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Giants-Eagles welcome 400 from Newtown tragedy

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Giants-Eagles welcome 400 from Newtown tragedy

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) They carried signs expressing gratitude and love. They exchanged high-fives with players and ringed the field during the national anthem.

About 400 residents of Newtown, Conn., attended the New York Giants-Philadelphia Eagles game Sunday. Among them were a few families who lost children in the massacre this month, the Giants said. One was the family of Jack Pinto, the 6-year-old boy buried in a No. 80 jersey of Giants receiver Victor Cruz.

``We certainly wanted to honor and respect them,'' Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. ``We wanted to try to do our part to help them in the healing process. I hope they left with some inspiration today.''

The families arrived in nine chartered buses. There were some 200 students from the school system to which Sandy Hook Elementary School belongs.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell greeted the Newtown group in a stadium tunnel. The residents formed a gantlet to welcome players from both teams before the game. Then they held hands during the anthem.

``It was awesome,'' Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said after the Giants' 42-7 victory. ``Imagine what they went through on that horrific day. For them to come out here and support us as they did, it was an unbelievable feeling. We had a great effort out there for them.''

Coughlin and Eagles coach Andy Reid slowly walked the gantlet and said hello to as many people as they could.

The game was played just more than two weeks after the attack that shattered Newtown and reverberated across the country - 20 children and six adults slain in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

The team did not allow access to the guests, saying they just wanted to attend the game and enjoy themselves.

The Newtown visitors held at least a dozen hand-made signs in the stadium. One green-and-white sign read, ``Sandy Hook: We Choose Love.''

Giants fullback Henry Hynoski said he could not have had a better 24th birthday than sharing it with the families from Newtown.

``It was emotional, running out and giving them high-fives and seeing the joy on their faces,'' Hynoski said. ``We played for them. After all they've been through, they were out to see us. It gave us a lot of extra drive to get the win for them.''

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Washington fans get emotional on Twitter with reports of 'Redskins' being retired on Monday

Washington fans get emotional on Twitter with reports of 'Redskins' being retired on Monday

Monday will reportedly mark the end of a certain era in Washington football, as the team is expected to retire the name 'Redskins.'

Washington's football franchise was founded in 1933, and the team became the 'Washington Redskins' when the franchise moved from Boston to the nation's capital in 1937.

Over that span, Washington has won three Super Bowls, two NFL championships (pre-NFL-AFL merger) and had over 30 players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

So, as fans found out Sunday evening that the 'Washington Redskins' were soon to be a thing of the past, many of them became emotional on Twitter about the team's successes over the years.

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Report: Washington will reveal new team name on Monday

Report: Washington will reveal new team name on Monday

Washington will reportedly retire the name 'Redskins' on Monday, but could the organization reveal the team's new moniker, too?

According to Mike Jones of USA TODAY, that's exactly what the team plans to do.

Jones' source would not reveal what the team's new name will be. Potential replacement names such as the Warriors, Redtails and particularly the Red Wolves, have grown popular on social media.

Whether Washington will formally introduce a new name on Monday is still unclear. While Jones reported that the team will reveal its new name, Ben Fischer of the Sports Business Journal reported the team has yet to finalize what the new moniker will be. Additionally, Washington could have some trouble trademarking its new name.

Washington first announced it was undergoing a "thorough review" of its name on July 3 after several major sponsors publicly pressured the team about changing the name.

"This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field," Washington owner Dan Snyder said July 3.

Regardless if the new name is announced Monday or not, a change is imminent. NBC Sports Washington and multiple other sources have reported that the team will not play another game as the 'Washington Redskins' ever again.

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