In preseason, gloves come off

For players battling for roster spots, fighting can be just the ticket to catch the coach’s eye during the exhibition season.

Paul is eager to get back to it

Redskins tight end wants back on the field following brutal hit vs. Giants and loves football so much “I prefer not to know” the dangers of hits to the head.

Are you ready for a public-health issue?

COLUMN | As we learn more about football and concussions, NFL spends millions convincing kids to play.

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Washington Wizards forward Kris Humphries (43) shoots as Washington Wizards forward Drew Gooden taunts him from behind at the end of the first day of Wizards training camp on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.  (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

‘Bad Boys,’ version 2.0?

At least on player is drawing comparisons between the Wizards’ retooled front court and Detroit’s hard-nosed title teams from 25 years ago.

Trotz: Some Caps ‘played themselves out of the lineup’

Trotz: Some Caps ‘played themselves out of the lineup’

Trotz emerged with a clearer picture of his roster, even if it came the hard way in a brutal 6-1 loss in Buffalo.

Kid who ran onto Ohio State field is getting body-slammed out of his scholarship

Kid who ran onto Ohio State field is getting body-slammed out of his scholarship

For Anthony J. Wunder, it’s one pain after another.

Nats will face Giants

Nats will face Giants

The Nationals will play the Giants, who have won two of the past four World Series, in the NLDS.

King James makes his triumphant return to Cavaliers’ home court

King James makes his triumphant return to Cavaliers’ home court

It was just an intrasquad scrimmage, but for the fans at Quicken Loans Arena, LeBron’s presence meant for plenty of excitement.

You know who is most annoyed that he left Larry Donnell on his fantasy bench? Larry Donnell.

You know who is most annoyed that he left Larry Donnell on his fantasy bench? Larry Donnell.

The Giants tight end says that not starting himself on his own fantasy football team cost him a matchup.

In preseason, gloves come off

In preseason, gloves come off

For players battling for roster spots, fighting can be just the ticket to catch the coach’s eye during the exhibition season.

Churchill defeats Walter Johnson

Churchill defeats Walter Johnson

The second-ranked Bulldogs defeat the previously unbeaten Wildcats, 6-2. Churchill has outscored opponents 51-4.

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No. 6 Churchill beats Walter Johnson, 6-2

No. 6 Churchill beats Walter Johnson, 6-2

Sarah Johnston’s hat trick propels the Bulldogs Wednesday evening in Potomac.

Orioles brace for Tigers’ aces

Orioles brace for Tigers’ aces

Baltimore will be facing the past three AL Cy Young winners in Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and David Price.

‘Bad Boys,’ version 2.0?

‘Bad Boys,’ version 2.0?

At least on player is drawing comparisons between the Wizards’ retooled front court and Detroit’s hard-nosed title teams from 25 years ago.

Derek Jeter maintained spotless image out of ‘fear’ that he might ‘embarrass’ his parents

Derek Jeter maintained spotless image out of ‘fear’ that he might ‘embarrass’ his parents

One can only imagine that Jeter’s parents haven’t spent too many moments embarrassed to have him for a son.

Leaving a winner pays off for Wilson

Leaving a winner pays off for Wilson

FOOTBALL | QB Riley Wilson is finding success at Wakefield in his second year after transferring from Yorktown for more playing time.

NFL, DirecTV extend ‘Sunday Ticket’ deal for $12 billion

NFL, DirecTV extend ‘Sunday Ticket’ deal for $12 billion

Eight-year extension will allow satellite provider to continue to offer league’s out-of-market games to subscribers.

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Wakefield transfer Wilson helping Warriors exceed expectations

Wakefield transfer Wilson helping Warriors exceed expectations

Riley Wilson transferred to Wakefield to gain exposure for college football, but has helped transform the culture of the football team.

Trotz looking to ‘find out more’ vs. Sabres

Trotz looking to ‘find out more’ vs. Sabres

More specifically, the Capitals coach wants to learn more about the fringe roster players he hasn’t seen much, like Dane Byers and Kris Newbury.

Will tonight decide Soriano-Blevins?

Will tonight decide Soriano-Blevins?

The Nationals could choose the last reliever in their bullpen based on their NLDS match-up.

MLB to test several methods this month to cut game times down

Don’t worry. The experimental rules won’t affect MLB playoff games. They’ll be tested in the Arizona Fall League instead.

Michael Phelps breathalyzer test measured .14

Michael Phelps breathalyzer test measured .14

The arresting officer also noted “his speech was mush mouth.“

Big Ten recommends increased benefits for athletes

The conference recommends guaranteed multiyear scholarships and improved medical insurance two months after the NCAA Board of Directors voted for autonomy for power-conference schools.

Abby Wambach, Nadine Angerer and other soccer stars sue FIFA over World Cup turf

Abby Wambach, Nadine Angerer and other soccer stars sue FIFA over World Cup turf

The complaint accuses FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association of gender discrimination for allowing the male players, but not females, to play the World Cup on natural grass.

Hokies’ Edmunds is back in stride

Hokies’ Edmunds is back in stride

Running back is ready to return to a major role less than a year after a gruesome leg injury.

Obama honors Sporting Kansas City at White House

Obama honors Sporting Kansas City at White House

The president salutes the defending MLS Cup champions.

Opinions vary on whether Redskins played hard

Opinions vary on whether Redskins played hard

Despite turnovers, penalties and lack of big plays, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden liked his players’ effort in 45-14 loss to Giants.

