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Man Convicted in Slaying of Redskins Star

Eric Rivera Jr. was 17 at time of burglary gone wrong

(Newser) - A South Florida jury has convicted a 23-year-old man of second-degree murder in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched home burglary. The jury reached its verdict after deliberating about 16 hours over several days in the case of Eric Rivera Jr. They also found... More »

Krauthammer: Here's Why Redskins Should Change Name

Charles Krauthammer: You wouldn't use 'Negro,' so why Redskins?

(Newser) - Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer weighs in today on the Washington Redskins name controversy: Yes, let's change it, he writes for the Washington Post . But he's quick to point out that he's no fan of the "language police," or "being lectured by sportscasters about ethnic... More »

Obama: I'd Think About Changing Redskins Name

President says team should consider objections of Native Americans

(Newser) - President Obama thinks the Washington Redskins should think about changing their name. In an interview with the AP , the president touched for the first time on the controversy , in which Native American groups have called for a change but team owner Dan Snyder has adamantly refused. “If I were... More »

Redskins Name Change 'Kind of Like a Reservation'

Not everyone a fan of Rick Reilly's argument

(Newser) - Slate will never again write the word Redskins in reference to DC's football team out of sensitivity to Native Americans—but what if Native Americans aren't actually insulted by it? asks Rick Reilly at ESPN . In Reilly's telling, they're not, and his column arguing for the... More »

Slate: Why We're Ditching Use of 'Redskins'

Website joins critics boycotting NFL name

(Newser) - After today, you'll still see the occasional article about Washington's NFL team at Slate , but that article will no longer use the word "Redskins." As David Plotz explains, the site is joining those who avoid the term out of sensitivity to Native Americans. Plotz runs through... More »

Redskins Recruit GOP Spin Doc to Shop New Name

Frank Luntz asks focus group whether name is offensive

(Newser) - GOP strategist Frank Luntz—the guy who got the party to stop saying "estate tax" and "healthcare reform" and start using "death tax" and "government takeover of healthcare"—is tackling a different kind of linguistic problem at the moment. His strategy group is holding a... More »

Congress to Redskins: Change Your Name

10 representatives send letter to owner, others

(Newser) - Ten members of Congress are urging the Washington Redskins to change their name because it is offensive to many Native Americans. The representatives have sent letters to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx, and the other 31 NFL franchises, they said yesterday. The letter to... More »

Redskins Blew It on RGIII

Team endangers star QB and pays the price. Bad karma, maybe?

(Newser) - The Washington Redskins star quarterback had reconstructive surgery on his injured knee today, and ESPN's sources think Robert Griffin III might, might, be back for the start of next season. It's way too early to know for sure, however, along with whether he'll ever be the same... More »

5 Rookie QBs to Watch Today

Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III among NFL's 5 rookie starters

(Newser) - Peyton who? Rookie quarterbacks are looking to rule on any given Sunday this year. And as the NFL kicks off its first Sunday of the 2012 season, five teams are placing their fates in the hands of rookie starters—up from the previous record of three in 1960. The Christian ... More »

Colts Make Andrew Luck No. 1 Pick

Stanford quarterback will head to Peyton Manning's old team

(Newser) - The Indianapolis Colts stuck to the plan tonight in the NFL draft and made Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck this year's No. 1 pick, reports the Indianapolis Star . ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that he will get a four-year deal for $22 million. That's relatively modest by NFL standards,... More »

NFL Teams Paid Bounties to Injure Opponents

Gregg Williams apologizes; ran systems for Saints, Redskins

(Newser) - NFL coach Gregg Williams is known for his tough defenses, and now we know one of his secrets: He paid his players extra if they injured an opposing player. After the league announced today that about 25 members of the New Orleans Saints took part in such a bounty program... More »

Pats Sink Bills 49-21, Clinch Top AFC Seed

Patriots top Bills, Saints crush Panthers, 49ers thump Rams

(Newser) - The New England Patriots overcame a 21-point deficit today with 49 unanswered points to rock the Buffalo Bills 49-21, the AP reports. The win earned the Pats home-field advantage and the AFC's top seed. Tom Brady threw for 338 yards and finished with the second-most passing yards in NFL... More »

Redskins Owner Sues Paper Over 'Anti-Semitic' Pic

Dan Snyder sues 'Washington City Paper' over devil horns, goatee

(Newser) - Dan Snyder—having possibly forgotten that his team is called the "Washington Redskins"—is feeling offended. Snyder is suing the Washington City Paper for $2 million for an unflattering story, which was accompanied by a picture of Snyder with added goatee, mustache, and devil horns, Gawker reports. More »

Michael Vick: MVP?

Record-setting win leaves everyone gushing

(Newser) - Michael Vick eviscerated the Washington Redskins last night, throwing for 333 yards and four touchdowns, and running for another 80 yards and two more touchdowns, an unprecedented, record-breaking accomplishment. “He’s got my MVP vote,” Washington linebacker London Fletcher told the Washington Post after the game. Is the... More »

When a Winning TD Isn't

Cowboys' last-play score negated by penalty

(Newser) - One of the biggest talkers out of Week One in the NFL is the Dallas Cowboys' heartbreak last night against Washington. Tony Romo threw an apparent game-winning TD pass to Roy Williams on the final play—only to see it called back on a holding penalty. More game details at... More »

We Hate Vuvuzelas, But Condone Tomahawk Chop?

Sports spectators should apply their outrage elsewhere

(Newser) - The constant drone of vuvuzelas is annoying for people watching the World Cup, but Derrick Z. Jackson thinks American spectators should apply their "outrage to more serious sports matters." Specifically, the stereotypes about American Indians that still abound. Consider the tomahawk chop at Atlanta Braves and Florida State... More »

Salahi Crashed Redskins Cheerleader Routine

Michaele fluffs moves, has a drive to crash

(Newser) - White House gatecrasher Michaele Salahi happily kicked up her heels at a recent alumni performance of the Washington Redskins cheerleaders. The only problem? She has never been a Redskins cheerleader and had no business at the half-time event at a September game against St. Louis. "She was never at... More »

Less Racist Names for That Washington Team

Just in case the Redskins have had a change of heart

(Newser) - The Redskins may have dodged the latest legal challenge to its (allegedly) racist team name, but with more on the way, bloggers are tossing out alternatives owner Dan Snyder should consider. The Week collects the best:
  • Washington Nationals: Sharing a nickname with a baseball team didn’t hurt the New
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Supreme Court Rejects Case Against Redskins Name

Dead end in 17-year-old battle against 'offensive' team name

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a group of Native Americans who've been trying for 17 years to get the Washington Redskins to change their name. The high court today turned away an appeal from Suzan Shown Harjo, ending the latest round between the Redskins and a... More »

Lions Score 1st Win Since 2007

Redskins fall to team that went 0-16 in 2008; Vick returns

(Newser) - The Detroit Lions, winless since December 2007 and holders of the NFL record for futility after their 0-16 2008 season, stunned the visiting Redskins today at Ford Field, recording a 19-14 victory. "Yes, it's just the Redskins. And yes, they are not very good," wrote Shawn Winston of... More »

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