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Safety concerns in Washington

With Brandon Meriweather suspended, the Redskins turn to Bacarri Rambo.

Midshipmen have high hopes with Reynolds

Navy enters its final season as an independent with big goals, thanks in part their record-setting quarterback.

Meriweather has no place in new NFL

COLUMN | Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather needs to change his tactics if he wants to remain in the new, safety-conscious league.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 23:  Landon Donovan #10 of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates a goal against Vancouver FC in the first half at StubHub Center on August 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Galaxy defeated Vancouver FC 2-0.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Donovan enjoying one final run

Landon Donovan, the all-time leading scorer in MLS and U.S. men’s soccer, is making one last push with the L.A. Galaxy before he retires.

We have a new candidate for Worst First Pitch

We have a new candidate for Worst First Pitch

Let’s just say that it hit the ground running.

Josh Shaw picture has not gotten any clearer

Josh Shaw picture has not gotten any clearer

Conflicting reports have emerged about the USC cornerback’s tale of heroism.

‘Hard Knocks’ gets real as the Atlanta Falcons chop roster by 15

‘Hard Knocks’ gets real as the Atlanta Falcons chop roster by 15

Special Teams Couch Keith Armstrong opened the program with an epic tongue-lashing to set the tone.

NHL objected to a ‘Simpsons’ scene involving the Stanley Cup

NHL objected to a ‘Simpsons’ scene involving the Stanley Cup

Apparently, the league was not amused by what Krusty the Clown did with it.

Nats fall short down the stretch

Nats fall short down the stretch

Close play at first sparks Philadelphia rally as Washington suffers consecutive losses for first time since Aug. 5.

Manchester United gets trounced by something called the MK Dons

Manchester United gets trounced by something called the MK Dons

Struggling soccer superpower suffers a 4-0 defeat at the hands of a team which competes two tiers below the Premier League.

Donovan enjoying one final run

Donovan enjoying one final run

Landon Donovan, the all-time leading scorer in MLS and U.S. men’s soccer, is making one last push with the L.A. Galaxy before he retires.

Howard preview

Howard preview

Perennial state title contender River Hill remains the favorite, but Glenelg, Howard, Reservoir and others will look to shake things up in a county race that is wide open for a second straight year.

Anne Arundel preview

Anne Arundel preview

Offense is always a strength in this league, and Arundel returns several key playmakers in its high-octane attack. Old Mill, Meade and Broadneck should push the Wildcats.

SMAC preview

SMAC preview

Defending Md. 2A state finalist Patuxent looks for an encore behind QB Tyler Crounse while Huntingtown, Lackey and Westlake should all factor into the race.

Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A preview

Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A preview

Rivals Douglass and Gwynn Park should once again contend for the Maryland 2A South title while Surrattsville looks to build on a 2013 full of firsts.

Prince George’s 4A: Wise, DuVal in the mix

Prince George’s 4A: Wise, DuVal in the mix

Wise returns plenty of talent, but Eleanor Roosevelt, DuVal, C.H. Flowers and Suitland will all factor into the race in one of the area’s most challenging leagues.

S. Williams breezes past Townsend

S. Williams breezes past Townsend

The top women’s seed cruises in her first match; earlier, 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis wins a stunner.

Montgomery 3A/Indep. preview

Montgomery 3A/Indep. preview

After losing only three starters from last year’s 9-2 team, Damascus is the favorite, but could be pushed by Seneca Valley.

The Post preseason Top 20

The Post preseason Top 20

FOOTBALL PREVIEW | Centreville starts the 2014 campaign where it ended 2013: atop The Post’s rankings.

Top area story lines for 2014

Top area story lines for 2014

FOOTBALL PREVIEW | Coaches in new places, high-profile linemen, tougher schedules and added parity are among the story lines to watch this fall.

John Isner, beast of burden

John Isner, beast of burden

The top American wins his first-round match at the U.S. Open, but still appears to have a lot to answer for.

Games to watch

Games to watch

A look at the biggest matchups on the 2014 high school football schedule.

Montgomery 4A East

Montgomery 4A East

Despite losing its top two offensive weapons, Paint Branch returns as the favorite ahead of Sherwood and Springbrook.

Montgomery 4A South

Montgomery 4A South

With Wootton in rebuilding mode, Whitman enters the fall as the favorite in the 4A South despite an inexperienced defense.

Montgomery 4A West preview

Montgomery 4A West preview

Defending Maryland 4A state champs Northwest return as the favorite, but Quince Orchard and Clarksburg should also be in the mix.

Seven Nationals minor leaguers to play in Arizona Fall League

Seven Nationals minor leaguers to play in Arizona Fall League

Matt Grace and Pedro Severino headline the Nationals’ fall league contingent.

