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May 11, 2021

Alex Ovechkin returns to the ice as the Capitals turn their focus to the playoffs
Ovechkin put four shots on goal as Washington beat Boston in the regular season finale. They'll meet again for Game 1 on Saturday.

Washington Post Sports
May 11, 2021

Bradley Beal calls Kent Bazemore a ‘straight lame' for joking about his hamstring injury
Warriors reserve Kent Bazemore took a jab at the Wizards' Bradley Beal, who hurt his hamstring while pursuing Stephen Curry in the NBA's scoring race. Then Beal took the beef to Twitter.

Washington Post Sports
May 11, 2021

Colt Brennan, who put up huge passing numbers at Hawaii, dies at 37
Colt Brennan had 58 touchdown passes and more than 5,000 passing yards in 2006 and was drafted by Washington in 2008 but never played an NFL regular season game.

Washington Post Sports
May 11, 2021

Jordan Zimmermann, who threw Nats' first no-hitter, calls it a career
Jordan Zimmermann no-hit the Marlins in the 2014 regular season finale. Six days later, he came within one out of shutting out the Giants in Game 2 of the NLDS.

Washington Post Sports
May 11, 2021

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit cleared to race at Preakness Stakes, is 9-5 favorite to win
Medina Spirit drew the No. 3 position for Saturday's race in Baltimore at Tuesday's post position draw. The Kentucky Derby winner tested positive for the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone, according to trainer Bob Baffert, who said he will not attend Saturday's race, the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown.

Washington Post Sports
May 11, 2021

Odds, analysis and post positions for the 2021 Preakness Stakes
Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the No. 3 position, is under scrutiny after testing positive for elevated levels of betamethasone.

Washington Post Sports
May 11, 2021

What the Nats-Yankees series revealed about Dave Martinez's bullpen vision
In the past, Martinez has hinted about matching up his relievers instead of having defined roles. But he mostly remains committed to the latter.

Washington Post Sports
May 11, 2021

New Mystics jerseys celebrate the 19th Amendment, but players point out inequities
The amendment was ratified in 1920, but it would be another 45 years before the Voting Rights Act outlawed Jim Crow provisions that kept most African Americans from voting.

Washington Post Sports
May 11, 2021

Jonathan Allen's work with Washington's homeless youth is inspired by his own experience
Jonathan Allen has emerged as a potential cornerstone for Washington, including off the field.

Washington Post Sports
May 11, 2021

Kenny Mayne announces ESPN departure, and network signs Chris Berman to multiyear extension
Mayne, who reportedly declined to take a pay cut to stay at ESPN after working for the network full time since 1994, described himself on social media as a "salary cap casualty."

Washington Post Sports
May 11, 2021

Beal calls Warriors' Bazemore a ‘straight lame' for joking about his hamstring injury
Kent Bazemore took a jab at the Wizards' Beal, who hurt his hamstring while pursuing Stephen Curry in the NBA's scoring race. Then Beal took the beef to Twitter.

Washington Post Sports
May 10, 2021

Medina Spirit heads to Preakness without Bob Baffert; testing on colt's sample continues
As Medina Spirit's second test sample is sent out to a lab, trainer Bob Baffert takes to Fox News in the wake of his suspension by Churchill Downs.

Washington Post Sports
May 10, 2021

Juventus threatened with expulsion from Serie A if it doesn't abandon Super League
The head of Italian soccer weighs in after Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid announced their determination to continue pursuing an exclusive annual tournament.

Washington Post Sports
May 10, 2021

Russell Westbrook sets triple-double record, but Wizards fall at Atlanta
The Wizards point guard notched his 182nd career triple-double Monday in Atlanta, shattering one of the NBA's most hallowed marks.

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May 10, 2021

Serena Williams's Olympic participation might depend on whether she can bring her daughter
Serena Williams suggests she might skip the Tokyo Olympics if she cannot bring her daughter to Japan.

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May 10, 2021

Status of Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie among questions as Caps prepare for Bruins in playoffs
Oshie was not at Monday's practice and is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Washington Post Sports
May 10, 2021

Status of Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie among questions for Caps as playoffs near
T.J. Oshie was not at Monday's practice and he is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Washington Post Sports
May 10, 2021

The All-NBA ballot is a bit of a mess thanks to position confusion
Listing players like Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid at multiple positions creates confusion for the All-NBA teams.

Washington Post Sports
May 10, 2021

Bradley Beal will miss Wizards' next two games with hamstring strain, is uncertain for rest of week
The Wizards play Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to close out the regular season.

