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Cardinals place QB Kolb on injured reserve

Cardinals place QB Kolb on injured reserve

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals placed Kevin Kolb on injured reserve Wednesday, ending the season for the only quarterback who was able to lead the team to victory this year.

Kolb was beat out for the starting job in the preseason by John Skelton, a third-year pro from Fordham who went down late in the opener against Seattle with an ankle injury. Kolb came on to direct the winning touchdown drive against the Seahawks and helped the team get off to a 4-0 start.

But Kolb went out with a rib injury against Buffalo and had not been able to return.

The Cardinals have alternated between Skelton and rookie Ryan Lindley as they have been mired in a nine-game losing streak.

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With NHL season paused, a ranking of Capitals' best wins of 2019-20: No. 6

With NHL season paused, a ranking of Capitals' best wins of 2019-20: No. 6

While we wait for the NHL to hopefully resume its season, NBC Sports Washington is looking back at the 20 best wins of the Capitals' season so far. Mark Zaner, producer for Caps Faceoff Live and Caps Overtime Live, has watched every game. His rankings continue with No. 6, a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 23 that featured lots of lead changes, a little bit of revenge for Carl Hagelin and a welcome-to-Washington moment for the newest Capital. 

WHAT HAPPENED 

It was a classic Capitals-Penguins game that felt like it should have been played in May. Jakub Vrana got the scoring started by showing off his speed. Off a defensive-zone draw, Vrana grabbed the puck and raced past both Penguins defensemen. Matt Murray made the blocker save as Vrana flew by the crease. The rebound was knocked into the net by defenseman Marcus Pettersson who was scrambling to recover. 

  

The second period belonged to Pittsburgh. Patric Hornqvist got his typical dirty goal by scoring off a deflection in front of Braden Holtby. Sidney Crosby gave the Penguins the lead just 26 seconds later with an almost identical goal as the one from Vrana. Crosby crashed the net, had his shot stopped, but the puck bounced in off a sliding T.J. Oshie. 

Tom Wilson brought the Caps even early in the third. Wilson swiped the puck from Pettersson in the neutral zone which resulted in a breakaway. He slipped a backhand past Murray for his 20th goal of the season. 

  

Great pressure from the Capitals resulted in their next goal. John Carlson’s shot from the blue line was denied, as was Lars Eller’s follow up in front of Murray. But former Penguin Carl Hagelin got the third attempt into the net as Washington regained the lead. 

 

Evgeni Malkin tied the game again at the 8:50 mark of the period by deking Carlson in open ice. Malkin threw the puck through Carlson’s legs, got it back on his stick, then beat Holtby clean. It took less than two minutes for the Caps to respond. Oshie had a couple of chances from the side of the cage before poking home one of his rebounds. 

  

Hagelin would score his second of the afternoon on an empty-netter to give the Capitals a 5-3 win. 

MEMORABLE MOMENTS 

It was Brenden Dillon’s third game with Washington after being acquired in a trade on February 18. How do you become an instant fan favorite? By getting into a fight with Malkin. With an official between them, Malkin and Dillon exchanged punches. As soon as the ref got out of the way, Malkin went into a shell. 

 

WHY IT WAS SIGNIFICANT 

Beating the Penguins is always important. This game had more added weight because of the standings. The two teams entered the afternoon tied on top of the Metro. Washington was able to regain the lead in the division. 

The two points were even more significant because the Capitals came into the game riding a season-high four-game losing streak. Three of those four losses were to teams that are currently outside of the playoffs looking in. It was probably the worst stretch of the Capitals’ season. So it was not just a vital win against their biggest rival, it was a much needed slump buster that allowed the Caps to keep the Metro lead. 
 
WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT 

Look, nothing against Crosby. He scored a goal and had a strong game overall. He’s undoubtedly one of the best players of his generation. But you see why Capitals fans don’t exactly like the guy. 

  

Lost in the eight goals and the Dillon-Malkin fight was a milestone for Carlson. His assist on Hagelin’s first goal was the 475th point of his career. He surpassed Calle Johansson for most points by a defenseman in franchise history. 

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Will the Dolphins trade with the Redskins on draft night? A Miami beat writer gives his prediction

Will the Dolphins trade with the Redskins on draft night? A Miami beat writer gives his prediction

If you're a Redskins fan, you're asking yourself three things these days:

1) What is Washington going to do with Trent Williams?

2) What is Washington going to do with the second pick in the draft?

3) When am I going to be allowed out of my house again?

While the first and third questions are certainly important, Dolphins beat writer Safid Deen joined the Redskins Talk podcast to try and help answer that middle one.

To begin the interview, JP Finlay asked Deen if he believes Miami will ultimately decide to do a deal with the Burgundy and Gold and move in behind Cincinnati. Deen doesn't believe so as of now, but he also understands how things change when the much-anticipated event finally arrives.

"If you ask me now, today, 20-something days before the draft, I would say no, they're not going to get desperate," Deen said on Wednesday. "But we all know, as soon as that clock hits, as soon as that clock starts, as soon as the pressure starts rising, we'll see how these Dolphins really respond to any kind of pressure from other teams to move up or move down."

"Conventional wisdom says this team moves up in the draft," he added. "You move up with Detroit or you move up with Washington and you go and get Tua if you really want him."

The Dolphins have long been linked to Tua Tagovailoa, and the Alabama product's recent "overwhelmingly positive" medical tests may be enough to convince them to swoop in and select him. That said, he's not the only passer they're considering.

"[Tua is who] they're all in on, but they've been doing their research," he told Redskins Talk. "Justin Herbert and Jordan Love, those are two guys who have been really examined."

According to Deen, Love, in particular, is someone who's enticing the Dolphins. The Utah State signal-caller offers upside and also possesses the kind of personality that could unite a locker room. 

Now, could their interest really just be "interest" as they attempt to throw other organizations off before ultimately pouncing on Tagovailoa? Of course; this is the NFL, where if you aren't lying, you aren't trying. Deen, however, sees taking a QB other than Tua as a serious possibility.

To close his time on the pod, Deen was pushed to give his prediction for how the first round will unfold for Miami. In his mind, all of the pre-draft chatter won't result in any major movement, as long as teams behind the Dolphins like the Chargers and the Raiders don't get too aggressive, too.

"The Dolphins have to call everybody's bluff here," he said. "I don't think the Dolphins really need to go out of their way to move up."

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