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Ovechkin is evolving and thriving

‘He’s matured for sure and it shows on the ice, too. He wants to win,’ says GM Brian MacLellan of the Capitals’ six-time all-star.

‘We can’t afford to do this’

Bradley Beal is unhappy with how the Wizards blew a 10-point halftime lead against the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Hoyas outlast Marquette

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scores 19 points and Joshua Smith posts a double-double to propel Big East-leading Georgetown.

Belichick: We broke no rules

Coach says the Patriots conducted their own studies on how they treat footballs and he believes they “have absolutely followed every rule to the letter.”

FILE - JANUARY 23, 2015: It has been reported that Chicago Cubs legend and Hall of Fame shortstop Ernie Banks has died at age 83 on January 23, 2015. CHICAGO - OCTOBER 06:  Baseball Hall of Famer and former Chicago Cub Ernie Banks acknowledges the fans prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Three of the National League Divisional Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field on October 6, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Mr. Cub banked on enthusiasm

COLUMN | Ernie Banks, 83, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, willed himself to be happy through his positive attitude and “Let’s play two” mantra.

Sharapova, Bouchard advance Down Under

Sharapova, Bouchard advance Down Under

Maria Sharapova, left, and Eugenie Bouchard will meet in the Australian Open quarterfinals after advancing with contrasting wins on Sunday.

‘We can’t afford to do this’

‘We can’t afford to do this’

Bradley Beal is unhappy with how the Wizards blew a 10-point halftime lead against the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

NFL season has been turbulent from start to finish

NFL season has been turbulent from start to finish

In September, Commissioner Roger Goodell faced a public uproar over the Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy cases. Now Super Bowl week arrives with the “Deflate-gate” scandal involving the Patriots raging.

Familiar script sinks Wizards

Familiar script sinks Wizards

LaMarcus Aldridge postpones surgery and scores a game-high 26 points to sink Washington in Portland.

2015 NHL All-Star Game: After skills competition, Alex Ovechkin still really wants a car

2015 NHL All-Star Game: After skills competition, Alex Ovechkin still really wants a car

Ovechkin claimed he sold his entire fleet of cars. It seemed like a little white lie.

Discuss Wizards vs. Blazers

Discuss Wizards vs. Blazers

The Wizards open a four-game road trip in Portland on Saturday night.

2015 NHL All-Star Game: Alex Ovechkin falls in breakaway challenge

2015 NHL All-Star Game: Alex Ovechkin falls in breakaway challenge

It was hard to beat local favorite Ryan Johansen’s combination of Ohio State football, a small child and the Flying V.

Smotrycz’s tough senior season

Smotrycz’s tough senior season

Thanks to numerous injuries, the senior season for Maryland’s Evan Smotrycz hasn’t gone to plan just yet.

Mr. Cub banked on enthusiasm

Mr. Cub banked on enthusiasm

COLUMN | Ernie Banks, 83, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, willed himself to be happy through his positive attitude and “Let’s play two” mantra.

Hoyas outlast Marquette

Hoyas outlast Marquette

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scores 19 points and Joshua Smith posts a double-double to propel Big East-leading Georgetown.

Ovechkin is evolving and thriving

Ovechkin is evolving and thriving

‘He’s matured for sure and it shows on the ice, too. He wants to win,’ says GM Brian MacLellan of the Capitals’ six-time all-star.

No. 2 Virginia minds the ‘gap’

No. 2 Virginia minds the ‘gap’

The Cavaliers’ goal of three defensive stops in a row has become a key formula in their best start in 34 years.

GW finds its range against Duquesne

GW finds its range against Duquesne

Colonials foil Dukes’ zone with 12 three-pointers to win their 11th straight at home, 74-59.

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Feinstein: ‘Pee Wee shots’ big for American

Feinstein: ‘Pee Wee shots’ big for American

COLUMN | Darius ‘Pee Wee’ Gardner has made the game-winning shot four times in the Eagles’ 11 victories this season.

DeMatha’s DJ Turner commits to Maryland football

DeMatha’s DJ Turner commits to Maryland football

DeMatha junior becomes latest 2016 prospect to pledge to Terps.

Maryland looks to improve perimeter defense against Northwestern

After getting shelled at Indiana, Terps focus on defensive measures in preparation for middling Wildcats.

Ernie Banks, baseball great known as ‘Mr. Cub,’ dies at 83

Ernie Banks, baseball great known as ‘Mr. Cub,’ dies at 83

Mr. Banks, a Hall of Fame infielder for the Chicago Cubs, was one of baseball’s sunniest ambassadors.

Cristiano Ronaldo apologizes after earning red card for punching, kicking Cordoba players

Cristiano Ronaldo apologizes after earning red card for punching, kicking Cordoba players

It was a tough day for FIFA’s currently crowned best player in the world...

Mark Cuban calls the NBA All-Star voting system ‘embarrassing’ and ‘positively broken’

Mark Cuban calls the NBA All-Star voting system ‘embarrassing’ and ‘positively broken’

The Dallas Mavericks owner wants to do away with fan voting.

At Last Track, Jaguars’ Wright wows teammate

At Last Track, Jaguars’ Wright wows teammate

INDOOR TRACK | Northwest’s Shyheim Wright wins the triple jump, besting DeMatha’s Brenton Nelson and teammate Aaron Beidleman at the Last Track to Philly meet.

‘DeflateGate’ is latest sideshow to be magnified by Super Bowl spotlight

‘DeflateGate’ is latest sideshow to be magnified by Super Bowl spotlight

As the Patriots’ controversy shows, the game can do many things to a story, except make it smaller.

