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A’s trade for Jon Lester

Jonny Gomes also headed for Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. The move is the first ahead of baseball’s trade deadline.

Controversy won’t go away

Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL have received a torrent of criticism in wake of the Ray Rice suspension that many deem too lenient.

Isner bounced in first round

CITI OPEN | Big-serving American John Isner, fresh off a tournament victory last week in Atlanta and the highest-ranked American on the ATP Tour, is ousted by Steve Johnson in three sets.

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, left, stands with owner Mark Lerner before a baseball game with the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nats face the trade deadline

The circumstances this season and broadly have made the trade deadline a fascinating moment for the Nats.

Look at what Redskins teammates did to Zach Hocker’s hair

Look at what Redskins teammates did to Zach Hocker’s hair

Rookie kicker has a horizontal mohawk.

Former Marshall SS Blackstone transfers to George Mason

Former Marshall SS Blackstone transfers to George Mason

After two years at New Mexico State, former Marshall standout shortstop Kent Blackstone comes home to play for George Mason.

Orioles’ Manny Machado makes another incredible throw

Orioles’ Manny Machado makes another incredible throw

Baltimore third baseman shows off his cannon to retire Albert Pujols.

Is Major League Baseball the leading cause of the sports financing bubble?

Is Major League Baseball the leading cause of the sports financing bubble?

The economics suggest that RSNs are not going to make a profit.

Denard Span is walking a ton this month

Denard Span is walking a ton this month

Only two hitters in baseball have more walks than Span’s 16 this month.

Bryce Harper leads the Nationals in TOOTBLANs this season

Bryce Harper leads the Nationals in TOOTBLANs this season

Sometimes the Nationals outfielder’s aggressiveness gets the best of him on the bases.

TE draft tiers: It’s Jimmy Graham and everyone else

TE draft tiers: It’s Jimmy Graham and everyone else

Saints TE leads the pack, but Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski can rival him ... if he’s healthy.

QB draft tiers: Can Luck join Manning, Rodgers, Brees?

QB draft tiers: Can Luck join Manning, Rodgers, Brees?

Peyton Manning stands alone up top, but Andrew Luck has the potential to leap up and join elites like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees.

RB draft tiers: Adrian Peterson still elite

RB draft tiers: Adrian Peterson still elite

Even after a ‘down’ year in 2013, Adrian Peterson still ranks among NFL’s most elite fantasy running backs.

WR draft tiers: Megatron is peerless

WR draft tiers: Megatron is peerless

Talent drop-off is significant after top seven receivers come off the fantasy football draft board.

John Lester gives Oakland a bona-fide playoff ace

John Lester gives Oakland a bona-fide playoff ace

The Oakland As, which earlier this month acquired Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija, are clearly all-in for this season

Why Zach Miller is undervalued and Joseph Fauria is overvalued in fantasy football

Why Zach Miller is undervalued and Joseph Fauria is overvalued in fantasy football

The best and worst tight end values for the upcoming fantasy football season.

Ranking top 30 fantasy football TEs

Ranking top 30 fantasy football TEs

Saints TE Jimmy Graham is the constant for owners, but the health of the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski looms as a big variable.

Video

Summer League Basketball Top Plays

Summer League Basketball Top Plays

Taylor Brown reveals the Top 10 plays from the 2014 summer league basketball season.

College lacrosse players use more marijuana than other student athletes, says NCAA poll

College lacrosse players use more marijuana than other student athletes, says NCAA poll

Men’s college lacrosse players admit to being worse violators than their female counterparts.

UFC fighter Joe Riggs’s return to the Octagon delayed after he accidentally shot himself

UFC fighter Joe Riggs’s return to the Octagon delayed after he accidentally shot himself

The shot injured his hand and upper thigh, but the main victim his Riggs’s immediate career.

Eric Byrnes says Tanner Roark is the Nationals’ ace

Eric Byrnes says Tanner Roark is the Nationals’ ace

MLB Network host mentions Roark in the same sentence as Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright and Zack Greinke.

A’s trade for Jon Lester

A’s trade for Jon Lester

Jonny Gomes also headed for Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. The move is the first ahead of baseball’s trade deadline.

Justin Masterson traded to St. Louis Cardinals

Justin Masterson traded to St. Louis Cardinals

Here’s why he could be exactly what Cardinals need for the stretch run.

New offensive lineman Lauvao making strides

New offensive lineman Lauvao making strides

As they watched their priority offensive line free agent signing of the year participate in offseason practices, Jay Gruden and his assistants had real concerns.

Arundel LB Wallace nears decision

Arundel LB Wallace nears decision

FOOTBALL | After playing for Team USA in February, Arundel linebacker Diondre Wallace is weighing offers from eight Division-I football programs.

Ryan Clark and Santana Moss go the extra mile to survive in NFL in mid-30s

Ryan Clark and Santana Moss  go the extra mile to survive in NFL in mid-30s

Redskins players carry a cooler of health drinks or hire chefs, perfecting the art of extending their careers.

