Angels, A’s lead AL pennant intrigue

The AL West’s best lead the league’s most promising playoff teams. At the other end, can the Yankees give Derek Jeter one last postseason?

Nats fall short

Close play at first sparks Philadelphia rally as Washington suffers consecutive losses for first time since Aug. 5.

Passing the torch

Several of the top high school football teams in the D.C. area head into the season with new quarterbacks taking on major responsibilities.

ANNAPOLIS - AUGUST 25: Navy Midshipmen quarterback Keenan Reynolds (19) hands the ball of to a teammate during practice Monday, on August 25, 2014.  The Midshipmen open their season this weekend with a game against Ohio State.(Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Midshipmen have high hopes

Navy enters its final season as an independent with big goals, thanks in part their record-setting quarterback.

Cam Newton says he and his fractured rib ‘feel great,’ says he will start Week 1

Cam Newton says he and his fractured rib ‘feel great,’ says he will start Week 1

When reporters asked the quarterback if he really felt great, Newton responded, “You think I’m lying?“

Why Arsenal will struggle without Olivier Giroud

Why Arsenal will struggle without Olivier Giroud

Giroud is often criticized by fans for his inefficiency, but his absence will hurt the team

Randy Edsall says Michigan’s football crowds are big but not loud

Randy Edsall says Michigan’s football crowds are big but not loud

Maryland coach says his team shouldn’t be cowed by the size of the Big House.

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon loses appeal, suspended one year by NFL

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon loses appeal, suspended one year by NFL

Penalty will re-open debate over how league determines punishment.

Nationals lose two opposing manager challenges in the same game for first time

Nationals lose two opposing manager challenges in the same game for first time

Upon replay review, pair of close calls go against the Nats in loss to Phillies.

Tom Hanks sides with players in FIFA Women’s World Cup turf debate

Tom Hanks sides with players in FIFA Women’s World Cup turf debate

FIFA, meanwhile, continues to stand by the plan to install artificial turf in all the World Cup venues.

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries nurse who helped him recover

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries nurse who helped him recover

James Costello kids now that it was the best day of his life.

Roster projections, QB talk and more

Roster projections, QB talk and more

REDSKINS MAILBAG | We’re back with a Wednesday edition to answer readers’ questions before Thursday’s preseason finale.

Gonzalez sees progress

Gio Gonzalez is winless since July 5, and his pitching coach thinks he needs to throw more curveballs.

Ex-MLB pitcher John Rocker is going to be on the next season of ‘Survivor’

Ex-MLB pitcher John Rocker is going to be on the next season of ‘Survivor’

Obviously, he’ll be playing against two gay Broadway performers.

Line drives are a big factor in Stephen Strasburg’s struggles for the Nats. Here’s why.

Line drives are a big factor in Stephen Strasburg’s struggles for the Nats. Here’s why.

He’s been among the worst in the league at limiting the damage line drives cause.

NFL’s Troy Vincent explains Redskins’ Brandon Meriweather’s suspension

NFL’s Troy Vincent explains Redskins’ Brandon Meriweather’s suspension

Former defensive back says he knows of what he speaks. Ryan Clark would disagree.

NBA Retrometrics: Why John Stockton was the best point guard of the 1990s

NBA Retrometrics: Why John Stockton was the best point guard of the 1990s

A look at how Stockton compares to other ‘90s floor generals such as Gary Payton, Kevin Johnson, Mark Price and the Hardaway boys -- Tim and Penny.

Angels, A’s lead AL pennant intrigue

Angels, A’s lead AL pennant intrigue

The AL West’s best lead the league’s most promising playoff teams. At the other end, can the Yankees give Derek Jeter one last postseason?

C.J. Brown prepares to steady offense against JMU

The sixth-year senior didn’t have the best camp of his college career, but remains confident in offense’s ability heading into season.

Four players you must get in your fantasy football draft

Four players you must get in your fantasy football draft

These players have value higher than where they’ve been going in drafts so far, according to average draft position (ADP).

Reports claim the NHL will expand the league to include franchises in Las Vegas, Seattle and more

Reports claim the NHL will expand the league to include franchises in Las Vegas, Seattle and more

Commissioner Gary Bettman has apparently changed his tune on increasing the league’s footprint

Pierre Garcon hosts fundraiser for Centreville High student with cerebral palsy

Pierre Garcon hosts fundraiser for Centreville High student with cerebral palsy

It’s not the first time a Washington player has helped Juwaan Espinal.

Greg Gumbel says he hasn’t used ‘Redskins’ on air for three years

Greg Gumbel says he hasn’t used ‘Redskins’ on air for three years

CBS broadcaster says he doesn’t know what will happen to Washington’s nickname, but he’s already changed his behavior.

Tony Stewart defended by his driver and friend, Kevin Harvick

Tony Stewart defended by his driver and friend, Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas driver has issues with how his boss is perceived.

