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Nats review: The catchers

In the final installment of our five-part series, we take stock of Washington’s catchers.

Gruden: McCoy has intangibles to be great

With Kirk Cousins’s confidence dropping along with passer rating, Redskins coach turned to McCoy for can-do attitude.

A disastrous first half

The Pelicans built a 29-point lead over the Wizards and Coach Randy Wittman blames Washington’s effort.

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 QB so much as it needs them in the long term.

Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

Sam, the first openly gay player ever to be drafted by the NFL, is a free agent for the second time this year.

Watch the Big Ten mascots dance to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’

Watch the Big Ten mascots dance to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’

Who knew Purdue Pete could break dance?

Maryland volleyball goes to great lengths

Maryland volleyball goes to great lengths

In the school’s first year in the Big Ten, perhaps none of its teams is facing a greater shift than women’s volleyball.

Calvin Griffith once considered moving the Senators to San Francisco

Calvin Griffith once considered moving the Senators to San Francisco

The Nats could have beaten the Giants in moving to California.

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Maryland’s long road in Big Ten volleyball

Maryland’s long road in Big Ten volleyball

Grueling travel, intimidating crowds and top competition make the Terrapins’ inaugural season in the Big Ten both a daunting trial and a thrilling opportunity.

Redskins’ run struggles rooted in multiple causes

Redskins’ run struggles rooted in multiple causes

Despite drop in Alfred Morris’ production, Coach Jay Gruden insists the 3rd-year back can carry Redskins going forward

College Football Top 25: From Morgantown mischief to SEC envy

College Football Top 25: From Morgantown mischief to SEC envy

Somehow, a top 25 always ends up winding its way southeast.

Fan in critical condition after beating during Bears tailgate

Fan in critical condition after beating during Bears tailgate

Earlier this month, a 49ers fan was hurt in an incident in Levi’s Stadium.

Here are some key matchups to
watch in Game 1 of the World Series

Here are some key matchups to <br>watch in Game 1 of the World Series

“Big Game” James Shields and the Royals host the Giants, who are after their third pennant in five years.

Compton could replace Polumbus

Compton could replace Polumbus

After using third-year pro Tom Compton in a rotation with starting right tackle Tyler Polumbus during the second half of Sunday’s win, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden is considering going with Compton full-time.

Set your expectations low for Redskins QB Colt McCoy

Set your expectations low for Redskins QB Colt McCoy

Over the past decade there have been 23 quarterbacks who have started at least 20 games in their first two years, but only McCoy didn’t get a single start in either of the following two years.

No, Tom Brady wouldn’t trade careers with TD record-setting Peyton Manning

No, Tom Brady wouldn’t trade careers with TD record-setting Peyton Manning

Well, for one thing, he’d have to give up some rings.

Slander lawsuit against Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim reinstated by New York Court of Appeals

Slander lawsuit against Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim reinstated by New York Court of Appeals

Boeheim said two former team ball boys were lying when they accused former assistant Bernie Fine of molesting them.

Daniel Snyder’s advice to Jerry Jones during losing seasons: ‘Drink a lot’

Daniel Snyder’s advice to Jerry Jones during losing seasons: ‘Drink a lot’

Jerry Jones calls Redskins owner ‘a brilliant businessman,’ and explains the origins of their friendship.

Stephanie McMahon announces sweeping change to WWE’s domestic violence policy

Stephanie McMahon announces sweeping change to WWE’s domestic violence policy

The policy changes were largely inspired by those made by the NFL, the WWE said in a statement to The Washington Post.

James Shields as ‘Big Game James’? Hardly.

James Shields as ‘Big Game James’? Hardly.

The reason the Royals’ Game 1 starter has that nickname? It rhymes. His postseason ERA: 5.19.

Matt Williams named NL Manager of the Year by Sporting News

Matt Williams named NL Manager of the Year by Sporting News

The Nationals manager was awarded the honor by his peers. The official manager of the year award is announced Nov. 11.

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Fantasy Minute: Big-play threat Golden Tate on the rise

Fantasy Minute: Big-play threat Golden Tate on the rise

Favorable matchups and injuries have players on the move. The Post's Gene Wang discusses the players to start and sit heading into this weekend's NFL games.

Zaxby’s to sponsor Heart of Dallas Bowl, adding to fried chicken’s dominance of bowl season

Zaxby’s to sponsor Heart of Dallas Bowl, adding to fried chicken’s dominance of bowl season

College football’s postseason just got that much more delicious.

Mailbag: RGIII’s recovery and chances of playing Monday

Mailbag: RGIII’s recovery and chances of playing Monday

Mike Jones answers reader questions on the quarterback’s recovery, Brian Orakpo’s future, why Alfred Morris and the running game aren’t succeeding, DeSean Jackson’s blocking and more.

