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Carlson’s extra work pays off

John Carlson is heading towards 50 assists, a milestone only seven Capitals defensemen before him have reached.

Promise kept in waiting

COURT VISIONS | Jabari Parker prepared for the next level from an early age, but now must focus on an altered dream after a knee injury ends his rookie season.

A whole new playing field

ANALYSIS | D.C. United’s new stadium, which gained long-awaited approval, will improve the game experience for fans and bring the team up to financial speed with the rest of the league.

Cuba policy’s impact on MLB

An open door with Cuba will alter Major League Baseball and allow for safe passage of Cuban players.

Raptors’ ‘Drake Night’ features rapper introducing lineups, getting Adam Silver’s name wrong

Raptors’ ‘Drake Night’ features rapper introducing lineups, getting Adam Silver’s name wrong

Drake will probably say he always calls the NBA Commissioner ‘Sterling.’

Crafty Marlins announce signing of Michael Morse ... in Morse code

Crafty Marlins announce signing of Michael Morse ... in Morse code

The team literally telegraphs its acquisition of the slugging first baseman.

Implications of Cutler benching not yet clear

Implications of Cutler benching not yet clear

The coach who is sitting down Cutler in favor of Jimmy Clausen, Marc Trestman, reportedly is in jeopardy of being fired. So does it matter if he does not think Cutler is the team’s answer at QB?

Bears bench Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen

Bears bench Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen

Cutler had been struggling, but the move still comes as a surprise, especially given his contract status.

Penalties are not a discipline problem

Penalties are not a discipline problem

Not all infractions bother Redskins coaches, who are looking for aggression but are continually frustrated by mental errors.

Michigan reportedly trying to lure Jim Harbaugh with mammoth contract proposal

Michigan reportedly trying to lure Jim Harbaugh with mammoth contract proposal

The 49ers coach rebuffed the Wolverines’ initial attempt, but the school could be offering 48 million reasons to come to Ann Arbor.

Nationals send Steven Souza Jr. to Rays, to receive Trea Turner, Joe Ross from Padres

Nationals send Steven Souza Jr. to Rays, to receive Trea Turner, Joe Ross from Padres

The Nationals acquire a potential shortstop of the future and a pitching prospect for Souza and minor leaguer Travis Ott.

Carlson’s extra work pays off

Carlson’s extra work pays off

John Carlson is heading towards 50 assists, a milestone only seven Capitals defensemen before him have reached.

Wizards’ Webster hopes third surgery’s a charm

Wizards’ Webster hopes third surgery’s a charm

After three back surgeries in four years, Martell Webster is working harder than ever to rejoin team.

The harrowing tales of Yasiel Puig and others remind MLB why U.S.-Cuba relations are so important

The harrowing tales of Yasiel Puig and others remind MLB why U.S.-Cuba relations are so important

Many Cuban-born players have risked their lives to play baseball in the United States. Here are three of their stories.

Promise kept in waiting

Promise kept in waiting

COURT VISIONS | Jabari Parker prepared for the next level from an early age, but now must focus on an altered dream after a knee injury ends his rookie season.

Capitals hope net-front chaos can help crack Sergei Bobrovsky

Capitals hope net-front chaos can help crack Sergei Bobrovsky

This month, Bobrovsky is unbeaten in seven appearances with a .950 save percentage. “Which is insane,” Coach Barry Trotz said.

Churchill seeks complete game

Churchill seeks complete game

ICE HOCKEY | The Bulldogs’ only loss is by one goal to the area’s No. 1 team, but they are still working on finding the right combinations.

The totally surprising shootout goal of Brooks Orpik

The totally surprising shootout goal of Brooks Orpik

“That was a hell of a goal,” forward Brooks Laich said. “That was a really nice goal.”

Wizards make annual holiday gift delivery extravaganza

Wizards make annual holiday gift delivery extravaganza

The Wizards drop off holiday gifts, and there are lots of smiles and tears.

San Francisco 49ers release Ray McDonald after new rape allegations

San Francisco 49ers release Ray McDonald after new rape allegations

After standing by the player through allegations of domestic assault earlier this year, the team has had enough.

Three Maryland players to play in East-West Shrine Game

Three Maryland players to play in East-West Shrine Game

Linebacker Cole Farrand, defensive tackle Darius Kilgo and wide reciever Deon Long all vying to improve draft stock at next month’s all-star game.

Judge dismisses NFL painkiller case

Judge dismisses NFL painkiller case

Rules that federal labor law provides other avenues for ex-players who feel wronged by league’s drug policies

Patience pays off for Virginia forward

Patience pays off for Virginia forward

At mom’s urging, Darion Atkins resisted the urge to give up, and the No. 6 Cavaliers are glad he did.

League: Two Breeland penalties were bad calls

League: Two Breeland penalties were bad calls

The Rookie cornerback drew five flags — four of which were enforced — for a total of 70 yards this past Sunday. Turns out that number should have been fewer.

Storen glad to enter 2015 as closer

Storen glad to enter 2015 as closer

With Rafael Soriano gone to free agency, Drew Storen is once again the Nationals’ closer, and says he’s ready for the opportunity.

Jackson: Facing former team again is no big deal

Jackson: Facing former team again is no big deal

The wide receiver isn’t interested in making too much of another game against the Eagles, and explains his being slow to get back to the line of scrimmage on Sunday.

