Shoddy defense and an inept offense produce the blowout at the hands of defending NL champions.

Nationals suffer the St. Louis blues

Shoddy defense produces four errors and inept offense manages just two hits as Washington is at the mercy of Adam Wainwright in shutout loss at Nationals Park.

Baseball panic springs eternal

COLUMN | There are many reasons to panic about the Nationals, and a few might even turn out to be true.

Ovechkin under fire

A poor plus-minus rating sparked debate about the need for the NHL’s leading goal scorer to change his game.

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Wizards, John Wall by the numbers

New NBA cameras opened up a treasure trove of statistical data that helps explain Wizards' success

IU might fight for assistant Johnson

IU might fight for assistant Johnson

The Hoosiers are prepared to fight Maryland and Louisville to retain the services of their top assistant.

Fighting age — and winning

Fighting age — and winning

Bernard Hopkins shows how someone can box at age 49; the better question is, why?

D.C. Sports Bog &
The Early Lead

Donovan McNabb serves day in jail for DUI arrest

Former quarterback was arrested in mid-December and entered guilty plea last month.”

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 Cindy Boren

DeSean Jackson celebrates with huge bottle of champagne

New Redskins wide receiver attended a ‘Welcome to DC’ party on Wednesday.”

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Chad Johnson returns to pro football -- with the CFL

Montreal Alouettes sign wide receiver, who last was with an NFL team in training camp in 2012.”

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 Cindy Boren

Troy Aikman ‘concerned’ about Tony Romo’s back

Two procedures worry the former Cowboys’ QB, who retired at 34 because of back issues.”

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 Cindy Boren

Editor's Choice

Winter All-Met section

ALL-MET SPORTS | Meet the Washington area’s best high school athletes in eight sports.

The season starts early

162 | Part One: Veteran Ryan Zimmerman has learned how to prepare for 162 games in 182 days.

First and 17

Inside the season with the nation’s top-rated football prospect, Woodbridge’s Da’Shawn Hand.

Sports photo galleries

Madison girls’ lacrosse holds off Westfield, 16-15

It was an offensive battle between two undefeated teams at the Centreville Spring Break Tournament.

Oscar Pistorius on trial

The Olympic athlete is on trial for alleged premeditated murder in the Valentine’s Day 2013 shooting of his girlfriend.

Stone Bridge pitcher has the attention of MLB scouts

JB Bukauskas, a reclassified junior with a fastball that has reached 100 miles per hour, is eligible for June’s MLB draft.

Boys’ Lacrosse: No. 9 Chantilly beats No. 10 Churchill in OT

Sophomore Colin Zimmerman scored his third goal in overtime to give the Chargers a 12-11 victory over the Bulldogs.

Boxing’s ageless wonder

At 49 years old, IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins isn’t setting out to defy time. He’s just figured out how to control the rhythm.

Track and field: Crimson Tide Invitational

Noah Lyles wins the 100 and 200 meter run to help T.C. Williams take the overall boys team title.

Bubba Watson wins 2014 Masters

Scenes from Augusta National Golf Club.

Boys’ lacrosse: Georgetown Prep 9, Landon 7

Senior attack Charlie Horning scores three goals as the No. 1 Little Hoyas top the No. 2 Bears in an IAC matchup.

Bowie routs C.H. Flowers with 14-4 victory

Bulldogs blow past Jaguars in a Prince George’s North matchup.

Battlefield beats Chantilly, 5-2

No. 2 Bobcats remain undefeated with win over No. 1 Chargers.

The end of their ride

Against Notre Dame in the Final Four, Maryland’s women’s team learns what an undefeated team plays, looks and acts like.

No. 6 Paul VI knocks off No. 1 DeMatha, 6-3

Yianni Tsiamis comes up big for the Panthers, and the Stags commit four errors in their first loss.

Sports videos

For Stone Bridge's Bukauskas, tough decision ahead

For Stone Bridge's Bukauskas, tough decision ahead

Stone Bridge's JB Bukauskas is graduating early to attend University of North Carolina, but with speculation of him being drafted in the first or second round, he may have a tough decision ahead of him. (Editor's note: A previous version of this video misspelled the name of Stone Bridge catcher Eli Quiceno.)
Who is the most important Wizard in the postseason?

Who is the most important Wizard in the postseason?