U-Va. baseball coach gets hefty extension

U-Va. baseball coach gets hefty extension

Brian O’Connor signs a seven-year contract extension that will make him among the highest-paid coaches in college baseball.

Wilson Building turns red for Nationals’ playoff run

Wilson Building turns red for Nationals’ playoff run

City Hall will be illuminated red for as long as the Nats are in the playoffs.

Ex-WWE commentator Jim ‘JR’ Ross to commentate for BattleGrounds MMA elimination event

Ex-WWE commentator Jim ‘JR’ Ross to commentate for BattleGrounds MMA elimination event

If you’ve been missing the Oklahoma Sooner shouting “slobberknocker!” you might want to Friday’s pay-per-view.

Giants Antrel Rolle says he took the Kirk Cousins hype personally

Giants Antrel Rolle says he took the Kirk Cousins hype personally

‘He’s going to be a great quarterback once he gets more opportunities. But it wasn’t gonna be that night.“

Paul is eager to get back to it

Paul is eager to get back to it

Redskins tight end wants back on the field following brutal hit vs. Giants and loves football so much “I prefer not to know” the dangers of hits to the head.

How to watch the Nats playoff games

How to watch the Nats playoff games

Here’s everything you need to know about watching the NLDS games on TV and online.

In wake of Michigan debacle, Randy Edsall addresses his team’s concussion policy

In wake of Michigan debacle, Randy Edsall addresses his team’s concussion policy

Maryland has six-step approach to treating concussions, which are driving national headlines after Shane Morris’ injury last week.

First line forecast: Fehr, Backstrom, Ovechkin

First line forecast: Fehr, Backstrom, Ovechkin

It’s not official yet, but all signs point to Eric Fehr getting the first shot on the Capitals top line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin.

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Are you ready for a public-health issue?

Are you ready for a public-health issue?

COLUMN | As we learn more about football and concussions, NFL spends millions convincing kids to play.

Tucker Barnes dresses as Nationals gnome on ‘Good Day DC’

Tucker Barnes dresses as Nationals gnome on ‘Good Day DC’

Meteorologist has a tough time talking through Jayson Werth-like beard.

Tuscarora rearranges its pieces

Tuscarora rearranges its pieces

FOOTBALL | With quarterback Daniel Smith out with an injury, Noah Reimers has moved from running back to quarterback.

Navy turns full focus to Air Force

Navy turns full focus to Air Force

The Midshipmen are limping into the first leg of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy competition.

Caps switch Johansson back to wing

Caps switch Johansson back to wing

Johansson will still play center Wednesday at Buffalo, but Coach Barry Trotz forecasted the 23-year-old starting on the wing this regular season.

Maryland to wear hand-painted helmets against Ohio State

Maryland to wear hand-painted helmets against Ohio State

Terps will don unique head-gear for Big Ten home opener

Who’s messing with Zimmermann?

A not-so-sneaky opponent may have tried to disrupt Jordan Zimmermann with a dugout message.

Experience meets youth at Wilson

Experience meets youth at Wilson

FOOTBALL | Ballou senior Tirri Jones and Wilson sophomore Steve Williams will quarterback their teams in Friday’s DCIAA Stars matchup.

Is Brady’s successor in place in New England?

Is Brady’s successor in place in New England?

The rookie, a second-round draft pick in May, replaced Brady late in Monday’s blowout loss to the Chiefs. Could he eventually be handed Brady’s job?

Joakim Noah okay with Carmelo staying in New York

Joakim Noah okay with Carmelo staying in New York

Joakim Noah tried unsuccessfully to bring Carmelo Anthony to Chicago but was pleased the Bulls recovered by getting Pau Gasol.

DeMatha, Good Counsel meet again

DeMatha, Good Counsel meet again

Fresh off impressive wins over top-5 teams, DeMatha visits Good Counsel with the longtime rivals looking to remain atop the WCAC.

Construction company will correct ‘GO NAT’S’ banner before Friday’s game

Construction company will correct ‘GO NAT’S’ banner before Friday’s game

Extraneous apostrophe will be removed before Game 1.

Adam Dunn tweets about his retirement and accidentally starts a funny meme

Adam Dunn tweets about his retirement and accidentally starts a funny meme

His fans are sad to see him go, but creatively inspired about what the Oakland A’s slugger meant by “#Phase2begins.“

Damascus QB Gibson finding his way

Damascus QB Gibson finding his way

Senior quarterback Derek Gibson provides an important balance to a Swarmin’ Hornets offense focused on the run game; Sherwood’s schedule has been taxing.

Bobcats work on staying under wraps

Bobcats work on staying under wraps

FOOTBALL | With a short week, Battlefield’s goal is to make Hylton and Ricky Slade grind out long drives.

ESPN’s Shelley Smith says she has breast cancer

ESPN’s Shelley Smith says she has breast cancer

Reporter says she’ll undergo ‘tough’ treatment in January.

Damascus is young and hungry

Damascus is young and hungry

VOLLEYBALL | The Swarmin’ Hornets lost experience from last year’s Maryland 3A title team but return a strong desire to repeat; O’Connell knocked off Holy Cross.

Here is how the Giants can neutralize Andrew McCutchen

Here is how the Giants can neutralize Andrew McCutchen

McCutchen has shown little power against fastballs from left-handed pitchers