 6-3 6-4 and reach the final of the $1.3 million Citi Open on Saturday.

Isner will face the winner of Saturday’s late match between top seed Juan Martin del Potro and Tommy Haas for the title on Sunday.

Aug 4, 2013

Tennis-Big-serving Isner reaches final in Washington

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – American John Isner moved closer to his second title in as many weeks by blasting 29 aces to despatch Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov 6-7(7) 6-3 6-4 and reach the final of the $1.3 million Citi Open on Saturday.

Isner will face the winner of Saturday’s late match between top seed Juan Martin del Potro and Tommy Haas for the title on Sunday.

Aug 3, 2013

Isner blasts 29 aces to stop Tursunov and reach DC final

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American John Isner moved closer to his second title in as many weeks by blasting 29 aces to defeat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-7 (7) 6-3 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the $1.3 million Citi Open.

In Sunday’s final, Isner will face the winner of the Saturday’s late match pitting top-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro against number three Tommy Haas of Germany.

Aug 3, 2013

Tennis-Isner blasts 29 aces to stop Tursunov and reach DC final

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – American John Isner moved closer to his second title in as many weeks by blasting 29 aces to defeat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-7 (7) 6-3 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the $1.3 million Citi Open.

In Sunday’s final, Isner will face the winner of the Saturday’s late match pitting top-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro against number three Tommy Haas of Germany.

Jun 25, 2013

Swisher’s numbers are down but his energy is not

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Nick Swisher struts toward his locker with his arms moving in an exaggerated motion that might symbolize ocean waves, but only he knows for sure.

He plops down in a chair with a high-pitched yelp, flashing a sweeping smile.

The first-year free agent signee of the Cleveland Indians is battling a shoulder injury and hitting in the .230s but feels none of the strain despite being the team’s highest-paid player.