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U.S. women enjoy RFK

The U.S. women’s national soccer team beat Haiti in a World Cup qualifier, remaining undefeated at RFK Stadium.

Hoping to follow his father

Xavier Silas aims to make the Wizards’ roster and sustain a pro career like his father, James, had four decades ago.

Life without Orakpo

Injury to Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo robs Redskins’ defense of second starter in four weeks. Rookie Trent Murphy steps in.

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) stands with quarterback Robert Griffin III, center, and head coach Jay Gruden during a break in the action in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Don’t bring RGIII back too soon

COLUMN | Washington doesn’t need short-term gains from its quarterback so much as it needs them in the long term.

U.S. women reach World Cup qualifying semis with 6-0 romp

U.S. women reach World Cup qualifying semis with 6-0 romp

Abby Wambach scored twice as the Americans completed the group stage at RFK Stadium with a perfect mark.

U.S. women enjoy RFK

U.S. women enjoy RFK

The U.S. women’s national soccer team beat Haiti in a World Cup qualifier, remaining undefeated at RFK Stadium.

Maddy will miss rest of season

Maddy will miss rest of season

Virginia Tech defensive tackle Luther Maddy will undergo another surgery on his injured knee, prematurely ending his senior season.

Wall sits out Wizards’ loss to Pelicans with knee tendinitis

Wall sits out Wizards’ loss to Pelicans with knee tendinitis

John Wall is expected to practice Tuesday, but he was held out Monday night with the same injury that bothered him during his rookie season.

A heady World Series matchup

A heady World Series matchup

The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals enter the Fall Classic with similar swagger despite vastly different recent histories.

Hoping to follow his father

Hoping to follow his father

Xavier Silas aims to make the Wizards’ roster and sustain a pro career like his father, James, had four decades ago.

Column

Truly just happy to be here

Truly just happy to be here

In this all-wild-card World Series, it’s going to take a lot to take the smiles away from the Royals and Giants.

Right men; when’s the right time?

Right men; when’s the right time?

Royals and Giants have dominant bullpens; it’s up to Ned Yost and Bruce Bochy to use them correctly.

At World Series, it’s Patriots Day

At World Series, it’s Patriots Day

Four former George Mason players, including GM Dayton Moore, have roles in cultivating Royals’ success.

Life without Orakpo

Life without Orakpo

Injury to Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo robs Redskins’ defense of second starter in four weeks. Rookie Trent Murphy steps in.

Five views on the fate of Oscar Pistorius as he awaits his sentence

Five views on the fate of Oscar Pistorius as he awaits his sentence

As the double-amputee Olympian awaits his fate to be rendered by Judge Thokozile Masipa Tuesday, there is no shortage of opinions on what should happen.

Caps reassign Tom Wilson (ankle) to Hershey

Caps reassign Tom Wilson (ankle) to Hershey

Wilson is expected to debut with the Bears this weekend before returning to Washington shortly thereafter.

McCoy named starting quarterback against Dallas

McCoy named starting quarterback against Dallas

Robert Griffin III isn’t ruled out, and will increase workload Wednesday. Gruden says he “still has a long way to go,” however.

Kai Forbath says FedEx Field is the toughest NFL venue he’s kicked in

Kai Forbath says FedEx Field is the toughest NFL venue he’s kicked in

Redskins kicker says the wind and playing surface combine to make FedEx Field the trickiest stadium he’s dealt with.

Panthers find their ‘mojo’ on streak

Panthers find their ‘mojo’ on streak

FOOTBALL | Patuxent has won five straight games — and two over 2013 Maryland 3A region finalists — to turn its season around.

Horses, hockey and curling

Horses, hockey and curling

While horse show occupies Verizon Center, Capitals head west seeking wins and team-bonding.

Chesapeake rules Pasadena again

Chesapeake rules Pasadena again

FOOTBALL | Tyler Davis runs for 168 yards on 23 carries to lead the Cougars to a 24-0 victory over Northeast.

Here is how the Royals can neutralize Giants rookie Joe Panik

Here is how the Royals can neutralize Giants rookie Joe Panik

Rookie is doing it all for the San Francisco Giants, but he does have a weakness.

Despite poor performance, the Redskins will miss Brian Orakpo on defense. Here’s why.

Despite poor performance, the Redskins will miss Brian Orakpo on defense. Here’s why.

Only four outside linebackers playing in 3-4 defensive scheme have stopped the run as much or more than Orakpo

Here’s Prince Harry attempting to play rugby

Here’s Prince Harry attempting to play rugby

The 30-year-old royal is gearing up for next year’s rugby World Cup, which Britain will host.