Cowboys RB Demarco Murray is running his career into the ground

Cowboys RB Demarco Murray is running his career into the ground

There have been only five running backs in league history who have surpassed the 400-carry mark, and none went over 420 attempts.

Wizards to sign John Lucas III for back-court help

The journeyman point guard played in 42 games for the Utah Jazz last season.

Notes: Laich tells 106.7 about left shoulder injury

Notes: Laich tells 106.7 about left shoulder injury

Plus notes on Hershey, goaltending distribution for the Canada trip and having the Epix camera crews around.

Finnegan’s break: Two ‘World Series’ in one year

Finnegan’s break: Two ‘World Series’ in one year

Royals reliever will likely become first player to appear in both College World Series and MLB’s Fall Classic in same year.

See what the Wizards look like in their alternate jerseys

See what the Wizards look like in their alternate jerseys

The Wizards will wear their new blue alternate jerseys 13 times this season, including in their season opener.

MLB, Nationals ask court to uphold panel’s TV rights ruling in MASN dispute

MLB, Nationals ask court to uphold panel’s TV rights ruling in MASN dispute

MLB and the Nationals filed petitions late Monday night in support of the MLB panel’s June TV rights ruling.

NFL to L.A.? League begins formal market assessment

NFL to L.A.? League begins formal market assessment

It’s the first of an unending series of steps.

Nats review: The catchers

Nats review: The catchers

In the final installment of our five-part series, we take stock of Washington’s catchers.

Here is what getting shut out means for the Bengals’ playoff chances

Here is what getting shut out means for the Bengals’ playoff chances

Since the merger, there have been 450 losses by shutout, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers leading the way with 29.

Everyone failed Marcin Gortat during his Wizards ticket giveaway

Everyone failed Marcin Gortat during his Wizards ticket giveaway

So disappointing, Wizards Twitter.

Can Bumgarner curb Royals’ running game?

Can Bumgarner curb Royals’ running game?

As a rookie, the Giants’ lefty didn’t pay much mind to base stealers. Now, he focuses on them -- which could be a key to Game 1.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says Redskins name ‘is one of pride’

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says Redskins name ‘is one of pride’

Dallas owner and Daniel Snyder friend again backs Washington’s team name.

Caps defense improving in shots allowed, shots blocked

Caps defense improving in shots allowed, shots blocked

“You can see it on the scoreboard, you can see it in the win column,” goaltender Braden Holtby said. “How we’re playing is the right way.“

Potomac (Md.) guard Randall Broddie commits to Memphis.

Potomac (Md.) guard Randall Broddie commits to Memphis.

Potomac (Md.) guard Randall Broddie -- one of the area’s most highly coveted recruits -- committed to Memphis after visiting the school this weekend.

The Steelers beat the Texans in 73 seconds

The Steelers beat the Texans in 73 seconds

Houston had an 80.5 percent chance at winning the game with three minutes left in the first half.

Matthew McConaughey doesn’t want Redskins name to change, but thinks it’s inevitable

One of the world’s most famous Redskins fans weighs in on the name controversy.

Tim Tebow not at all happy with direction of Florida football program

Terrible loss to Missouri seems to be the last straw.

Kobe Bryant is the Lakers’ biggest problem, ESPN story says

Kobe Bryant is the Lakers’ biggest problem, ESPN story says

There’s a reason star free agents are passing on L.A.

A battle of the bullpens

A battle of the bullpens

WORLD SERIES | While position players and starting pitchers get all the glory and attention, both teams’ strength this season has been their bullpen.

Floyd Mayweather’s gambling luck runs out after Steelers beat Texans

Floyd Mayweather’s gambling luck runs out after Steelers beat Texans

If you believe his Instagram account, it’s the first time he’s ever lost a bet.

NFL power rankings Week 8: Kansas City Chiefs make a move in this week’s Fancy Stats rankings

NFL power rankings Week 8: Kansas City Chiefs make a move in this week’s Fancy Stats rankings

A big win over San Diego on the road indicates the Chiefs are better than their record of wins and losses.

D.C. United in Panama for Champions League group finale

D.C. United in Panama for Champions League group finale

A group of reserves will face Tauro FC in a match that will only impact United’s quarterfinal seeding.

Gruden: McCoy has intangibles to be great

Gruden: McCoy has intangibles to be great

With Kirk Cousins’s confidence dropping along with passer rating, Redskins coach turned to McCoy for can-do attitude.

To beat the heat at the World Cup in Qatar, someone suggested playing games in the middle of the night

To beat the heat at the World Cup in Qatar, someone suggested playing games in the middle of the night

It would be great for U.S., European TV viewers and horrible for everyone else.

DT Adam McLean out for season for Quince Orchard

DT Adam McLean out for season for Quince Orchard

Defensive tackle Adam McLean, a Penn State commit, will need surgery for a right knee injury he suffered on Thursday.