MIAA

MIAA

Annapolis Area Christian, St. Mary’s Annapolis and Spalding all must replace quarterbacks as they look to contend in 2014.

CAFC

CAFC

New coaches lead Riverdale Baptist and Avalon, which both feature talented rosters ready to contend for a title.

MAC

MAC

Perennial MAC power Flint Hill is the favorite this season with top rushers Cameron Vaughn and Christian Martey back.

IAC preview

IAC preview

Devonte Williams and Dwayne Haskins Jr. are part of a talented backfield on a Bullis team that won its last nine games of 2013.

WCAC: Gonzaga has sights set on a title

WCAC: Gonzaga has sights set on a title

Gonzaga is loaded with high-profile recruits for new head coach Randy Trivers but DeMatha, Good Counsel and St. John’s should factor into the title race.

Roark going strong

Roark going strong

With a decision looming about his place on the postseason, Tanner Roark hasn’t slowed down while reaching a new high in innings.

Adam LaRoche out of Tuesday’s lineup with a tight back

Adam LaRoche out of Tuesday’s lineup with a tight back

The first baseman has been dealing with back tightness for three or four games and felt it worse Tuesday.

Discuss: Nats-Phillies

Gio Gonzalez will try to prevent consecutive losses against Cole Hamels.

Safety concerns in Washington

Safety concerns in Washington

With Brandon Meriweather suspended, the Redskins turn to Bacarri Rambo.

D.C. charter schools

D.C. charter schools

Perennial power Friendship Collegiate has just 15 seniors on its roster, but will again be expected to challenge for a spot in the D.C. State Athletic Association title game.

DCIAA Stripes

DCIAA Stripes

Inaugural Gravy Bowl champion McKinley Tech is back to defend its title and prove it can compete with larger schools in the District.

DCIAA Stars: Warriors primed for an encore

DCIAA Stars: Warriors primed for an encore

Defending DCIAA and DCSAA champ H.D. Woodson is the favorite to repeat, but Wilson and Ballou have their sight set on unseating the Warriors.

American teenager CiCi Bellis wins in Grand Slam main draw debut

American teenager CiCi Bellis wins in Grand Slam main draw debut

Bellis, 15, upsets Australian Open finalist and 12th-seed Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Conferences 27, 35

Conferences 27, 35

George Mason improved its win total from one to six last season to reach the playoffs, and this year it seeks a postseason victory.

Conference 28 preview

Conference 28 preview

Running back Andrew Cordani and quarterback Sully Warner are part of an experienced offense for Loudoun Valley, which is coming off a trip to the Virginia 3A semifinals.

Altamirano on winning left guard job: ‘I’m glad this day finally came’

Altamirano thrives with Evan Mulrooney out and wins starting job at left guard.

Conference 21 preview

Conference 21 preview

Woodgrove will look to build on the best season in school history while a fortified Dominion offense could help the Titans challenge for conference supremacy.

Conference 15

Conference 15

Freedom-Woodbridge features 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive lineman Kyree Campbell, one of the top junior recruits in the nation.

Virginia Conference 14 preview

Virginia Conference 14 preview

WR Brandon Polk and TE Mark Birmingham are back for Briar Woods, which has a new primary quarterback for the first time in four years.

Virginia Conference 13 preview

Virginia Conference 13 preview

A host of contenders is led by Falls Church, which returns 10 starters from a team that gave the program its first playoff berth in 30 years.

Virginia Conference 8 preview

Virginia Conference 8 preview

After reaching the playoffs in their second year, the Pioneers have a deeper run in mind. Battlefield and Stonewall Jackson remain solid.

Virginia Conference 7 preview

Virginia Conference 7 preview

A.J. Alexander and Lake Braddock should be strong again with Kyle Edwards taking over at quarterback for graduated 2013 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year Caleb Henderson.

Passing the torch to new passers

Passing the torch to new passers

Several of the top high school football teams in the D.C. area head into the season with new quarterbacks taking on major responsibilities.

Manny Pacquiao just got drafted by a professional basketball team

Manny Pacquiao just got drafted by a professional basketball team

To make things even weirder, Pacquiao was drafted by the team he was named coach of in June.

Virginia Conference 6 preview

Virginia Conference 6 preview

Hayfield has a new coach in Eric Henderson, giving the Hawks a strong chance in a conference race with Langley, McLean, Yorktown and others.

Conference 4

Conference 4

Donovan Williams takes over at quarterback for a Hylton team looking for its fifth straight 10-win season. Forest Park, meanwhile, seeks to build on the school’s best campaign.