(John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

Walters starts at second

Manager Matt Williams stops short of calling it a platoon, but is mixing and matching at second base with Ryan Zimmerman out.

After scare, a cause that resonates

Sunday’s breast cancer awareness game has special meaning this year for Mystics guard Ivory Latta.

A connection on Day 2

DeSean Jackson and Robert Griffin III display better timing after struggling on the opening day of training camp.

WASHINGTON DC, JULY 2: Bats belonging to Washington's first baseman Adam LaRoche , left, and center fielder Denard Span (2), right sit in their slots in the dugout before the Washington Nationals defeat the Colorado Rockies 4 - 3 at Nationals Stadium in Washington DC, July 2, 2014. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Choice of bats is highly personal

Ash, maple or birch — Nationals have their preferences, but science suggests there is no difference.

Walters starts at second

Walters starts at second

Manager Matt Williams stops short of calling it a platoon, but is mixing and matching at second base with Ryan Zimmerman out.

Hankerson not yet at 100 percent

Hankerson not yet at 100 percent

Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson has received clearance to run, but he is not yet ready to return from knee surgery.

Discuss here: Nats-Reds

Discuss here: Nats-Reds

Tanner Roark vs. Alfredo Simon.

Hatcher waiting patiently for return

Hatcher waiting patiently for return

Defensive end Jason Hatcher said he remains unsure when the team will activate him from the physically unable to perform list and clear him for practice. Hatcher called patience the key to a full and effective recovery.

Fan guide to Manchester United vs. Inter Milan match at FedEx Field

Fan guide to Manchester United vs. Inter Milan match at FedEx Field

Tips for fans planning to attend the match between Manchester United and Inter Milan at FedEx Field in Landover on Tuesday.

After scare, a cause that resonates

After scare, a cause that resonates

Sunday’s breast cancer awareness game has special meaning this year for Mystics guard Ivory Latta.

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Will Reed break out this season?

Will Reed break out this season?

COLUMN | Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is benefiting from a special bond formed last year with his coach, Sean McVay.

Orakpo refuses to dwell on lack of long-term contract

Orakpo refuses to dwell on lack of long-term contract

Linebacker Brian Orakpo would’ve preferred for the Redskins to have signed him to a long-term deal rather than play this season out on the one-year franchise player tag.

The Nationals’ Racing Presidents are in Cincinnati

Bill might visit his boyhood home during the weekend series in the Queen City.

Tour de France spectators use their cars to make cool bicycle art on Stage 19

Tour de France spectators use their cars to make cool bicycle art on Stage 19

With only two days left of the Tour, the spectators are really stepping up their game.

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Redskins Training Camp

Redskins Training Camp<br>

Day 2: Blue skies greet team in Richmond, Va.

‘First Take’ host Stephen A. Smith takes on ESPN’s Michelle Beadle over domestic abuse statements on Twitter

‘First Take’ host Stephen A. Smith takes on ESPN’s Michelle Beadle over domestic abuse statements on Twitter

In aftermath of Baltimore Ravens’ RB Ray Rice’s two-game suspension over domestic abuse, tempers run hot.

DeAngelo Hall remains confident

DeAngelo Hall remains confident

The Redskins veteran says he’s comfortable in a leadership role and expects the defense to improve.

Today’s Nationals-Reds lineups

Today’s Nationals-Reds lineups

Zach Walters is making his major league debut at second base against a right-hander.

Kastles to play for fourth straight team tennis title

Kastles to play for fourth straight team tennis title

Washington will face the Springfield (Mo.) Lasers in televised championship match.

Dimitrov highlights strong Citi Open field

Dimitrov highlights strong Citi Open field

Three top-10 players, including two Wimbeldon semifinalists, will be in the men’s singles draw.

Observations from Day 2

Observations from Day 2

With the camp-opening kinks worked out on Thursday, the Redskins had an improved practice Friday and expressed encouragement over the progress made.

Carmelo Anthony said he was only ever choosing between Knicks and Bulls

Carmelo Anthony said he was only ever choosing between Knicks and Bulls

Ultimately, it was team president Phil Jackson who swayed the star to stay.

Myrtle Beach minor league GM gets a prostrate exam during seventh-inning stretch

Myrtle Beach minor league GM gets a prostrate exam during seventh-inning stretch

He also managed to sing ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ during the charity stunt.

Soccer star Didier Drogba returns to Chelsea looking for more Premier League wins

Soccer star Didier Drogba returns to Chelsea looking for more Premier League wins

The Ivorian star is happy to team up again with Stamford Bridge manager Jose Mourinho

Theismann says Griffin is moving better

Theismann says Griffin is moving better

Former Redskins quarterback ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Redskins season, given Griffin’s ease of movement, new special teams coach and veteran defense.

Choice of bats is highly personal

Choice of bats is highly personal

Ash, maple or birch — Nationals have their preferences, but science suggests there is no difference.

