Referee Mike Carey told the NFL he couldn’t officiate Washington's games.

An NFL referee takes a stance

COLUMN | Mike Carey, one of the league’s most respected officials, avoided Washington games for the final eight years of his career.

Mystics count on balance in WNBA playoffs

Coach Mike Thibault counts pluses and minuses of doing without a go-to player heading into series vs. Indiana.

Manziel must wait, grow after losing starting job

Former QB thinks Johnny Manziel will supplant Brian Hoyer as Cleveland Browns starting QB by Week 7

Things Griffin did well, not well vs. Browns

QB showed some development in the pocket against Cleveland but made a few poor choices as well.

Cabrera making an early impact

The second baseman has formed a strong double-play duo with Ian Desmond and provided the Nats with key hits.

Hatcher to play Saturday against Ravens

Hatcher to play Saturday against Ravens

Defensive end Jason Hatcher, who has been recovering from knee surgery, is expected to make his Redskins debut Saturday against Baltimore.

Boomer Esiason calls Johnny Manziel a ‘baby’

Boomer Esiason calls Johnny Manziel a ‘baby’

“Other teams hate this guy. Hate him.”

Soft-spoken Nixon evolving into leader for Terps defense

Soft-spoken Nixon evolving into leader for Terps defense

Though he doesn’t speak much off the field, the safety has become more vocal on it.

Edsall relishes ‘tough decisions’ on depth chart

Edsall relishes ‘tough decisions’ on depth chart

Maryland’s football coach considers competition for spots on the travel roster a sign of progress.

All signs point to F.P. Santangelo and Bob Carpenter broadcasting game from behind home plate

All signs point to F.P. Santangelo and Bob Carpenter broadcasting game from behind home plate

Some fans question whether relocating the broadcast team during a long winning streak is a good idea.

Clark: Crackdown might not hurt Redskins much

Clark: Crackdown might not hurt Redskins much

Washington’s emphasis on “off” coverage, rather than press, helping secondary avoid rash of penalities.

Stephen Curry wants to introduce NFL-style challenge flags to the NBA

Stephen Curry wants to introduce NFL-style challenge flags to the NBA

Not everyone agrees with the Golden State Warriors star, however, including Kevin Durant who thinks flags could ruin the game’s “purity.“

Tonight’s Nationals-Diamondbacks lineups

Tonight’s Nationals-Diamondbacks lineups

Anthony Rendon is off after 62 straight starts and Kevin Frandsen will man third base in his place.

Redskins cut punter Clingan

Redskins cut punter Clingan

The Redskins have cut first-year punter Blake Clingan, who had battled Robert Malone for the job.

Griffin understands need to protect himself

Griffin understands need to protect himself

After watching the game with coach Jay Gruden, Griffin saw where he could’ve avoided the dangerous plays.

Kelly Slater surfs with ‘hands up’ for Michael Brown, Ferguson

Kelly Slater surfs with ‘hands up’ for Michael Brown, Ferguson

Earlier this week, Pierre Garcon and Washington Redskins players made a similar gesture.

Friendship Collegiate bands together after high-profile losses

Friendship Collegiate bands together after high-profile losses

After losing coach Aazar Abdul-Rahim and a talented senior class, Friendship Collegiate must play together to triumph

A’s drop in offensive production could cost them a playoff berth

A’s drop in offensive production could cost them a playoff berth

A steady decline of the offense has knocked them from first place and could put their playoff hopes in jeopardy.

Mystics count on balance in WNBA playoffs

Mystics count on balance in WNBA playoffs

Coach Mike Thibault counts pluses and minuses of doing without a go-to player heading into series vs. Indiana.

RB Thompson plans to return to practice

RB Thompson plans to return to practice

The running back hoping to earn a role, and fighting off injuries, returns today.

Tony Gonzalez predicts Broncos will go 16-0 and get Super Bowl revenge over Seahawks

Tony Gonzalez predicts Broncos will go 16-0 and get Super Bowl revenge over Seahawks

Future Hall of Famer also says temptation lingers to return but that he’s “happily retired.“

Bryce Harper dances and plays a ukulele in Gatorade’s virtual locker tour

Bryce Harper dances and plays a ukulele in Gatorade’s virtual locker tour

Harper’s virtual locker includes a fire extinguisher, a photo of his dog and more.

Updates on Thompson and Griffin

Updates on Thompson and Griffin

Here are a handful of bullet-point notes from the Washington Redskins’ open locker room media availability, starting with the quarterback and the injured players.

Manziel must wait, grow after losing starting job

Manziel must wait, grow after losing starting job

Former QB thinks Johnny Manziel will supplant Brian Hoyer as Cleveland Browns starting QB by Week 7

Douglass goes for a mature approach

Douglass goes for a mature approach

CAMP COUNTDOWN | The talent is back for the Eagles, who say they learned from a season in which they were ousted in their playoff opener.

Man United’s Antonio Valencia threatens to sue ESPN over allegations about World Cup money

Man United’s Antonio Valencia threatens to sue ESPN over allegations about World Cup money

The Ecuadorian national team captain is angry ESPN reporter Jorge Ramos insinuated he got an unfair share of the country’s prize.

