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Tannehill rallies Dolphins past Seahawks 24-21

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Tannehill rallies Dolphins past Seahawks 24-21

MIAMI (AP) For much of the game, when the Miami Dolphins had the ball, the only thing that seemed to work was the sprinklers.

They came on by mistake late in the third quarter, dousing both teams and causing a brief interruption. An amused crowd roared, but otherwise fans had little to cheer about until Miami's offense suddenly came to life.

Rookie Ryan Tannehill helped the Dolphins score 17 points in the last 8:08, including a field goal on the final play, and they rallied past the Seattle Seahawks 24-21 Sunday.

Tannehill had drawn criticism for mistakes down the stretch in close games, but he moved the Dolphins 65 yards in six plays over the final 92 seconds to set up the decisive 43-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter.

``There was no panic,'' Tannehill said. ``Everyone felt confident out there.''

Tannehill pulled off his first fourth-quarter comeback victory, and the Dolphins overcame a seven-point deficit in the final period to win for the first time since 2005. Carpenter hit the winning kick on his 27th birthday to help Miami (5-6) break a three-game losing streak.

``Anytime you lose consecutive games like that it's tough,'' Tannehill said. ``We're just looking to get back on track.''

The Seahawks (6-5), unbeaten at home this year, lost for the fifth time in six road games.

``In the NFL you've got to play tough games on the road to win,'' defensive end Red Bryant said. ``So far this year that's a part of our game we haven't been able to translate.''

Tannehill and Miami caught a break with Seattle leading 14-7 early in the fourth quarter. Bobby Wagner intercepted a pass by Tannehill in the end zone, but the turnover was negated by a penalty on safety Earl Thomas for roughing the passer.

``The NFL, they need some goggles,'' Thomas said. ``I can't stop in midair like magic. I'm not Superman.''

Seattle coach Pete Carroll called the penalty on Thomas questionable.

``He jumped up to block the pass and came down on the quarterback with no intent to hit him,'' Carroll said. ``It was a very big call to make at that point in the game.''

One play after the penalty, Daniel Thomas scored the tying touchdown on a 3-yard run.

Leon Washington returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the eighth time in his career to tie the NFL record and put Seattle ahead with eight minutes left. Miami answered with an 80-yard drive capped by Tannehill's 29-yard pass to Charles Clay, making it 21-21.

Russell Wilson was the better rookie QB for much of the afternoon. He threw two touchdown passes, completed 16 consecutive attempts and finished with a hefty passer rating of 125.9.

``We did a lot of great things, but we did some stuff that's not characteristic of us,'' Wilson said.

The Seahawks lost yardage on their final three plays and were forced to punt from midfield, allowing the Dolphins to start at their own 10 with 1:32 left.

Tannehill quickly moved Miami downfield and finished 18 for 26 for 253 yards and a score. He broke the Dolphins' rookie record of 2,210 yards passing set by Dan Marino in 1983.

A computer glitch caused the sprinklers to come on, creating a comical sight as they briefly showered the entire field on a cloudless afternoon. Wilson said the Seahawks were unfazed.

``I think they're used to the rain,'' he said.

NOTES: Seattle G James Carpenter left the game in the first half with a left knee injury. ... With Dan Carpenter's game-winning kick, Seahawks opponents improved to 17 for 17 on field-goal tries this year. ... The Dolphins' Davone Bess caught seven passes for a career-high 129 yards. ... Miami improved to 12-1 since 1997 at home against West Coast teams.

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What It Means: Wizards reportedly expected to make extension offer to Bradley Beal

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What It Means: Wizards reportedly expected to make extension offer to Bradley Beal

Despite the litany of teams who would love to get their hands on Bradley Beal this offseason, Washington has so far remained committed to keeping Bradley Beal a Wizard.

And when he's eligible in July, they plan to offer him a three-year, $111 million extension, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  

"He's eligible for a three-year, $111 million extension," Wojnarowski said during ESPN's televised mock draft special. "I'm told it's the team's intention to offer that up to him and try and move forward."

Keeping Beal long-term may wind being a smart move, as NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig wrote this week. The extension would lock Beal up for the next five years and secure him and John Wall -- once he's fully recovered from offseason Achilles surgery -- as the Wizards' backcourt for the foreseeable future. 

The offer may seem financially burdensome, considering the Wizards just signed John Wall to a massive supermax extension that starts this season. But although the Wizards are currently strapped for cash, there's hope on the horizon. Ian Mahinmi's $15.6 million deal and Dwight Howard's $5.4 million deal expire after the 2019-2020 season.

The Wizards could decline Jabari Parkers $20 million team option and let Bobby Portis walk in restricted free agency this offseason. If both those happen, the Wizards could open up cap space for Beal's extension.

Considering John Wall is out for likely the entire next season and the Wizards still don't have a GM, their best move might be to lock in what proven production they have.

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Rain knocks out another Phillies-Nationals game

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Rain knocks out another Phillies-Nationals game

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and Phillies are 2-for-2.

Tuesday night's game was postponed following a two-hour rain delay. Monday's game was postponed after a three-hour rain delay.

Tuesday's game will be made up as part of a split day-night doubleheader Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., bumping a four-game series to a five-game series. The Nationals and Phillies are scheduled to also play a split day-night doubleheader Wednesday.

The day was not without news. Nationals ace Max Scherzer broke his nose in batting practice when a ball bounced off his bat and struck him in the face. Scherzer was attempting to bunt at the time.

Scherzer's injury and the multiple postponements throw the Nationals' pitching plans into disarray. They're not sure if Scherzer will pitch as expected Wednesday. It appears Austin Voth, who was scratched from his Thursday start for Triple-A Fresno, will be available to pitch in one of the Wednesday games -- should they be played. More rain is expected Wednesday.

The Nationals will bump Patrick Corbin, who was slated to pitch again Tuesday, into a Wednesday spot. Wednesday's other starter is TBA. It could be Scherzer if he is ready. It could be Erick Fedde, and Voth could be used in the bullpen as the 26th man. That would provide Scherzer a chance to pitch Thursday and Strasburg on Friday against Atlanta. 

Or, Scherzer could be provided more time off. There's a lot to sort out once again thanks to the rain.

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