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Nationals are due some luck on their 'question marks'

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:56:01 EDT

Every team in baseball has to have unexpected fortune to be a winner. And the Nats are due some good luck.

The Washington Capitals are hot - and maybe at just the right time

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 23:35:10 EST

You couldn't erase the looks of pleasure and relief that swept across the faces of the Capitals this week. They'd finally gotten to enjoy a laugher, stomping the sad Edmonton Oilers, 5-0, for their sixth straight win.

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After 13-year drought, excitement finally surrounds the Orioles

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:10:02 EST

Sometimes, everything falls in place, plus things you never even planned. That's how the Orioles ended up pulling off the kind of offseason that the Nationals only dreamed of.

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NFL labor dispute: Players, owners should learn from baseball

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:50:00 EST

Baseball's owners and players emerged deeply scared from their labor disputes. Their NFL counterparts should avoid that fate.

Nationals are cautiously optimistic about pitching

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 01:12:00 EST

After last season's disastrous 0-11 start in spring training play, the Nationals stay low-key about their high hopes for the promising pitching staff.

Can Jayson Werth bring swagger to the Washington Nationals?

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 23:28:02 EST

VIERA, FLA. The Nationals had two offseason goals. One they trumpeted. The other they soft-pedaled because the subject was touchy. They wanted a top-of-the-rotation pitcher. That was a flop. But they also craved an everyday star who could provide more intense clubhouse leadership. That's why they...

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With Nationals rookie Bryce Harper, timing is everything

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 00:13:02 EST

It took only one day for the Bryce Harper Countdown to start. The drumbeat will be constant until he arrives.

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Bryce Harper makes everyone take notice

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 23:22:02 EST

Last year's top overall pick draws plenty of attention in his first spring training workout for the Nationals.

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Washington Nationals spring training: Livan Hernandez, 36, is in no rush to call it a career

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:01:00 EST

Raw numbers don't do justice to Livan Hernandez's value to the Nationals' pitching staff.

Spring training: Washington Nationals' wait for a winning team shouldn't last much longer

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 23:54:00 EST

VIERA, FLA. The Washington Nationals wanted so much more. They're better and they know it. But after years of low hopes, small budgets and mountains of losses, they were so close, at least in their own eyes, to being a winning team that the idea of another year of waiting, of developing talent an...

Nationals spring training: Sleepless nights yield to giddiness

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:16:02 EST

From rookie reliever Cole Kimball to recovering phenom Stephen Strasburg, the first workout for pitchers and catchers brings different levels of anticipation.

Tiger Woods returns to golf amid questions about his game and psyche

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 00:01:00 EST

When Tom Watson was the No. 1 golfer in the world, his old friend Byron Nelson gave him some tough-love advice about how to stay on top amid all the distractions and temptations. A fine pro golfer has one fine thing: his fine golf game. So never neglect it.

2011 NFL playoffs: As Super Bowl approaches, Steelers and Packers led by a different kind of quarterback

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:04:00 EST

The NFL has always been defined by its great quarterbacks. That's not going to change. But the style of the quarterbacks who prosper the most might be altering subtly. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger may illustrate the point in Super Bowl XLV. If you don't have the s...

Washington Nationals might finally give baseball something to talk about, win or lose

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:48:00 EST

With the drama surrounding the futures of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper , the Nationals have a chance to be a glorious break-through or a spectacular mess.

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Washington Nationals bet better defense will pad their win total in 2011

Sat, 08 Jan 2011 00:19:00 EST

Baseball is about to see the equivalent of a laboratory study of the value of defense. If gifted glove men are as valuable as General Manager Mike Rizzo thinks, the Nats might be one of the game's surprise teams in '11.

Adam LaRoche signing shows Washington Nationals now know nothing is free

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:23:02 EST

After signing free agent outfielder Jayson Werth for $126 million, the Washington Nationals have been frustrated in their bid to attract more talent to town.

Washington Redskins finish 6-10, but with restored order under Coach Mike Shanahan

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 00:39:00 EST

The Redskins finished 6-10, but at least are starting to look like an organized team with players who know their assignments.

Redskins vs. Jaguars: Redskins put up an honorable effort in victory over Jaguars

Mon, 27 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. Rob Jackson, Joe Joseph, Darrion Scott, Macho Harris, Byron Westbrook, Vonnie Holliday, Chris Wilson and Kevin Barnes led the defense in the Washington Redskins' 20-17 overtime victory against the playoff-hungry Jacksonville Jaguars here Sunday. You had that, right? Of course, ...

Rex Grossman might not be a star, but he might be what Mike Shanahan wants

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 09:23:00 EST

Jake Plummer. That's what's really interesting about Rex Grossman and the Shanahans. Will Rex become Jake II, the reclamation project, thought to be a bad joke, that confirms and showcases the coach's brilliance? After Grossman's four-touchdown, three-turnover show in a 33-30 loss to Dallas on Su...

