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Washington Post Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Terps start fast on offense, then their defense finishes off Purdue
For a change, Maryland starts fast and takes a 16-point lead into halftime before going cold over the next 20 minutes and needing its defense to seal the game, holding Purdue scoreless over the final 3:52.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 18, 2020

The Australian Open women's bracket is overcrowded with contenders
Beneath the overriding issue of air quality in a country ravaged by wildfires, Serena Williams leads a parity-packed field in her quest to make Grand Slam history.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Alex Ovechkin, steaming up the NHL career goals list, leads Caps to wild win
Captain's second straight hat trick in 6-4 comeback victory over the Islanders gave him 692 goals for his career, tying him with Steve Yzerman for ninth all-time.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Who's in? Who's out? Sorting through the trickiest NBA all-star questions.
With the NBA set to announce the 2020 all-star rosters later this month, here's a look at who deserves to make the cut.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Who's up and who's down in Big Ten basketball? Depends on the day.
The crowded, unpredictable race for the conference title might be the prime example of a college basketball season in which no team nationally has separated from the pack.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 18, 2020

Five college hoops powers who are crashing, and five potential March Madness party crashers
Some NCAA tournament regulars appear to be in trouble, while other teams long absent from the bracket harbor realistic hopes for inclusion.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 17, 2020

North of the border, Wizards' defense (and offense) heads south
Defending champion Raptors start fast and are never threatened in 140-111 rout.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Dave Martinez on rookie Carter Kieboom as Nats' third baseman: ‘He can do the job'
The Nationals manager addressed the few unresolved questions of the offseason, like what will happen at third base and who will platoon at first with Eric Thames.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Alex Ovechkin is nearing 700 goals. The Capitals are prepping the celebration.
Ovechkin is 11 goals away from hitting the 700-goal mark.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 17, 2020

MLB pitchers cheat, too. They use pine tar instead of trash cans.
Pitchers have been breaking baseball's rules in plain sight for decades.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 17, 2020

U.S. women's soccer has named its Olympic qualifying roster. Here are the main takeaways.
Vlatko Andonovski's first big decision as coach of the best women's soccer team on the planet underscored a jarring setback for Mallory Pugh as well as the rise of another young player, Andi Sullivan.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Trump drags LSU football team into impeachment fervor during White House visit
The Tigers are spending the weekend taking a victory tour of Washington, D.C.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 17, 2020

College basketball's rules are broken. Here's how to start fixing them.
Some of the game's best plays don't count, and it's not the referees' fault.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Alex Ovechkin to serve All-Star Game suspension in Capitals' first game after break
Ovechkin and the team chose for him to play Saturday against the New York Islanders, Washington's last game before the break.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Giannis Antetokounmpo's Bucks are the NBA's best team — and its most misunderstood
They have played so well and so consistently for three straight months that much of the conventional wisdom about them needs to be revisited.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Who is George Kittle? A self-made star who leads 49ers with both brutality and bliss.
The star tight end is both a prolific pass-catcher and a devastating blocker, one of the driving forces of the 49ers' run to Sunday's NFC championship.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 17, 2020

You might be able to tackle Derrick Henry. But you're not going to like it.
Running back has the Titans one win away from the Super Bowl one punishing yard at a time.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 17, 2020

Maryland women are right at home, pull away from Nebraska
Kaila Charles scores 23 and Ashley Owusu adds 16 as Terrapins roll, 87-69.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Alex Ovechkin's dazzling hat trick sparks Capitals past Devils
Captain lights lamp twice from his spot near left faceoff circle, then adds a third by finishing a slick pass from Tom Wilson in 5-2 win.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Australian Open plans to play on despite hazardous air and bush fire haze
The organizers of the Australian Open vow to start on schedule, despite unprecedented air-quality concerns amid raging bush fires.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Carlos Beltrán out as Mets manager amid MLB sign-stealing scandal
Beltrán, who played for the 2017 Astros and was named manager of the Mets in November, becomes the latest domino to fall in the wake of the MLB report.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

An NBA player went pescatarian and became one of the league's best shooters
"I'm quicker, faster than everybody else in my position," Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans said. "I've heard defenders complain to me in the game, ‘Can you stop for a second?' "

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

The NFL's analytics movement has finally reached the sport's mainstream
Even the league's most old-school traditionalists have begun to pay attention, and it's having an impact on how the game is played.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

