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BC-FBC--AP All-America Teams,ADVISORY, FBC

BC-FBC--AP All-America Teams,ADVISORY, FBC

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Release schedule for The Associated Press All-America teams and coach and player of the year.

FBS All-America team - Tuesday, Dec. 11.

FCS All-America team - Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Little All-American team - Thursday, Dec. 13.

Player of the year - Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Coach of the year - Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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The 49ers and Patriots need tackles, and the Redskins should trade Trent Williams

The 49ers and Patriots need tackles, and the Redskins should trade Trent Williams

Trent Williams does not want to play for the Redskins. If he did, he'd be playing for them.

It's time for all parties to stop the charade that Williams might come back to Ashburn and everything will be water under the bridge.

In fact, it's time to trade Trent Williams. 

On Sunday, the 49ers and the Patriots suffered injuries to their left tackles. In San Francisco, Joe Staley broke his leg and will miss a few months if not the rest of the season. The Niners are sitting at 2-0 and look to have their best chance at making the playoffs in the three seasons under Kyle Shanahan's watch. Losing Staley will hurt those chances. 

Sure, there's plenty of bad blood between Shanahan and the Redskins organization. The San Francisco coach believes the Redskins did him and his father wrong during their ugly divorce in 2013, when the organization chose Robert Griffin III over the coaching staff. 

Know what? Who cares. This is professional football and the front office needs to do what's best long-term for the Redskins, not hold a team back due to petty squabbles from nearly a decade ago. 

If San Francisco wants Trent, and makes a reasonable offer, Washington needs to listen. 

New England has already inquired about Trent. That happened. There was no real conversation about a trade then, but that doesn't mean there can't be now. 

Other teams will have injuries, and other teams certainly have needs on the offensive line. 

The Redskins appear to be taking a stand, refusing to bow to Williams' demands and waiting for his return. ESPN reported that could happen this week as Williams is racking up millions in fines. It's also worth pointing out that potential trade partners could be scared off if Williams is working behind the scenes in demand of a new contract. 

At some point, however, the organization is cutting off their nose to spite their face. Trent doesn't want to be here. It's obvious. If he wanted to be in Washington, he would be in Washington. 

There is another angle to this, now, after an 0-2 start that didn't apply in August or July or any earlier point in Williams' holdout. Earlier in the year, the Redskins had hope of delivering some strong on-field performances and proving they're not a team in the middle of a rebuild.

At 0-2 and with a defense giving up 31.5 points-per-game, it's extremely unlikely the 2019 Redskins season ends in a playoff game. Nearly 90 percent of teams that open 0-2 don't make the playoffs. 

It's time for honesty in the Trent Williams situation. He wants out. Teams could use him, multiple teams, and it stands to reason the Redskins could recoup at least a first-round pick if they move Williams. 

Going into 2020, Washington will be looking at Dwayne Haskins at quarterback and there could be a significant amount of salary cap space to maneuver in Washington. Wouldn't an additional first-round pick help the team more in the long run? Consider, too, that even if Williams returns in 2019, he's unlikely to be happy about his contract or whatever else is on his mind in 2020. Does Washington really want to elongate this drama and deal with it all of next season?

Trent Williams wants out. Teams need him. Make the deal. 

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Nationals start final two weeks of the regular season trying to get their act together

Nationals start final two weeks of the regular season trying to get their act together

WASHINGTON -- Davey Martinez’s Saturday night declaration has a broader application. 

“We’ve got to regroup,” Martinez said after a second consecutive loss to Atlanta.

Washington scored one run combined in the first two games of the series. Its pitching wasn’t much better. Max Scherzer didn’t look as sharp as his previous outing, the bullpen chopped up Austin Voth’s quality outing, the Nationals needed to win Sunday just to have a break-even week.

They did, beating the Braves 7-0. Atlanta starter Max Fried dominated them the last time he pitched (seven innings, one hit, no runs, nine strikeouts). Not so Sunday. He lasted just 2 ⅓ innings, allowed five runs, then was removed from the game. It turned into a day of salvage. Remaining is a two-week run against the clock.

The final road trips of the season begin Monday night in St. Louis with three games against the Cardinals. St. Louis is one of the best defensive teams in the league. Its offense is 12th in OPS. Its team ERA is second -- and includes the best bullpen ERA in the National League. The week ends with the opposite: a visit to Miami for three games. Thinking at the start of the season which argued Miami could determine postseason participants turned out correct. At least to a degree. Washington is 13-3 against the miserable Marlins. A weekend sweep would put it 13 games over .500 against a single opponent this season. That would be the Nationals’ best record against a division foe since 2012, surpassing a 15-4 run against the Mets in 2014 and the same record against Atlanta in 2016.

All the positive work against Miami, as well as through June, July and August, has taken lumps in September. The Nationals are 6-8 in the month. Two of the season’s eight shutouts have come in the first two weeks of September. Kurt Suzuki is hurt. Matt Adams is hurt. Gerardo Parra’s plate magic has run out (but been replaced by that of Asdrúbal Cabrera). The bullpen remains a logistical challenge. And part of that includes Sean Doolittle still not looking right.

Yet, the Nationals start the week with a lead and desperate to run out the clock. Fourteen games to go, two weeks, two road trips, then a weighted final week at home. Their lead is slight. Chicago is 1 ½ games back for the right to host the wild-card game. Milwaukee is a game from entering it. Those two teams are about to diverge in schedule difficulty.

Milwaukee, which has won nine of 10, waltzes into four final series all against sub-.500 teams, including two of the worst teams in the National League. First, is four home games against San Diego. A weekend series against the checked-out Pirates follows. Then, a final week on the road: at Cincinnati and at Colorado.

Chicago is blessed with series against Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, too. However, in between is seven games with St. Louis. Which means the National League Central race will remain chaotic until the end.

The Nationals have a more difficult remaining schedule. After three in St. Louis and a weekend visit to Miami, they host Philadelphia for five in four days, then Cleveland (87-63) for three. It’s not only clogged, but the three of the four opponents are above .500 and in the playoff hunt. 

So, now is the time to regroup. The remaining schedule and situation leaves little choice.

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