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Lions have long weekend to think about Texans loss

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Lions have long weekend to think about Texans loss

DETROIT (AP) Jim Schwartz's temper got the best of him, likely costing the Detroit Lions a much-needed win and providing a snapshot for how a once-promising season has turned sour.

Schwartz negated an automatic video review that would've likely gone his team's way when Houston's Justin Forsett ran for an 81-yard touchdown in the third quarter to help the Texans stay close enough to extend a game they won 34-31 in overtime at Detroit.

The officials failed to see that Forsett was clearly down, letting the play go and allowing him to pull Houston within three points and make Schwartz so mad he lost his composure.

``I overreacted,'' Schwartz acknowledged. ``And, I cost us.''

The NFL said Friday it would immediately review the rule and that it may be too harsh.

The Lions (4-7) have a long weekend to think about blowing a second straight game and making a return to the playoffs improbable.

Schwartz was rewarded with a contract extension in June, entering the final season of his original deal, and insisted the team's off-field problems during the offseason didn't mean his players lacked discipline.

The Georgetown graduate, though, showed his intelligence can't always overcome his ability to keep his composure.

Forsett was clearly tackled by two Lions, but the officials didn't blow their whistle when his left knee and elbow hit the turf before he popped up and sprinted for a pivotal score.

That's when Schwartz lost it.

Schwartz threw his challenge flag and knew within seconds that he made a big mistake, telling his assistants and players on the sideline, ``It's on me,'' repeatedly as he tapped his chest with shame.

``He explained to us what the issue was with that,'' Matthew Stafford said. ``I didn't know that was a rule and that's a tough one to swallow.''

All scores in the NFL are automatically reviewed, unless a coach challenges the play.

``The thing that was most disappointing is he was down on the field and nobody blew the whistle and the guy got up and kept on running,'' Schwartz said. ``But that's still no excuse.''

Four days earlier, the Lions lost 24-20 to Green Bay.

Detroit led the Texans and Packers in the fourth quarter and wasted opportunities to win on both sides of the ball each game.

``It's kind of the same story,'' defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said. ``It's just frustrating. Back-to-back weeks, we had a chance to beat a really good team, but that's not good enough because this is a really good team. We're just not playing like it right now.''

Schwartz might not have been the only one who made a poor choice in the heat of the moment.

Ndamukong Suh's left cleat connected with the groin area of Houston quarterback Matt Schaub after he threw a pass in the first quarter. The defensive tackle was on his chest after being taken down by an offensive lineman when he extended his left foot to hit Schaub below the belt.

Schaub declined to say anything about the play or ``that person,'' and Suh didn't make himself available for interviews after the game.

Suh was ejected for stomping on the right arm of Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving last year and was suspended for two games. He also has been fined in previous seasons for roughing up quarterbacks.

The actions of Schwartz and Suh changed the conversation about a game that could've been positive for the Lions.

Detroit started strong with a touchdown on its first drive and became the only team to rush for a score against the Texans this season.

Stafford missed some throws, but threw two touchdown passes and connected on 31 of 61 attempts for 441 yards. Stafford joined Kurt Warner as the only two players in NFL history to throw for 11,000-plus yards in their first 40 games.

Calvin Johnson didn't catch every ball thrown his way, but he did have eight receptions for 140 yards - including a 22-yard TD - and became the fifth player in league history to have 7,000 yards receiving in 87 or fewer games.

Rookie receiver Ryan Broyles had six receptions for a season-high 126 yards. Broyles made the most of his chance to move up the depth chart in place of Titus Young, who was benched for his behavior, and Nate Burleson, who is injured.

Defensive end Cliff Avril had two sacks, giving him a team-high 7 1/2, and forced a fumble in an impressive performance.

Those accomplishments happened during a loss, though, so none of them could be celebrated because the Lions missed opportunities to extend their lead during regulation and couldn't do enough on offense or defense to beat Houston in OT.

``It's gut-check time,'' said Vanden Bosch, who dropped what could've been a game-winning interception in the extra period. ``I feel like I know how guys are going to respond. I feel like I can see the fight in everybody's eyes. Losses like this are tough.

``We'll bounce back.''

That won't be easy.

The Lions' next game is at home against Indianapolis then they travel to Green Bay and Arizona before wrapping up the regular season at Ford Field against Atlanta and Chicago.

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2018 Olympic Hockey Results: U.S. Women back in the gold medal match

2018 Olympic Hockey Results: U.S. Women back in the gold medal match

GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- The Americans played their way back into the only women's hockey game that matters: a showdown with Canada for the Olympic gold medal.

