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Age is more than a number

The Wizards are tied for the second-oldest team in the NBA — the Spurs are the oldest — and Washington is banking the infusion of experienced players will pay off come playoff time.

Giving voice to an ‘un-people’

COLUMN | Washington fans should listen to the message of Native American protests of the team’s nickname prior to Sunday’s NFL showdown in Minnesota.

Another big stage for Terps

Maryland faces high stakes at another fabled Big Ten stadium as it aims for its first-ever win at Penn State.

D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell heads the ball in an attempt to clear it near the goal as Bayern Munich's Sebastian Rode dives to stop him in the second half of the MLS All-Star soccer game, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Portland, Ore. The MLS All-Stars won 2-1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

United’s department of defense

As D.C. United prepares for Sunday’s playoff opener vs. Red Bulls, it will lean on the inseparable Bobby Boswell-Steve Birnbaum pairing on the back line.

Watts stands tall for Broadneck

Watts stands tall for Broadneck

FOOTBALL | Five-foot-7 running back Bill Watts takes over for the 12th-ranked Bruins in a 28-25 win over Meade.

Adams, Wilson race past Ballou

Adams, Wilson race past Ballou

FOOTBALL | The Tigers take over second place in the DCIAA Stars division with a 36-14 win behind Abdul Adams’s 247 rushing yards.

Bulldogs pass Maroon’s test

Bulldogs pass Maroon’s test

FOOTBALL | No. 11 Bullis struggles early against fellow IAC unbeaten Episcopal, but Devonte Williams and company regain their form late to come away with the win.

Friday football: The early report

Friday football: The early report

Scores and quick recaps from all of Friday night’s football action, including Potomac Falls-Briar Woods, Wilson-Ballou and Episcopal-Bullis.

Oklahoma City loses its thunder

Oklahoma City loses its thunder

Russell Westbrook’s broken hand puts Oklahoma City in a big hole in the West and robs fans of a chance to see him sans Kevin Durant.

A weight-and-recovery approach

A weight-and-recovery approach

Used to cutting pounds before fights, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison had to rehab an ankle before facing Michael Clark.

Metallica had a float in the Giants’ parade, so why did Train perform?

Metallica had a float in the Giants’ parade, so why did Train perform?

For some, the World Series victory celebration in San Francisco ended on a bit of a sour note.

Photos

No. 18 Howard downs River Hill 7-0

No. 18 Howard downs River Hill 7-0

The Lions defeated the Hawks in a defensive battle.

Video

No. 18 Howard grinds out a tough 7-0 victory over River Hill

No. 18 Howard grinds out a tough 7-0 victory over River Hill

Najee Savage rushes for a crucial fourth quarter touchdown to give the Lions a 7-0 victory over the Hawks.

Age is more than a number

Age is more than a number

The Wizards are tied for the second-oldest team in the NBA — the Spurs are the oldest — and Washington is banking the infusion of experienced players will pay off come playoff time.

Griffin gets the green light to start

Griffin gets the green light to start

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden names Robert Griffin III starting quarterback against the Vikings on Sunday in Minnesota. ‘I feel great. It’s been a process,’ Griffin said.

Dirk Nowitzki puts the ‘D’ in Run DMC

Dirk Nowitzki puts the ‘D’ in Run DMC

The Mav teams with Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons to pay homage to some rap gods, or maybe just to goof around.

Howard storms River Hill

Howard storms River Hill

FOOTBALL | The undefeated No. 18 Lions had enough swagger to capture a 7-0 win at Howard County rival River Hill.

Watch the Phoenix Suns get a Halloween dino-scare

Watch the Phoenix Suns get a Halloween dino-scare

They’re just walking down a corridor when a T. rex jumps out at them, leading to some amusing reactions (except by boring Gerald Green).

North Point freshman coach placed on leave

North Point freshman coach placed on leave

A freshman football coach has been placed on paid administrative leave after an alleged assault against a player during a game.

United’s department of defense

United’s department of defense

As D.C. United prepares for Sunday’s playoff opener vs. Red Bulls, it will lean on the inseparable Bobby Boswell-Steve Birnbaum pairing on the back line.

Column

Giving voice to an ‘un-people’

Giving voice to an ‘un-people’

COLUMN | Washington fans should listen to the message of Native American protests of the team’s nickname prior to Sunday’s NFL showdown in Minnesota.

Terps set for preseason game against San Francisco State

Terps set for preseason game against San Francisco State

The Terps will get a chance to test their zone offense in first of two exhibition games.

Previewing Virginia Tech vs. Boston College

Previewing Virginia Tech vs. Boston College

Two more freshmen have joined the starting lineup for the Hokies, who will try to stop their season from spiraling.

Video

Risk vs. reward: RGIII to return against Vikings

Risk vs. reward: RGIII to return against Vikings

Quarterback Robert Griffin III reclaims his starting spot after being given a clean bill of health coming off of his dislocated ankle injury, and the Redskins will look to make it three wins in a row when they face the Minnesota Vikings.

Maryland football at Penn State: 5 story lines to watch

Maryland football at Penn State: 5 story lines to watch

After a disastrous performance against Wisconsin, Maryland looks to bounce back in first meeting with Penn State since 1993.

RGIII thankful for Gruden, ready to lean on teammates

RGIII thankful for Gruden, ready to lean on teammates

Quarterback said he doesn’t feel pressure to be a hero in his first game back from ankle injury.

