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Caps falter late, rally in OT

Washington yields an equalizer in dying moments of regulation, but recovers with a score in the extra period.

Wizards’ Webster preaches urgency

After defensive lapse in loss to Pacers, the Wizards are on third losing streak of at least four games since late January.

Maryland women find their winning edge

COLUMN | Terps women have used a “performance enhancement coach” to calm anxieties and increase confidence.

VIERA, FL - MARCH, 5: Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) delivers a pitch during spring training action against the New York Mets on March 5, 2015 in Viera, FL. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

These Nats are built to last

COLUMN | History suggests expansion teams have a long wait for glory. But Mike Rizzo’s club looks poised to defy such precedent.

Which No. 1 seed has the coolest celebrity fans?

Which No. 1 seed has the coolest celebrity fans?

It’s Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn versus Ashley Judd.

Wisconsin shows its toughness in surviving North Carolina

Wisconsin shows its toughness in surviving North Carolina

Wisconsin showed that it can win with toughness -- and an off-his-game Frank Kaminsky -- as the Badgers survived North Carolina.

Sweet 16 updates: Notre Dame wins, Wisconsin fends off UNC

Sweet 16 updates: Notre Dame wins, Wisconsin fends off UNC

The Elite 8 is starting to fill out, with two teams already advancing. Keep up with all the action.

Why, it’s Notre Dame, and for the first time since Magic

Why, it’s Notre Dame, and for the first time since Magic

After nearly being ousted earlier in the tournament, Notre Dame shows its mettle to advance to the Midwest Region final.

Boys’ lacrosse: Robinson overcomes elements, Chantilly for 7-4 victory

Boys’ lacrosse: Robinson overcomes elements, Chantilly for 7-4 victory

BOYS’ LACROSSE | The reigning Virginia 6A state champion Rams beat the Chargers after Chapman Jasien leads them to a fast start.

NCAA site Syracuse tempts Sweet 16 teams with cookies and cupcakes

NCAA site Syracuse tempts Sweet 16 teams with cookies and cupcakes

And punishes them with tiny beds.

Caps falter late, rally in OT

Caps falter late, rally in OT

Washington yields an equalizer in dying moments of regulation, but recovers with a score in the extra period.

Wizards to release Toure’ Murry, sign Will Bynum

Wizards to release Toure’ Murry, sign Will Bynum

In need of back-court depth, the Wizards will free up a roster spot to sign the veteran guard.

Big man finds a home with Zags

Big man finds a home with Zags

Two years since transferring from Kentucky, Kyle Wiltjer has helped Gonzaga to the cusp of its first Final Four.

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These Nats are built to last

These Nats are built to last

COLUMN | History suggests expansion teams have a long wait for glory. But Mike Rizzo’s club looks poised to defy such precedent.

Ronald McDonald is a Capitals fan and he’s loving it

If you love the Caps but hate clowns, maybe it’s best you watch the Devils game on TV.

Wisconsin has J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson on its side

Wisconsin has J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson on its side

The two star football players and Wisconsin alums would be a terrifying force on the basketball court.

Wizards’ Webster preaches urgency

Wizards’ Webster preaches urgency

After defensive lapse in loss to Pacers, the Wizards are on third losing streak of at least four games since late January.

Discuss Caps vs. Devils

Discuss Caps vs. Devils

Capitals face their former coach, Adam Oates, tonight.

Official UNC, Wisconsin accounts adorably battle it on Twitter before the game

Official UNC, Wisconsin accounts adorably battle it on Twitter before the game

We can only hope the Sweet 16 bout is as competitive as this Twitter dance-off.

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Timofey Mozgov’s new local ad is the best local ad

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Timofey Mozgov’s new local ad is the best local ad

From his awkward off-camera glances to his backward jersey, everything about this ad is perfectly awful.

Maryland women find their winning edge

Maryland women find their winning edge

COLUMN | Terps women have used a “performance enhancement coach” to calm anxieties and increase confidence.

Bradley Beal held out of Thursday’s practice to rest ankle

Bradley Beal held out of Thursday’s practice to rest ankle

Third-year guard has had a history of leg and foot injuries during his short NBA career.

Tom Izzo has Michigan State in familiar territory

Tom Izzo has Michigan State in familiar territory

Spartans coach is back in the round of 16 once again.

Jayson Werth’s opening day status remains in question, and other notes

Jayson Werth’s opening day status remains in question, and other notes

Werth has yet to hit in a game this spring. He has been playing defense only in minor league games.

Black ex-Cardinals player punched, told to ‘go back to Ferguson’ at St. Louis gas station

Black ex-Cardinals player punched, told to ‘go back to Ferguson’ at St. Louis gas station

A 37-year-old white man was arrested and charged with assault motivated by discrimination.

Pregame notes: Adam Oates returns to Verizon Center

Pregame notes: Adam Oates returns to Verizon Center

Plus items on one lineup tweak and goaltender Braden Holtby possibly taking a run at the franchise’s single-season games played record.

Woodgrove DT Clay Dean orally commits to Virginia Tech

Woodgrove DT Clay Dean orally commits to Virginia Tech

Nearly two months after receiving an offer, Woodgrove defensive tackle gave his oral commitment to Virginia Tech on Wednesday.

Poll: Is Lionel Messi the best player ever?

