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49ers leading Cardinals 24-3 after 3 quarters

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49ers leading Cardinals 24-3 after 3 quarters

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Alex Smith threw two of his three touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree and San Francisco stifled Arizona's offense, giving the 49ers a 24-3 lead over the Cardinals after three quarters Monday night.

San Francisco had its way with Arizona's defense, helped by some shoddy tackling by the Cardinals.

The 49ers moved 77 plays in 10 yards on their second drive, capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Crabtree, who grabbed the ball above the head of cornerback Patrick Peterson for the score.

David Akers added a 43-yard field goal in the second quarter and Smith found Crabtree again with just under 2 minutes left, this time on a 9-yard pass after Arizona's defenders lost track of the San Francisco receiver.

The 49ers scored on their opening possession of the third quarter, too, when Randy Moss darted and dashed through Arizona's flailing defenders for a 47-yard touchdown pass that put San Francisco up 24-0.

Smith hit 17 of 18 passes for 233 yards the first three quarters, his only incompletion a dropped pass by Delanie Walker.

Arizona got off to a good start while trying to end a three-game losing streak, with running back LaRod Stephens-Howling breaking free for a 24-yard reception on a screen pass in the Cardinals' first play. But, like so many Cardinals drives this season, the progress fizzled out and ended when John Skelton threw a pass that was nearly intercepted.

Arizona's second drive was even worse: three and out with a false-start penalty, minus-7 yards.

The Cardinals had 22 yards in the first quarter and were only marginally better in the second, finishing the first half with 69 yards. Skelton's up-for-grabs pass at the end of the half was intercepted, setting off a chorus of boos from the hometown fans.

Arizona finally moved the ball late in the third quarter, setting up a 28-yard field goal by Jay Feely that had the crowd booing again.

Skelton was 21 for 33 with 194 yards through three quarters.

Arizona's struggles were no surprise; Monday nights have been a horror show for the Cardinals since moving to the desert in 1988.

Arizona has lost seven of eight under the spotlight and two of those were memorably ugly for what happened after the game.

In 2006, Cardinals' coach Dennis Green had one of the NFL's biggest meltdowns, shouting ``They are who we thought they were!'' during his postgame news conference after a loss to the Bears.

Arizona quarterback Derek Anderson did his best Green imitation in 2010, when he shouted ``Nothing's funny to me!'' after a reporter repeatedly asked him why he was smiling during the closing seconds of blowout loss to the 49ers - Arizona's last game on Monday Night Football.

On the field, this NFC West showdown figured to be a physical beatdown.

For one, these two teams don't like each other much, trading insults before the games, blows once they started.

They also have two of the NFL's best defenses, aggressive units that try to knock opponents senseless.

The 49ers came in with the league's best defense, a punch-you-in-the-mouth group led by a dominating front seven that includes three All-Pros: defensive tackle Justin Smith and linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.

San Francisco entered Monday night's game tied with Chicago for the NFL's best scoring defense, allowing 14.3 points per game, and has held three teams to 115 yards passing or less.

Arizona has the NFL's seventh overall defense and is third in scoring at 16.9 points per game. The Cardinals have been an opportunistic bunch, too, creating 15 turnovers the first seven games.

Arizona got the first good lick against San Francisco in the first quarter, when cornerback Patrick Peterson laid out 49ers receiver Mario Manningham on a screen pass.

The 49ers pushed right back, rolling over the Cardinals' defense while their defense stuffed one of the NFL's worst offenses, holding Arizona to four first downs and 6 yards rushing in the first half.

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Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Those who are worried about Derrius Guice's character picked up some added evidence when, on Monday night, the Redskins rookie invited a bunch of fans to watch Avengers with him in Ashburn.

Man, what is this guy's deal?

First of all, not everyone likes superheroes. So how did he know that those who joined him actually wanted to see Avengers?  Did he even ask? What if they wanted to see that really successful, really funny, really well-regarded Amy Schumer comedy, instead?

Then, there's the issue of Guice buying tickets and concessions for those who showed up.

Some people enjoy buying movie tickets — which are absolutely reasonably priced these days — and, as far as the concessions, seriously? Candy? Popcorn? He could've at least offered to buy something healthier, like broccoli. All movie theaters have broccoli.  

Thankfully, those who took Guice up on his invitation weren't grateful for the experience at all, which hopefully means this will be the last time he orchestrates a dastardly deed like this one:

At this point, it's a surprise Guice didn't slide even farther down in the draft, like to the 15th round. Unbelievable.

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Wizards working out Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo another sign the two sides m

Wizards working out Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo another sign the two sides m

The University of Kentucky was well-represented at the Wizards' first pre-draft workout on Tuesday at Capital One Arena, as All-Star point guard John Wall sat courtside to watch a young player who could join him next season in Washington.

The Wizards hosted Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo just days after interviewing him at the NBA Combine in Chicago, Ill., another sign the 19-year-old is a legitimate option for their second round pick, set for 44th overall in next month's draft.

Diallo, who is originally from Queens, NY., said he is friends with Wall, as the two have crossed paths due to the Kentucky connection. 

"I feel like he knows what I'm capable of," Diallo said.

He now hopes the Wizards front office understands what he can do. Diallo is a defensive-minded wing who measured 6-foot-6 (with shoes) at the combine and with a 7-foot wingspan. He had the fifth-best max vertical leap at the combine, coming in at 40.5 inches. He was also the 12th-ranked player in the class of 2017 out of high school.

The measurables and pedigree are impressive, but Diallo's potential has yet to be realized. He didn't play a game despite attending Kentucky in the 2016-17 academic year. He tested the NBA Draft waters last summer before returning to Kentucky to average a modest 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds.

Diallo has already worked out for the Chicago Bulls and will meet with plenty more teams, but is currently projected by most mock drafts to be a second round pick. This time he hired an agent and will definitely be making the leap.

"It feels good this year going through it with both feet in. It's been a great process," he said.

The Wizards like Diallo's defensive ability, his speed and awareness in the open floor and his potential to improve as a shooter. Diallo shot 33.8 percent from three on 2.1 attempts per game in the 2017-18 season.

"I hope to show my athleticism and how that plays a big part on the defensive end," Diallo said of his goals in pre-draft workouts.

"[The Wizards] are a team that wants to play fast and they have a fast point guard that needs players to keep up with him. That's what I tried to show in this workout, to show how fast I can play and show how composed I can play."

If the Wizards deem Diallo worth taking a chance on, he would provide a nice fit positionally. Though their second round pick could spend much of next season in the G-League, Diallo plays shooting guard and they have a need behind starter Bradley Beal. 

The Wizards see Tomas Satoransky as a possibility at backup shooting guard and Jodie Meeks is expected to return next season on a player option. But those guys were on the roster in 2017-18 and couldn't fill the void behind Beal, who logged more minutes than all but three players in the league.

Diallo played at a big-time program and has the athleticism to compete at the NBA level early on. He could help a team improve long-term at guarding the perimeter, an area the Wizards have made strides in but still have a ways to go. That was seen in their playoff series against the Raptors when Toronto averaged 11.0 threes made per game and shot 41 percent.

Though it's early in the draft workout process, the Wizards have made it clear they are interested in Diallo.

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