Pre-shot dribbling in soccer is extremely valuable on scoring chances

Pre-shot dribbling in soccer is extremely valuable on scoring chances

A shot taken under minimal defensive pressure is far more likely to score than a similar shot taken with two big center backs denying space.

Finale at Tampa Bay a homecoming for Gruden

Finale at Tampa Bay a homecoming for Gruden

Redskins one of several on staff who worked previously for Tampa Bay, where Washington faces its final regular-season tuneup.

ESPN says it regrets Michael Sam shower report that drew criticism

ESPN says it regrets Michael Sam shower report that drew criticism

Rams teammate Chris Long weighed in with the definitive tweet on the topic.

In Cleveland, Kevin Love will get more love

In Cleveland, Kevin Love will get more love

Like Pau Gasol before him, Kevin Love has a chance to erase years of team failure by winning a championship (or two) in Cleveland.

NFL teams putting hold on rookie QBs’ careers

NFL teams putting hold on rookie QBs’ careers

With Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater forced to sit and wait, the league is poised to not have a single rookie as a Week 1 starter at QB for the first time since 2007.

Kevin Frandsen’s impact

The utility man is 10 for his past 16 and has been part of several key Nationals rallies.

Robinson aims to capitalize on thin safety ranks

Robinson aims to capitalize on thin safety ranks

Brandon Meriweather’s impending two-game suspension has created the opportunity for second-year pro Bacarri Rambo to further prove himself to coaches. But he’s not the only player that could benefit from the situation.

We have a new candidate for Worst First Pitch

We have a new candidate for Worst First Pitch

Let’s just say that it hit the ground running.

Josh Shaw picture has not gotten any clearer

Josh Shaw picture has not gotten any clearer

Conflicting reports have emerged about the USC cornerback’s tale of heroism.

‘Hard Knocks’ gets real as the Atlanta Falcons chop roster by 15

‘Hard Knocks’ gets real as the Atlanta Falcons chop roster by 15

Special Teams Couch Keith Armstrong opened the program with an epic tongue-lashing to set the tone.

NHL objected to a ‘Simpsons’ scene involving the Stanley Cup

NHL objected to a ‘Simpsons’ scene involving the Stanley Cup

Apparently, the league was not amused by what Krusty the Clown did with it.

Nats fall short

Nats fall short

Close play at first sparks Philadelphia rally as Washington suffers consecutive losses for first time since Aug. 5.

Manchester United gets trounced by something called the MK Dons

Manchester United gets trounced by something called the MK Dons

Struggling soccer superpower suffers a 4-0 defeat at the hands of a team which competes two tiers below the Premier League.

Donovan enjoying one final run

Donovan enjoying one final run

Landon Donovan, the all-time leading scorer in MLS and U.S. men’s soccer, is making one last push with the L.A. Galaxy before he retires.

Howard preview

Howard preview

Perennial state title contender River Hill remains the favorite, but Glenelg, Howard, Reservoir and others will look to shake things up in a county race that is wide open for a second straight year.

Anne Arundel preview

Anne Arundel preview

Offense is always a strength in this league, and Arundel returns several key playmakers in its high-octane attack. Old Mill, Meade and Broadneck should push the Wildcats.

SMAC preview

SMAC preview

Defending Md. 2A state finalist Patuxent looks for an encore behind QB Tyler Crounse while Huntingtown, Lackey and Westlake should all factor into the race.

Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A preview

Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A preview

Rivals Douglass and Gwynn Park should once again contend for the Maryland 2A South title while Surrattsville looks to build on a 2013 full of firsts.

Prince George’s 4A: Wise, DuVal in the mix

Prince George’s 4A: Wise, DuVal in the mix

Wise returns plenty of talent, but Eleanor Roosevelt, DuVal, C.H. Flowers and Suitland will all factor into the race in one of the area’s most challenging leagues.

S. Williams breezes past Townsend

S. Williams breezes past Townsend

The top women’s seed cruises in her first match; earlier, 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis wins a stunner.

Montgomery 3A/Indep. preview

Montgomery 3A/Indep. preview

After losing only three starters from last year’s 9-2 team, Damascus is the favorite, but could be pushed by Seneca Valley.

The Post preseason Top 20

The Post preseason Top 20

FOOTBALL PREVIEW | Centreville starts the 2014 campaign where it ended 2013: atop The Post’s rankings.

Top area story lines for 2014

Top area story lines for 2014

FOOTBALL PREVIEW | Coaches in new places, high-profile linemen, tougher schedules and added parity are among the story lines to watch this fall.

John Isner, beast of burden

John Isner, beast of burden

The top American wins his first-round match at the U.S. Open, but still appears to have a lot to answer for.

Games to watch

Games to watch

A look at the biggest matchups on the 2014 high school football schedule.

Montgomery 4A East

Montgomery 4A East

Despite losing its top two offensive weapons, Paint Branch returns as the favorite ahead of Sherwood and Springbrook.