Wizards land Pierce after losing Ariza

The Wizards shake off the loss of free-agent forward Trevor Ariza to Houston by landing 15-year veteran Paul Pierce, a likely Hall of Famer, on a two-year deal worth $10.8 million.

Nationals give a little extra

Ryan Zimmerman delivers the key blow in the 10th inning as Washington rallies after blowing a 3-0 lead in Philadelphia.

In search of new crowns

Former champions Argentina and Germany will meet in Sunday’s World Cup final, and one nation will end an extended title drought.

Bringing worlds together

COLUMN | Howard University’s soccer team won the 1974 NCAA championship; even bigger, it united a campus during a tumultuous time.

03/23/98 - Acting baseball commissioner Bud Selig ponders a question during an interview on March 23, 1998, in his office in Milwaukee. Selig has decided to accept the job on a  permanent basis and intends to call an owners meeting in the next few weeks for a formal vote, a member of baseball's ruling executive council said Thursday June 18, ,1998. Selig, 63, has been interim commissioner since owners forced out Fay Vincent in September 1992. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

One final swing for the Commish

Longtime baseball commissioner Bud Selig presides over his final All-Star Game this week.

World Cup final: Argentina vs. Germany

World Cup final: Argentina vs. Germany

The World Cup trophy is at stake today at Maracana Stadium as Lionel Messi and Argentina face the favored Germans.

What Pau Gasol will bring to Chicago that Carlos Boozer couldn’t

What Pau Gasol will bring to Chicago that Carlos Boozer couldn’t

Gasol is a vastly superior player when gauged by just about every metric.

Germany’s strikers get all the attention at World Cup, but Toni Kroos drives its attack

Germany’s strikers get all the attention at World Cup, but Toni Kroos drives its attack

Kroos’s composure and precise passing could lead Germany to World Cup glory. He may also shift the power balance in Europe next season.

Winding journey helped Haar mature, improve

“I played juniors, I played college, I played juniors before college. I’ve been all over the map,” the Caps prospect said.

Messi vs. Maradona debate again takes spotlight

Messi vs. Maradona debate again takes spotlight

The World Cup final vs. Germany gives Argentine superstar Lionel Messi a chance to measure up with the legendary Diego Maradona.

11 things about Paul Pierce joining the Wizards

11 things about Paul Pierce joining the Wizards

This is not an analysis of the Paul Pierce signing.

Zimmermann has biceps strain

Zimmermann has biceps strain

Jordan Zimmermann will likely avoid the disabled list after an MRI revealed no structural damage to his right arm.

Wizards land Pierce after losing Ariza

Wizards land Pierce after losing Ariza

The Wizards shake off the loss of free-agent forward Trevor Ariza to Houston by landing 15-year veteran Paul Pierce, a likely Hall of Famer, on a two-year deal worth $10.8 million.

Nationals give a little extra

Nationals give a little extra

Ryan Zimmerman delivers the key blow in the 10th inning as Washington rallies after blowing a 3-0 lead in Philadelphia.

Rookie Greene, Yanks blank Orioles

Rookie Greene, Yanks blank Orioles

In his second start in the majors, the injury-ravaged Yankees get a big lift the rookie right-hander in 3-0 win.

In search of new crowns

In search of new crowns

Former champions Argentina and Germany will meet in Sunday’s World Cup final, and one nation will end an extended title drought.

Brazil forced to host Argentina’s party

Brazil forced to host Argentina’s party

On Rio’s Copacabana beach, Brazil fans watch their team crash out in the World Cup third-place match while Argentines party in anticipation of their country’s final matchup vs. Germany.

Harper rests, Hairston plays

Harper rests, Hairston plays

Manager Matt Williams had been looking for a game to rest Bryce Harper as he returns from thumb surgery.

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Bringing worlds together

Bringing worlds together

COLUMN | Howard University’s soccer team won the 1974 NCAA championship; even bigger, it united a campus during a tumultuous time.

Netherlands’ Kuyt has head stapled during match vs. Brazil

Netherlands’ Kuyt has head stapled during match vs. Brazil

Dutch winger was determined to finish out his final international soccer match.

Nats awaiting Zimmermann’s results

Nats awaiting Zimmermann’s results

Jordan Zimmermann underwent an MRI exam Saturday morning, but the Nationals had not received results prior to their game.

Discuss: Nats-Phillies

Discuss: Nats-Phillies

Stephen Strasburg will make his final start before the all-star break against Cole Hamels.

Argentina’s Angel Di Maria may try unproven medical treatment to play in World Cup final

Argentine standout hopes to play Sunday and prevent a collapse similar to Brazil’s following Neymar’s injury.

Ariza leaves to join Rockets

Ariza leaves to join Rockets

Free agent small forward Trevor Ariza, a key part of the Wizards’ postseason run, has agreed to a four-year deal.

Cima has a future on the U.S. rugby pitch

Cima has a future on the U.S. rugby pitch

RUGBY | Gonzaga graduate and incoming Maryland freshman Ben Cima leads the U.S. all-American team to Argentina to compete against some of the world’s best U-18 teams.