Harrison gives Stags a boost

Harrison gives Stags a boost

FOOTBALL | Maryland recruit Lorenzo Harrison, a junior at DeMatha, is back from an elbow injury and in midseason form.

Rams, Raiders reportedly are ready to move to L.A., but NFL says ‘not so fast’

Rams, Raiders reportedly are ready to move to L.A., but NFL says ‘not so fast’

Someone, it seems, is going to be playing in Los Angeles.

Patriot finishes strong vs. Stonewall

Patriot finishes strong vs. Stonewall

FOOTBALL | Nick Mathews, the area’s leading receiver, and his teammates start playing ‘Patriot Pioneer football’ in win.

Watch Brenda Frese and Mark Turgeon dance at Maryland Madness

Watch Brenda Frese and Mark Turgeon dance at Maryland Madness

Turgeon’s got moves. (Okay not really.)

Colt McCoy shoots deer target at Redskins Park

Colt McCoy shoots deer target at Redskins Park

Redskins Park is about to get a little more country.

Orakpo out for the season

Orakpo out for the season

Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who’d been struggling to get to the quarterback this season, tore a pectoral muscle.

Laich to miss three games

Laich to miss three games

Capitals forward Brooks Laich, who suffered left shoulder injury Saturday vs. Florida, will be placed onto short-term injured reserve.

New Zealand junior rugby team’s haka creates stir, as Australian team makes display of its own

New Zealand junior rugby team’s haka creates stir, as Australian team makes display of its own

Australian media deemed this version of the traditional Maori dance as “one of the most aggressive of all time.“

Avery Bradley, Rudy Gay and three other NBA players who will be overpaid this season

Avery Bradley, Rudy Gay and three other NBA players who will be overpaid this season

Using win shares per 48 minutes, we can assess which players are overpaid for their projected production

Column

Don’t bring RGIII back too soon

Don’t bring RGIII back too soon

COLUMN | Washington doesn’t need short-term gains from its quarterback so much as it needs them in the long term.

Junior college point guard Jaylen Brantley commits to Maryland

Former Marshall signee Brantley gives Terrapins first commit in class of 2015.

Gwynn Park shows ‘no quit’ in rally

Gwynn Park shows ‘no quit’ in rally

FOOTBALL | The Yellow Jackets still have hopes of joining the playoff picture after coming back to beat Surrattsville, 33-32.

Video

Top Football Plays 2014, Episode 8

Top Football Plays 2014, Episode 8

Host B.J. Koubaroulis runs through the top plays from the week of football in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area.

Redskins-Titans: Five observations

Redskins-Titans: Five observations

The Redskins pull off a comeback victory, and Mike Jones shares observations on the quarterbacks, young players who stood out ... and more.

Lionel Messi refuses to be subbed out, Barcelona coach calls Neymar to sideline instead

Lionel Messi refuses to be subbed out, Barcelona coach calls Neymar to sideline instead

When you’re as good as Messi, who’s just two goals shy of an all-time La Liga record, you can do what you want.

Redskins quarterback vs. Cowboys should ‘definitely’ be Colt McCoy, Chris Cooley says

Radio analyst says Robert Griffin III still isn’t putting 100 percent of his weight on his ankle

Positional review: The outfield

Positional review: The outfield

In the fourth installment of our five-part series, we take stock of the Nationals’ outfield.

After slow start, DuVal dominates

After slow start, DuVal dominates

FOOTBALL | The Tigers are on a four-game winning streak and in playoff position after beginning the season with three losses.

Andrew Luck has the best chance at breaking Peyton Manning’s record. Here’s why.

Andrew Luck has the best chance at breaking Peyton Manning’s record. Here’s why.

Luck’s ability and youth give him best chance at 600 passing touchdowns over his career.

Who’s hot, who’s not in local college soccer

Who’s hot, who’s not in local college soccer

The Maryland Terrapins men’s team upset Indiana and the Virginia Cavaliers women remain once-beaten.

Judge says FIFA World Cup corruption report can’t be released in full because of ‘legal reasons’

Judge says FIFA World Cup corruption report can’t be released in full because of ‘legal reasons’

Hans-Joachim Eckert tried to play down dissension within FIFA’s ranks and promises redacted “statement” on report will be released next month.

Indian footballer dies when attempt at a Miroslav Klose somersault goes wrong

Peter Biaksangzuala had been hospitalized with spinal injuries.

Here is when Kirk Cousins lost the Redskins’ fan base

Here is when Kirk Cousins lost the Redskins’ fan base

Based on Twitter mentions, fans also are starting to turn on Coach Jay Gruden, whose fortunes seem to be tied to Cousins.

Former Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer curses on air when talking about the Cowboys

Kilmer might be in his ‘70s, but he’s still fired up for Dallas.