The Post Sports Live crew discusses which Wizards player is most vital to the team’s playoff chances.
Where's the Wizards buzz?

Where's the Wizards buzz?

The team is in the playoffs for the first time in years. Why does it seem like local fans aren't excited?
Nats are injury, error prone

Nats are injury, error prone

The Nationals are hitting well—for now. When will the dreadful fielding and injury woes catch up? The Post’s Adam Kilgore discusses the early highs and lows for the team.
Why can't the Nats beat the Braves?

Why can't the Nats beat the Braves?

If the Washington Nationals can’t beat the Atlanta Braves, can they realistically win the NL East?
Will Leonsis make another coaching change?

Will Leonsis make another coaching change?

The Capitals have missed the playoffs for the first time in seven years. What effect might another management change have on the core group of players, including Alex Ovechkin?
Caps hit the wall, Nats have a Braves problem and buzz-less Wizards set for playoffs

Caps hit the wall, Nats have a Braves problem and buzz-less Wizards set for playoffs

The Capitals enter the offseason early and with questions, the Braves extend their dominance over the Nats, and the Wizards head for the playoffs for the first time in six years.
Oakton's Cory Harris is Virginia bound

Oakton's Cory Harris is Virginia bound

After suffering an ACL tear following his sophomore year, Cory Harris bounced back to compete in three varsity sports for Oakton. He will attend the University of Virginia for lacrosse.
Michael Phelps ready to dive back in

Michael Phelps ready to dive back in

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is entering his first race since the London 2012 Olympic Games. Phelps completed a six-month waiting period set by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Pistorius: ‘I was praying for her’

Pistorius: ‘I was praying for her’

On the last day of his cross-examination, Oscar Pistorius breaks down on Tuesday while describing the moment he found girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp bleeding on the bathroom floor.

Thomas Boswell

Thomas Boswell

Baseball panic springs eternal

COLUMN | There are many reasons to panic about the Nationals, and a few might even turn out to be true.

Thomas Boswell

Thomas Boswell

Spieth’s time will come

COLUMN | The 20-year-old reveals his true competitive age with back-to-back misses of four-foot par putts.

Thomas Boswell

Thomas Boswell

Spieth poised
to make history

COLUMN | At 20, Masters rookie Jordan Spieth entered the final round tied for the lead and may have the demeanor to put on a green jacket Sunday evening.

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John Feinstein

John Feinstein

Caps should avoid easy route

COLUMN | Firing George McPhee and Adam Oates would appease Washington fans’ anger, but wouldn’t guarantee fixes.

John Feinstein

John Feinstein

Just say no to the pros

COLUMN | College coaches such as John Calipari and Kevin Ollie should realize how good they have it.

John Feinstein

John Feinstein

Two of a kind deserve each other

COLUMN | Mark Emmert and John Calipari represent everything wrong with college sports.

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Sally Jenkins

Sally Jenkins

Unions are wrong for college sports

COLUMN | The problems afflicting college athletics are complex and require more than a blunt solution.

Sally Jenkins

Sally Jenkins

Huskies pick apart Fighting Irish

Connecticut shows why it is a major cut above the competition with a dismantling of Notre Dame.

Sally Jenkins

Sally Jenkins

They plain don’t like each other

COLUMN | Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw and U-Conn.’s Geno Auriemma dispense with empty pleasantries.

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Jason Reid

Jason Reid

The Heat playing it cool

COLUMN | Miami is undaunted by its fall to the No. 2 seed in the East, but will the defending champs be able to flip the switch?

Jason Reid

Jason Reid

Wizards warrant attention

COLUMN | John Wall and company should see an uptick in attendance and fan interest after this season’s success.

Jason Reid

Jason Reid

Williams passes on usual suspects

COLUMN | Thanks to the new manager, many days you can’t pick the Nationals’ batting order out of a lineup.

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Mike Wise

Mike Wise

Colter’s fight a healthy, educated one

COLUMN | The former Northwestern quarterback’s movement to unionize collegiate athletes clearly is about bigger things than money.

Mike Wise

Mike Wise

It’s time to begin playing blame game

COLUMN | There enough fault to spread among the Caps’ Ted Leonsis, George McPhee, Adam Oates — and Alex Ovechkin.

Mike Wise

Mike Wise

Mourning displayed strength

COLUMN | Alonzo Mourning had two careers as an NBA player — before and after a kidney transplant.

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