Top Five: Gift ideas for area teams

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Christmas already has come for the Redskins, who have Robert Griffin III and a chance to claim the NFC East title at home against Dallas next weekend. Here's what other D.C. sports teams are hoping to find under their trees:

1. Nationals » A resolution to the Adam LaRoche contract situation. The 33-year-old first baseman has been hoping for a three-year contract offer all offseason. As of Sunday evening, that apparently hasn't happened yet. Washington has a two-year offer on the table but would like to move on with its offseason plans.

2. Wizards » Healthy knees for John Wall. If all goes well, Wall might just be back in action in a few weeks. He still needs to show he has improved his jump shot, too, but if he doesn't lose the season, that's a much needed victory for the beleaguered franchise.

3. D.C. United » A polished attacking midfielder. Going blue collar by necessity still nearly landed Ben Olsen in MLS Cup in his first playoff appearance as a coach. But United's going to have to improve offensively if it is going to make the jump to full-fledged title contender.

4. Capitals »

An honest-to-goodness game. But for now the NHL continues its lockout of the players, and the two sides had no official negotiations planned before Christmas. There is no official drop-dead date before the season is canceled, according to the league, but mid-January is a good bet.

5. Local college sports fans » The athletic departments at Georgetown and Maryland to come to their senses. Yes, both sides have legitimate grievances -- though Maryland is the one with the official policy not to play the Hoyas in any sport. Begin the thaw with a men's basketball game and play it at a neutral site if needed.

- Craig Stouffer and Brian McNally

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com, bmcnally@washingtonexaminer.com

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