LANDOVER, Maryland (Reuters) – The Washington Redskins earned territorial bragging rights and continued their late-season playoff push by defeating the Baltimore Ravens 31-28 in overtime on Sunday behind the dramatic late-game heroics of rookie backup quarterback Kirk Cousins.
A 34-yard field goal by Kai Forbath, set up by Richard Crawford’s 64-yard punt return, ended the game and ignited the FedEx Field crowd of 81,178 into a frenzy.
LANDOVER, Maryland (Reuters) – With the Washington Redskins riding a three-game winning streak and back in the playoff hunt, Robert Griffin III is not about to quibble about his statistics.
The rookie quarterback was outgained by his New York Giants counterpart Eli Manning by 117 yards through the air on Monday but all that mattered to Griffin was the final score.
LANDOVER, Maryland (Reuters) – Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins continued their improbable push for the playoffs by edging the New York Giants 17-16 on Monday to reach the .500 mark and move into a tie for second place in the NFC East.
Griffin, the Redskins’ sensational rookie quarterback, completed 13 of 21 passes for 163 yards and rushed for 72 yards on five carries to anchor Washington’s third straight victory.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Pittsburgh quarterback Charlie Batch never doubted his ability despite his poor, three-interception performance a week ago in a shocking loss to the lowly Cleveland Browns.
“I’ve been in his league 15 years,” he said after leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 23-20 upset victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. “I’ve been a starter in this league and one thing you can’t do is dwell on the past.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame the absence of Ben Roethlisberger to stun the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 on Sunday and keep alive their once-unthinkable hopes of an AFC North Division title.
Shaun Suisham kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired, enabling the Steelers to snap a two-game losing streak and halt Baltimore’s 15-game regular season winning streak at home.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman refuses to use injuries to his two best players, John Wall and Nene, as the reason for his team’s feeble start to the NBA season.
The second-year coach of the once-proud franchise also does not want to hear about a young roster or bad luck down the stretch for the Wizards’ 0-8 record.
ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) – Adam Oates’s induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame will be tempered by the National Hockey League’s work stoppage that threatens to wipe out the entire season.
Oates, who played 19 seasons in the NHL, was named the new coach of the Washington Capitals on the same day he received word of his Hall of Fame selection.
(Reuters) – Game on Dude was installed as the early 9-5 favorite and will break from the fifth post for the $5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.
The Bob Baffert-trained gelding was leading the race a year ago but was caught by a high-flying Drosselmeyer in the final strides at Churchill Downs and finished second.
DETROIT (Reuters) – The San Francisco Giants overcame injuries and potentially devastating roster changes to claim their second World Series crown in three years because they are an unselfish club with a common goal, pitcher Matt Cain says.
“A lot of guys are loose and relaxed, and it just seemed like all the pieces fit together,” Cain said after the Giants completed their four-game blowout of the Detroit Tigers.
DETROIT (Reuters) – Big-hitting San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, affectionately known as Kung Fu Panda, was named World Series MVP on Sunday, completing a stunning turnaround to a career that appeared to have stalled.
Facing persistent weight problems and a benching just two years ago, Sandoval hit .500 in the Giants’ sensational four-game blowout of the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.