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Nationals come up short

Bryce Harper’s mammoth homer isn’t enough as Philadelphia ends a six-game slide by beating Washington.

Timing is not everything
for Phelps in comeback

The Olympic swimmer is worried less about his results and more about learning to race again as he returns to the pool.

Caps storm back in Game 2

Islanders built leads of 2-0 and 3-1, but Capitals rally with goals from Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Chimera to even up series.

Towing company releases statement after ESPN suspends McHenry

“Ms. McHenry is our neighbor, and, as she said, to paraphrase, made remarks that were out of line,” the statement reads. “She is human and errors in judgement can be made in the heat of the moment. “

St. Albans boys, McLean girls finish on top at Smokey Jacobs Regatta

St. Albans boys, McLean girls finish on top at Smokey Jacobs Regatta

ROWING | The Bulldogs boys’ varsity eight breaks away at the 750-meter mark and holds on for the win; The Highlanders girls are also victorious.

Reservoir baseball walks off with an extra-inning win over Mount Hebron

Reservoir baseball walks off with an extra-inning win over Mount Hebron

BASEBALL | Jon Mierzwa pitches a gem and Cameron Hyder draws a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning to help the No. 4 Gators stay on top of the Howard County standings.

Track: D’Nia Freeman comes home again at Riverdale Baptist Invitational

Track: D’Nia Freeman comes home again at Riverdale Baptist Invitational

TRACK & FIELD | Fresh off competing in the CARIFTA Games in Saint Kitts and Nevis, D’Nia Freeman returned to Riverdale Baptist for Saturday’s invitational.

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The tightrope of baseball’s ‘walk year’

The tightrope of baseball’s ‘walk year’

As four Nats are finding, the pressure of impending free agency can be overwhelming, but it’s not necessarily to blame for every misstep.

Bill Hamid sidelined for D.C. United’s MLS match vs. Houston Dynamo

Bill Hamid sidelined for D.C. United’s MLS match vs. Houston Dynamo

DCU, which has not lost at home since last summer, seeks to regain first place in MLS’s Eastern Conference.

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Washington takes game one from Toronto

Washington takes game one from Toronto

Wizards beat the Raptors 93-86 in overtime to take game one in the NBA playoffs.

Capitals fed off raucous home crowd, expect similar atmosphere on Long Island

Defenseman Matt Niskanen called Nassau Coliseum, which will cease operations as an NHL rink after this season, the best atmosphere he’s ever experienced first-hand.

Gilbert Arenas trolls Toronto fans, dances in the back of a Raptor pickup after Wizards win

Arenas calls Game 1 win an “old fashion spanking.“

Holtby returns to practice after illness, ready to start Game 3

Holtby returns to practice after illness, ready to start Game 3

Asked whether he felt ready to play, Holtby replied, “Yeah, I don’t think there will be any questions.”

Wizards overcome Greivis Vasquez’s big shot and shimmy to win Game 1

Former Maryland star forced overtime with last-minute three.

Nationals come up short

Nationals come up short

Bryce Harper’s mammoth homer isn’t enough as Philadelphia ends a six-game slide by beating Washington.

Timing is not everything
for Phelps in comeback

Timing is not everything <br>for Phelps in comeback

The Olympic swimmer is worried less about his results and more about learning to race again as he returns to the pool.

Wizards-Raptors: Game 1 analysis

Wizards-Raptors: Game 1 analysis

NBA PLAYOFFS | Paul Pierce scores a game-high 20 points to help the Wizards steal home-court advantage with a Game 1 victory over the Raptors in overtime.

Bryce Harper follows mammoth home run with another strong hair flip

Bryce Harper follows mammoth home run with another strong hair flip

Harper hits the hair off the ball and then shows off his locks.

Maryland men’s lacrosse rallies past Ohio State in overtime victory

Terps score five late unanswered goals to clinch share of Big Ten title in Columbus.

Denard Span back with team, could be activated tomorrow (UPDATED)

Denard Span back with team, could be activated tomorrow (UPDATED)

The Nationals projected starting center fielder should return soon, which poses questions about what happens to the rookie who has been filling in for him.

Raptors GM responds to Paul Pierce at fan rally: ‘We don’t give a [expletive] about It’

Raptors GM responds to Paul Pierce at fan rally: ‘We don’t give a [expletive] about It’

Masai Ujiri could be looking at a fine for the second consecutive year.

Wizards-Raptors: Game 1 halftime analysis

Wizards-Raptors: Game 1 halftime analysis

The Wizards lead Toronto, 46-42, at halftime behind Paul Pierce’s 10 points.

The Rock the Red era is not actually dead. We regret the error.

The Rock the Red era is not actually dead. We regret the error.

Forget all that Game 1 stuff. Game 2 was loud. My ears still hurt.

Wizards vs. Raptors NBA playoff series: Game 1 stats and discussion thread

Wizards vs. Raptors NBA playoff series: Game 1 stats and discussion thread

Follow live stats, catch up on pregame reading and share yoour thoughts on the 2015 postseason opener.

Yunel Escobar will have MRI, not in Saturday’s lineup vs. Phillies (UPDATED)

Yunel Escobar will have MRI, not in Saturday’s lineup vs. Phillies (UPDATED)

The Nationals third baseman and leadoff man will undergo an MRI on his groin today, and the team will evaluate his status based on the results.

Nationals vs. Phillies discussion thread: Game 12

Nationals vs. Phillies discussion thread: Game 12

Jordan Zimmermann hopes to pitch better Saturday than he did in a rough outing Monday, and in so doing lead the Nationals to a fourth straight win.

Today’s Nationals vs. Phillies lineups

Today’s Nationals vs. Phillies lineups

Yunel Escobar is out of the lineup today with a sore groin, so Michael A. Taylor is back at the top of Matt Wiliams’s order.

