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Price's 5 TDs lead Washington past Colorado 38-3

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Price's 5 TDs lead Washington past Colorado 38-3

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Keith Price threw a career-best five touchdown passes and Washington overcame a slow start to whip hapless Colorado 38-3 on Saturday for the Huskies' fourth straight win.

Bishop Sankey atoned for a first-half fumble at the 1 by running through Colorado's defense for 139 yards and collecting 48 more on four receptions as the Huskies (7-4, 5-3 Pac-10) won consecutive road games for just the second time in the last decade.

The Huskies can secure their first eight-win season since 2001 with a win at Washington State next week.

After committing five costly turnovers in this one, the Buffaloes (1-10, 1-7) will have to beat Utah on Friday to avoid the worst record in school history and their first winless season at home since 1920.

Price completed 22 of 29 passes for 248 yards with no interceptions.

The Buffaloes held an opponent scoreless in the first quarter for the first time this season but still trailed 7-0 at halftime after running their own scoreless streak at Folsom Field to eight quarters.

Two big blunders by the Buffs led to 14 quick points and ended hopes of an upset in a stadium that was mostly empty with the campus on Thanksgiving break and the program in a downward spiral under second-year coach Jon Embree.

A punt hit Colorado's Nelson Spruce, and Will Shamburger recovered for Washington at the Colorado 35 after a save by teammate Kevin Smith as the ball was bouncing out of bounds. Three plays later, Price found Kasen Williams in the end zone for a 17-yard TD.

Huskies tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, playing defensive end on third downs with Washington's defensive line riddled with injuries, then recovered a fumble after Josh Shirley's sack-strip of Colorado's Jordan Webb. Fifteen seconds later, Price hit Kendyl Taylor for a 23-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead.

Marques Mosley returned the ensuing kickoff 59 yards, setting up Will Oliver's 37-yard field goal that snapped the Buffs' home scoring drought, which had dated to the first half of a game against Arizona State on Oct. 11. They were subsequently shut out 48-0 by Stanford.

The Huskies responded with a 17-point blitz that included TD passes from Price of 3 yards to Seferian-Jenkins and 18 yards to Jaydon Mickens.

Sophomore Connor Wood got his first start for the Buffs but was replaced by Webb, who started the first nine games, after throwing two interceptions in five drives that netted 50 yards. Things didn't get much better - Webb ran a quarterback sneak on first down in an apparent miscommunication from the sideline.

The Huskies caught the first big break of the game when Marcus Peters pressured Wood into a poor pass that Shaq Thompson intercepted at midfield. After reaching the Colorado 13, however, the drive stalled and on fourth-and-10, Travis Coons banged the ball off the left upright.

He later was good from 25 yards out.

Later, Buffs linebacker Doug Rippy stripped Sankey at the 1 and Jon Major recovered for Colorado. Wood quickly followed with his second interception, this one picked off by safety Sean Parker.

Price found Cody Bruns with a 3-yard TD toss with 1:02 left in the first half for a 7-0 halftime lead.

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MLB All-Star FanFest: Searching for a jersey from every team

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MLB All-Star FanFest: Searching for a jersey from every team

A sea of red and white Nationals jerseys flooded toward the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. But there wasn’t a Bryce Harper signing. And there wasn’t even a game. The Nationals are in New York to play the Mets. 

Then, as I turned and walked down the street I began to see random jerseys: Phillies, Yankees, Astros and Mets, among others.

It all clicked.

Ah, yes, the MLB All-Star weekend and its annual FanFest

As I walked inside the building and looked around, there was everything from memorabilia to interactive games like a speed gun, home run derby and more. 

MLB fans filled the building and the once-sea of red and white thinned out into a blob of colors. Fans from all different teams came out for the weekend’s festivities.

This left me curious: Could I find a jersey for every MLB team?

It was easy to find the big name teams. Going down the escalator, I was hit with a couple Jacob deGrom jerseys and a Carlos Correa one, as well. 

Mets, check. Astros, check.

A right turn and there was an Aaron Nola jersey, the All-Star phenom who surprised this year for the first-place Phillies. Check.

The Yankees and Red Sox weren’t far behind. 

