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Thomsen tapped as interim for Texas Tech's bowl

Thomsen tapped as interim for Texas Tech's bowl

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech says offensive line coach Chris Thomsen will serve as interim coach of the Red Raiders for their bowl game this month against Minnesota.

Thomsen got the nod Monday, two days after Tommy Tuberville left to take the head coaching position at Cincinnati. Also on Monday, Neal Brown, the team's offensive coordinator the past three years, resigned to take the same job at Kentucky.

The Red Raiders play Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston on Dec. 28.

Thomsen was 51-21 in seven seasons at Abilene Christian and led the Wildcats to the NCAA Division II playoffs six consecutive seasons. He arrived at Texas Tech in February.

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Mike Rizzo says Max Scherzer plans to make next start after hamstring injury

Mike Rizzo says Max Scherzer plans to make next start after hamstring injury

Max Scherzer is expected to make his regularly scheduled start Tuesday despite leaving his last appearance after only one inning with a hamstring injury, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said in a Zoom press conference Sunday.

“He felt great today when I saw him and he’s planning on pitching Tuesday,” Rizzo said. “We’re not making any firm announcement but I would imagine he’s going to take the mound on Tuesday.”

Scherzer last pitched Wednesday against the New York Mets, throwing 27 pitches in a laborious first inning that saw him allow two baserunners and a run to score. He was relieved by Erick Fedde the following frame and told reporters after the game that he was still feeling the effects of a hamstring injury that he originally suffered before his July 29 start against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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“I'm not really concerned about it,” Scherzer said after the game.

“I didn’t injure it any further. I didn’t do anything worse. That was my limit for today. I wasn’t going to push past that limit and it wasn’t going to loosen up anymore by pitching. That was how I was able to relay it to our training staff and to coaches as well and we just all came to the conclusion that if I wasn’t going to be better than what I was going to give in the first then there was no reason to continue.”

With Stephen Strasburg’s return Sunday, the Nationals are set to have their rotation make a complete turn with all five starters healthy for the first time this season.

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Washington Football to let fans help decide new hashtag after failed first attempt

Washington Football to let fans help decide new hashtag after failed first attempt

As part of the Washington Football Team's temporary rebrand, the club must come up with a new social media hashtag to replace the fan-favorite #HTTR acronym.

On Sunday, Washington attempted to do just that, but the first idea for the new hashtag turned out to quickly backfire.

Washington tried to use the hashtag #1932, representing the year the franchise was established. However, Twitter prevents hashtags from being solely numbers.

Quickly, the organization realized its mistake.

Washington then tweeted out that the team has yet to decide a new hashtag, and the team wants to have fan input on the matter.

Several fans responded to Washington's tweet with their own ideas, and to be fair, there were plenty of good ones.

Even celebrity Washington fan and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. weighed in on the matter.

Based on the high volume of responses in a short amount of time, it's evident that the fans truly do care about what the team's new social media hashtag will be.

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