Wall should just pass the ball

Wall should just pass the ball

John Wall has proven to be a terrible shooter and the Wizards would be better off if he took far fewer shots.

A connection on Day 2

A connection on Day 2

DeSean Jackson and Robert Griffin III display better timing after struggling on the opening day of training camp.

Mike Shanahan would like to coach again, but ‘it would have to be with the right ownership’

Mike Shanahan would like to coach again, but ‘it would have to be with the right ownership’

Former Redskins coach declines to comment on Robert Griffin III in interview with USA TODAY Sports.

Josh McCown will succeed in Tampa Bay

Josh McCown will succeed in Tampa Bay

Despite changing teams, McCown’s production should transfer to his new club.

Ryan Clark isn’t trying to start a sock competition with RGIII

Ryan Clark isn’t trying to start a sock competition with RGIII

Ryan Clark also has funny socks. HIs are for his kids.

Here’s how Tour de France cyclists answer nature’s call during the race

Here’s how Tour de France cyclists answer nature’s call during the race

Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider Niki Terpstra accidentally demonstrates on camera during Stage 19.

Tiafoe receives wild-card berth in Citi Open main draw

Tiafoe receives wild-card berth in Citi Open main draw

Francis Tiafoe, the 16-year-old from Riverdale Park, will make his debut on the ATP World Tour.

Why Brian Orakpo has already done enough to earn an ‘elite’ contract

Why Brian Orakpo has already done enough to earn an ‘elite’ contract

Those waiting for him to become an elite linebacker have missed that the Redskins star is already one of the best in the league.

Capitals sign Nathan Walker to three-year, entry-level deal

The Australian is one step closer to reaching the NHL.

Don’t challenge Orioles’ Kevin Gausman to a donut-eating contest

Don’t challenge Orioles’ Kevin Gausman to a donut-eating contest

The rookie right-hander eats three of the treats between every inning that he pitches.

Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel shuts up a hater with a baseball inscribed with a sassy message

Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel shuts up a hater with a baseball inscribed with a sassy message

He’s the second MLB player to use this method to quiet his hecklers.

Hershey D Kolomatis signs in Finland

Hershey D Kolomatis signs in Finland

Kolomatis is the second former Hershey player to head to the Finnish league Liiga in the past week.

Potomac Nationals ‘Merica Night promotion includes a Bieber Demolition

Potomac Nationals ‘Merica Night promotion includes a Bieber Demolition

There will also be apple pie, Chuck Norris clips and cash-filled hot dogs.

Roberts more confident in his role

Roberts more confident in his role

The introduction to the offense that Roberts received during the offseason — when he, Garcon and Jackson shared the field and lined up in a number of different positions — helped set his mind at ease.

People dressed like superheroes at Redskins camp

People dressed like superheroes at Redskins camp

A lot of stuff goes on at Redskins training camp.

Gaithersburg RHP Pantos picks Maryland

Gaithersburg RHP Pantos picks Maryland

Gaithersburg RHP Nick Pantos shortens his recruitment process, orally committing to the Terps long before the beginning of his junior season.

James Brown on Redskins name change: ‘Do the right thing’

James Brown on Redskins name change: ‘Do the right thing’

D.C. native and broadcaster was asked about the controversy during a CBS News symposium on civil rights.

Indians’ Ryan Raburn makes, quite possibly, the worst throw ever

Indians’ Ryan Raburn makes, quite possibly, the worst throw ever

In a throw that looked more befitting 50 Cent than a major leaguer, the Cleveland outfielder allows one of the weirdest inside-the-park home runs in history.

Gruden: RGIII, Jackson just need time

Gruden: RGIII, Jackson just need time

But both players and their head coach believe it’s only a matter of time before the two develop the chemistry required to produce great results.

Two potentially fruitful weeks

Two potentially fruitful weeks

The Nats have a decidedly weaker schedule than the Braves heading into their Aug. 8-10 series.

Paul ready to act on Sterling

Paul ready to act on Sterling

The point guard is contemplating a boycott, and says he has talked to Coach Doc Rivers and teammates about it.

Redskins fans are high (on the Redskins)

Redskins fans are high (on the Redskins)

Step outside and inhale (the scent of July optimism)

Why Skip Bayless (sorry) thinks the Redskins (sorry) will win the NFC East (sorry)

Why Skip Bayless (sorry) thinks the Redskins (sorry) will win the NFC East (sorry)

And why RGIII will be the division’s best quarterback, too.

Marshawn Lynch is expected to hold out from Seahawks training camp

Marshawn Lynch is expected to hold out from Seahawks training camp

The running back known as ‘Beast Mode’ is unhappy with his contract.

Mystics vs. Tulsa Shock

Washington seeks fifth win in six games to stay in mix for No. 2 seed.

Kastles advance to WTT final

Kastles advance to WTT final

Bobby Reynolds sparks the Kastles past visiting Philadelphia and into Sunday’s WTT finals on the night he announces he will retire at the end of the season.