Poll: Is Lionel Messi the best player ever?

Pele, Maradona, Cruyff, Zidane, Messi, Ronaldo ... who is the greatest?

Peterson-Garcia winner might have big score in future

Peterson-Garcia winner might have big score in future

With welterweight division wondering what’s after Pacquiao-Mayweather, fighters are jockeying for position.

Kansas City stadium worker fired four months after exposing food safety concerns

Kansas City stadium worker fired four months after exposing food safety concerns

Jon Costa went public last November with his concerns about the food stands at Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums.

Cristiano Ronaldo wrapped his teammate’s car in tin foil for Nike

Cristiano Ronaldo wrapped his teammate’s car in tin foil for Nike

The Portuguese star took a break from practicing for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia to surprise Ricardo Quaresma.

Check out the Livan Hernandez ‘Great Moments in Nationals History’ bobblehead

First in a series of five bobbleheads celebrates Livo’s first pitch on opening day in 2005.

Nike unveils UNC-themed Jordans ahead of Sweet 16 game with Wisconsin

Nike unveils UNC-themed Jordans ahead of Sweet 16 game with Wisconsin

It’s unclear whether the fourth-seeded Tar Heels will sport the new kicks on Thursday, but if they do, they could help upset the No. 1 seed Badgers.

St. John’s grad Lindsay Allen already a leader at Notre Dame

St. John’s grad Lindsay Allen already a leader at Notre Dame

Since becoming the All-Met Player of the Year at St. John’s, Lindsay Allen has found immediate success at perennial NCAA tournament contender Notre Dame.

Adam Smith will transfer out of Virginia Tech basketball program

Adam Smith will transfer out of Virginia Tech basketball program

The Hokies’ leading scorer last season has one year of eligibility left, and will be able to play immediately for another program after earning his degree from Virginia Tech in May.

John Wall on Randy Wittman’s early exit

John Wall on Randy Wittman’s early exit

Point guard says coach was “probably frustrated” and didn’t want to watch the end of loss to Pacers.

Nationals-Mets lineups and discussion thread

Nationals-Mets lineups and discussion thread

Gio Gonzalez starts and Danny Espinosa makes his third start at third.

Kentucky vs. West Virginia press headlines Sweet 16′s five most-pivotal matchups

Kentucky vs. West Virginia press headlines Sweet 16′s five most-pivotal matchups

Five subplots will factor heavily into the Sweet 16.

For fighting Capitals, hosting New Jersey ‘the biggest game of the year’

For fighting Capitals, hosting New Jersey ‘the biggest game of the year’

Swiping points from non-playoff teams has become necessary for the Capitals, with only three left against opponents outside the current field.

North Carolina Coach Dean Smith left every letterman he coached $200 in his will

North Carolina Coach Dean Smith left every letterman he coached $200 in his will

Attached to each check is a note that says, “Enjoy dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.“

Rockets need time to adjust to Dwight Howard’s return

Rockets need time to adjust to Dwight Howard’s return

Dwight Howard returned to the Rockets’ starting lineup Wednesday night in New Orleans after a right knee injury sidelined him for a two-month stretch.

A closer look at NFL draft prospect Randy Gregory

A closer look at NFL draft prospect Randy Gregory

Here’s a closer look at why the Nebraska outside linebacker had been coveted at the top of the draft, and why he might fall.

NCAA voices concern after Indiana enacts bill allowing businesses to reject gay customers

NCAA voices concern after Indiana enacts bill allowing businesses to reject gay customers

NCAA President Mark Emmert says the organization will “closely examine the implications of this bill.“

Leading off for the Nats ...

Leading off for the Nats ...

With Denard Span ailing, Michael A. Taylor will probably get the nod for opening day.

2014-15 NBA Power Rankings: Warriors, Cavaliers and Clippers rolling; Wizards sliding

2014-15 NBA Power Rankings: Warriors, Cavaliers and Clippers rolling; Wizards sliding

The Cavaliers and Warriors appear to be on a collision course for the NBA finals.

Nationals unveil new train-themed scoreboard on club level

Balls, strikes and outs will be denoted by moving train cars.

NHL broadcaster Nick Boynton reportedly bit a police officer in Buffalo casino scuffle

NHL broadcaster Nick Boynton reportedly bit a police officer in Buffalo casino scuffle

The Arizona Coyotes placed Boynton on “a leave of absence” from his color commentary duties.

Chat about the Nats with Chelsea Janes

Beat writer answers your questions.

Gruden not counting veteran CB Hall out

Gruden not counting veteran CB Hall out

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall enters his 12th season coming off a ruptured Achilles’ tendon hoping to find a place in a suddently crowded defensive backfield.

Jay Beagle (upper body) likely to miss at least three more games

Jay Beagle (upper body) likely to miss at least three more games

Coach Barry Trotz expected the 29-year-old forward back “early next week sometime.“

Bomb threat evacuates courthouse at Aaron Hernandez murder trial

Bomb threat evacuates courthouse at Aaron Hernandez murder trial

The threat came around noon when someone called the courthouse.

Manny Pacquiao is dealing with leg cramps while prepping for Floyd Mayweather fight

Manny Pacquiao is dealing with leg cramps while prepping for Floyd Mayweather fight

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach says despite the cramps his fighter is still set to win.