RICHMOND - Jay Gruden expects the same effort and production from Kirk Cousins, regardless of the now two-year long contract saga between the quarterback and the Redskins. "The thing about Kirk is you’re never worried about his preparation. It’s not going to vary from day in to day out," the coach said. "He’s not going to come in and be a different guy every day. He’s the same guy every day. [He’s] a great competitor, wants to get better." Talks between Cousins' represenatives and the Redskins seemed more congenial this offseason, though the result remained the same. Cousins will be paid $24 million this year on the franchise tag, after making $20 million in 2016 on the same tag. ROSTER BATTLES: Left
WASHINGTON - All-Star Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is headed to the 10-day disabled list. Following his team's 8-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night, manager Dusty Baker confirmed that Strasburg will not take the mound on Saturday as originally scheduled. Instead, Washington will call up top pitching prospect Erick Fedde to take his place. Strasburg exited early from his most recent start on Sunday after pitching two scoreless innings against Arizona. On Tuesday morning, he underwent a diagnostic ultrasound that revealed a nerve impingement in his right forearm. Later that afternoon, in keeping with his typical between-starts routine, Strasburg played catch on flat ground
Heather Hardy, in some ways, understands the monumental task Conor McGregor has taken on in his fight against Floyd Mayweather. Hardy, a 35-year-old fighter from Brooklyn, went 20-0 in her professional boxing career, then decided to follow the money and train as an MMA fighter. In Hardy's MMA debut in 2017, she knocked out Alice Yauger at Bellator 180, making the transition as successfully as one could.