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Opportunity calls on Cousins

Kirk Cousinswas barely recruited but became a star at Michigan State, mainly due to a steadfast belief in himself and God. Now, an injury has made him a starter again, and he plans to seize his chance with Redskins.

Silva leads United out of hole

With Fabian Espindola serving a red-card ban, Luis Silva steps up with pair of goals to pull D.C. United out of a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 draw with Chicago Fire.

Many happy returns for Nats

Denard Span atones for an outfield gaffe and Ryan Zimmerman returns to the lineup as Washington rallies for 90th win.

Likely story: CB sparks Terps

On a day their defense surrenders nearly 600 yards of total offense, Will Likely makes a game-changing play to vault the Terrapins past the Orange.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pauses as he speaks during a news conference Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in New York. Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases. The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

A spokesman for billionaires

COLUMN | This much we’ve learned: Commissioner Roger Goodell is ill-equipped to lead much-maligned league that relies on sanctioned violence.

O’s use long ball to beat Boston

O’s use long ball to beat Boston

Adam Jones hit a pair of homers and Baltimore powered its way to a 7-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Silva leads United out of hole

Silva leads United out of hole

With Fabian Espindola serving a red-card ban, Luis Silva steps up with pair of goals to pull D.C. United out of a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 draw with Chicago Fire.

Many happy returns for Nats

Many happy returns for Nats

Denard Span atones for an outfield gaffe and Ryan Zimmerman returns to the lineup as Washington rallies for 90th win.

Cadet saves Texas A&M’s beloved dog from getting trampled

Cadet saves Texas A&M’s beloved dog from getting trampled

A well-executed hip check helps divert an onrushing SMU player from his inadvertent beeline toward Reveille VIII.

Maryland-Syracuse postgame: Jacquille Veii returns to running back, defense reshuffles

Maryland-Syracuse postgame: Jacquille Veii returns to running back, defense reshuffles

A week after leaving his mark as a wide receiver, versatile sophomore shines in backfield against Syracuse.

Navy’s rally is out of bounds

Navy’s rally is out of bounds

Quarterback Keenan Reynolds leads the Midshipmen back from 14-point deficit in Annapolis, but last-gasp throw to the end zone is ruled out of bounds.

Likely story: CB sparks Terps

Likely story: CB sparks Terps

On a day their defense surrenders nearly 600 yards of total offense, Will Likely makes a game-changing play to vault the Terrapins past the Orange.

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A spokesman for billionaires

A spokesman for billionaires

COLUMN | This much we’ve learned: Commissioner Roger Goodell is ill-equipped to lead much-maligned league that relies on sanctioned violence.

The comparison Will Muschamp is desperately trying, but failing, to avoid

The comparison Will Muschamp is desperately trying, but failing, to avoid

As Florida continues its drift into irrelevance, its coach offers reminders of a much-maligned predecessor.

Trotz creates bridge between player, coach

Trotz creates bridge between player, coach

First-year Capitals Coach Barry Trotz creates a player-based leadership group to help alleviate the problems that plagued Washington’s locker room a year ago.

MLS matchday: D.C. United at Chicago Fire

MLS matchday: D.C. United at Chicago Fire

First-place DCU is without suspended star Fabian Espindola for tonight’s match against the 9th-place Fire at Toyota Park.

Zimmerman returns, role undecided

Zimmerman returns, role undecided

Ryan Zimmerman felt fortunate to return to the Nationals, even if he’s uncertain of what role he will play in the playoffs.

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Eagles shut out Yellow Jackets 38-0

Eagles shut out Yellow Jackets 38-0

Frederick Douglass earns a big victory over longtime rival Gwynn Park holding them scoreless.

Discuss: Nats-Marlins

Discuss: Nats-Marlins

Jordan Zimmermann vs. Jarred Cosart.

Douglass extends its shutout streak

Douglass extends its shutout streak

FOOTBALL | The 13th-ranked Eagles rout Gwynn Park, 38-0, to improve to 3-0. Douglass has yet to allow a point this season.

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Kayla White, No. 6 South River upset No. 1 Severna Park, 3-1

Kayla White, No. 6 South River upset No. 1 Severna Park, 3-1

White scored two second-half goals for the Seahawks in a Saturday field hockey matchup against the Falcons

Jones and Reid’s keys for Redskins vs. Eagles

Mike and Jason talk about what Kirk Cousins needs to do to succeed in a hostile environment, the best way to stop the Eagles’ screen passes and the impact of having Brandon Meriweather back at safety.

Tulane’s long snapper just needs to shorten things up a tad

Tulane’s long snapper just needs to shorten things up a tad

An attempt to hike the ball back to the punter turns into an unusual two-point play for Duke.

White gives Seahawks a sweet victory

White gives Seahawks a sweet victory

South River forward Kayla ‘Kakes’ White scored twice in the second half to lead No. 6 South River to an upset of top-ranked Severna Park.

Heritages’s Kelati leaves her mark

Heritages’s Kelati leaves her mark

CROSS-COUNTRY | Eritrean immigrant Weini Kelati wins the Oatlands Invitational with time to spare; Loudoun Valley’s Andrew Hunter takes the boys’ title.

Terps roll over Orangemen

Terps roll over Orangemen

Maryland scores 17 in the second quarter — including an 88-yard interception return — and cruises past Syracuse.

Hokies give away ACC opener

Hokies give away ACC opener

Michael Brewer throws three interceptions, the last of which leads to Georgia Tech’s game-winning field goal.