‘Baseball Brit' is going back on the road to try to save minor league baseball
"Baseball Brit" Joey Mellows and "Pitching Ninja" Rob Friedman are set to launch the podcast "Long Toss" as Mellows returns for another year of travel and baseball research.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are among the greatest duos in D.C. sports history
The Stanley Cup-winning Capitals tandem has played together since Backstrom broke into the league in 2007.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Carlos Beltrán let go as Mets manager amid MLB sign-stealing scandal
Beltrán, who played for the 2017 Astros and was named manager of the Mets in November, becomes the latest domino to fall in the wake of the MLB report.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Coco Gauff and Venus Williams will meet again in Australian Open first round
Gauff, the teenager whose upset of Williams last year at Wimbledon propelled her to stardom, and Williams populate a star-studded quarter of the draw that also includes Serena Williams.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

NBA executive titles are sounding more like Silicon Valley, and it's no coincidence
The titles listed on the business cards of NBA personnel have become more scrutinized and yet more inscrutable.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

NFL picks against the spread for the conference championship games
Since 1990, home favorites giving seven or more points in this round are just 10-14 against the point spread.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Jeremy Schaap is taking over ‘Outside the Lines,' with no promise he'll stick to sports
Under pressure from its president to stay away from politics, ESPN is relaunching "Outside the Lines," its investigative news magazine. Will new host Jeremy Schaap stick to sports?

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Ryan Tannehill, the Titans' unlikely savior, is one upset away from starting the Super Bowl
The Tennessee quarterback's career has been revitalized after he was traded from the Dolphins to back up Marcus Mariota.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

The eight most striking details from the Aaron Hernandez series on Netflix
"Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez" details factors that led the former Patriots tight end to commit suicide while in prison on a murder conviction.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Omer Yurtseven, Mac McClung lead Georgetown past No. 25 Creighton
Senior center scores 20 points to go with 13 rebounds as second-half run lifts Hoyas at home.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

Bradley Beal scores 23 but Wizards wilt in second half and fall to Bulls
In a clash of shorthanded teams, Washington is a little less effective in overcoming its injuries.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 16, 2020

A muted Conor McGregor plays it cool in unusually subdued pre-fight news conference
The fiery Irishman softened his typical presentation at a media event with Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, his opponent at Saturday night's UFC 246 in Las Vegas.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Jack Del Rio has watched the Redskins' defense. He thinks ‘it can get better.'
Washington's new defensive coordinator is not impressed by what he's seen from last year's group

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Joe Burrow says Odell Beckham Jr. gave LSU players real money; school working to ‘rectify the situation'
The Heisman Trophy winning quarterback said on Barstool Sports podcast "Pardon My Take" Wednesday that it wasn't novelty money being passed out by the NFL wideout.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Jack Del Rio has watched the Redskins defense. He thinks ‘it can get better.'
Washington's new defensive coordinator is not impressed by what he's seen from last year's group

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Ryan Zimmerman took slap shots from Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom at Caps practice
The free agent first baseman said he's "not worried" about the status of his contract negotiations with the Nationals.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

She used to be Maryland's sharpshooter. Now she asks, ‘Who can I disrupt today?'
After suffering a torn ACL, Blair Watson transformed herself into a happy stopper for a Terps team that is increasingly relies on defense.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Red Sox ask fans to reserve judgment until facts come out in sign-stealing scandal
The decision to part ways with manager Alex Cora, the team said Wednesday, was "tough" but ultimately "easy."

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby react to Capitals re-signing Nicklas Backstrom
"It's important that he will stay here for a long time and, how he said, he wanted to make sure he stay here in Washington and it's just great. Happy for him and he deserve it."

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Baseball is being practical in not punishing cheating players, but that doesn't make it right
Though the discipline given to the Astros' front office for stealing signs is appropriate, it doesn't square with letting off the players who led the scheme.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Redskins announce their full coaching staff under Ron Rivera
The group of assistants includes just two holdovers from Washington's previous coaching staff.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Richard Sherman is the Packers' kryptonite, because Aaron Rodgers rarely throws at him
Sherman surrendered just 227 yards when targeted during the regular season and playoffs and was never beaten for more than 25 yards.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Days after winning last year's NFL MVP, Patrick Mahomes hatched a plan to get better
As the NFL gravitated to new stars this season, Mahomes pursued the only goal that matters to him — a Super Bowl — by becoming a leaner, smarter and better quarterback.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Days after winning last year's NFL MVP award, Patrick Mahomes hatched a plan to get better
As the NFL gravitated to new stars this season, Mahomes pursued the only goal that matters to him — a Super Bowl — by becoming a leaner, smarter and better quarterback.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