Cuba policy’s impact on MLB

Cuba policy’s impact on MLB

An open door with Cuba will alter Major League Baseball and allow for safe passage of Cuban players.

Hatcher, Williams remain sidelined

Hatcher, Williams remain sidelined

Defensive end Jason Hatcher on Wednesday missed another practice because of inflammation in his right knee. It’s the same injury that forced the 32-year-old Hatcher out of last Sunday’s game and all of the practices leading up to that contest.

Wrestling rankings: Individual, team

Wrestling rankings: Individual, team

WRESTLING | Here’s a look at our choices for the top three at each weight class for the D.C. area.

Falcons like the challenges

Falcons like the challenges

WRESTLING | Eight wrestlers from Good Counsel participated in the Walsh Ironman in Ohio. The Falcons also will compete at Beast of the East and POWERade this month.

Bears’ Chris Conte explains the best and worst thing about the NFL in one sentence

Bears’ Chris Conte explains the best and worst thing about the NFL in one sentence

Safety says he’d give up 10, 15 years of his life.

Griffin rejects suggestion that he’s injury prone

Griffin rejects suggestion that he’s injury prone

Robert Griffin III views career injuries and setbacks as God’s way of challenging him to be stronger.

Memorable athlete Instagram posts from 2014

From the admirable to the punishable, these sports stars gave us something to see via social media.

Fantasy football Week 16 start/sit: Start Mark Sanchez, bench Philip Rivers in championship game

Fantasy football Week 16 start/sit: Start Mark Sanchez, bench Philip Rivers in championship game

The Eagles face the Redskins, who have allowed a passer rating of 109.9 to opposing quarterbacks, the highest mark in the NFL this season.

49ers release Ray McDonald, who is under investigation for alleged sexual assault

49ers release Ray McDonald, who is under investigation for alleged sexual assault

Defensive lineman was accused in August, but authorities said there was insufficient evidence.

Mike Mayock says Redskins don’t have a franchise QB on their roster

Mike Mayock says Redskins don’t have a franchise QB on their roster

Mayock says Jay Gruden is ‘too honest’ sometimes, but he should return for a second season.

Maryland’s Stefon Diggs still mulling NFL draft decision; Sean Davis expected to return for senior season

Maryland’s Stefon Diggs still mulling NFL draft decision; Sean Davis expected to return for senior season

Junior wide receiver has until Jan. 15 to declare; Davis expected to return in 2015.

Marc-Andre Fleury and two more Pittsburgh Penguins might have gotten the mumps from Sidney Crosby

Marc-Andre Fleury and two more Pittsburgh Penguins might have gotten the mumps from Sidney Crosby

The NHL’s mumps outbreak is still going strong. The affected teams, unfortunately, are not.

CM Punk says UFC warmer than WWE on ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’

CM Punk says UFC warmer than WWE on ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’

The ex-pro wrestler also said UFC President Dana White is more “open-minded” than WWE CEO Vince McMahon.

Jackie Robinson West denies breaking residency rules during Little League World Series

Jackie Robinson West denies breaking residency rules during Little League World Series

Neighboring Little League group says U.S. champion recruited standout players from outside its established boundaries.

‘Super bacteria’ found in Rio waters where sailors and windsurfers are supposed to compete in the Olympics

‘Super bacteria’ found in Rio waters where sailors and windsurfers are supposed to compete in the Olympics

The bug in question gained notoriety in the United States in 2012 when it was found in 37 states, mostly in hospitals.

Here is how likely it is your favorite NFL team will make the playoffs

Here is how likely it is your favorite NFL team will make the playoffs

The odds of all 12 NFL playoff spots being known at the end of Week 16 is 1,000 to 1.

Beckham, Donald lead NFL’s top rookies of 2014

Beckham, Donald lead NFL’s top rookies of 2014

It has been a disappointing season for high-profile rookies Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel. But not every rookie is struggling. Wide receivers, in particular, are standing out.

Omidvar right at home as director of basketball operations

Omidvar right at home as director of basketball operations

Thriving on wild ambition, Maryland alum brings new ideas to Terps basketball.

Michael Wilbon is angry that D.C. sports fans and media aren’t paying enough attention to the Wizards

Michael Wilbon is angry that D.C. sports fans and media aren’t paying enough attention to the Wizards

Wilbon asks: ‘Are the Redskins all that Washington can follow?’

A whole new playing field

A whole new playing field

ANALYSIS | D.C. United’s new stadium, which gained long-awaited approval, will improve the game experience for fans and bring the team up to financial speed with the rest of the league.

FIFA World Cup corruption report author Michael Garcia resigns in protest

FIFA World Cup corruption report author Michael Garcia resigns in protest

The American lawyer is upset about how FIFA’s handled his 430-page report into the 2022 and 2018 World Cup bids.

Would wins in the final two games impact anything?

The Post Sports Live crew discusses this season, and whether beating Philly or Dallas or both would alter much.

How bad are things with Jay Cutler? Chicago ABC station says ‘Cut him or cut your wrists’

How bad are things with Jay Cutler? Chicago ABC station says ‘Cut him or cut your wrists’

The Bears and the QB are stuck with each other, but that doesn’t really excuse the chryon.