By Mike Jones Dec. 8 (Washington Post) -- The skill set suggested great potential despite his limited résumé. The payday reflected his new team's great expectations. And following a promising debut, an injury left lingering questions after his first season with his new team. But now fully healed, Pierre Garcon has demonstrated in his second season with the Washington Redskins why he is worth the five-year, $42 million contract they gave him. One of the few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season for Washington, Garcon has shown he can be That Guy for Robert Griffin III. Despite Griffin's uneven play, Garcon has put up career numbers through 12 games with 84 catches for 980 yards and three touchdowns. He is third in the league in receptions. His 133 targets are second in the NFL. And he ranks fourth with 491 yards after the catch. Garcon is on pace to break Art Monk's 29-year-old franchise
New Zealand’s currency traded near its highest level in more than a week after a report showed employers increased hiring more than economists forecast, adding pressure on the central bank to lift record-low interest rates.
New Zealand’s currency rose from its lowest level since September after the nation’s central bank said it will probably increase benchmark interest rates from a record low next year, boosting demand for its assets.
New Zealand’s dollar was set for the longest run of weekly declines against its Australian counterpart in more than a year as the smaller nation’s central bank signaled hesitation to raise borrowing costs.