As the day went on, my notepad of teams kept getting crossed off. The National League Central was the first division to go, and the American League Central followed suit. Surprisngly, it took me a couple hours — of course, I wasn't searching the whole time — to find the Marlins. Every other NL East team was easy.

Three hours later, I had found all but five teams: Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels. 

I decided to take another lap before I left. And standing, right by the stolen base activity, stood a man in a Randy Johnson throwback Diamondbacks jersey. 

We both look at the kids running down the line toward the base before a purple jersey caught my eye. It was another kid, waiting in line, wearing a Nolan Arenado jersey.

That left me with just three more teams. As I headed toward the exit, I was shocked I had not seen a Mike Trout jersey. One of the greatest players in modern baseball and not one Angels fan.

Then a co-worker pointed toward the MLB shop area. Finally, a Trout jersey. And then I turned around to grab my backpack and notebook. Another Trout jersey. Weird. I crossed off the name and looked up. Another Angels jersey. OK, enough. 

With just two more jerseys left and me being the stubborn person I am, I walked around the FanFest for another 20 minutes, looking for that green A’s jersey, or dark blue Rays one. 

Then, I finally found Stomper, the Athletics mascot taking photos with kids. On him was an A’s jersey — ironic, right? 

After about 10 more minutes I gave up. There were no Rays jerseys. The best I could do was a Tampa Bay tank top a woman was wearing while her kids played. But, that doesn’t count. We’re looking for jerseys.

Oh, and here are other sports apparel that I saw before that non-existent Rays jersey.

  • Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan t-shirt
  • San Francisco 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo jersey 
  • A Texas Longhorns athletic shirt
  • France soccer jersey
  • Philadelphia 76ers shirt
  • Montreal Expos Vlad Guerrero jersey
  • Oakland Raiders Bo Jackson jersey
  • Golden State Warriors Steph Curry jersey
  • DC United Wayne Rooney jersey

And so, the search for a Rays jersey continues. 

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Austin Rivers believes he can help the Wizards on defense as much as anything

Austin Rivers believes he can help the Wizards on defense as much as anything

When asked at his introductory press conference for how he will fit on the Wizards' roster from a basketball perspective, guard Austin Rivers didn't first cite his three-point shooting, his ability to affect games scoring off the bench or his speed to run the floor with John Wall and Bradley Beal. The first thing he point to was his defense.

That may have surprised some people out there as Rivers has long been known for his scoring ability and not so much his skills on the other end. It's not that he can't play defense, it's just that most of the highlights he's produced over the years have been due to his high-flying finishes at the rim and wicked pull-up jumper from three-point range.

Defense, though, is something Rivers takes pride in and he hopes to continue developing as a defender in Washington.

"With how much Brad and John have to do every night, for them to not have to always guard the best guard on the other team, that's something I can come in here and do. Try to bring that competitive spirit and be one of the defenders on the team," Rivers said.

Rivers' defensive ability has produced some controversy among Wizards fans and media members on social media. Some insist he does not bring value on that end of the floor, while some numbers suggest he does have some defensive potential.

Last season, Rivers averaged a career-high 1.2 steals per game. He was tied for fifth on the Clippers in defensive win shares.

However, his 113 defensive rating was his worst since 2013-14. It was an outlier on the Clippers and not in the good way. He also ranked nowhere near the top of the league in deflections or contested three-point shots, two hustle stats that guys like Wall and Beal fair well in.

Rivers points to two attributes that he believes make him a strong perimeter defender. One is his versatility and the other you could call scrappiness.

"On defense [the Wizards] can switch one through three or one through four. I think that gives us a lot of dangerous options," he said.

As for his scrappiness, Rivers says it comes from the early days of his career.

"I had to figure out ways to be effective without [a jumpshot] and that's how I became a defender. I guess everything happens for a reason, right? I'm happy I did have those early career struggles because it made me find a side of me that I didn't do [early on]. Because I promise you I didn't play any defense at Duke," he said.

The last line drew laughter from those gathered at his introductory press conference. Rivers insists that he now takes that end of the floor very seriously. The Wizards certainly hope he can back up his words.

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