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Hossler aims to contend at Congressional

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Hossler aims to contend at Congressional

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when Beau Hossler could go to the shopping mall or a fast food joint without being recognized.
After the 17-year-olds breakthrough performance at the U.S. Open earlier this month, though, those days are gone. In fact, at this weeks AT&T National at Congressional Country Club, Hossler figures to be among the tournaments most compelling stories.
I was buying socks at Macys the other day and some person didnt believe it was me, said Hossler, who was a trending topic on Twitter during the Open. So I had to show them my I.D.
Its pretty cool, though, because a lot of people know who I am now, he continued, speaking with a calmness and perspective that belies his youth. Im getting stopped in airports and everything, taking pictures. You wouldnt expect the guy at Jack in the Box to recognize me, but they kind of do now.
Hosslers ascension from a relatively unknown amateur to celebrity has been as swift as unexpected. Two weeks ago, Hossler, a rising senior at Santa Margarita Catholic High in California, played his way into contention and briefly led the U.S. Open at famously cantankerous Olympic Golf Club in San Francisco. He entered the final round only four shots behind the leaders but struggled Sunday and finished tied for 29th.
Despite the disappointment, the experience left Hossler a much more a confident golfer.
Its probably the confidence and belief in myself to go out there and compete against the best players in the world, Hossler said, asked what he learned about himself at Olympic. Obviously, I know Im not quite to their level yet, but I feel like I can potentially be there in the future if I keep working hard.
Hossler did not anticipate being in Bethesda this weekend; he was supposed to be competing in the California State Amateur tournament. But when he was offered a sponsors exemption from the Tiger Woods Foundation, he jumped at the opportunity.
What he did at the U.S. Open is pretty remarkable, said Woods, the tournaments host. It was his consistency and handling of that golf course, and being as consistent as he was on that big stage. That was impressive to see.
In Thursday's opening round, Hossler will be paired with Billy Hurley III and Kyle Reifers.
Hossler already has some familiarity with Congressional, having played in the U.S. Open here last year when he was the youngest player in the field and just a week removed from getting his drivers license. He missed the cut in his first major, after firing rounds of 76 and 77.
Expectations are much higher now. But Hossler, who has accepted a scholarship offer to play at the University of Texas, said hes ready for the pressure and added attention.
I feel pretty comfortable, he said. Its still me and my caddie and the golf course. No matter all the media, who is in the field, where the venue is, Ive still got to go out there and compete against the golf course and compete against myself.
I feel like I can do it, he added. I just have to get more consistent.
One club Hossler wants to wield with more confidence and consistency is his driver, which could be a key to contending here at Congressional.Im normally a pretty good driver, he said. But sometimes I feel like Ive had some inconsistent weeks. When youre playing on difficult golf courses, theres no cheating the driver. You see the guys that drive it well out here, theyre consistently in the top 10 and consistently winning or top 5.
Asked if he can envision claiming the trophy Sunday, Hossler didnt hesitate.
Sure, he said. I mean, I respect the games of every player out here. They are obviously the best players in the world. But I feel like I can go out there and compete. Im obviously Im going to have to play my best golf, theres no doubt about it. But I think I can go out there, and if I prepare well, which I feel like I have I think I can get myself into contention.

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Need to Know: Five key moments from the Redskins' loss to the Eagles

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Need to Know: Five key moments from the Redskins' loss to the Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 24, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call, 3 p.m.

Days until:

—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 12
—Vikings @ Redskins (11/12) 19
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 30

Injures of note: G Brandon Scherff (knee) will have MRI today; OT Trent Williams (knee) aggravated previous injury; OLB Preston Smith (groin); CB Fabian Moreau (hamstring); CB Josh Holsey (chest).
Postgame injury report here; Jay Gruden will update injuries in 3 p.m. media conference call.

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Eagles

Fred Davis 31-yard reception in the second quarter set up the Redskins’ first touchdown. His first one led to a field goal that opened the scoring for the Redskins. The fountain of youth continues to flow for the 33-year-old tight end.

—The Redskins were keeping Carson Wentz off balance by applying pressure and either getting to him with the sack or forcing him to get rid of the ball off balance. But on a second and 16 play in the second quarter they didn’t blitz and Wentz had all day to launch a 64-yard TD bomb to Mack Hollins to tie the score at 10. Greg Manusky has to mix things up but going away from what was working cost the Redskins here.

—Down by 14, the Redskins cobbled together a third-quarter drive after their defense had held the Eagles to a three and out for the first time since the second quarter. It got going when Cousins scrambled for eight years and took a hit to convert a third down. The drive was capped by two Cousins passed to Jordan Reed, the second on a five-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-17.

—But the momentum swing was very temporary. It looked like the Redskins had Wentz sacked on third down. But somehow, he popped out of a pile of pass rushers and bolted for 17 yards. The air seemed to go out of the balloon for the Redskins. The Eagles capped to drive with a TD to restore the two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter. Redskins fans may want to avoid NFL highlight shows all week; you’ll see that play a lot.

—There still was time left for the Redskins to mount a miracle comeback. But Cousins threw a pass that went right to safety Cory Graham. It was nowhere near a receiver. To be fair, Cousins did get his but still it was a bad pass and it ended the competitive phase of the game.

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Nuggets player Nikola Jokic bumps Scott Brooks in bizarre, costly mistake

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Nuggets player Nikola Jokic bumps Scott Brooks in bizarre, costly mistake

So, this is a weird way to end a basketball game.

The Wizards were up just two points on the Denver Nuggets with :32 seconds left on Monday night when talented third-year center Nikola Jokic made a mistake that may have cost Denver a win. During a timeout, Jokic bumped shoulders with Wizards head coach Scott Brooks. Brooks was immediately incensed and Jokic was awarded a technical.

It was a bizarre moment. Watch it here:

Bradley Beal hit the technical free throw, then sank a layup on the next possession. Jokic made dumb mistake, whether it was intentional or not, and the Wizards capitalized in a 109-104 win.

Naturally, the Wizards were surprised by what went down.

“That’s something you don’t do," John Wall said. "No matter what’s going on between players and teammates. That’s something you don’t do to a coach. That’s like me calling a coach a certain name. Hopefully he apologizes to [Brooks], but luckily we got the win.”

Both Brooks and Jokic said it wasn't on purpose.

“It was an awkward, weird situation. I don’t think he did it on purpose but it happened," Brooks said. "I moved on and the referee had to do what he had to do and move on. But I never had that happened before.”

“I’m sorry because I put my team in a bad position,” Jokic said.

Jokic's excuse was that he was trying to look at the score. You be the judge.

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