Netherlands beats Brazil, 3-0, in World Cup third-place game

Netherlands beats Brazil, 3-0, in World Cup third-place game

Host Brazil ends its run with consecutive World Cup losses and a negative goal differential for just the third time ever.

Gortat: Wizards eyeing a division title

Gortat: Wizards eyeing a division title

With LeBron gone from Miami, the Wizards could be favored to win their first division title in more than three decades.

2014 World Cup: Brazil in jeopardy of again being on wrong side of history

2014 World Cup: Brazil in jeopardy of again being on wrong side of history

Down 2-0 at halftime to the Netherlands, Brazil could lost consecutive soccer games for the first time since 1974.

Brazil sets new record for goals allowed

Brazil sets new record for goals allowed

The 13 goals allowed by Brazil during the 2014 World Cup are the most the country has ever allowed in the tournament.

World Cup third-place game: Brazil vs. Netherlands

World Cup third-place game: Brazil vs. Netherlands

The host Brazil will look to redeem itself following crushing loss to Germany while the Netherlands will try to muster motivation in consolation game.

Nats-Phillies lineups

Nats-Phillies lineups

Ian Desmond returns, and Bryce Harper sits so Scott Hairston can face Cole Hamels.

Rockets chasing Ariza

Rockets chasing Ariza

The Wizards knew they’d be in competition for the free agent small forward and now Houston is in pursuit.

Niskanen expects ‘really good fit’ with Caps

Niskanen expects ‘really good fit’ with Caps

After signing without visiting, the former Pittsburgh defenseman came to town to meet Capitals folk and find a new house.

No Nats in All-Star Game

No Nats in All-Star Game

Marlins’ Henderson Alvarez will replace Jordan Zimmermann, leaving Nats with no active players at the All-Star Game.

Leonsis: New regime ‘all singing from the same songbook’

Leonsis: New regime ‘all singing from the same songbook’

Leonsis talks about the offseason free agency haul and committing nearly $70 million to three additions.

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Heat shouldn’t look back in anger

Heat shouldn’t look back in anger

COLUMN | Miami fans should follow the team owner’s example in thanking LeBron James rather than lamenting losing him.

Leftovers from Caps development camp

Tidbits and stories from the week that was.

Red Sox got very lucky during last year’s World Series run

Red Sox got very lucky during last year’s World Series run

During the 2013 season, they saw a huge jump in BABIP on fly balls and grounders

Fantasy baseball must starts: Donaldson, Viciedo and Calhoun

Fantasy baseball must starts: Donaldson, Viciedo and Calhoun

HVaC scoring system lets you know who to start this week in head-to-head fantasy baseball leagues.

Fantasy baseball: Be wary of Andrelton Simmons and Torii Hunter

Fantasy baseball: Be wary of Andrelton Simmons and Torii Hunter

HVaC scoring system lets you know who to start this week in head-to-head fantasy baseball leagues.

Richmond-based artist is painting the Tour de France

Greig Leach doesn’t need to be in France to paint some vivid portraits of the race.

The five most bittersweet moments of the World Cup

The five most bittersweet moments of the World Cup

This World Cup truly put our emotions through the wringer this year. Here’s why.

D.C. United victory at San Jose strengthens conference lead

D.C. United victory at San Jose strengthens conference lead

Eddie Johnson and Luis Silva scored first-half goals and Bill Hamid made several brilliant saves as D.C. United won at San Jose, 2-1,

United earns third straight road win, beats Earthquakes

United earns third straight road win, beats Earthquakes

Eddie Johnson and Luis Silva each scored in the first half, and Bill Hamid made close-range saves to lift D.C. United to a 2-1 win over San Jose.

TV and radio listings for July 12

TV and radio listings for July 12

Your daily guide to the world of sports on television and radio.

Orioles’ late show airs again

Orioles’ late show airs again

Nick Hundley hits a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning as Baltimore improves to 9-3 in extra-inning games.

Zimmermann hurt in loss

Zimmermann hurt in loss

Washington’s lone all-star leaves in the fourth inning with an injury as Philadelphia cruises to victory.

Jeremy Lin won’t fix the Los Angeles Lakers

Jeremy Lin won’t fix the Los Angeles Lakers

Lin is a liability defensively and his production has diminished

Zimmermann leaves with injury

Zimmermann leaves with injury

Jordan Zimmermann left his start Friday night in the fourth inning with an apparent injury.

Werth sore, but playing

Werth sore, but playing

Manager Matt Williams said he didn’t take issue with Orioles Manager Buck Showalter yelling at Jayson Werth.

Discuss: Nats-Phillies

Discuss: Nats-Phillies

Jordan Zimmermann makes his last start before the All-Star Game.

A city forgives its returning native son

A city forgives its returning native son

Cleveland rejoices with the news that LeBron James is coming home to rejoin the Cavaliers.

Desmond likely to return soon

Desmond likely to return soon

Manager Matt Williams expects Ian Desmond to miss only one game after he took a fastball off his hand Thursday night.

The LeBron James ripple effect

The LeBron James ripple effect

Now that LeBron James is headed to Cleveland, the rest of the market is moving again.

Brazil’s fields of dreams

Brazil’s fields of dreams

Washington native Drew Chafetz launched a nonprofit that builds soccer pitches for communities in need.