After emotional win, confident Capitals hit the road for Games 3-4

After emotional win, confident Capitals hit the road for Games 3-4

“I think it galvanized everybody to see, hey, this is how we’re going to have to play,” Coach Barry Trotz said.

Michael Crabtree is exactly what the Raiders’ passing game needs

Michael Crabtree is exactly what the Raiders’ passing game needs

While the injuries have taken their toll on Crabtree, he has strengthened other aspects of his game.

At Michael Graham’s BBQ, you can order a Craig Esherick for breakfast

At Michael Graham’s BBQ, you can order a Craig Esherick for breakfast

The former Hoya has opened a restaurant in Brandywine, Md.

The Capitals’ Game 2 win felt inevitable, and panic-free

The Capitals’ Game 2 win felt inevitable, and panic-free

The situation called for panic. The Caps refused.

Thrust into emergency situation, Philipp Grubauer earns win in first NHL playoff game

“Amazing,” Grubauer said later, after a wild 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders. “Amazing. All I can say is hell of a game.”

Felipe Rivero makes major league debut

Felipe Rivero makes major league debut

“It’s been like five years waiting for this moment,” he said.

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Baseball helps widower cope with his grief

Baseball helps widower cope with his grief

Ben Barlow and his wife bonded over baseball; now the game sustains him .

TV and radio listings: April 18

TV and radio listings: April 18

Your daily guide to the world of sports on television and radio.

Ubaldo Jimenez ejected as Orioles succumb in ninth in Boston

Ubaldo Jimenez ejected as Orioles succumb in ninth in Boston

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez had not allowed a hit through 3 2/3 innings when he was ejected for plunking Boston’s Pablo Sandoval as Baltimore falls, 3-2, in Boston.

Islanders unable to stall Capitals’ attack in Game 2

Islanders unable to stall Capitals’ attack in Game 2

After tallying just 25 shots on goal in the series-opener, Washington unloaded at New York goalie Jaroslav Halak on Friday night.

Girls’ soccer: Jackie Katalinas, South County shut out No. 10 W.T. Woodson

Girls’ soccer: Jackie Katalinas, South County shut out No. 10 W.T. Woodson

GIRLS’ SOCCER | South County takes over first place in Conference 7 behind Jackie Katalinas’s shutout and Victoria Reed’s goal.

Boys’ soccer: Cole Stinger makes key saves as Langley beats Fairfax

Boys’ soccer: Cole Stinger makes key saves as Langley beats Fairfax

BOYS’ SOCCER | Cole Stinger’s save against a breakaway keeps the Saxons ahead and sends them toward a 2-1 win over Fairfax.

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Myles Romm, Justin O’Daniel help lead Wootton to a win

Myles Romm, Justin O’Daniel help lead Wootton to a win

Myles Romm’s passing and Justin O’Daniel’s finishing help send the Patriots to a 13-5 win at Walter Johnson.

Boys’ lacrosse: Myles Romm, Justin O’Daniel help lead Wootton to a win

Boys’ lacrosse: Myles Romm, Justin O’Daniel help lead Wootton to a win

BOYS’ LACROSSE | Myles Romm’s passing and Justin O’Daniel’s finishing help send the Patriots to a 13-5 win at Walter Johnson.

Scherzer earns first victory

Scherzer earns first victory

New ace strikes out nine in eight innings and Bryce Harper supplies a three-run homer as Nats win third straight.

Caps storm back in Game 2

Caps storm back in Game 2

Islanders built leads of 2-0 and 3-1, but Capitals rally with goals from Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Chimera to even up series.

Best and worst of Caps-Islanders Game 2

Best and worst of Caps-Islanders Game 2

Best and worst moments from the Capitals 4-3 win over the Islanders in game 2.

Yunel Escobar leaves Friday’s game with groin strain (UPDATED)

Yunel Escobar leaves Friday’s game with groin strain (UPDATED)

He pulled up gimpy after trying to beat out a grounder in the bottom of the fourth.

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Washington evens the score against the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup playoffs

Washington evens the score against the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup playoffs

The Caps battle back to take Game 2 from the Islanders, 4-3.

Swimming with the big boys, Katie Ledecky shines at Arena meet

Swimming with the big boys, Katie Ledecky shines at Arena meet

In a 400-meter freestyle preliminary heat, she clocks the same time as another famous American — Michael Phelps.

Raptors forward compares Paul Pierce’s comments to Viagra, says fans will give him hell

Raptors forward compares Paul Pierce’s comments to Viagra, says fans will give him hell

The veteran Pierce jokes that he’s a five-star general playing against captains.

NBA playoff primer: It’s the Warriors and Cavaliers — then everyone else

NBA playoff primer: It’s the Warriors and Cavaliers — then everyone else

Stephen Curry and Golden State were great all season, but LeBron & Co. have gotten hot at the right time.

Chicago Cubs fans are already jeering Kris Bryant

Chicago Cubs fans are already jeering Kris Bryant

That didn’t take long.

Craig Stammen on flexor surgery: ‘Bring it on’

Craig Stammen on flexor surgery: ‘Bring it on’

“I got another challenge to try to overcome. It’s a part of my career and maybe something that will define it later on.“

Grubauer gets call in Game 2

Grubauer gets call in Game 2

DISCUSSION THREAD | With Braden Holtby ailing, goalie makes first career playoff start for Caps vs. the Islanders.

Dan Uggla, career starter, adjusting to not starting

Dan Uggla, career starter, adjusting to not starting

The veteran second baseman is filling an unfamiliar role with the Nationals, but he is “rolling with it.”

Scherzer seeking first win

Scherzer seeking first win

DISCUSSION THREAD | The right-hander takes the hill as Nationals face Phillies and look for a third consecutive victory.