Butler’s long-shot battle to make the Nationals’ roster

Catcher Dan Butler has come up the hard way, earning praise from coaches for his work ethic along the way.

Capitals confident they’ve made the right moves

The team acquired a veteran forward and defenseman and gave up only one player on the roster in return.

Hoyas have a chance for a signature victory

Georgetown can remain in the hunt for the No. 2 seed in the Big East tournament with a win against the No. 21 Bulldogs.

The winner of the NHL trade deadline is Jordan Leopold’s 11-year-old daughter

“It’s been a long couple months,” Leopold’s wife said in a radio interview, “but we’re really excited.“

Maryland’s Brenda Frese voted Big Ten women’s basketball coach of the year

Maryland’s Brenda Frese voted Big Ten women’s basketball coach of the year

Frese was also the Big Ten coach of the year in 2002-03, her last season in the conference as coach of Minnesota. Lexie Brown and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough are among the Terrapin players to earn postseason awards.

Butler’s long-shot battle to make the Nationals’ roster

Butler’s long-shot battle to make the Nationals’ roster

Catcher Dan Butler has come up the hard way, earning praise from coaches for his work ethic along the way.

NBA suspends James Harden one game for kicking LeBron James

NBA suspends James Harden one game for kicking LeBron James

The Rockets star will have to sit out a game Wednesday against the Hawks.

Capitals confident they’ve made the right moves

Capitals confident they’ve made the right moves

The team acquired a veteran forward and defenseman and gave up only one player on the roster in return.

Wizards’ Nene on playing Chicago: ‘You know I hate them’

Wizards’ Nene on playing Chicago: ‘You know I hate them’

Entering final matchup of regular season, animosity has not cooled between last year’s playoff foes.

Diamondbacks to wear patch in honor of Kayla Mueller during spring training games

Diamondbacks to wear patch in honor of Kayla Mueller during spring training games

The Arizona native was a humanitarian aid worker who died while being held hostage in Syria by Islamic State members.

Hoyas have a chance for a signature victory

Hoyas have a chance for a signature victory

Georgetown can remain in the hunt for the No. 2 seed in the Big East tournament with a win against the No. 21 Bulldogs.

The winner of the NHL trade deadline is Jordan Leopold’s 11-year-old daughter

The winner of the NHL trade deadline is Jordan Leopold’s 11-year-old daughter

“It’s been a long couple months,” Leopold’s wife said in a radio interview, “but we’re really excited.“

General Manager Brian MacLellan recaps Capitals’ moves at trade deadline

General Manager Brian MacLellan recaps Capitals’ moves at trade deadline

In his first trade deadline as GM, MacLellan made two depth-bolstering deals, but none in the final day before the 3 p.m. cutoff hit.

Bill Hamid expected to return for D.C. United’s Champions League match

Bill Hamid expected to return for D.C. United’s Champions League match

First-choice goalkeeper appears to have recovered from an aggravated back injury. Markus Halsti, however, remains out with a sprained knee.

Jared Nickens, Maryland shooting for sixth straight win at Rutgers

Jared Nickens, Maryland shooting for sixth straight win at Rutgers

The freshman forward has carved out an important role for the Terps, who will face the Scarlet Knights on Tuesday with their first top-10 ranking since 2003.

Minnie Minoso, ‘Cuban Comet’ of Chicago White Sox, dies

Minnie Minoso, ‘Cuban Comet’ of Chicago White Sox, dies

Mr. Minoso, a former member of the Negro Leagues, was regarded as a trailblazer for Latino ballplayers.

Rangers, Wild and Kings are big winners after NHL’s trade deadline

Rangers, Wild and Kings are big winners after NHL’s trade deadline

Keith Yandle has 41 points in 63 games, which places him 10th on the leader board among defensemen.

Doug Fister, Jordan Zimmermann throw live BP, and other notes

Doug Fister, Jordan Zimmermann throw live BP, and other notes

Also, Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond take extra grounders together to work on double plays and timing.

MLS labor talks enter late stage

MLS labor talks enter late stage

As sides in impasse remain locked in negotiations, D.C. United union rep Bobby Boswell says the players have made concessions on key issues.

Nick Young calls out ESPN anchor who said Iggy Azalea is trying to kill hip-hop

Nick Young calls out ESPN anchor who said Iggy Azalea is trying to kill hip-hop

If only that dolphin hadn’t tried to kill Swaggy P in Cabo...

Thomas Stone boys primed for postseason performance

Thomas Stone boys primed for postseason performance

BOYS’ BASKETBALL | With a 60-58 win over Lackey on Friday, Cougars Coach Dale Lamberth has his team in playoff mode.

Capitals reassign Andre Burakovsky to Hershey; length of stay uncertain

Capitals reassign Andre Burakovsky to Hershey; length of stay uncertain

The Capitals sent Burakovsky to their affiliate in Hershey before the trade deadline, but whether the 20-year-old might stay there hasn’t yet been determined.

Glencross gets acclimated in first practice

Glencross gets acclimated in first practice

“Just started rolling, having fun, joking around with the guys,” the Caps’ newly acquired forward said.

Student suspended for awful tweets about Curt Schilling’s daughter

Student suspended for awful tweets about Curt Schilling’s daughter

Brookdale Community College student is also under police investigation.

Wise is not ready to cede the throne

Wise is not ready to cede the throne

BOYS’ BASKETBALL | Wise is a much different, younger team than the squad that won the Maryland 4A state title last year, but these Pumas are just as hungry.

Paul VI keeps its hold on No. 1 spot

Paul VI keeps its hold on No. 1 spot

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | The Panthers win a pair of titles and continue to lead the Top 20. Meanwhile, Chantilly joins the rankings.

