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RG3 fumble nets TD; NYG lead Skins 16-10 after 3

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RG3 fumble nets TD; NYG lead Skins 16-10 after 3

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Eli Manning's 4-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett and three field goals by Lawrence Tynes helped the New York Giants take a 16-10 lead into the fourth quarter Monday night against the Washington Redskins, whose only TD came when Robert Griffin III's fumble was grabbed on the fly and run into the end zone by receiver Joshua Morgan.

Another fumble by the Redskins - this one by Alfred Morris, midway through the third quarter - was recovered by the Giants and set off a melee, before leading to one of Tynes' kicks.

That was the only scoring in that period, after a flurry of points late in the second quarter.

Manning's TD toss put New York ahead 10-7 with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the first half, capping a 13-play, 85-yard drive that lasted nearly 7 1/2 minutes and included conversions on third-and-10, second-and-16 and second-and-20.

Washington responded with Kai Forbath's 33-yard field goal with 41 seconds remaining. But Tynes' second field goal of the game, a 40-yarder as time expired after a 28-yard pass from Manning to Bennett, put New York back in front 13-10 at halftime.

It was part of a strong, if low-scoring, showing for New York's offense against Washington's struggling defense: The reigning Super Bowl champions compiled a big edge in time of possession (28:55 to 16:05) and 379-274 advantage in total yards through three quarters.

With a 7-yard gain on the next-to-last play of that quarter, Griffin reached 707 yards rushing for the season, breaking Cam Newton's NFL record for a rookie quarterback of 706, set last season.

Midway through the third quarter, on third-and-1 from the Washington 39, Griffin took off for only his second run of the game and gained 46 yards before getting dragged down by the shirttail by safety Stevie Brown at the New York 15.

On the next play, Morris fumbled when hit by Chase Blackburn, setting off a scramble to recover the ball near the sideline. With penalty flags flying, Keith Rivers recovered the ball and the Giants took over at their 9.

Meanwhile, in the scrum, Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph yanked at Redskins center Will Montgomery's leg. Montgomery kicked at Linval in response, and Linval stomped at Montgomery. Joseph and a Redskins player were whistled for offsetting unnecessary roughness penalties.

The ensuing Giants possession included Manning's 49-yard pass to Victor Cruz, but New York once again settled for a field-goal attempt. Tynes made a 35-yard kick to put New York ahead 16-10 with a little more than 3 minutes left in the third quarter.

Tynes missed a 43-yard attempt wide left early in the second quarter.

With the Redskins trailing 3-0 after Tynes' 39-yard kick on the Giants' opening possession, the hosts went ahead by going 80 yards on only four plays - including a wacky one for the score.

On second-and-2 from the New York 28, Heisman Trophy winner Griffin ran to his left - his only rush of the first half - and was being tackled by Brown after what would have been a 12-yard gain. But as Griffin fell with his back to the ground, the football popped out, and went right to Morgan 3 yards farther upfield.

Morgan raced 13 yards and broke through two would-be tacklers at the goal line for the TD with a little under 4 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter. After being reviewed, the original call of a score stood.

It's the second time this season a fumble by the man known as RG3 was picked up and taken into the end zone by a Redskins receiver. Pierre Garcon did it in a victory over Tampa Bay on Sept. 30.

Monday's first quarter also included a 19-yard gain by Redskins running back Alfred Morris, making him only the second Washington rookie to top 1,000 yards rushing. Reggie Brooks did it 1993.

Giants safety Tyler Sash left in the first half with a hamstring injury and eventually was ruled out for the game. Offensive tackle Will Beatty hurt his shoulder in the third quarter and his return was listed as probable.

The Giants entered the game in first place in the division with a 7-4 record and coming off a turnaround 38-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

The Redskins came in 5-6, but with a two-game winning streak that made them believe their once-disastrous season could eventually result in a playoff berth.

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher and left tackle Trent Williams, who were limited in practice by injuries Friday and Saturday, both started Monday night. The 37-year-old Fletcher extended his consecutive games streak to 236 - every game in his 15-year NFL career.

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Capitals are the class of the Metropolitan Division for fifth year in a row

Capitals are the class of the Metropolitan Division for fifth year in a row

You know what’s fun? Winning Metropolitan Division titles. 

No, it’s not as good as the big prize. The Capitals will never top their 2018 Stanley Cup championship. But winning a competitive division against their biggest rivals five years in a row? Pretty, pretty good. 

Washington took its fifth in a row officially on Tuesday when the NHL announced that the regular season had concluded thanks to the ongoing coronavirus. The Capitals just outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers with 90 standings points to 89. The difference over 69 games? One extra Caps game going into overtime for a single point. 

Credit to the Flyers for making a late run. No one was playing better in the NHL than Philadelphia just before the season was halted. Whether that carries over into the Stanley Cup Playoffs remains to be seen. 

But the Capitals should take pride in that streak. It’s hard to do in an age of parity. They play in a division where the Pittsburgh Penguins won two Stanley Cups in the previous four seasons. The two teams slugged it out three times in the second round. That’s the luck of the draw, and so four straight division titles -- and two Presidents’ Trophies -- meant just one Cup for Washington. 

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It’s also rare to dominate a division the way the Capitals have for five years. The Anaheim Ducks won the Pacific Division title every year from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that, the Detroit Red Wings won the Central Division an astounding eight times from 2001 to 2009. It doesn’t get you a championship -- Washington won the expired Southeast Division from 2008 to 2011 -- but it does mean you played great hockey year after year.

And to do it in the reconstituted Patrick Division, where long-time rivals like the Penguins, Flyers, Rangers, Islanders and Devils joined with newer rivals Carolina and Columbus, makes it even sweeter. Add another banner to the rafters at Capital One Arena. The Caps are the class of the Metropolitan Division yet again. 

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Nationals will not lay off full-time business or baseball employees amid coronavirus pandemic

Nationals will not lay off full-time business or baseball employees amid coronavirus pandemic

The Washington Nationals decided to use “partial furloughs” to keep their baseball and business employees at work through the end of their contracts or the calendar year.

The road map works like this:

All full-time business and baseball employees will receive a reduction in pay and hours ranging from 10 to 30 percent. If the employee’s contract runs to the end of baseball season -- typically Oct. 31 -- then these parameters apply from now until then. If the employee is not on contract, these reductions persist until Dec. 31.

No full-time employee is being laid off because of the economic impact from coronavirus.

An example: If a person works a 40-hour week, and has the 10 percent reduction in pay and hours, they are down to a 36-hour week at 10 percent pay cut.

The reduction scale slides. The highest-paid employees, like Mike Rizzo, are taking the largest reduction in pay. Then on down the line.

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The Nationals deciding to do this now allows their staff to know what the future holds as opposed to wondering month-to-month what decision the organization will make in regard to their job status.

Major League Baseball organizations remain uneasy about their financial future in 2020 since the season has stalled. The league and its team owners are in the midst of negotiations with the MLBPA while attempting to find a safe, revenue-satisfactory path back to the field.

Meanwhile, teams across the league are assessing their non-player finances, and the approach varies. For instance, the Anaheim Angels decided last week to furlough some non-playing employees.

In Washington, no full-time employee will be laid off because of this salary adjustment.

USA Today was first to report the Nationals’ overall decision.

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