Latest from Ben Sumner

Bryan ‘Bugsy’ Watson, former Capitals defenseman and Alexandria bar owner, dies at 78

The scrappy defenseman played three seasons in Washington and owned the bar Penalty Box for many years.
  • Jul 10, 2021

Joseph Laurinaitis, wrestling’s ‘Animal’ of the Road Warriors, dies at 60

Teamed with Michael “Hawk” Hegstrand, he became a wrestling star, inspiring fans to dress in costumes and face paint.
  • Sep 24, 2020

Dale Hawerchuk, hockey hall of famer with a talent for scoring big, dies at 57

In the 1980s, he led the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets to the playoffs and was the team’s top scorer.
  • Aug 18, 2020

James Harris, who wrestled as Ugandan warrior Kamala, dies at 70

He spoke with pride of his role and brushed aside criticism about racial stereotyping.
  • Aug 9, 2020

Henri Richard, Montreal’s ‘Pocket Rocket’ of hockey, dies as 84

The undersized hockey star for the Montreal Canadiens became a Hall of Famer and won the Stanley Cup more than any other player in history.
  • Mar 6, 2020

Capitals defensive prospect Alex Alexeyev is playing beyond his years

Twenty-year-old Russian is off to a good start in his first season in Hershey.
  • Dec 2, 2019

Willie O’Ree documentary debuts at Middleburg Film Festival

The film tells old stories and new ones about O’Ree, a baseball and hockey star from Fredericton, New Brunswick.
  • Oct 20, 2019

Harley Race, pro wrestling’s ‘King of the Ring,’ dies at 76

In a cape and crown, he insisted that his opponents kneel and bow before him.
  • Aug 1, 2019

Gene Okerlund, gentlemanly announcer of pro wrestling, dies at 76

He became a stalwart of WWE as it became a global juggernaut in the 1980s under entrepreneur Vince McMahon.
  • Jan 2, 2019

‘A voice and sound track to an entire era’: WWE great ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund remembered

"Untouchable. Simply the best," wrote Steve Austin of the famed pro wrestling announcer.
  • Jan 2, 2019