1. Harper, Machado
The shutdown has lasted longer than anyone expected. No, not the federal government shutdown, the dearth of developments from baseball’s biggest free agents, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Neither has signed with a team, even though spring training is closing in. The clock is ticking, and people are waiting.
2. Redskins coaching tree
The Packers this week hired Matt LaFleur, a former Redskins assistant, as its head coach. He’s the third former assistant to former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan to land a head coaching job. While the Redskins have been criticized for letting another talented mind get away, think of the positives: Bruce Allen has produced the third best coaching tree in the NFL after Bill Walsh and Bill Parcells.
3. Boston Bruins
The Bruins have lost 14 straight games to the Washington Capitals, including a 4-2 defeat on Thursday and a 7-0 season-opening loss in October. Imagine that, a Boston team consistently struggling against a Washington team. You don’t see that often.
4. Andy Murray
The 31-year-old tennis player will retire, citing prolonged pain in his hip. He hopes to play in Wimbledon but conceded he may not make it that far. “I’ve been in a lot of pain for probably 20 months now,” he said.