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Bowling Green to face San Jose St in Military Bowl

Bowling Green to face San Jose St in Military Bowl

WASHINGTON (AP) The Falcons are back in the Military Bowl, just not the ones usually associated with the military.

Bowling Green accepted an invitation Sunday to play No. 24 San Jose State at RFK Stadium in the nation's capital on Dec. 27.

This year's college football landscape again forced officials to stray from the Military Bowl's planned parameters of pitting a military academy against a familiar team from the East. The Air Force Falcons played in last year's game, and this year was supposed to match Army against a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference, but Army isn't bowl eligible and the ACC doesn't have enough eligible teams to fulfill its bowl tie-ins.

A pair of teams from Ohio and California will be a harder sell for the local market, but Military Bowl President Steve Beck said fans are also drawn by the game's mission of honoring servicemen and their families as well as raising money for the USO.

``We're not going to forget who we are,'' Beck said. ``We are the Military Bowl. It's more of an experience.''

The game will feature a Top 25 team for the first time in its five-year history, with San Jose State (10-2) of the Western Athletic Conference entering the rankings on Sunday. The Spartans, who have their first 10-win season since 1987, accepted the bid Friday for their first bowl game since a 20-12 victory over New Mexico in the 2006 New Mexico Bowl.

The Spartans have already been to Washington, D.C., once this year, taking in the sights while on a trip to play Navy in Annapolis, Md., in September. Coach Mike MacIntyre said he won't mind giving his players a second round of playing tourist - ``especially at Christmastime with everything lit up.''

Bowling Green (8-4) went 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference to place second in the East Division. The Falcons' last postseason appearance was a 43-42 loss to Idaho in the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl, and they are one of a MAC-record seven teams from the conference who are bowl-bound this season.

The MAC also sent Toledo to last year's Military Bowl, so Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson will be consulting his Rockets counterpart Matt Campbell for some tips about how to handle the game - although maybe not right away.

``Generally when you get good news,'' Clawson said, ``the first person you call isn't your rival.''

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Capitals are the class of the Metropolitan Division for fifth year in a row

Capitals are the class of the Metropolitan Division for fifth year in a row

You know what’s fun? Winning Metropolitan Division titles. 

No, it’s not as good as the big prize. The Capitals will never top their 2018 Stanley Cup championship. But winning a competitive division against their biggest rivals five years in a row? Pretty, pretty good. 

Washington took its fifth in a row officially on Tuesday when the NHL announced that the regular season had concluded thanks to the ongoing coronavirus. The Capitals just outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers with 90 standings points to 89. The difference over 69 games? One extra Caps game going into overtime for a single point. 

Credit to the Flyers for making a late run. No one was playing better in the NHL than Philadelphia just before the season was halted. Whether that carries over into the Stanley Cup Playoffs remains to be seen. 

But the Capitals should take pride in that streak. It’s hard to do in an age of parity. They play in a division where the Pittsburgh Penguins won two Stanley Cups in the previous four seasons. The two teams slugged it out three times in the second round. That’s the luck of the draw, and so four straight division titles -- and two Presidents’ Trophies -- meant just one Cup for Washington. 

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It’s also rare to dominate a division the way the Capitals have for five years. The Anaheim Ducks won the Pacific Division title every year from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that, the Detroit Red Wings won the Central Division an astounding eight times from 2001 to 2009. It doesn’t get you a championship -- Washington won the expired Southeast Division from 2008 to 2011 -- but it does mean you played great hockey year after year.

And to do it in the reconstituted Patrick Division, where long-time rivals like the Penguins, Flyers, Rangers, Islanders and Devils joined with newer rivals Carolina and Columbus, makes it even sweeter. Add another banner to the rafters at Capital One Arena. The Caps are the class of the Metropolitan Division yet again. 

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Nationals will not lay off full-time business or baseball employees amid coronavirus pandemic

Nationals will not lay off full-time business or baseball employees amid coronavirus pandemic

The Washington Nationals decided to use “partial furloughs” to keep their baseball and business employees at work through the end of their contracts or the calendar year.

The road map works like this:

All full-time business and baseball employees will receive a reduction in pay and hours ranging from 10 to 30 percent. If the employee’s contract runs to the end of baseball season -- typically Oct. 31 -- then these parameters apply from now until then. If the employee is not on contract, these reductions persist until Dec. 31.

No full-time employee is being laid off because of the economic impact from coronavirus.

An example: If a person works a 40-hour week, and has the 10 percent reduction in pay and hours, they are down to a 36-hour week at 10 percent pay cut.

The reduction scale slides. The highest-paid employees, like Mike Rizzo, are taking the largest reduction in pay. Then on down the line.

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The Nationals deciding to do this now allows their staff to know what the future holds as opposed to wondering month-to-month what decision the organization will make in regard to their job status.

Major League Baseball organizations remain uneasy about their financial future in 2020 since the season has stalled. The league and its team owners are in the midst of negotiations with the MLBPA while attempting to find a safe, revenue-satisfactory path back to the field.

Meanwhile, teams across the league are assessing their non-player finances, and the approach varies. For instance, the Anaheim Angels decided last week to furlough some non-playing employees.

In Washington, no full-time employee will be laid off because of this salary adjustment.

USA Today was first to report the Nationals’ overall decision.

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