How Roger Goodell became the most powerful man in American sports

The NFL commissioner operates among the league’s powerful team owners like a politician works an unwieldy caucus.

Wife of Redskins GM sorry for tweets to ESPN reporter

After claiming disparaging remarks by GM’s wife to ESPN reporter were from ‘fake’ Twitter account, Redskins release her statement of apology.

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh greets fans in Michigan Stadium during the NCAA college football team's annual media day in Ann Arbor, Mich. It felt at times like Jim Harbaugh's every move was being monitored this offseason, such is the level of excitement and anticipation surrounding his arrival at Michigan. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

Khaki charisma: Harbaugh’s effect

Michigan coach’s every move has been blared, but in school community, he resonates on a deeper level.

Is ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt feeling pressure to revolutionize ‘SportsCenter’? Not really.

Is ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt feeling pressure to revolutionize ‘SportsCenter’? Not really.

He’s not being asked to reinvent the wheel here, but rather to re-imagine it.

College football is back. Here’s a look at Thursday’s TV schedule.

College football is back. Here’s a look at Thursday’s TV schedule.

The four best months on the calendar finally begin.

Former running back Lawrence Phillips charged with murdering prison cellmate

Former running back Lawrence Phillips charged with murdering prison cellmate

The troubled Nebraska star was the sixth overall pick in the 1996 NFL draft.

Venus Williams is all business on the court, and now she has a degree in it to match

Venus Williams is all business on the court, and now she has a degree in it to match

The 35-year-old tennis star recently received a Business Administration degree from Indiana University East after completing online courses.

TV and radio listings: September 3

TV and radio listings: September 3

Your daily guide to the world of sports on television and radio.

Nationals finally close one out as Papelbon shuts door in St. Louis

Nationals finally close one out as Papelbon shuts door in St. Louis

Ryan Zimmerman homers twice and drives in three and Max Scherzer strikes out 10 over six innings as Washington salvages finale of three-game set in St. Louis.

How Roger Goodell became the most powerful man in American sports

How Roger Goodell became the most powerful man in American sports

The NFL commissioner operates among the league’s powerful team owners like a politician works an unwieldy caucus.

Chris Davis hits walk-off homer for Orioles in 11-inning win over Rays

Chris Davis hits walk-off homer for Orioles in 11-inning win over Rays

Chris Davis’s second homer of the game and 38th of the season give Baltimore a badly needed victory.

Manu Ginobili loves how master NBA impersonator Brandon Armstrong portrayed him

The man who brought us uncanny on-court impressions of Kobe Bryant, James Harden and many others strikes again.

Watch RGIII prank Sam Bradford in car commercial

A noteworthy pairing of Heisman winners, given the paths that their careers have taken recently.

Wife of Redskins GM sorry for tweets to ESPN reporter

Wife of Redskins GM sorry for tweets to ESPN reporter

After claiming disparaging remarks by GM’s wife to ESPN reporter were from ‘fake’ Twitter account, Redskins release her statement of apology.

Bryce Harper leaves game with glute tightness, Michael A. Taylor’s knee flared up

Bryce Harper leaves game with glute tightness, Michael A. Taylor’s knee flared up

Harper left the game in the fourth inning with an injury, the team said.

Nationals add Rafael Martin, Matt Grace as call-ups to worn bullpen

And Mike Rizzo and Matt Williams explain why only one pitcher was called up on Sept. 1.

Boston media personality says on TV that Patriots should murder Roger Goodell

Boston media personality says on TV that Patriots should murder Roger Goodell

Kirk Minihane was not being serious with his comments about the NFL commissioner, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at him while he made them.

U.S. Open: Nadal and Serena advance to the third round

U.S. Open: Nadal and Serena advance to the third round

Playing in smaller Louis Armstrong Stadium for the first time since 2006, Rafael Nadal moves on to the third round, as does Serena Williams.

Stephen Strasburg will not start Friday; Tanner Roark will instead

Stephen Strasburg will not start Friday; Tanner Roark will instead

Roark made an abbreviated start on Monday in the minors as insurance for Strasburg’s back injury.

Did Sony execs inadvertently help NFL with ‘Concussion’?

Did Sony execs inadvertently help NFL with ‘Concussion’?

The title leaves audiences thinking knockout hits cause the disease. Doctors suspect a different culprit.

Jen Welter is no longer an NFL coach after her Cardinals internship ended

Jen Welter is no longer an NFL coach after her Cardinals internship ended

The first woman hired to coach NFL players said of her experience, ‘It’s been fantastic.’

Nats look to avoid a sweep

Nats look to avoid a sweep

DISCUSSION THREAD | Washington sends ace Max Scherzer to the hill against Tyler Lyons and St. Louis.

You need to drop everything and watch Riley Curry as a GOP candidate

You need to drop everything and watch Riley Curry as a GOP candidate

This time, she’s the star of a YouTube contributor’s brilliant video mashup.

Rockets star Dwight Howard detained at Houston airport with gun in his bag

Law enforcement officials decided not to press criminal charges.

Williams puts aside slow start to reach third round of U.S. Open

Williams puts aside slow start to reach third round of U.S. Open

This was, in just about every measurable way, an up-and-down performance by Serena Williams.

John Daly recovers from a collapsed lung, goes to a bar and sings ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’

John Daly recovers from a collapsed lung, goes to a bar and sings ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’

Like his trademark colorful pants, the 49-year-old golfer cannot be stopped.