Thomas Boswell says debate of best D.C. pro athlete in last 50 years ‘starts with Ovechkin’

Thomas Boswell says debate of best D.C. pro athlete in last 50 years ‘starts with Ovechkin’

In his weekly chat, Boswell chimes in on the debate about Washington’s top pro athlete of the past half-century.

Virginia loses a first-place vote to Maryland in Atlantic 11 poll, Virginia Tech joins the fray

Virginia loses a first-place vote to Maryland in Atlantic 11 poll, Virginia Tech joins the fray

Cavaliers remain No. 1 and Georgetown jumps to third in poll.

Redskins’ salary cap will be set at $146.6 million, because of adjustments

Redskins’ salary cap will be set at $146.6 million, because of adjustments

The NFL announced on Monday that the salary cap for the coming year will be set at $143,280,000.

Bryce Harper jersey makes ‘House of Cards’ cameo

Bryce Harper jersey makes ‘House of Cards’ cameo

For at least the third time, we have a House of Cards Nats connection.

Humphries not expected to play against Bulls

Humphries not expected to play against Bulls

Kris Humphries has missed the last Wizards’ two games with a strained left calf.

Jason Jolly’s 50 points power Stone Bridge to region semifinals

Jason Jolly’s 50 points power Stone Bridge to region semifinals

BOYS’ BASKETBALL | Jason Jolly’s school-record 50 points propel the Bulldogs into a 5A North region semifinal matchup with Potomac; Tuscarora girls advance.

Bulls’ Jimmy Butler to miss 3-6 weeks with elbow sprain

Bulls’ Jimmy Butler to miss 3-6 weeks with elbow sprain

Chicago’s injury woes just got much worse.

Maryland checks in at No. 10 in latest AP men’s basketball poll

Maryland checks in at No. 10 in latest AP men’s basketball poll

After wins over Wisconsin and Michigan, Terps crack top-ten ranking for first time since February 2003.

MLB Network crew breaks down Max Scherzer’s new cutter

MLB Network crew breaks down Max Scherzer’s new cutter

Nationals righty is tinkering with a fifth pitch.

Sunderland’s Adam Johnson arrested on suspicion of having sex with 15-year-old girl

Sunderland’s Adam Johnson arrested on suspicion of having sex with 15-year-old girl

Midfielder is suspended while investigation is underway.

Wizards and Caps offer unusual Black History Month tribute

Wizards and Caps offer unusual Black History Month tribute

Photos pair up current athletes with famous figures they admire.

It’s not just a broadcast

It’s not just a broadcast

Inside the Wizards Radio Party, Washington’s wackiest and most interactive sports broadcast.

Chantilly making a name for itself in the playoffs

Chantilly making a name for itself in the playoffs

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | By preaching team basketball, the Chargers have advanced to the Virginia 6A North semifinals; Fairfax pulls a big first-round upset, then falls.

Tiger Woods is not on suspension for failing a drug test, his agent and a PGA official say

Little-known pro who made the allegation apologized Monday.

Texas keeps falling, Gonzaga’s top-seed hopes take a hit

Texas keeps falling, Gonzaga’s top-seed hopes take a hit

A weekend of big bubble impact saw the Longhorns squander a golden opportunity while the BYU Cougars pounced in their chance to impress the selection committee.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to play U.S. president in ‘Sharknado 3′

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to play U.S. president in ‘Sharknado 3′

Ann Coulter to play the vice president, because Sharknado.

How the Capitals will handle their non-emergency recalls

How the Capitals will handle their non-emergency recalls

Forward Andre Burakovsky could find himself reassigned to Hershey, but only temporarily to gain AHL playoff eligibility.

Grueling regular season preps Freedom-Woodbridge for postseason

Grueling regular season preps Freedom-Woodbridge for postseason

BOYS’ BASKETBALL | The Eagles tested themselves against top private school teams. That experience helped them knock off top-seeded Wakefield.

Ronda Rousey has a problem: She’s too good

Ronda Rousey has a problem: She’s too good

It’s difficult for an athlete to prove her mastery when no one else is even close.

NBA to begin publicly grading refs’ calls in close games

NBA to begin publicly grading refs’ calls in close games

It’s another move toward transparency for the league.

Michael Jordan lands on the Forbes billionaires list everybody thought he was already on

Michael Jordan lands on the Forbes billionaires list everybody thought he was already on

Most of his money comes from owning the Hornets, who was worth more thanks to Steve Ballmer.

Redskins free agency: What Washington could and should do at safety and cornerback

Redskins free agency: What Washington could and should do at safety and cornerback

The secondary is one of Washington’s greatest areas of need because no starters return at safety, and there’s little depth at cornerback.

JaVale McGee has little to offer NBA playoff contender after being waived by 76ers

JaVale McGee has little to offer NBA playoff contender after being waived by 76ers

McGee, in his seventh NBA season, was averaging 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game for Denver. But there is no question that McGee has been a bust since he was drafted.

Maryland’s Michal Cekovsky ‘day-to-day’ with left knee injury, likely out against Rutgers

Maryland’s Michal Cekovsky ‘day-to-day’ with left knee injury, likely out against Rutgers

MRI reveals freshman center has no structural damage in left knee, could still miss Tuesday’s game against Scarlet Knights.

In Capitals’ debut, defenseman Tim Gleason offered ice time balance, flexibility

In Capitals’ debut, defenseman Tim Gleason offered ice time balance, flexibility

With an early blocked shot and some apparent chemistry beside his new partner, the recently acquired Gleason enjoyed a successful first game in the District.

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