Nearing return, Volpatti has patience tested

Nearing return, Volpatti has patience tested

“Just want to put it behind me,” he said of a recent neck surgery. “Make sure it’s fully healed so I don’t have to deal with it anymore.”

The Frogs prove especially amphibious

The Frogs prove especially amphibious

TCU went a motionless 4-8 in 2013, so it got itself some new coordinators who unleashed an ‘old’ quarterback

Previewing Virginia at Georgia Tech

Previewing Virginia at Georgia Tech

The Cavaliers’ trip to Atlanta presents them with a defensive challenge and much on the line.

Gruden: We’ve got to get Griffin ready, ‘learning the position’

Gruden: We’ve got to get Griffin ready, ‘learning the position’

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden sees no point in delaying Griffin’s return now that he’s healthy

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura got over his World Series loss by playing softball with some local kids

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura got over his World Series loss by playing softball with some local kids

Some people turn to comfort food; the standout Kansas City starting pitcher turned to his fans.

Rewriting the story lines

Rewriting the story lines

After an uneven 2013-14 season, Capitals defenseman Mike Green is showing what made him a force.

Cowboys’ Jason Witten gives verbal wedgie to underwear shoplifter Joseph Randle

Cowboys’ Jason Witten gives verbal wedgie to underwear shoplifter Joseph Randle

Witten had some words for Randle, who Dallas beat reporters say may have had too many words about his teammates when in custody for underpants theft.

Breeland injures knee

Breeland injures knee

Rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland injured his knee late in Friday’s practice and will be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, coach Jay Gruden said.

Bowling seeks to become an Olympic sport after by doing away with current ‘boring’ scoring method

Bowling seeks to become an Olympic sport after by doing away with current ‘boring’ scoring method

Say goodbye to the perfect 300 and hello to two extra frames in the new format, which will be tested this weekend in Las Vegas.

Another big stage for Terps

Another big stage for Terps

Maryland faces high stakes at another fabled Big Ten stadium as it aims for its first-ever win at Penn State.

D.C. United news and notes

D.C. United news and notes

Injury updates on Luis Silva, Chris Rolfe, Sean Franklin and Jeff Parke ahead of MLS playoff opener Sunday vs. Red Bulls. Plus, Ben Olsen’s thoughts on New York.

Laich out vs. Tampa Bay, still no timetable for Orlov

Laich out vs. Tampa Bay, still no timetable for Orlov

With back-to-back games this weekend, an off day Monday and another game Tuesday, it’s unlikely Laich will return before next week’s trip to Chicago.

Redskins-Vikings: Five story lines to follow Sunday

Redskins-Vikings: Five story lines to follow Sunday

The Washington Redskins try to make it three in a row as they travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium at 1 p.m.

FIFA apologizes for including Crimea as part of Russia in World Cup promotional video

FIFA apologizes for including Crimea as part of Russia in World Cup promotional video

The political gaffe has caused an uproar in Ukraine, which is still fighting Russia over the status of the disputed territory’s soccer teams.

Heat executive rebuts Steve Buckhantz’s claim that Miami uses fake crowd noise

Heat executive rebuts Steve Buckhantz’s claim that Miami uses fake crowd noise

Heat VP says Miami’s crowd noise is all natural.

Michigan AD Dave Brandon reportedly set to resign

Michigan AD Dave Brandon reportedly set to resign

There is no word yet on Brandon’s reported resignation will affect the future of football coach Brady Hoke, who has also been under fire.

Nats could have been Giants

Nats could have been Giants

Even as the World Series played out, many believed the Nationals had the better team.

LaVar Arrington dresses up as J.J. Watt and gets accused of wearing ‘white face’

LaVar Arrington dresses up as J.J. Watt and gets accused of wearing ‘white face’

Arrington says he used lighter cosmetic to highlight the blood on his nose.

RGIII: ‘I’m not gonna go out there and try to be a normal quarterback’

RGIII: ‘I’m not gonna go out there and try to be a normal quarterback’

Robert Griffin III tells a team interviewer that he will be the kind of quarterback God made him.

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick thinks meteorologists are lousy at their jobs

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick thinks meteorologists are lousy at their jobs

Belichick went off the rails on Friday when asked about weather reports that forecast 30-mph winds on Sunday

Column

For RGIII, a risk worth running

For RGIII, a risk worth running

COLUMN | As Robert Griffin III returns from injury, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden should ask his quarterback to use his legs more often instead of trying to turn him into a pocket passer.

Pennsylvania college forfeits football game after five players get arrested for beating a man

Pennsylvania college forfeits football game after five players get arrested for beating a man

According to police, the players shouted “Football strong!” while doling out the beat-down that resulted in the lower part of the victim’s brain shifting 80 degrees.

Rockbridge Academy takes title

Rockbridge Academy takes title

GIRLS’ SOCCER | After falling to Calverton in consecutive years, the Scots rolled past their postseason nemesis to the MISAL championship.

A look at what the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval will make as a free agent

A look at what the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval will make as a free agent

Over the past four seasons, Sandoval has the eighth-highest wins above replacement among third baseman at 13.4.

Russell Westbrook is hurt, but Wizards are keeping the silver jacket thing going

Russell Westbrook is hurt, but Wizards are keeping the silver jacket thing going

It’s now the Wizards time to shine (during pregame warmups).