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BC-FBN--NFL Capsule-Redskins at Browns

BC-FBN--NFL Capsule-Redskins at Browns

WASHINGTON (7-6) At CLEVELAND (5-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - No line

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Washington 8-5; Cleveland 8-4-1

SERIES RECORD - Browns lead 33-10-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Redskins No. 11; Browns No. 22

LAST MEETING - Redskins beat Browns 14-11, Oct. 19, 2008

LAST WEEK - Redskins beat Ravens 31-28 OT; Browns beat Chiefs 30-7

REDSKINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (1) PASS (21)

REDSKINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (7), PASS (31)

BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (24), PASS (20)

BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (18), PASS (21)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Late Saturday night, the Redskins surprisingly announced that QB Robert Griffin III, who sustained a mild knee sprain last week, will not start. ... Browns prepared all week for Griffin to play. ... With Griffin out, fellow rookie Kirk Cousins will make his first career start. Cousins came off the bench and threw an 11-yard TD pass and ran for a 2-point conversion to force OT vs. Ravens. ... Cousins is 7 of 11 for 137 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs this season. ... Griffin and Cousins became first rookie teammates to throw TD pass in same game since 1966. ... Griffin tied for league lead with 104.2 QB rating. He's thrown just four INTs in 351 attempts. ... Redskins averaging 167.5 yards rushing per game, tops in NFL. ... Redskins won four straight and need win to keep pace in NFC East. ... Washington last won five in row in 2007. ... K Kai Forbath has made 14 straight FGs, two shy of tying NFL record for most consecutive to start career. ... Redskins rookie RB Alfred Morris fourth in league with 1,228 yards. Played youth football against Browns RB Trent Richardson in Pensacola, Fla. ... Coach Mike Shanahan 4-0 against Browns. ... Browns playing final home game. ... Browns still in playoff hunt, but must win out to have chance. ... Browns seeking first four-game winning streak since end of `09 season. ... Rookie QB Brandon Weeden enters with 3,037 yards passing, team rookie record. ... Richardson needs one rushing TD to set club record he shares with Jim Brown. ... Rookie WR Josh Gordon has 18 catches for 262 yards in past three games. ... Among 25 players with 300 career field goals, Phil Dawson has made highest percentage kicks - 84.1 percent. ... Browns rookies have made 72 starts, most in the NFL. Indianapolis second with 44.

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Nationals cut trumpet inspiration Bonifacio, after mistake filled start

Nationals cut trumpet inspiration Bonifacio, after mistake filled start

Thursday marked the first -- and last -- cut down deadline of the 2020 baseball season.

Rosters need to be trimmed from 30 to 28, but will hold at 28 for the rest of the season as opposed to dipping to 26. Multiple coronavirus outbreaks have caused a multitude of scheduling problems. So, Major League Baseball decided to leave the rosters expanded for the remainder of the season.

The Nationals chose to send reliever James Bourque to the alternate training site in Fredericksburg and designated utility man Emilio Bonifácio for assignment.

These were simple and direct moves. The signing of Josh Harrison and Juan Soto’s return meant Bonifácio was expendable. His upbeat vibe -- and creation of the trumpet celebration -- was not enough to keep him on the roster.

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Borque pitched 1 ⅓ innings out of the bullpen. He was the last option among the large reliever group.

The expanded rosters allow the Nationals -- and everyone else -- to wade through the rest of the season with more pitching. It will be necessary to handle prospective doubleheaders and other scheduling problems the remainder of the season.

The Nationals are 4-5 after losing 3-1 to the New York Mets on Wednesday. They were off Thursday. Baltimore comes to Nationals Park for a three-game series beginning Friday.

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Nationals cancel 2021 Winterfest due to COVID-19

Nationals cancel 2021 Winterfest due to COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic will prevent fans from attending Nationals games during the 2020 season and it appears will also cost them an annual offseason tradition.

The Nationals announced Wednesday their plans to cancel Winterfest 2021. The convention was originally scheduled for January 2021.

"Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Winterfest 2021, which was scheduled to be held in January," the team said in a statement. "We know how important this event is to our fans. That said, we look forward to offering a variety of alternative opportunities for our community to come together to celebrate our team."

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Details regarding the alternative opportunities are unknown as of this writing. 

In the meantime, Washington will continue to play its 2020 season without fans. They are 4-5 entering a series with the Orioles Friday and had to take four days off after the Marlins experienced a COVID-19 outbreak within their clubhouse and the Nats' series with Miami was postponed. 

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