Opossum makes for least cute critter to interrupt a baseball game

Opossum makes for least cute critter to interrupt a baseball game

How come Australia gets all the cute marsupials?

Who Kevin Durant thinks will be the next Kevin Durant

Who Kevin Durant thinks will be the next Kevin Durant

Hint: He’s presently playing for the New Orleans Pelicans

Nats face the trade deadline

Nats face the trade deadline

The circumstances this season and broadly have made the trade deadline a fascinating moment for the Nats.

Spirited battles in store for 3rd-down running back, 2nd string offensive line and wide receiver

Spirited battles in store for 3rd-down running back, 2nd string  offensive line and wide receiver

Preseason drills will take a back seat to live action when Gruden and coaching staff pare roster

D.C. United video and story from 3-0 win over Toronto FC

D.C. United video and story from 3-0 win over Toronto FC

Eddie Johnson scores early, Bill Hamid stars in goal and United pulls within a point of first place in MLS’s Eastern Conference.

Pittsburgh’s Travis Snider turns in a strong candidate for base-running gaffe of the year.

Pittsburgh’s Travis Snider turns in a strong candidate for base-running gaffe of the year.

Watch the Pirates turn a walk into an inning-ending double play

O’s move 14 games over .500

O’s move 14 games over .500

Kevin Gausman works seven innings for the victory and Adam Jones homers again to lead Baltimore to a 4-3 victory over the Angels.

14 remarkable facts about the Twins’ newest pitching prospect

14 remarkable facts about the Twins’ newest pitching prospect

Brandon Poulson is a 24-year-old rookie with a rather amazing backstory.

D.C. United wins fourth straight

D.C. United wins fourth straight

Eddie Johnson, Chris Rolfe and an own goal lifts United within a point of first place in the Eastern Conference.

Controversy won’t go away

Controversy won’t go away

Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL have received a torrent of criticism in wake of the Ray Rice suspension that many deem too lenient.

Griffin’s summer reading

Griffin’s summer reading

Coach Jay Gruden will keep the zone-read option in the Redskins’ playbook, but quarterback Robert Griffin III is determined to propel his career forward with his arm — not his legs.

Very short musical starring Jeremy Lin is also very odd

Very short musical starring Jeremy Lin is also very odd

People around him sing and dance, then he does some dribbling, and then some dance moves. Oh, and “mean tweets” sometimes bum him out. That’s about all we can discern.

On WTA tour, a growing Asian influence

On WTA tour, a growing Asian influence

Sport’s growth on the continent is being felt in the rankings and in later rounds of tournaments.

Isner bounced in first round

Isner bounced in first round

CITI OPEN | Big-serving American John Isner, fresh off a tournament victory last week in Atlanta and the highest-ranked American on the ATP Tour, is ousted by Steve Johnson in three sets.

Magic Johnson’s reaction to the Donald Sterling ruling: A big, happy grin

Magic Johnson’s reaction to the Donald Sterling ruling: A big, happy grin

The Lakers great had been specifically dissed by Sterling in the early days of the scandal.

Nats introduce ‘NatsPlus’ program for half- and full-season ticket holders

Nats introduce ‘NatsPlus’ program for half- and full-season ticket holders

A few details about the Nats’ new program for its biggest season ticket holders.

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Wait until it really matters

Wait until it really matters

The Redskins need an improved pass rush led by Jason Hatcher, which is reason to keep him out of preseason.

Can MLB keep O’s-Nats fight out of court?

Can MLB keep O’s-Nats fight out of court?

Teams prepare for a legal battle over MASN rights fees; baseball hopes to avoid public scrutiny of its business.

MLS matchday: D.C. United vs. Toronto FC at RFK Stadium

MLS matchday: D.C. United vs. Toronto FC at RFK Stadium

United is seeking to win a fourth consecutive league match and keep pace with first-place Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference.

Love and love: a divided focus

Love and love: a divided focus

Israeli tennis players Dudi Sela and Jonathan Erlich worry about their families in Tel Aviv while at Citi Open.

Julio Grondona, Argentine football executive, dies at 82

Julio Grondona, Argentine football executive, dies at 82

Mr. Grondona was a controversial figure and longtime head of the Argentine Football Federation.

Video

Eli Fouts sets two county records at MCSL All-Stars

Manchester Farms’s Eli Fouts, 14, broke records in the 50-meter backstroke and 50 breastroke on Sunday at Rockville Swim Center.

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Carsten Vissering, David Fitch and Phoebe Bacon break records

Carsten Vissering, David Fitch and Phoebe Bacon break records

Seven records were broken at MCSL All-Stars on Sunday, including a 20-year-old record in the 9-10 age group.

Redskins waive Bridget

Redskins waive Bridget

The Redskins have waived injured cornerback Courtney Bridget Jr., who will need shoulder surgery, coach Jay Gruden said.