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NFL Capsule: Falcons at Redskins

NFL Capsule: Falcons at Redskins

ATLANTA (4-0) At WASHINGTON (2-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Atlanta 3-1; Washington 2-2

SERIES RECORD - Redskins lead 15-6-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Falcons No. 2; Redskins No. 18

LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Redskins 31-17, Nov. 8, 2009

LAST WEEK - Falcons beat Panthers 30-28; Redskins beat Buccaneers 24-22

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (18), PASS (11)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (29), PASS (8)

REDSKINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (2), PASS (15)

REDSKINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (10), PASS (31)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Game features NFL's top-rated passer (Matt Ryan, 112.1 rating) vs. top-rated rookie (Robert Griffin III, 103.2). ... Both led late FG drives for two-point wins last week. ... Both have completed 69.4 percent of their passes, trailing only Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (69.9). ... Falcons' Ryan has only two interceptions in 102 attempts; Redskins' Griffin has one pick in 86 throws. ... Griffin also league's top rushing QB (234 yards) and has already tied Washington's single-season record for rushing TDs by QB (4), matching Joe Theismann in 1979 and Eddie LeBaron in 1955. ... With Griffin, Redskins have NFL-best 151.4 passer rating vs. blitz. ... Falcons lead league with plus-10 turnover differential. They are only team yet to lose fumble this season. ... Atlanta RB Michael Turner had first 100-yard game of season last week, gaining 103 yards on 13 carries. He also had first career receiving TD. ... Falcons DE John Abraham had sack and forced fumble last week. His career sack total stands at 115, most among active players. ... Falcons K Matt Bryant has made all nine FG attempts; Redskins K Billy Cundiff has missed NFL-high four (6 for 10). ... Game also features league's least penalized team (Falcons, 114 yards) vs. most penalized (Redskins, 356 yards). ... Washington defense allowing NFL-high 6.81 yards per play, plus league-worst 7.13 yards on first down. ... Redskins RB Alfred Morris leads NFL rookies with 376 yards rushing. Washington is first team in NFL history with two rookies (Griffin, Morris) each with four-plus rushing TDs in team's first four games. ... Redskins have rushed for 150-plus yards in every game this season. ... Win would tie Redskins coach Mike Shanahan with Bud Grant (168) for 14th place all-time. ... Washington has lost seven straight at home.

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2018 MLB All-Star Game Live Blog

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2018 MLB All-Star Game Live Blog

This is the year's most ambitious crossover event in baseball. Dozens of MLB standouts from dozens of teams ally along either the National or American league. The two teams play against each other in a lighthearted frankensquad matchup. It's a welcome change of pace, considering how stressed we are about the Nationals' win percentage.

At the moment, we're keeping our eyes to the sky to monitor incoming rain. Aside from the threat of rain delay, we're excited to see how things unfold.

TOP 5 - Aaron Nola strikes out Brandon Crawford fairly easily and Mookie Betts not so easily. Mike Trout, who looks like he would post pictures with trout and other fish on Instagram, pops up and across the first base line. Sorry AL.

BOT 4 - Bryce Harper faces Blake Snell and strikes out for the second time tonight. Maybe he thought tonight was a Strikeout Derby?

TOP 4 - Machado pops up to the third baseman in what may be his final at-bat wearing an Orioles uniform.

TOP 4 - Matt Kemp deftly avoids tampering charges when the FOX broadcast crew asks him about his selfie with Machado.

BOT 2 - Manny begins acquainting himself with his LA teammates.

BOT 2 - Chris Sale only stuck around for one inning, apparently. It's Luis Severino time in D.C. He allows a double from Matt Kemp to start but then strikes out Bryce Harper. 

TOP 2 - Aaron Judge takes Scherzer deep. 1-0 AL. Sigh.

BOT 1 - AL Starter Chris Sale responds with a scoreless frame of his own. We're on our way to that 3-2 thriller after all!!! 

TOP 1 - Scherzer strikes out Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve before walking Mike Trout (can't blame him) and allowing a hit to J.D. Martinez. No damage done though, and it's 0-0. 

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star Game

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star Game

Manny Machado could very well be playing in his final game in an Orioles uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field for the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. 

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are now in the driver's seat as a favorite to land the All-Star shortstop. 

Machado, 26, has gone back and forth on what he does and does not know as front office deals develop and speculation continues to grow. One thing he has made clear is that the rumors have not detracted from his enjoyment of being an All-Star.

Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

For the latest news and conversation surrounding Machado's status and the Orioles, follow along on Twitter

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