The Americans are back in the title game for a third straight Olympics after shutting out Finland 5-0 on Monday in the semifinals. They will face their arch-rival, which beat the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" 5-0 a few hours later, on Thursday. They Americans will be trying to win their first gold since 1998 when women's hockey made its debut in the Olympics.

And yes, the Americans understand the United States-Canada playing for gold is what everyone expects to see.

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"Definitely the rivalry has been there since I think I was born, so everyone's looking forward to that," said 22-year-old Dani Cameranesi.

This will be the third opportunity at gold for six Americans: captain Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Gigi Marvin, Kacey Bellamy and twin sisters Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson.

"It's honestly a dream come true," Knight said. "This is the world's biggest stage. This is the game that you want. This is the game we've been dreaming of and to have another opportunity to get back here, it's huge."

Olympic newcomer Cameranesi scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Americans over Finland. Marvin started the scoring, and Lamoureux-Davidson and Knight both scored during a 5-on-3 34 seconds apart in the second period. Maddie Rooney made 14 saves for the shutout.

Finland remains winless in eight games against the Americans at the Olympics. The Finns, ranked third in the world last year, will try to take home the bronze medal for the first time since 2010.

"We're got one thing on our mind, and that's to get a medal," said goaltender Noora Raty, who made 33 saves. "They're the best in the world (U.S. and Canada). We just need to get more girls involved so we have more to choose from."

The Americans opened these games a 2-1 loss to Canada wrapping up pool play.

"This was really a gold-medal preparation for us because they're a darn good team, and we had to be ready to play," U.S. coach Robb Stauber said of Finland.

The Americans wasted no time getting on the board. Captain Meghan Duggan found Marvin alone in the slot, and she beat Raty stick-side for the easy goal just 2:25 into the game.

Finland lost defenseman when she had to be helped off the ice and to the locker room after a knee-on-knee collision with Duggan. She was knocked off balance before crashing face-first into the boards, snapping her head back. When play resumed without a penalty, some fans booed. Savolainen returned in the second period.

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Stauber said the referee immediately came over and said it was a collision. Duggan said she was really happy Savolainen got up and that any decision about a potential suspension was out of her control.

"There's been some other plays that haven't been put into question, and so I can't imagine that there would be any disciplinary action just based on other things that have been let go," Duggan said.

Cameranesi put the United States up 2-0 with 1:22 left in the period, taking the puck away from Susanna Tapani and skating into the left circle before beating Raty's blocker with a wrist shot top shelf.

Lamoureux-Davidson's slap shot from the left circle came with 2 seconds left on the 5-on-3 at 13:21 of the second period, and Knight got her first goal of this tournament by redirecting a shot from Sidney Morin with 5 seconds left on the man advantage for the 4-0 lead. Cameranesi padded the lead as she scored from the slot over Raty's glove off a pass from Hannah Brandt.

"We're super excited to be in this position again," Lamoureux-Davidson said. "We worked four years to put ourselves in position to compete for a gold medal and we'll enjoy this for a little bit, but we know that this isn't what we came here for. We're ready to go to battle in a couple days."

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Nationals Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Nationals Spring Training Schedule 2018

Now that pitchers and catchers have reported, the next step in our long journey to Opening Day is the spring training games themselves. Not every game is televised, so get ready to follow along with your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll still be exciting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Bryce Harper homered again, or if Max Scherzer is perfect through 4 innings (spoiler: both of these will happen).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing contracts in the next few weeks. The Nats are always willing to make a big splash, and even beyond the available free agents, have been linked to impact players like J.T. Realmuto in trade rumors.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the roster has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be happening while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for their seasons, so bookmark this page to check on the Nationals spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Nationals 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Braves at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Feb. 26 - Nationals at Braves, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 1 (SS) - Nationals at Braves, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 (SS) - Nationals at Mets, 1:10 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 (SS) - Tigers at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 (SS) - Nationals at Mets, 1:10 pm
Monday, Mar. 5 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 6 (SS) - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Mets at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Nationals at Tigers, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Tuesday, Mar. 13 (SS) - Mets at Nationals, 7:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 (SS) - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Mar. 17 - Mets at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm (ESPN2) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Nationals at Mets, 6:10 pm
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Astros at Nationals, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 - Nationals at Marlins, 7:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Tuesday, Mar. 27 (at Nationals Park) - Twins at Nationals, 4:05 pm