Dallas Cowboys remain NFL’s most valuable franchise at $3.2 billion, according to Forbes

Dallas Cowboys remain NFL’s most valuable franchise at $3.2 billion, according to Forbes

Magazine also predicts that two teams will move to Los Angeles, share new stadium.

Things Griffin did well, not well vs. Browns

Things Griffin did well, not well vs. Browns

QB showed some development in the pocket against Cleveland but made a few poor choices as well.

Knicks could ride soft schedule to playoffs

Knicks could ride soft schedule to playoffs

Offseason improvements and a soft schedule will help them make the playoffs .

Scheduling courts is a balancing act

Scheduling courts is a balancing act

Tennis tournaments try to juggle the wishes of players, fans and television, sometimes with mixed results.

Lance Armstrong says he’d likely still be lying about doping if he was still racing

Lance Armstrong says he’d likely still be lying about doping if he was still racing

At least the seven-time disgraced Tour de France winner is being honest...

Chip Kelly won the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We can all stop doing that now.

Chip Kelly won the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We can all stop doing that now.

Philadelphia Eagles’ coach executes perfect dive into pool.

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An NFL referee takes a stance

An NFL referee takes a stance

COLUMN | Mike Carey, one of the league’s most respected officials, avoided Washington games for the final eight years of his career.

Forget Manning, Brees and Rodgers

Forget Manning, Brees and Rodgers

There is a ton of value at the quarterback position late in the draft.

Yasiel Puig’s reflexes are surprising even to him

Yasiel Puig’s reflexes are surprising even to him

The Dodgers star smashes his helmet against a wall, then catches it with ease.

Panthers have young team but same expectations

Though Paint Branch returns just four starters from last year’s 11-2 team, the expectation is still to make the playoffs this season.

Wednesday kickaround

My story about Chris Rolfe, an aspiring farmer. MLS clubs in international play. Herculez Gomez scores in Mexico. USA v Switzerland women’s friendly.

John Harbaugh still wants Redskins fans to make the Ravens their AFC team

John Harbaugh still wants Redskins fans to make the Ravens their AFC team

In advance of preseason game, Ravens coach talks about uniting D.C. and Baltimore fans.

John Wall shows off ‘Great Wall’ tattoo on the Great Wall of China

John Wall shows off ‘Great Wall’ tattoo on the Great Wall of China

Wizards guard is in China to promote his Adidas signature shoe line.

Curt Schilling talks about his battle with mouth cancer, says chewing tobacco was to blame

Curt Schilling talks about his battle with mouth cancer, says chewing tobacco was to blame

Former MLB pitcher described his treatment on Boston radio show.

Here is what moving the extra point line in the NFL means for two-point conversions

Here is what moving the extra point line in the NFL means for two-point conversions

Coaches would be better served going for two points more often.

FIFA upholds transfer ban on Barcelona, which won’t be able to sign new players in 2015

FIFA upholds transfer ban on Barcelona, which won’t be able to sign new players in 2015

Spanish soccer giant was found to have violated rules on signing underage players.

Hoyer is the Week 1 starter

Hoyer is the Week 1 starter

Browns Coach Mike Pettine chooses the veteran over Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, at least for now.

Joe Gibbs praises Tony Stewart’s courage

Joe Gibbs praises Tony Stewart’s courage

NASCAR owner says he hasn’t reached out to his former driver yet.

Cabrera making an early impact

Cabrera making an early impact

The second baseman has formed a strong double-play duo with Ian Desmond and provided the Nats with key hits.

Penalties adding 5 mins. to average NFL game

Penalties adding 5 mins. to average NFL game

Emphasis on illegal contact and defensive holding calls account for most of the jump.

Cubs now relying upon comically bungled tarp deployment to win games

Cubs now relying upon comically bungled tarp deployment to win games

Chicago grounds crew cracks under pressure, can’t get infield completely covered.

Erin Andrews has one regret from that Richard Sherman interview

Erin Andrews has one regret from that Richard Sherman interview

Fox Sports sideline reporter also says she feels “like a spy” during games.

No, Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff is not dead

No, Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff is not dead

Dutch newspaper creates a stir after erroneously sending out story reporting his passing.

The 10 most absurd things that happened on the third episode of ‘Hard Knocks’

The 10 most absurd things that happened on the third episode of ‘Hard Knocks’

From Harry Douglas’s strange, but effective bowling technique to Matt Ryan attempting to tell a joke, a lot of weird stuff happened on the HBO documentary.

DeSean Jackson: ‘People don’t realize that I can do it all’

DeSean Jackson: ‘People don’t realize that I can do it all’

Known for speed, Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson shows he’s not averse to physical contact, flashing his tackling ability against Cleveland.

Tillman leads Orioles past White Sox

Tillman leads Orioles past White Sox

Baltimore extends its lead in the American League East with its third consecutive victory.

Nationals win one the easy way

Nationals win one the easy way

After several nights of high drama, Stephen Strasburg delivers eight stout innings as Washington extends its winning streak to eight games with a rout of Arizona at Nationals Park.