A year ago, the Packers appeared to be outdated. Now they look like a modern NFL prototype.
Green Bay understood its franchise quarterback wasn't getting any younger, so it spent big on defense and modernized its offense en route to the NFC championship game.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Inside Claressa Shields's quest to make boxing history before taking on MMA
Behind the scenes with boxing champion Claressa Shields as she chases history and mulls a new challenge: MMA.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

Sports couldn't save Bryce Gowdy, and his suicide shines a sad spotlight on an ignored crisis
Suicide among black teens often only gets attention when the subject overlaps with sports.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

What is sign stealing? Making sense of Major League Baseball's latest scandal.
How and when did the Astros start stealing signs, how were they caught, and everything else you need to know.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

It's another long ride home for Maryland after a ‘devastating loss' at Wisconsin
Brad Davison's three-pointer in the final seconds handed the Badgers a 56-54 victory and dropped the No. 17 Terps to 3-3 in the Big Ten.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 15, 2020

As Alex Cora and Red Sox part ways, impact of Astros' sign-stealing scheme spreads
Cora, who was the Astros' bench coach in 2017, was named 11 times in the statement from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Red Sox and Alex Cora ‘part ways' in the wake of MLB electronic sign-stealing scandal
Cora, who was the Astros' bench coach in 2017, was named 11 times in the statement from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Daniel Hudson always wanted to return to the Nationals, but the chance to repeat was a main draw
Hudson returns to Washington after recording the final out of the World Series in October.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Ed Orgeron, at the peak of his career, stopped to remember his season out of a job
The LSU coach's anecdote, given in the glow of a national championship victory, revealed his humility and likability.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Former Penn State football player files hazing lawsuit against school and James Franklin
In a statement, university says it investigated the player's claims, but did not disclose the investigation's outcome.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

NFL's bleak record on diversity hiring ends with owners but starts with coaches
The Rooney Rule is well-intended, but cronyism keeps the pool of candidates shallow.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Derrick Henry and the Titans are bucking analytical wisdom, because Derrick Henry is a freak
The former Heisman Trophy winner is the only player in NFL history to record three consecutive games with at least 180 rushing yards.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

D.C. United finalizes record transfer deal for Peruvian World Cup midfielder
United acquired Edison Flores from Mexican club Morelia for a $5 million transfer fee, the largest in the MLS club's history.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Red Sox's Alex Cora could be the next to fall in MLB electronic sign-stealing scandal
The Astros' bench coach in 2017 — and now the manager of the Red Sox — was named 11 times in the statement from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

WNBA, players' union agree to landmark deal in new collective bargaining agreement
Under the proposed contract, the average compensation for players will exceed six figures for the first time in league history.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Red Sox's Alex Cora could be the next to fall in MLB sign-stealing scandal
The Astros' bench coach in 2017 — and now the manager of the Red Sox — was named 11 times in the statement from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Here's a first look at the college football top 25 — for next season
Clemson and LSU were the last two teams standing of the 2019-20 season, and they should be in contention again next season. Here's a first look at the teams to watch out for.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Nicklas Backstrom re-signs with Capitals for five years, $46 million
The Swede is the franchise's career assists leader.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Joe Burrow showed an engineer's precision and a wizard's magic as he went out a legend
Burrow passed for 463 yards and five touchdowns for LSU in the national championship game, a fitting end to a perfect season.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

After a slow start against Clemson, supersonic LSU zooms to the national championship
LSU capped off an undefeated season in New Orleans, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow and Coach Ed Orgeron, a Louisiana native.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Joe Burrow showed an engineer's precision, a wizard's magic and went out a legend
Burrow passed for 463 yards and five touchdowns for LSU in the national championship game, a fitting end to a perfect season.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

Ilya Samsonov records first career shutout, Alex Ovechkin reaches milestone in Capitals' win over Hurricanes
Ovechkin scores twice to move into sole possession of 11th place on the all-time goals list.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 14, 2020

LSU beats Clemson in college football's national championship game, completing dream season
LSU capped off an undefeated season in New Orleans, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow and Coach Ed Orgeron, a Louisiana native.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Kirk Cousins changed his story with a playoff win, but does that say more about him or us?
The oft-maligned quarterback, better for his struggles, is unburdened now — and free to move forward.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Ilya Samsonov records his first career shutout to lead the Capitals past the Hurricanes
Alex Ovechkin scores twice and Samsonov makes 23 saves in Washington's 2-0 win over Carolina.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

LSU-Clemson: Live updates
No. 3 Clemson is looking for its second straight national championship and third in four years as it takes on LSU on Monday night. Follow along for live updates.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

The Astros were disgraceful, but MLB should have seen this coming
Every MLB team had the tools and the motive to cheat. Why did no one pay attention?

