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Nats take their time. That’s just fine.

COLUMN | By taking the long view on building a contender, Washington provides a model for others — especially the local football team — to follow.

Capitals rally for OT win

Troy Brouwer scores late in regulation before Eric Fehr finds the net in the extra session against Columbus.

A dubious record, on the line

Redskins’ offensive struggles can be traced to a leaky line that is threatening team and league marks for futility.

Wall’s middle management

John Wall’s improved efficiency on mid-range jumpers has helped spark arguably the best stretch of basketball of his five-year career with Wizards.

Washington Post 2014 Fall All-Met players of the year composite image by Jose Soto / The Washington Post.

Meet the 2014 Fall All-Mets

The 2014 fall All-Met section highlights area’s best fall sports athletes in football, field hockey, volleyball, soccer and cross-country.

Smotrycz takes next step in recovery

Smotrycz takes next step in recovery

With his conditioning still a work in progress, the senior forward prepares to play in fourth game of the season Sunday against Oklahoma State.

Alex Ovechkin and John Wall trade ugly sweaters in Caps-Wizards holiday video

Alex Ovechkin and John Wall trade ugly sweaters in Caps-Wizards holiday video

Seasons greetings from your favorite Washington pro athletes!

Browns’ Joe Thomas cited for 11 environmental violations in Wisconsin, including illegal manure disposal

Browns’ Joe Thomas cited for 11 environmental violations in Wisconsin, including illegal manure disposal

The lineman could be facing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fines.

College football bowl game TV schedule

College football bowl game TV schedule

The college football bowl games begin Saturday, Dec. 20, and end on Jan. 12 with the inaugural College Football Playoff championship game.

Playing the power game at Paul VI

Playing the power game at Paul VI

BOYS’ BASKETBALL | The Panthers’ recent surge of success has elevated the Fairfax private school to national high school basketball prominence — and with that come growing pains and transfers that have Paul VI adjusting.

Kevin Durant reportedly will be a game-time decision against the Lakers on Friday with ankle injury

Kevin Durant reportedly will be a game-time decision against the Lakers on Friday with ankle injury

The 2014 NBA MVP twisted his ankle after breaking an NBA record by scoring 30 points in 20 minutes.

Pierce says he will play against Heat

Pierce says he will play against Heat

Pierce missed the Wizards’ win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday because of a sore right big toe.

Faux Pelini will live on, despite Bo Pelini’s ouster from Nebraska

Faux Pelini will live on, despite Bo Pelini’s ouster from Nebraska

The parody Twitter account’s 175,000 followers can breathe easy.

Nationals officially announce Steven Souza Jr. trade

Nationals officially announce Steven Souza Jr. trade

The three-team deal with the Padres and Rays will send Souza to Tampa Bay and net Washington two former Padres first-round picks.

Padres trade for Justin Upton and intend to contend

Padres trade for Justin Upton and intend to contend

New San Diego GM A.J. Preller has come out with guns blazing, trading for the Braves’ Justin Upton

Redskins-Eagles: Five story lines to follow

Redskins-Eagles: Five story lines to follow

Washington enters the game as 7.5-point underdogs, but will try to play spoiler to the Eagles, who have no margin for error as they try to remain in the playoff hunt after losing their past two games, including last Sunday’s matchup with the Cowboys.

Michael Phelps pleads guilty in DUI trial, receives one-year suspended sentence

Michael Phelps pleads guilty in DUI trial, receives one-year suspended sentence

Olympic medalist also give 18 months of supervised probation.

President Obama endorses LeBron James’s ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirt

President Obama endorses LeBron James’s ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirt

In an interview with People magazine, the president also said he hope more athletes take a stand on a “range of issues.“

Chris Cooley isn’t backing off his Ryan Clark criticism

The Redskins analyst doesn’t want to see the Redskins safety on the field this week.

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Nats take their time. That’s just fine.

Nats take their time. That’s just fine.

COLUMN | By taking the long view on building a contender, Washington provides a model for others — especially the local football team — to follow.

Why Michael Latta and Tom Wilson call Nicklas Backstrom “Dad“

Why Michael Latta and Tom Wilson call Nicklas Backstrom “Dad“

“No one touches our dad,” Wilson told viewers during the first all-access Winter Classic episode, so we asked why.

Capitals reassign rookie Andre Burakovsky to Hershey

Capitals reassign rookie Andre Burakovsky to Hershey

Coach Barry Trotz predicted Burakovsky might go down if he continues to get scratched. The move came one day later.

A struggling quarterback and O-line must help one another

A struggling quarterback and O-line must help one another

When an offensive line or quarterback isn’t playing well, there are ways for one to assist the other. For Washington, neither is helping.

Whitman’s Meyers already picking up offers

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | Whitman sophomore Abby Meyers already has offers from Boston College and Delaware.

