Alston, former NFL player dies
Alston, who played collegiately at Maryland-Eastern Shore, was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 11th round of the 1970 NFL draft. A 6-foot-2, 230-pound tight end, Alston played for the Redskins, the Houston Oilers and the Baltimore Colts during his professional career. He finished with 108 receptions for 1,247 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Services will be held at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 319 Broad St., Georgetown, on Tuesday at noon. Viewing will begin at 10 a.m.
Chelsea retains EPL lead
Chelsea retained its three-point lead at the midpoint of the Premier League season on Sunday despite being held to a draw by Southampton, thanks to Manchester City collapsing against struggling Burnley.
After Eden Hazard recovered a 1-1 draw for Chelsea at fourth-place Southampton, defending champion City threw away a 2-0 lead at home to draw 2-2 with 19th-place Burnley.
On a day when 18 of the 20 teams were in action less than 48 hours after playing on Friday in this traditionally packed Christmas fixture program, the top four all drew.
Manchester United missed an opportunity to make ground on the pacesetters, remaining seven points behind City in third place after being held 0-0 at Tottenham.
But Arsenal dislodged West Ham from fifth place by winning their London derby 2-1 after Santi Cazorla earned and converted a penalty and Danny Welbeck scored the second.
Ducks rally past Canucks
At Anaheim, Calif., Cam Fowler scored at 2:42 of overtime after defenseman Francois Beauchemin tied it in the third period, and the Ducks beat Vancouver 2-1. ... At Sunrise, Fla., Brad Boyes scored a tiebreaking power-play goal in Florida’s four-goal third period, and the Panthers beat Toronto 6-4.