Washington Post Sports
May 10, 2021

Cicadas could have a major presence at minor league ballparks in the D.C. area
Take Brood X out to the ballgame, take cicadas out to the crowd.

Washington Post Sports
May 10, 2021

Even if Kentucky Derby winner is disqualified, those who bet on runner-up are out of luck
The denial of payouts for backers of second-place Mandaloun, who will ascend to the 2021 title if a Bob Baffert-trained horse is confirmed as having failed a drug test, could spark a class-action lawsuit against Churchill Downs.

Washington Post Sports
May 10, 2021

Potomac softball, outscoring opponents 47-0, takes its lead from senior Maria Urban
To Potomac's Maria Urban, this season has been "frustrating." Don't tell that to opposing hitters.

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May 10, 2021

The NBA has 75 years of history now. Stop judging, and start marveling.
These raging NBA debates cheapen the league's rich history. Everybody needs to relax.

Washington Post Sports
May 10, 2021

Wall Street roots. NBA owner's son. Wisconsin's next Democratic senator?
Alex Lasry helped make the Bucks a sports leader in social justice causes. But is a wealthy former banker what Democrats need to win in Wisconsin? An interview with the Senate hopeful.

Washington Post Sports
May 10, 2021

For South County and Stone Bridge football, state championship games mix the foreign and familiar
The Stallions and Bulldogs know the stakes and the opponents. But this condensed season has provided plenty of changes to the state title game.

Washington Post Sports
May 10, 2021

Maryland men's lacrosse team settles for No. 3 seed in NCAA tournament; Maryland women are unseeded
The Maryland men were the only undefeated team in the country, but the Terps were seeded third behind North Carolina and Duke.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

John Skipper's and Dan Le Batard's ESPN exits led to a friendship — and a new media challenger
After messy departures from ESPN, the media stars have lofty goals for their new venture, Meadowlark. "We are not going to do the sports version of '90 Day Fiancé,'" Skipper said.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Brad Hand has another shaky ninth, and the Nats drop their series finale with the Yankees
Brad Hand has his second straight rough outing, and it costs the Nationals in a 3-2 loss to the Yankees.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Bradley Beal will miss Wizards' next game with hamstring strain, is uncertain for rest of week
The Wizards play Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to close out the regular season.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Adam Plutko falters, and the Orioles lose their sixth straight vs. the Red Sox
Starter Dean Kremer pitches into the sixth inning, but the reliable reliever can't keep his runners from scoring.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Medina Spirit, the Kentucky Derby winner, heads into the Preakness under a cloud after drug test
The news comes not long after Medina Spirit provided a record seventh Kentucky Derby win for trainer Bob Baffert, the affable, 68-year-old king of horse racing.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

One thing about Medina Spirit is clear: He should not be allowed to run the Preakness
Maryland officials must do the right thing and ban Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit from the Preakness.

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May 09, 2021

Virginia women's soccer advances to College Cup semifinals with 1-0 upset of TCU
Lizzy Sieracki, a senior defender, scores her first goal of the season on a 60th-minute header.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Svrluga: We don't all get to meet our heroes. I got to work with mine.
That Thomas Boswell is one of the best sportswriters of his generation is obvious to anyone who read his work. Seeing how he did that work, though, was nothing short of a master class.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit tests positive for betamethasone, trainer Bob Baffert says
The test result hurled back into the season the recent-years, doping-related questions swirling around Baffert, whose unexpected win with the 12-1 shot Medina Spirit on May 1 provided a record seventh Kentucky Derby win for the affable, 68-year-old king of the sport.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Capitals' first-round matchup nearly set as injuries continue to pile up
The Capitals will play either the Boston Bruins or New York Islanders in the first round.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Alex Ovechkin joins Washington Spirit ownership group
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is the latest high-profile figure with D.C. ties to back the National Women's Soccer League club.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

DK Metcalf finishes last in his 100-meter heat but turns in a respectable performance
The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver ran the 100 meters in 10.37 seconds, finishing in ninth place.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

How Russell Westbrook became the NBA's triple-double king
The 6-foot-3 point guard tied Oscar Robertson's all-time career record of 181 triple-doubles Saturday. But what does it mean?