More depth means more versatility for Terps’ offense, coordinator Mike Locksley says

More depth means more versatility for Terps’ offense, coordinator Mike Locksley says

Terps offensive coordinator Mike Locksley expresses confidence in his system, which will be led by junior quarterback Perry Hills.

Mike Rizzo says Matt Williams did ‘a masterful job’ managing bullpen in Tuesday’s loss

Mike Rizzo says Matt Williams did ‘a masterful job’ managing bullpen in Tuesday’s loss

Rizzo said Williams pushed all the right buttons to put Nats in a position to succeed.

Michael A. Taylor scratched from Nationals lineup

Michael A. Taylor scratched from Nationals lineup

The Nationals will use the same lineup again on Wednesday, the series finale in St. Louis.

Boston votes to ban chewing tobacco from ballparks, including Fenway

Boston votes to ban chewing tobacco from ballparks, including Fenway

Boston follows in the footsteps of San Francisco, which banned tobacco from baseball parks in April.

Virginia’s basketball schedule is front-loaded, with ACC powers coming late

Virginia’s basketball schedule is front-loaded, with ACC powers coming late

After navigating a loaded nonconference schedule, the Cavaliers won’t face North Carolina or Duke until mid-February.

Fish bids adieu to the Open, career

Fish bids adieu to the Open, career

American Mardy Fish, who announced his retirement earlier this year, fell to No. 18 seed Feliciano Lopez in the second round.

Robert Griffin III met with standing ovation from team’s supporters 48 hours after benching

Robert Griffin III met with standing ovation from team’s supporters 48 hours after benching

Redskins quarterback vows to ‘always be there’ for team, while former center Jeff Bostic calls on fans to be 12th man again.

Redskins looking for depth in final exhibition game

Redskins looking for depth in final exhibition game

With just a handful of spots available, Jay Gruden and staff will be looking for last-minute impressions.

Arrington: RGIII could find success in a new profession

Arrington: RGIII could find success in a new profession

Former Redskin LaVar Arrington says the team took the magic out of Griffin.

Barcelona insinuates team’s tax troubles are the result of Madrid being bitter over Neymar signing

Barcelona insinuates team’s tax troubles are the result of Madrid being bitter over Neymar signing

“In Madrid, they still don’t understand Neymar chose Barca,” the team president said. “They are trying to create difficulties...“

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If misery loves company, fans
of D.C. teams will never be lonely

If misery loves company, fans <br>of D.C. teams will never be lonely

COLUMN | Shared despair is the perfect bonding agent for followers of Nationals and Redskins.

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Key moments in the Deflategate scandal, in photos

Key moments in the Deflategate scandal, in photos

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady battles with the NFL over a four-game suspension by the league related to Deflategate.

Jon Gruden has high expectations for Cousins, doesn’t believe RGIII is done

Jon Gruden has high expectations for Cousins, doesn’t believe RGIII is done

Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden — whose brother, Jay, coaches the team — has praise for the Redskins’ new starting quarterback.

Three teams with the best chance at keeping Ohio St from a perfect season

Three teams with the best chance at keeping Ohio St from a perfect season

Ohio State recently became the first unanimous No. 1 team in the history of the Associated Press’ preseason poll

First, goalkeeper Howard must begin second with U.S. soccer team

First, goalkeeper Howard must begin second with U.S. soccer team

With Peru and Brazil ahead, World Cup star returns from year-long international break as No. 2 keeper behind Brad Guzan.

Few batters see fewer strikes than Bryce Harper, who loves to walk

Few batters see fewer strikes than Bryce Harper, who loves to walk

Harper said: “If I get on first base, I’m doing my job. That’s what I’ll keep doing.“

Wootton girls’ tennis standout Miranda Deng is poised for another big year

Wootton girls’ tennis standout Miranda Deng is poised for another big year

Deng, a two-time Maryland state champion, will give the Patriots a chance to win a third consecutive Montgomery County title.

LeSean McCoy may miss Week 1 due to hamstring injury

A source told ESPN he highly doubts McCoy will be at 100 percent by the Sept. 13 opener against the Colts.

Bouncing, singing, drinking. Barra Brava’s history is highlighted in a new film

Bouncing, singing, drinking. Barra Brava’s history is highlighted in a new film

The documentary highlights the original D.C. United supporters group.

Fantasy football: Five players whose value spikes in PPR leagues

Fantasy football: Five players whose value spikes in PPR leagues

More receptions equals more points, particularly for these players.

Garcon describes Cousins as a ‘natural-born leader’

Garcon describes Cousins as a ‘natural-born leader’

Redskins receiver also says RGIII can be a great player.

Manchester City leads the way as Premier League spends record $1.3 billion on summer transfers

Manchester City leads the way as Premier League spends record $1.3 billion on summer transfers

A total of six clubs broke their records for most spent in a summer transfer window.

Two leads, two collapses

Two leads, two collapses

ON BASEBALL | Nationals Manager Matt Williams twice allowed his bullpen to cough up leads, as Washington’s playoff hopes dwindle.

The critics are right, Matt Williams is mismanaging the Nats’ bullpen

The critics are right, Matt Williams is mismanaging the Nats’ bullpen

The Nats manager is committing these three egregious errors.

Former Maryland ball girl Kyler Greenwalt lands a spot with Terps field hockey

Former Maryland ball girl Kyler Greenwalt lands a spot with Terps field hockey

After spending four years assisting Maryland as a ball girl, Greenwalt has grown into top-flight recruit that can help the Terps on the field.

Young Bears fan hates the Packers so much that he named his tumor ‘Aaron Rodgers’

Chicago may struggle against Green Bay, but Miguel Reyes is having none of it.