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Cavaliers' Waiters expected to return Tuesday

Cavaliers' Waiters expected to return Tuesday

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland guard Dion Waiters is expected to return from a sprained left ankle for the Cavaliers' game Tuesday night against Toronto.

Waiters, the former Syracuse player taken with the No. 4 pick in the draft, hasn't played since being injured against Portland on Dec. 1. He has missed seven straight games and won't play Saturday when Cleveland visits New York. Waiters is second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.2 points.

Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said Waiters has been cleared to play by team doctors, but the rookie must go through a full practice session before he can return. The Cavaliers won't practice until Monday.

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Capitals reveal vintage look for their third jersey in 2018-19 NHL season

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Capitals reveal vintage look for their third jersey in 2018-19 NHL season

The Capitals have really taken the philosophy of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” to heart this season.

First, they returned almost their entire roster from last year’s championship run. Now, they’re bringing back a classic look.

The Capitals revealed their third jersey for the season on Monday, and it should look very familiar:

The NHL made the switch to Adidas as its jersey manufacturer prior to the 2017-18 season. Because of the move, the league announced there would be no third jerseys that first season to allow Adidas to keep up with demands. Now in the second season with Adidas, however, the third jerseys are back.

A number of teams have already released alternate looks for the upcoming season ranging from glorious to hideously bland. Washington decided to stick with their vintage look going with their original red jersey, a look the team used as its alternate prior to the switch to Adidas.

The decision is a smart one considering the original red jersey is the best look this team has sported in its history.

If you’re not a fan, however, or if you’re someone who looks forward to new jerseys, first your opinion on jerseys is invalid because the classic red is glorious. Second, just remember that it could always be worse.

No, seriously, it could be much worse.

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Five key plays in the Redskins’ big win over the Packers

Five key plays in the Redskins’ big win over the Packers

There are about 150 plays in an NFL game and all of them are important. But some of them matter to the outcome more than others. Here are five of the key plays in the Redskins’ win over the Packers.

Q1, 13:02—Alex Smith pass deep middle to Paul Richardson for 46 yards, TOUCHDOWN. 

During the week, Smith was taking fire from all directions after having thrown mostly check down passes in the Redskins’ first two games. He aired it out early against Green Bay. Three plays into their first possession the Redskins had a first down at the Packers 46. Richardson had a couple of steps on his defenders deep down the middle and Smith launched it. The receiver had to slide on his knees to make the catch at around the five-yard line. He immediately popped up without being touched and lunged into the end zone to give the home team a lead it would never relinquish. 

Q2, 7:13—Smith pass deep middle to Jordan Reed to WAS 40 for 34 yards 

On the Redskins’ previous possession, Smith had thrown his first interception of the year. It didn’t cost them points but the turnover did flip field position as the Packers’ ensuing punt was downed at the two-yard line. It was third and six at the six. Smith dropped back and fired to Reed down the middle for the first down. Reed got some good yards after the catch with a couple of nice moves and the Redskins were in business. On the next play, Adrian Peterson rolled for 41 yards off the right side and suddenly they were in the red zone. Four plays later Smith threw a laser beam to Jamison Crowder for a touchdown to make it 21-3.

Q2, 2:00—Smith pass deep right to Vernon Davis pushed ob at GB 21 for 50 yards 

The Packers responded quickly to the Crowder touchdown as Aaron Rodgers threw a 64-yard TD bomb to close the gap to 21-10. The fans at FedEx Field barely had time to get nervous. On the second play in their ensuing possession, Smith found Davis open deep down the right sideline and the QB dropped a dime. That got the Redskins just outside the red zone. A pass to Jamison Crowder made it first and goal at the three, and two plays later Ryan Anderson was the lead blocker on Peterson’s second two-yard TD plunge of the game. 

Q3, 2:33—Rodgers pass short left to Randall Cobb to WAS 40 for 3 yards. Washington challenged the pass completion ruling, and the play was REVERSED.

The offense built the lead and it was up to the defense to make sure it was preserved. The Packers drove to a touchdown on their first possession on the second half, and after a Washington three and out they were on the move again. On fourth and two at the Redskins 43, the Packers went for it. Rodgers’ short pass to Cobb got them just over the line to gain. But Redskins defenders in the vicinity emphatically signaled incomplete and assistant defensive backs coach James Rowe got into Jay Gruden’s ear on the headset and told him to challenge the call. It turned out that the ball squirted out and hit the ground while Cobb was trying to get control. The Redskins took over on downs. 

Q4, 5:32—Rodgers pass short right to Cobb to GB 47 for 1 yard. FUMBLES forced by Fabian Moreau RECOVERED by WAS- Josh Norman at GB 46. 

It was still a two-score game with enough time left for one of Rodgers’ patented miracle finishes. The Packers were near midfield when Rodgers went to Cobb on the right side near the line. The defense immediately swarmed over the receivers, and as he was going down Moreau pried the ball from Cobb’s grasp. It popped up in the air and Norman grabbed it out of the air. The Redskins killed 3:25 of the clock, forced the Packers to use all of their timeouts, and Dustin Hopkins kicked a field goal to put the Redskins up by 14 with 1:58 left to play. 

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