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Russell Westbrook has another night for the books, and the Wizards get a key win over the Pacers
Russell Westbrook turned in just the third 20-rebound, 20-assist game in NBA history Monday night. He already owned one. Wilt Chamberlain owns the other.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Spitting is out, and so are high-fives: Little League is back with covid rules across D.C. area
Volunteers with Little Leagues across the DMV region have navigated a lineup card's worth of logistical hurdles, coronavirus protocols and local restrictions.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

The next steps for the NCAA allowing athletes to be paid will be two meetings in May and June
Mark Emmert told the New York Times he is hoping for approval of new NIL guidelines "before, or as close to, July 1."

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Washington still faces key roster questions after addressing needs in draft and free agency
How will the newest pieces fit with the returning players, and which areas does Washington still need to address?

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

We don't all get to meet our heroes. I got to work with mine.
That Thomas Boswell is one of the best sportswriters of his generation is obvious to anyone who read his work. Seeing how he did that work, though, was nothing short of a master class.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

With private eyes and political muscle, horse racing's elite pushed to punish dopers
A years-long effort by the sport's moneyed elite exposed the underbelly of the industry, paving the way for sweeping reforms. But critics see something different: a move by wealthy and politically connected horsemen to strengthen their hold on the industry.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

These four D.C. teams finally won on the same day. They could do it again Saturday.
The next few weeks will bring several opportunities for the rare D.C. sports superfecta.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Russell Westbrook ties record for career triple-doubles and then wills Wizards to OT win
The Wizards guard had 33 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday for the 181st triple-double of his career, matching NBA legend Oscar Robertson.

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May 09, 2021

Maryland men's lacrosse continues its perfect season with a Big Ten title win over Johns Hopkins
Challenged again by their rivals from Baltimore, the undefeated Terps rallied in the second half to score a 12-10 victory.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Nats' Brad Hand can't keep the leads he's handed as the Yankees rally to a win in 11 innings
Max Scherzer racked up 14 strikeouts, but Hand gave away leads in the ninth and 10th innings before the Yankees won in the 11th.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Dinged-up Capitals rally to overtime win over the Flyers, clinch second in the East Division
Washington was without most of its stars Saturday night, then saw two more go down. But the Capitals still rallied to a key 2-1 victory.

Washington Post Sports
May 09, 2021

Boston gives Baltimore rookie pitcher a quick lesson in his first MLB start
Zac Lowther is roughed up for seven runs on seven hits and lasts just 2-plus innings.

Washington Post Sports
May 08, 2021

Black football agents face another hurdle: Convincing White players to sign with them
When the next class of NFL stars are drafted this week, many will be represented by Black agents. But those agents say they still struggle to win over White players.

Washington Post Sports
May 08, 2021

F.P. Santangelo is off the Nationals' broadcast after sexual misconduct allegation
Santangelo has been on and off Nationals broadcasts over the past week, leading to questions that neither the team nor MASN would answer.

Washington Post Sports
May 08, 2021

Russell Westbrook ties Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in NBA history
The Wizards guard had double-digit points, rebounds and assists against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday for the 181st triple-double of his career.

Washington Post Sports
May 08, 2021

The Nationals waste Max Scherzer's dominance as the Yankees rally to a win in 11 innings
Scherzer racked up 14 strikeouts, but closer Brad Hand gave away leads in the ninth and 10th innings before the Yankees won in the 11th.

Washington Post Sports
May 08, 2021

Shorthanded D.C. United's final visit to Crew Stadium ends with a 3-1 loss to Columbus
An early strike by the Crew and two second-half own goals left D.C. with its third straight loss.

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May 08, 2021

On the occasion of Willie Mays's 90th birthday, San Francisco celebrates the ‘Say Hey Kid'
The Giants blew out the celebration of Willie Mays's 90th birthday on Friday night the way any sane organization would have done if the greatest living ballplayer and oldest living Hall of Famer was one of theirs.

Washington Post Sports
May 08, 2021

Satchel Paige remains a Kansas City icon, but time has taken a toll on his former home
Everyone in Kansas City knows the Negro Leagues icon, and his family hopes to find a way to use his old home to keep that legacy alive.

Washington Post Sports
May 08, 2021

On the occasion of Willie Mays's 90th birthday, San Francisco celebrates the Say Hey Kid
The Giants blew out the celebration of Willie Mays's 90th birthday on Friday night the way any sane organization would have done if the greatest living ballplayer and oldest living Hall of Famer was one of theirs.

Washington Post Sports
May 08, 2021

The surging Wizards don't have one secret weapon. They have three.
Three obscure NBA players have united to give the Wizards an unruly but surprisingly effective big-man rotation.

