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Have the people spoken?

I guess this is where I’m supposed to fall in line and do what every other American sports writer is doing. I’m supposed to swear I won’t ever write the words “Washington Redskins” anymore because it’s racist and offensive and a slap in the face to all Native Americans who ever lived. Maybe it is.

I just don’t quite know how to tell my father-in-law, a Blackfeet Indian. He owns a steak restaurant on the reservation near Browning, Mont. He has a hard time seeing the slap-in-the-face part.

“The whole issue is so silly to me,” says Bob Burns, my wife’s father and a bundle holder in the Blackfeet tribe. “The name just doesn’t bother me much. It’s an issue that shouldn’t be an issue, not with all the problems we’ve got in this country.”

And I definitely don’t know how I’ll tell the athletes at Wellpinit (Wash.) High School — where the student body is 91.2 percent Native American — that the “Redskins” name they wear proudly across their chests is insulting them. Because they have no idea.



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When the Washington Redskins (2-2) kick off on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers (0-5) at FedExField, they will be coming off 12 days of rest. Washington, which is coming off of its bye week, last played on Monday, October 2 in a 29-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers are coming off of their second-straight overtime loss and their fourth-straight loss decided by three-or-fewer points. They fell 26-23 to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Washington opened up the week as huge favorites over visiting San Francisco – by as many as 11 points and as little as nine points. The number represents the second-largest underdog status of the season by the 49ers. They were 14-point underdogs to the Seattle Seahawks leading up to Week 2. The over/under for Sunday’s game is listed at 46.5 points.

Sunday will be a homecoming for 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who was Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2010 through 2013. Washington’s head coach at the time was Shanahan’s father, Mike. It will also be a return for 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon, who played in Washington from 2012 through 2016.



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The Redskins on Tuesday added two offensive players to the practice squad in former Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave and William & Mary product Jerry Ugokwe.

The Washington Redskins announced on Tuesday that they have signed quarterback Joel Stave and offensive lineman Jerry Ugokwe to the practice squad.

In a corresponding move, the team released quarterback Alek Torgersen from the practice squad. Guard Kyle Kalis was also signed to the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad, making room for Ugokwe’s signing.

Stave joins the Redskins after previously spending time on the practice squads of the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.

During the preseason this year with Kansas City, Stave completed 4-of-9 passes for 80 yards and one touchdown.

Stave originally signed with the Vikings as a college free agent in 2016 after spending four seasons at the University of Wisconsin.

The 25-year-old joined the Badgers’ program as a walk-on but finished his career as the school’s all-time winningest quarterback with a 31-10 career record.

In total, Stave threw for more than 7,600 yards and 48 touchdowns.



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Out for the season with an injury, the Patriots wide receiver with Jewish roots teams up with the PJ Library Jewish book program

NEWTON, Massachusetts (AP) — NFL star Julian Edelman is getting a different kind of reception these days — as a children’s book author.

The New England Patriots wide receiver is out for the season with an injury and is scheduled to perform a special reading of his new book, “Flying High,” at the Jewish Community Center in Newton, Massachusetts.

The center says Edelman will read on Tuesday from a special edition of the book, which originally was released last year. Edelman’s appearance is part of PJ Library, a global Jewish children’s book program.

His book tells the semi-autobiographical story of a football-playing squirrel named Jules.



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Here’s a look at the remaining games slated for the Redskins following the Week 5 bye. Washington has yet to play two of their division rivals and will have two trips to the West Coast before the season’s end.

The Washington Redskins had a grueling first quarter of the season.

Pro Football Reference ranked Washington’s four-game slate as the toughest in the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs all sit atop their divisions. The only Redskins opponent not leading their division would be the Oakland Raiders, who recently lost Derek Carr to a multiple-week injury.

Luckily for Washington, the remaining 12 games on the schedule rank among the easiest in the league right now according to, with many teams posting records below .500 four games into the season.



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The Redskins lost a tough one to the Chiefs, but the team enters the Bye Week confident in itself, encouraged by its style of play and aiming to get healthy. 

Last week cornerback Josh Norman was explicit when he said that there were no moral victories in football, adding that “either you win or you lose.”

At the time, preparing for an undefeated team on Monday Night Football, his comments felt like the right mindset for the Redskins to take. But after a 29-20 loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, with the game in the Redskins control for most of the night despite a handful of injuries that tested nearly everyone on the roster, and with the opportunity for victory as close as one dropped pass, an addendum could have been made to Norman’s comments.



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The Redskins return to action this weekend to host the winless 49ers, who are currently 0-5 under first-year head coach Kyle Shanahan following an overtime loss to the Colts on Sunday.

Playing on the road is never easy and the San Francisco 49ers are living proof.

The 49ers have yet to win a game under new head coach Kyle Shanahan, as they are now 0-5 heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Washington Redskins at FedExField in Landover, Md.

The game will be televised on FOX with a 1:00 p.m. EST kickoff.

Shanahan, who spent four years as the offensive coordinator for the Redskins, earned a six-year contract with the 49ers back in January. Five games in, Shanahan’s team has been battered both at home and on the road and is one of three teams in the NFL without a win this season.



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As badly as Joe Girardi handled the infamous non-challenge in Game 2 against the Indians, excuse-making and all, it seems only fair to point out that since then he has not only owned his mistake but reacted as professionally as possible to questions about his job status and being booed before Game 3.

In short, the ordeal has humanized the often-robotic Girardi in some ways, which you’d think might temper the vitriol among the fans — the more reasonable ones, anyway.

Fans have every right to boo, but it’s not often a manager gets that type of treatment before a playoff game. And having been around Girardi for so many years, I thought he’d dismiss questions about it afterward, or maybe even pretend he didn’t notice.



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Brett Gardner hitting a home run against Ervin Santana in the second inning of the American League wild card game at Yankee Stadium. CreditBen Solomon for The New York Times

The Yankees are back in a playoff series for the first time in five years, back in a setting that once seemed automatic. They once did it 13 years in a row, a streak that stopped in 2008, the year they welcomed David Robertson and Brett Gardner to the roster.

The hiatus lasted only a year then, a championship quickly followed, and Gardner has never left. Robertson did for a while, after the Yankees chose a different reliever, Andrew Miller, in free agency. They traded Miller to the Indians last summer, and now they will face him in a division series starting Thursday in Cleveland.

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A batting cage at baseball bar Base MCR (Image: Matt Olsen Images)

From crazy golf to bonkers bingo, Manchester’s nightlife offers much more than just hitting a few bars.

Now you can hit a few balls too at a new baseball bar now open in the city.

Base MCR has three batting cages where you can practise your swing over a few beers, with prices starting at £25 for groups of up to five people per half hour.

Players are talked through the technique by a coach before being let loose with a bat to take turns hitting rounds of 20 balls.



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