‘Ghost-like’ Mike Green delivered Capitals two critical assists

‘Ghost-like’ Mike Green delivered Capitals two critical assists

“He looks slow but he’s buzzing pretty fast,” forward Michael Latta said. “Hell of a player.”

The Mike Rizzo trade machine

The Mike Rizzo trade machine

Rizzo has made 30 deals since becoming the Washington Nationals’ general manager, reshaping the team into a contender. Let’s take a look at them all.

Early 2014 college football bowl picks and predictions

Early 2014 college football bowl picks and predictions

The postseason is about to begin. Here’s who Neil Greenberg likes in the early going.

The 10 most unforgettable sports moments of 2014

Sportsmanship and scandal, plays both great and poor and new social activism made this year stand out -- for better and for worse.

At Stephen Colbert’s farewell, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban finalized Rajon Rondo trade

At Stephen Colbert’s farewell, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban finalized Rajon Rondo trade

Cuban was one of approximately thousands of celebrities to see Colbert off to CBS.

Gruden counting on veterans to ‘right the ship’ against Philadelphia

Gruden counting on veterans to ‘right the ship’ against Philadelphia

Jay Gruden hopes Redskins will rally for NFC East rematch with Philadelphia despite yet another last-place finish in division

Jaguars’ lineman needs one sack for $600,000 bonus, gets it on last play of game

Jaguars’ lineman needs one sack for $600,000 bonus, gets it on last play of game

Yes, something sort of exciting happened in Thursday’s Titans-Jaguars game.

Postgame: ‘Team toughness’ carried Capitals over Blue Jackets

Postgame: ‘Team toughness’ carried Capitals over Blue Jackets

Everyone had a superlative or an intangible description for what helped the Capitals end Columbus’ seven-game winning streak Thursday night.

Sidney Crosby plays first game for Penguins after case of mumps

Sidney Crosby plays first game for Penguins after case of mumps

The reigning NHL MVP gets robbed on a point-blank shot, but his team beats the Avalanche in overtime.

Jaguars hold off Titans to win home finale

Jaguars hold off Titans to win home finale

Jordan Todman is all smiles after running 62 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown as Jacksonville holds off Tennessee while one Jaguar cashes in on a lucrative sack.

Even Don Cheadle acknowledged Titans-Jaguars was a horrible Thursday night matchup

Even Don Cheadle acknowledged Titans-Jaguars was a horrible Thursday night matchup

The actor gamely pressed on, trying to provide some drama in the ‘TNF’ intro segment.

E. Roosevelt hangs on to beat Bowie, 61-54

E. Roosevelt hangs on to beat Bowie, 61-54

BOYS’ BASKETBALL | Despite some missed free throws, Eleanor Roosevelt’s defense secured the win against Bowie.

Cavaliers shake off some rust

Cavaliers shake off some rust

Justin Anderson scores 14 of his 16 points in the second half as No. 6 Virginia runs away in Charlottesville to improve to 10-0.

Capitals rally for OT win

Capitals rally for OT win

Troy Brouwer scores late in regulation before Eric Fehr finds the net in the extra session against Columbus.

Report: Michigan may not have offered $8 million-per-year contract to Jim Harbaugh

Report: Michigan may not have offered $8 million-per-year contract to Jim Harbaugh

That deal would have made the 49ers coach the highest-paid college coach -- if he took the Wolverines’ job, of course.

A dubious record, on the line

A dubious record, on the line

Redskins’ offensive struggles can be traced to a leaky line that is threatening team and league marks for futility.

Celtics trade Rajon Rondo to Mavericks for picks, veterans

Celtics trade Rajon Rondo to Mavericks for picks, veterans

Dallas, with an eye on competing for the 2015 NBA title, makes a big upgrade at point guard.

Vin Scully lost his World Series ring while Christmas shopping ... then found it 10 minutes later

Vin Scully lost his World Series ring while Christmas shopping ... then found it 10 minutes later

The Los Angeles Dodgers pleas with the public to help find the ring, before calling it off 10 minutes later.

Capitals at Blue Jackets: Game 31 discussion thread

Capitals at Blue Jackets: Game 31 discussion thread

Washington and Columbus meet again one week after Jason Chimera’s penalty in overtime at Verizon Center.

Paul Pierce’s status vs. Heat on Friday unclear

Paul Pierce’s status vs. Heat on Friday unclear

Pierce was a partial participant at practice Thursday after being sidelined Wednesday.

NBA Power Rankings: Memphis ends Golden State’s reign

NBA Power Rankings: Memphis ends Golden State’s reign

The Warriors have been on an incredible roll, but so has Memphis, which reclaimed the top spot with two impressive wins over Western Conference elites.

Former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez is really, really bad at golf

Former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez is really, really bad at golf

Like Charles Barkley, Ramirez proves being great at one sport doesn’t mean you’ve mastered them all.

Wall’s middle management

Wall’s middle management

John Wall’s improved efficiency on mid-range jumpers has helped spark arguably the best stretch of basketball of his five-year career with Wizards.