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Top seeding in playoffs means little

COLUMN | As the Nationals close in on top record in the National League, recent history tells us to not get too excited about teams that secure home-field advantage.

Cousins learning on the fly

The former backup is 1-4 as a starter, but his performance in Philadelphia has the Redskins confident going forward.

Off-ice transitions

For Capitals Coach Barry Trotz and wife Kim, transition to Washington centers on son with Down syndrome.

Redskins’ risky plan

COLUMN | Prioritizing pass rush but not the secondary is coming back to bite the defense Bruce Allen assembled.

SILVER SPRING, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Springbrook football player Matthew Robinson, left, with his mother, Chimene Jules(cq), at their apartment, on September, 23, 2014 in Silver Spring, MD.  He is bandaged, recovering from burns received by using football pads soaked with corrosive cleaning fluids. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Incident leaves parents fuming

A misused disinfectant left Blue Devils football players with first- and second-degree burns — and parents angry about how the school handled the situation.

Check out Clark Hunt’s palatial luxury suite

Check out Clark Hunt’s palatial luxury suite

The Chiefs owner’s setup at Arrowhead Stadium would make for a very nice place to live.

A victorious homecoming for Nats

A victorious homecoming for Nats

Denard Span is replaced after landing awkwardly while making a splendid third-inning catch as Washington returns from an 11-game road trip to trip up the visiting Mets, 4-2.

Quince Orchard breathes easy at Sherwood

Quince Orchard breathes easy at Sherwood

FIELD HOCKEY | Brenna Lofgren didn’t need the help of her inhalers to score two goals for the Cougars in a road win over the Warriors.

Palacios’s patience pays off for Hornets

Palacios’s patience pays off for Hornets

FIELD HOCKEY | No. 7 Herndon shuts out No. 10 Robinson, 3-0, behind a goal and pair of assists from Penn commit Sofia Palacios.

Cousins learning on the fly

Cousins learning on the fly

The former backup is 1-4 as a starter, but his performance in Philadelphia has the Redskins confident going forward.

Magic Johnson says Danny Ferry “deserves a second chance“

Magic Johnson says Danny Ferry “deserves a second chance“

Johnson’s issues a series of tweets after talking to the Hawks general manager, who is on a leave of absence.

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Top seeding in playoffs means little

Top seeding in playoffs means little

COLUMN | As the Nationals close in on top record in the National League, recent history tells us to not get too excited about teams that secure home-field advantage.

Wizards sign Daniel Orton to training camp roster

Orton played on the Wizards’ summer league team

Now the head of the PGA has ‘USA’ shaved into his hair

Now the head of the PGA has ‘USA’ shaved into his hair

Rickie Fowler seems to have started an exciting new trend.

A message for Goodell

A message for Goodell

NFL executive Troy Vincent and a group of 11 former NFL players tell Commissoner Roger Goodell that the league should be prepared to discipline even its most marquee players.

Centennial tops River Hill in four sets

Centennial tops River Hill in four sets

After blowing a possible sweep in the third set, the Eagles dominated the fourth set to improve to 5-1.

Denard Span exits Tuesday’s game after apparent injury

Denard Span exits Tuesday’s game after apparent injury

The center fielder made a diving catch against the wall in left-center and exited in the bottom of the inning.

O’Connell finds a way vs. St. John’s

O’Connell finds a way vs. St. John’s

GIRLS’ SOCCER | Knights have had a tough time scoring, but manage their way to a 2-1 win vs. the No. 8 Cadets.

Wizards might bring in David Stockton for training camp

David is Hall of Famer John Stockton’s son

Incident leaves parents fuming

Incident leaves parents fuming

A misused disinfectant left Blue Devils football players with first- and second-degree burns — and parents angry about how the school handled the situation.

Nationals considering an extra day for Jordan Zimmermann

Nationals considering an extra day for Jordan Zimmermann

The right-handed starter was hit in his throwing shoulder in his last start on Saturday and still has a bruise.

Nationals exercising caution with Ryan Zimmerman’s hamstring

Nationals exercising caution with Ryan Zimmerman’s hamstring

The veteran National isn’t starting Tuesday after two days off because his hamstring felt sore following Saturday’s game.

Discuss: Nats-Mets

Discuss: Nats-Mets

The Nationals will try to extend their dominance over the Mets behind Tanner Roark.

Chris Baker won’t be suspended for hit

Chris Baker won’t be suspended for hit

NFL rules that Redskin DE’s hit on Philadelphia QB Nick Foles does not warrant a fine or suspension.

Jozy Altidore scores for Sunderland in League Cup

Jozy Altidore scores for Sunderland in League Cup

The U.S. striker records his first goal of the 2014-15 campaign for the Premier League side.

Watch no one recognize Team USA soccer captain Clint Dempsey while Clint Dempsey asks them about Clint Dempsey

Watch no one recognize Team USA soccer captain Clint Dempsey while Clint Dempsey asks them about Clint Dempsey

Salt in the wound: One guy names Landon Donovan as Team USA’s World Cup captain ...

Tonight’s Nationals-Mets lineups

Tonight’s Nationals-Mets lineups

Ryan Zimmerman remains out of the Nationals lineup despite working out before the game.

Stevens brought back to practice squad

Stevens brought back to practice squad

The Redskins re-signed guard/center Tevita Stevens to their practice squad, and released center Braxton Cave.