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May 08, 2021

The 2021 NBA award picks reflect consistency through a most inconsistent season
Nikola Jokic for MVP, Rudy Gobert for defensive player of the year and all the picks for the major 2021 NBA awards.

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May 08, 2021

Josh Bell has thought long and hard about social change. In Washington, he's ready to act.
Bell will serve as the third-ever player ambassador for the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, following Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond.

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May 08, 2021

Ray Miller, pitching coach and manager for the Baltimore Orioles, dies at 76
He also managed the Minnesota Twins and coached three Cy Young Award winners.

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May 08, 2021

One name stands out as a new moniker for the Washington Football Team
Warriors? Red Tails? Presidents? More than 40,000 fans have sent in suggestions.

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May 08, 2021

The origin story of Medina Spirit, a Derby winner born on a patch of Florida dirt and sold for $1,000
The Kentucky Derby winner's story starts in Ocala, Fla., where he was born in 2018 on a random patch of dirt in the corner of a wee field.

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May 08, 2021

Northwestern's athletic director hiring is an insulting and embarrassing step back for everybody
My alma mater could have made a difference with its latest hire, but dollars outweighed decency.

Washington Post Sports
May 08, 2021

Personal touch separates Ron Rivera from other head coaches during NFL draft process
Washington Coach Ron Rivera has always believed in personal interactions. That includes the draft, where he often tries to conduct one-on-one interviews with prospects.

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May 08, 2021

Red Sox hitters wear down Matt Harvey and take down Orioles
In Orioles' first game since John Means' near-perfect no-hitter, their starter struggles.

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May 08, 2021

Russell Westbrook drags the Wizards back into it, but the Mavericks make the big shot late
Westbrook had 42 points and fell one assist shy of another triple-double, but Luka Doncic (31 points, 20 assists, 12 rebounds) and the Mavericks prevailed at the end.

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May 08, 2021

Nationals flip the power on, blast four homers in 11-4 rout of the Yankees
Josh Harrison, Josh Bell, Yan Gomes and Juan Soto all connect as Washington uses a six-run eighth to blow past New York.

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May 08, 2021

Capitals, still without Alex Ovechkin, are handed a loss at home by the Flyers
Hope for an East Division title are flickering with just two games left in the regular season.

Washington Post Sports
May 08, 2021

Wizards remain one of two NBA teams without a double-digit winning streak in franchise history
The Wizards, who had their eight-game winning streak snapped Monday, have won nine consecutive games four times. The Orlando Magic is the only other NBA franchise to have never won 10 consecutive games.

Washington Post Sports
May 07, 2021

Zion Williamson out indefinitely with fractured finger; Pelicans blame NBA officiating
Pelicans GM David Griffin said of Zion Williamson's fractured finger, "We told the NBA through every means available to us ... that the way they were officiating Zion was going to get him injured."

Washington Post Sports
May 07, 2021

Wild finish gives Stone Bridge football its second state title in 10 tries
Stone Bridge, long haunted on this stage, beats Highland Springs, 13-10, in overtime to capture the Class 5 championship.

Washington Post Sports
May 07, 2021

The NHL's 2021 playoff format rewards Maple Leafs, boosts East Division winner
Toronto and either Washington or Pittsburgh will benefit from the NHL's altered divisions and playoff format in 2021.

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May 07, 2021

UEFA reintegrates nine of 12 Super League teams; holdouts could face disciplinary measures
Three-quarters of the short-lived Super League committed to a series of measures imposed by UEFA. Three holdouts refused to renounce the project and may seek damages.

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May 07, 2021

Tamara Press, Soviet Olympic champion whose gender was questioned, dies at 83
She won three gold medals in the shot put and discus but retired after gender verification was required.

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May 07, 2021

Capitals' Tom Wilson says Rangers altercation ‘took on a new life after the game'
"After the play, I would have never thought that all this would have blown up," Tom Wilson said. "It seemed [like a] fairly routine hockey scrum to me."

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May 07, 2021

Australian basketball star threatens Tokyo boycott over ‘whitewashing' in country's Olympic promotions
Australian basketball star Liz Cambage has blasted her country's Olympic officials over "whitewashing" in their promotional materials.

Washington Post Sports
May 07, 2021

2020 was a disaster for Navy football. The return of spring football offers hope for 2021.
With no spring camp in 2020, Navy fell behind and never really caught up during a 3-7 season.