Ravens fans take opportunity to make their own trades

Ravens fans take opportunity to make their own trades

More than 7,000 fans showed up to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys for those of other Ravens players during a two-day event at Baltimore’s home team officials said Saturday.

Maryland TE Andrew Isaacs injured

Maryland TE Andrew Isaacs injured

Sophomore starter appears to suffers gruesome leg injury after being undercut in the third quarter against Syracuse.

Zimmerman returns to Nats lineup

Zimmerman returns to Nats lineup

The Nationals activated Ryan Zimmerman, who will play left field and bat sixth.

Davis not fined for big hit

Davis not fined for big hit

Rookie safety Akeem Davis breathed a sigh of relief as he learned that the NFL ruled that his hit on punt returner Mike Brown last Sunday did not earn him a fine.

Trotz to switch up lines for early Caps preseason games

Trotz to switch up lines for early Caps preseason games

“I want to establish a protocol,” Barry Trotz said, and so he warned reporters not to read into line combinations.

McVay sees growth in Cousins

McVay sees growth in Cousins

Comparing last Sunday’s play with the quarterback’s play late last season, offensive coordinator Sean McVay said he sees improvements both in understanding and execution.

Jay Gruden says DeSean Jackson’s ‘really not that good to us’ at less than 100 percent

Jay Gruden says DeSean Jackson’s ‘really not that good to us’ at less than 100 percent

Redskins coach jokes that star receiver is ‘a very terrible blocker,’ and says he will be a game-time decisions in Philadelphia.

Maryland football at Syracuse: Injury update and open discussion thread

Maryland football at Syracuse: Injury update and open discussion thread

Defensive starters Matt Robinson and Quinton Jefferson will miss Saturday’s game against Syracuse.

Maryland gameday link roundup: Terps at Syracuse

Maryland gameday link roundup: Terps at Syracuse

Maryland makes first trip to Carrier Dome since 1994.

What the NFL needs from its next commissioner

What the NFL needs from its next commissioner

And make no mistake, the next NFL commissioner is coming soon.

Nats pitchers healthy, dominant

Nats pitchers healthy, dominant

Unlike 2012, the Nationals’ pitching staff is at full force entering the playoffs.

Confidence, but no extension talks, from Capitals to Green

Confidence, but no extension talks, from Capitals to Green

“I think there’s a lot of uncertainty there,” general manager Brian MacLellan said of Green, who is entering the final year of his contract.

Kirk Cousins’s yards at touch and four other stats to watch in Week 3

Kirk Cousins’s yards at touch and four other stats to watch in Week 3

Each week, Neil Greenberg keeps an eye on five number-driven story lines in the NFL

College football game of the week: No. 22 Clemson at No. 1 Florida State

College football game of the week: No. 22 Clemson at No. 1 Florida State

There will be more talent on the field Saturday night than any other ACC matchup of the season

Maryland football at Syracuse: Previewing the game

Maryland football at Syracuse: Previewing the game

In a homecoming of sorts for Randy Edsall, Maryland visits the Carrier Dome for the first time since 1994,

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Lake Braddock stuns No. 5 Westfield, 36-23

Lake Braddock stuns No. 5 Westfield, 36-23

The Bruins battled through injuries to upset the fifth-ranked Bulldogs at Westfield.

Florida State will now bench Jameis Winston for the entire Clemson game

School officials make a late-week decision to up the quarterback’s punishment from merely sitting out the first half.

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Stone Bridge upsets No. 6 Broad Run in the Battle of the Burn

Stone Bridge upsets No. 6 Broad Run in the Battle of the Burn

The Bulldogs' stout defense prevented the Spartans from scoring a touchdown and Corey Wells had a clutch interception with late in the fourth quarter to seal the 17-9 victory.

Eagles win a shootout at Lackey

Eagles win a shootout at Lackey

FOOTBALL | Christian Houston scores seven touchdowns, and North Point stays resilient in a 60-44 win over the Chargers.

Bulldogs stand tall in ‘Battle of the Burn’

Bulldogs stand tall in ‘Battle of the Burn’

Corey Wells picks off a pass late in the fourth quarter to seal Stone Bridge’s upset of crosstown rival and No. 6 Broad Run.

Friday’s top rushers, passers

Friday’s top rushers, passers

The top performers from Friday night’s football action included Langley RB Tyler West, Paint Branch WR Ryan Stango and Madison QB Jason Gastrock.

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No. 10 Damascus beats 19th-ranked Quince Orchard, 19-11

No. 10 Damascus beats 19th-ranked Quince Orchard, 19-11

Senior defensive back Anthony Jordan grabbed a key interception in the Swarmin' Hornets victory over the Cougars.

Pindell powers Scorpions to victory

Pindell powers Scorpions to victory

Quarterback David Pindell and the Oakland Mills offense deliver down the stretch to hold off Hammond and earn a rare homecoming victory.

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Falls Church holds off McLean, wins 24-20

Falls Church holds off McLean, wins 24-20

McLean rallied late but Falls Church held with a late defensive stand

Jaguars end on a high note against McLean

Jaguars end on a high note against McLean

A goal line stand in the final minute preserves a win for undefeated Falls Church over the Highlanders.

Lake Braddock stuns No. 5 Westfield

Lake Braddock stuns No. 5 Westfield

A.J. Alexander and Ibrahim Mansaray score two touchdowns apiece to lead the Bruins past the Bulldogs in Chantilly.