Maryland guard Dez Wells spots photo of himself in anatomy textbook

Maryland guard Dez Wells spots photo of himself in anatomy textbook

Terps senior tweets ‘#ShowMeTheMoney’ after discovery.

Beamer is irritated by Hokies’ rash of penalties

Beamer is irritated by Hokies’ rash of penalties

Virginia Tech is on pace to shatter its mark for most penalties under Frank Beamer, who said, ‘We’re not a good football team right now.’

Goodell meets with former players about NFL conduct policy

Goodell meets with former players about NFL conduct policy

The 3-1/2-hour meeting took place Tuesday in New York and included 11 former players and league VP Troy Vincent.

Mo’ne Davis and her Little League jersey are heading to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Mo’ne Davis and her Little League jersey are heading to the Baseball Hall of Fame

The pitching phenom will also lead the Taney Dragons in an exhibition came against a team from upstate New York during her Cooperstown visit.

Roger Federer asked fans to Photoshop him into vacation photos from India and the results are fantastic

Roger Federer asked fans to Photoshop him into vacation photos from India and the results are fantastic

Ever wanted to see the 17-time Grand Slam champion riding an elephant? Now’s your chance.

Why the Nets decided not to re-sign Paul Pierce

Why the Nets decided not to re-sign Paul Pierce

Nets General Manager Billy King said in Monday’s editions of the New York Post that the future Hall of Famer was too expensive to re-sign.

Alex Ovechkin wears baseball pants, shows off ridiculous stance at Winter Classic jersey unveiling

Alex Ovechkin wears baseball pants, shows off ridiculous stance at Winter Classic jersey unveiling

Ovechkin, Braden Holtby and Nicklas Backstrom spent some time in the Nationals’ clubhouse.

Mighty Mites win game, lose to breakaway banner

Mighty Mites win game, lose to breakaway banner

Adrenaline couldn’t propel the Mighty Mites through the sign awaiting them at the end of the tunnel, resulting in the most adorable pileup of 2014.

Maryland’s Stefon Diggs progressing as a ‘complete receiver’

Maryland’s Stefon Diggs progressing as a ‘complete receiver’

Star receiver starting to round into form as better route runner and blocker.

Griffin graduates to walking boot

Griffin graduates to walking boot

Quarterback Robert Griffin III had the hard cast removed from his injured left ankle and is now in a walking boot.

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Fantasy Minute: McCoy on the decline heading into week four

Fantasy Minute: McCoy on the decline heading into week four

While injuries affect a number of star players throughout the league, The Washington Post's Gene Wang tells why LeSean McCoy owners should temper their expectations.

‘Unfiltered language’ to remain in NHL’s new all-access show

Some were worried that the switch away from HBO would remove the candidness that has become a hallmark of the all-access show. Nope.

First time’s a charm

First time’s a charm

As MLB playoffs approach, Nationals like Scott Hairston can’t act as if they’ve been there before.

Fantasy Stock Watch: C.J. Spiller spiraling downward

Fantasy Stock Watch: C.J. Spiller spiraling downward

Bills RB has seen his workload shrink since Week 1, plus more fantasy players trending in the wrong direction.

Fantasy Stock Watch: Jordan Matthews takes flight

Fantasy Stock Watch: Jordan Matthews takes flight

Eagles rookie receiver shows off alluring potential with big Week 3 showing, plus other players on the rise.

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The Kickoff: Redskins secondary in spotlight against division rival Giants

The Kickoff: Redskins secondary in spotlight against division rival Giants

The Post's Mike Jones and Jason Reid preview Washington's Week 4 matchup against the Giants, as 17 Redskins players land on the injury report.

Orakpo to wear a hard cast

Orakpo to wear a hard cast

Tests conducted on the dislocated middle finger on linebacker Brian Orakpo’s left hand revealed ligament damage, but no fractures, and he will play on Thursday night against the Giants.

Capitals announce 2015 Winter Classic at Nats Park

Capitals announce 2015 Winter Classic at Nats Park

Most of the drama had been vaporized by earlier reports, but the unveiling of the uniforms still had everyone excited.

Lauvao downgraded with knee injury

Lauvao downgraded with knee injury

Starting left guard did not take part in Washington’s walk-through on Tuesday morning because of additional swelling in his left knee.

United seeking to clinch Champions League quarterfinal berth

United seeking to clinch Champions League quarterfinal berth

With a victory or draw at RFK on Wednesday night, DCU will advance to the knockout stage early next year.

Off-ice transitions

Off-ice transitions

For Capitals Coach Barry Trotz and wife Kim, transition to Washington centers on son with Down syndrome.

The Mavericks turned to the people to crowdsource their new jersey designs and the people didn’t let them down

The Mavericks turned to the people to crowdsource their new jersey designs and the people didn’t let them down

The jersey reminds some of other jerseys they’ve seen, but at the crowdsourcing project appears to have been a success.

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Redskins’ risky plan

Redskins’ risky plan

COLUMN | Prioritizing pass rush but not the secondary is coming back to bite the defense Bruce Allen assembled.

Brazilian soccer star Bellini has CTE diagnosed, just as FIFA revamps concussion protocol

Brazilian soccer star Bellini has CTE diagnosed, just as FIFA revamps concussion protocol

FIFA plans to give more power to team doctors to keep concussed players out of games -- and danger.