Belichick: We broke no rules

Belichick: We broke no rules

Coach says the Patriots conducted their own studies on how they treat footballs and he believes they “have absolutely followed every rule to the letter.”

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman talks outdoor games, salary cap, player tracking

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman talks outdoor games, salary cap, player tracking

Addressing reporters Saturday afternoon at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, commissioner Gary Bettman zipped through a wide range of newsworthy items.

Twitter lampoons Bill Belichick after DeflateGate press conference on Saturday

Twitter lampoons Bill Belichick after DeflateGate press conference on Saturday

Turns out, when you blame ball deflation on the natural course of players rubbing them, the jokes write themselves.

Wizards get unexpected test

Wizards get unexpected test

LaMarcus Aldridge was supposed to miss six to eight weeks with a thumb injury but will play Saturday after putting off surgery.

Watch freestyle skier Henrik Harlaut terrifying X Games wipeout -- amazingly, he’s reportedly okay

Watch freestyle skier Henrik Harlaut terrifying X Games wipeout -- amazingly, he’s reportedly okay

The fall left Harlaut unconscious, but his ski sponsor assures the Swedish star is “in good spirits.“

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Australian Open 2015

Australian Open 2015

Men and women compete in the annual Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia.

NHL announces creation of World Cup of Hockey 2016 in Toronto

NHL announces creation of World Cup of Hockey 2016 in Toronto

The initial event, scheduled to begin Sept. 17, 2016 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, will feature eight teams, each playing three pre-tournament games and three round-robin qualification matches.

Maryland women vs. Indiana: Previewing the game

Maryland women vs. Indiana: Previewing the game

Maryland visits Indiana on Sunday in a Big Ten women’s basketball game.

Photographer suing Nike for using his image of Michael Jordan to create its ‘Jumpman’ logo

Jacobus Rentmeester is demanding renumeration from past sales of Jordan-branded items, as well as a stoppage of current sales.

Players’ union advises Patriots to keep quiet about DeflateGate

Players’ union advises Patriots to keep quiet about DeflateGate

Meanwhile, the NFL (and the rest of us) are still trying to figure out how 11 of the Patriots’ 12 footballs were under-inflated at halftime.

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Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks dies at 83

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks dies at 83

Ernie Banks always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams. That was the charm of “Mr. Cub.”

President Obama mourns the death of Cubs legend Ernie Banks

President Obama mourns the death of Cubs legend Ernie Banks

“Somewhere, the sun is shining, the air is fresh, his team’s behind him, and Mr. Class -- “Mr. Cub” -- is ready to play two,” the White House statement reads.

All-star voting results don’t faze Durant

All-star voting results don’t faze Durant

Fans surprisingly failed to choose Kevin Durant as an NBA all-star starter for the first time since 2010 but the reigning MVP said he wouldn’t use the snub for motivation.

Colts linebacker Andrew Jackson arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

Colts linebacker Andrew Jackson arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

The arrest occurred in Kentucky early Friday morning. Jackson was booked into jail and later released.

Prospect Riley Barber ‘trying not to think’ about future with Capitals

Checking in with the former sixth-round pick during his junior season at Miami (Ohio), as well as a shrine to Washington goaltending coach Mitch Korn.

Manny Pacquiao to schedule alternate fight if Floyd Mayweather doesn’t sign on soon

Manny Pacquiao to schedule alternate fight if Floyd Mayweather doesn’t sign on soon

One possibility, according to promotor Bob Arum, is Pacquiao vs. Amir Khan in London on May 30. Prince Harry would be excited.

Liverpool is adjusting to life without Luis Suarez

Liverpool is adjusting to life without Luis Suarez

Liverpool’s season could prove to be a tale of two halves, providing the perfect example of why judgements should not be made on just a small sample size of matches.

Klay Thompson’s teammates can’t believe he scored 37 points in a single quarter

Klay Thompson’s teammates can’t believe he scored 37 points in a single quarter

The Golden State Warriors shooting guard had one heck of a night and his teammates had some priceless reactions.

Morris expected to leave Redskins for Falcons

Morris expected to leave Redskins for Falcons

The defensive backs coach is expected to accept a senior assistant position on new Coach Dan Quinn’s staff.

How the NFL, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and other QBs created DeflateGate

How the NFL, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and other QBs created DeflateGate

Patriots QB, Peyton Manning and others seized control as offenses reigned.

Kennedy Meeks emerging as defensive stalwart for UNC Tar Heels

Kennedy Meeks emerging as defensive stalwart for UNC Tar Heels

Through six conference games, the Tar Heels are allowing opponents to score just under one point per possession, an efficiency rate fueled by Meeks’s interior defense and advanced rebounding skills.

Warriors’ Thompson goes 13 for 13 to set new NBA record for points in a quarter

Warriors’ Thompson goes 13 for 13 to set new NBA record for points in a quarter

The Warriors’ shooting guard was in the zone in the third quarter -- to the tune of 37 points, a new NBA record.

Banks, ‘Mr. Cub,’ dies at 83

Banks, ‘Mr. Cub,’ dies at 83

Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, Ernie Banks was synonymous with the Chicago Cubs.

The sports world reacts to the death of Ernie Banks

The sports world reacts to the death of Ernie Banks

The death of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, who passed away Friday night at the age of 83, elicited an outpouring of responses from those he touched.

Three-point spree lifts Robinson

Three-point spree lifts Robinson

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | The Rams make eight three-pointers, including seven in a four-minute span, and knock off Centreville, 59-40.