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Redskins continue front-office makeover by promoting Kyle Smith to VP of player personnel
New Redskins coach Ron Rivera continues to overhaul the front office. Smith previously was the team's college scouting director.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Maryland needs more from Aaron Wiggins and Eric Ayala, who are struggling at the same time
The sophomore guards have both seen a dip in their outside shooting, and the Terps' offense has suffered as a result.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Johnathan Williams was baking cookies and ‘chilling' at his aunt's when the Wizards called
Williams went from Israel to starting for the Wizards before being dropped. Now he's back on a two-way contract.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Cheating ruins everything about sports. The Astros got what they deserved.
In hammering Houston and its officials, MLB sends the right message about what matters.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow fired by Astros after MLB suspension, fine in sign-stealing scandal
The unprecedented penalty reflects the sport's shock and disgust at a scandal that goes to the heart of its integrity.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Redskins continue front office makeover by promoting Kyle Smith to VP of player personnel
New Redskins Coach Ron Rivera continues to overhaul the team's front office. Smith previously served as the team's college scouting director.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Sign-stealing in the World Series? The Nationals had a plan, just in case.
Whether or not Houston or any other playoff team was employing prohibited tactics, Washington wanted to put its pitchers at ease.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Rest or reps? Capitals try to strike right balance heading toward the all-star break.
"The league has changed a lot ... rest is a weapon now and it is kind of trending around the league," Tom Wilson said. 'Guys are getting a little more time off than old-school players did. It's good, you just have to listen to your body."

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

What to know from NFL's divisional playoffs: Davante Adams is a superstar now
The Ravens were the most fun team in the league, and their end was stunning.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Former Redskins assistants Matt LaFleur and Kyle Shanahan square off for Super Bowl berth
Shanahan was the offensive coordinator and LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach in Washington from 2010 to 2013.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

MLB suspends Astros GM and manager one year, fines team $5 million in sign-stealing scandal
The unprecedented penalty reflects the sport's shock and disgust at a scandal that goes to the heart of its integrity.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Nationals minor leaguer killed in motorcycle accident in Dominican Republic
Segura, a 23-year-old pitching prospect, was selected to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game last year.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Rest or reps? Capitals try to strike right balance heading toward the all-star break
"The league has changed a lot ... rest is a weapon now and it is kind of trending around the league," Tom Wilson said. 'Guys are getting a little more time off than old-school players did. It's good, you just have to listen to your body."

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

What to know from NFL's divisional playoffs: Davante Adams is a superstar now, and the Titans and Chiefs will meet again
The Ravens were the most fun team in the league, and their end was stunning.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Four big lessons NFL teams can learn from this year's conference finalists
Teams with offensive head coaches have loaded up on defensive talent, and other trends that NFL teams could soon be copying.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

For the Ravens, one loss can't possibly erase such a joyful season, can it?
It will be hard for Baltimore to remember its transcendent season fondly after such a painful exit.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

After winning the World Series, the Nationals see everything differently
The glow of a championship chases the clouds that long had hung over Washington's baseball team.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 13, 2020

Aaron Rodgers, with some help from his defense, leads the Packers into the NFC title game
Green Bay will play at the top-seeded San Francisco 49ers next Sunday.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Patrick Mahomes erases huge deficit vs. Texans, leads Chiefs back to AFC title game
Kansas City, which was down 24-0 early before pulling away for a 51-31 victory, will host Tennessee next week. Says one Chiefs player: "Thank God we got Pat Mahomes."

Washington Post Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Packers hold off Seahawks' late comeback attempt, advance to NFC title game
Green Bay will play at the top-seeded San Francisco 49ers next Sunday.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Packers lead Seahawks in second half of NFC playoff matchup
Follow along with our live updates as Green Bay and Seattle battle for a spot in the NFC championship game.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant return for the Wizards, but they aren't enough against the Jazz
Washington is getting healthier, but Utah pulled away in the second half to earn its ninth straight win.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Chiefs rally back from big deficit to beat Texans, earn spot in AFC title game
Kansas City, which was down 24-0 early before pulling away for a 51-31 victory, will host the Tennessee Titans next week.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Packers take early lead over Seahawks, with spot in NFC title game on the line
Green Bay is coming off a first-round bye, while Seattle won on the road last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 12, 2020

Chiefs rally back from big deficit, lead Texans at halftime of playoff matchup
Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid came up just short of the Super Bowl a year ago. Follow along for live updates as they start another playoff run.

Washington Post Sports
Jan 12, 2020

As Clemson and LSU face off for national title, confidence is the name of the game
The LSU confidence is towering and the Clemson confidence is something else.

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