Washington Post Sports
May 07, 2021

A college pitcher is trying to turn the theft of his prosthetic arm into a charity drive
Parker Hanson, a reliever at Augustana University in South Dakota, has received offers to pay for a new prosthetic and to raise money for charity, but he must get a waiver from the NCAA to accept donations.

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May 07, 2021

Ray Miller, Baltimore Orioles' pitching coach and manager, dies at 76
He also managed the Minnesota Twins and coached three Cy Young Award winners.

Washington Post Sports
May 07, 2021

New York Rangers fined $250,000 for statement criticizing NHL's Department of Player Safety
The Rangers said George Parros was unfit for his job leading the Department of Player Safety after the office fined, but did not suspend, the Capitals' Tom Wilson for his role in an altercation with the Rangers on Monday.

Washington Post Sports
May 07, 2021

A high school coach who never punts and loves onside kicks grabs reins of FCS program
Kevin Kelley's hyper-analytical approach has worked wonders at an Arkansas prep school. Now he'll test his tactics at the college level.

Washington Post Sports
May 07, 2021

After covering everything for 52 years, it's time to see what I missed
A career spent in a long, rich conversation with friends and neighbors about a mutual love of sports has been a sinfully good time.

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May 07, 2021

James Madison football is used to playing in big games — just not in May in the Texas heat
James Madison will take on Sam Houston in an FCS semifinal on Saturday in Huntsville, Tex.

Washington Post Sports
May 07, 2021

Victor Robles, no longer a prospect and not yet a star, is still fighting his potential
It doesn't click for everyone at the same time, and it's worth remembering that Victor Robles is not yet 24. But at some point, a player with his talent has to become what he can become.

Washington Post Sports
May 07, 2021

Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell to retire after 52-year career
Boswell spent decades in baseball clubhouses, NFL locker rooms, golf courses, boxing gyms, bowling alleys, poolhalls and anywhere else the story of modern life could be told through competition.

Washington Post Sports
May 07, 2021

Wizards finally turn back Raptors in OT, strengthen bid for NBA's play-in tourney
Raul Neto had a career night and Bradley Beal came up big down the stretch and in overtime, helping the Wizards to a big win that moved them into better position for the playoffs.

Washington Post Sports
May 06, 2021

South County football can't keep up with Oscar Smith in Class 6 championship game rematch
The defending champion Stallions were outmatched from the start in a 62-21 defeat.

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May 06, 2021

Police say Texas's Jake Ehlinger, brother of former QB Sam Ehlinger, found dead in Austin
The death of Jake Ehlinger, a 20-year-old walk-on linebacker, was described by police as "not considered suspicious."

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May 06, 2021

D.C. United is in ‘survival of the fittest' mode. For some, that's been a struggle.
Many of the projected starters in Hernán Losada's demanding system remain sidelined.

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May 06, 2021

A missed call and missed opportunities seal Braves' three-game sweep of Nationals
The Nationals can't find the hit they need in a 3-2 loss that capped a sweep by their NL East rivals at Nationals Park.

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May 06, 2021

The ban on Olympic protests only empowers the protesters
Olympic athletes don't need — and shouldn't seek — the IOC's approval to protest.

Washington Post Sports
May 06, 2021

Which U.S. athletes have qualified to compete at the Tokyo Olympics?
The first U.S. athlete qualified for these Summer Games in July 2019. The United States is expected to send about 600 athletes to Tokyo.

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May 06, 2021

Albert Pujols is released by Angels in final year of his contract
Albert Pujols, an almost-certain future Hall of Famer, and the Los Angeles Angels have parted ways.

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May 06, 2021

Japan should cut its losses and tell the IOC to take its Olympic pillage elsewhere
The IOC doesn't govern Japan, and it can't force these Tokyo Games to go on.

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May 06, 2021

In a chaotic week for the Capitals, T.J. Oshie gives Washington something to rally around
Washington faces the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday on Saturday and wraps up regular-season play Tuesday against Boston.

Washington Post Sports
May 06, 2021

Rangers fined $250,000 for statement criticizing NHL's Department of Player Safety
The Rangers said George Parros was unfit for his job leading the department after it fined, but did not suspend, the Capitals' Tom Wilson for his role in an altercation with the Rangers.

Washington Post Sports
May 06, 2021

Start-up Buzzer, in a bid for Gen Z sports fans, has a deal to stream parts of NBA games
Sports leagues are worried about losing young fans to their phones. Buzzer, run by a former Twitter executive, wants to bring live sports to them.

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