Donovan McNabb benching: Mike Shanahan wears two hats and should add a third - dunce cap

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:53:00 EST

The personnel guy who dealt for McNabb just eight months ago and the X's-and-O's guru of a coach who can't get rid of him fast enough now are the same person.

With Jayson Werth signing, Washington Nationals' owners and general manager are on the same page

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:22:00 EST

Nationals ownership and General Manager Mike Rizzo finally appear to be on the same page during an offseason in which the club has signed Jayson Werth and continues to look for a first baseman and pitching help.

Cliff Lee deal with Phillies proves we know less than we think we do

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 23:52:05 EST

Not so fast. When everybody knows the future, be careful.

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Washington Redskins' botched snap on extra point vs. Bucs captures an era

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:01:02 EST

With one botched extra-point snap with nine seconds to play, the Redskins created a moment that captures an entire era.

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Boston Red Sox' contract to Carl Crawford raises questions

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 23:58:05 EST

With the $142 million deal they gave to Carl Crawford, the Boston Red Sox just made the Washington Nationals look smart. Or, at least, the Nats now look a lot less dumb for giving Jayson Werth $126 million.

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Lerners gamble with Washington Nationals' signing of Jayson Werth

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 00:05:02 EST

The Washington Nationals' signing of free agent outfielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million contract is well worth the gamble. Sometimes you have to jump-start the future.

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Albert Haynesworth must be let go by Redskins - now

Sun, 05 Dec 2010 23:43:03 EST

The silly saga that is Albert Haynesworth was on display once again on Sunday, and it's clearly time for the Redskins to send the defensive lineman packing.

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It's hot stove time, and it's not too early to worry about the Nationals

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 00:09:02 EST

It is several weeks too soon to judge the Nationals' offseason. Carlos Pena, Carl Pavano, Carl Crawford and other holiday packages are still out there on the shopping shelves at prices the Nats could afford. A year ago, the Nats hadn't even signed Pudge Rodriguez. Matt Capps and Jason Marquis did...

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Redskins' loss to Vikings a temporary setback

Sun, 28 Nov 2010 23:56:00 EST

The Redskins' chances at a December run were hampered by a block-in-the-back penalty, but better days still appear to be ahead for the franchise.

Washington Capitals respond after Bruce Boudreau cracks the whip a bit

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 00:07:02 EST

After enduring their first real challenge of the season, the Capitals appear more united.

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Redskins' OT defeat of Titans in Nashville provides melodrama worthy of a country music song

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:29:03 EST

NASHVILLE Six days ago the Redskins sat in their locker room in mute disbelief at the historic disgrace they had inflicted on themselves on "Monday Night Football" with the NFL world watching, as they fell behind further and faster than any home team in history. On Sunday here in Music City, in a...

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Mike Shanahan needs to play to Redskins' strengths

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 00:36:02 EST

The Redskins coach must learn that what worked in mile-high Denver isn't working so far in Washington.

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Redskins-Eagles pregame scuffle only fired up Philadelphia and exposed Washington

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 02:29:00 EST

For years the Redskins have fundamentally misunderstood their place in the football world. It manifests itself in new, bizarre and self-defeating forms that you could never imagine.

Redskins' offensive woes have been years in the making

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:19:00 EST

Part of the reason the Redskins' offense has struggled under new Coach Mike Shanahanand quarterback Donovan McNabb is because they inherited a wreck of a unit upon arriving in Washington.

Washington Wizards have a chance to be decent, but they have to work at it

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 00:35:03 EST

Washington has John Wall and other promising talent, but is not as young and full of potential as some might think and had best get to work in a serious way or it could easily wind up as a truly bad team - even by Wizards standards.

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San Francisco gets to celebrate as the Giants hold the Rangers at bay to win World Series

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 00:39:00 EDT

ARLINGTON, TEX. Believe it, San Francisco. Open your eyes. Let out your breath. Watch the sun hit the Golden Gate Bridge in the morning as you rub your eyes. Those of you that went to bed anyway. Bobby Richardson isn't going to snag Willie McCovey's line drive to end Game 7 of the World Series wi...

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In Madison Bumgarner, Giants turn to the future, and it's bright

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 01:31:00 EDT

What Giants starter Madison Bumgarner did to the American League's top-hitting team, dropping the Rangers into a three-games-to-one World Series deficit while fanning six, he may well do to the rest of baseball for many years

In Game 3, World Series given new life by Rangers and their fans

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 23:58:00 EDT

ARLINGTON, TEX. This was the cheer-drenched night when the Texas Rangers found their way out of the baseball wilderness at last and marched into the center of the sport's universe, the World Series.

Matt Cain helps Giants take control of the World Series. Yes, Matt Cain.

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 01:18:00 EDT

Thanks in large part to Matt Cain, not one of the ballyhooed starting pitchers of this postseason, the San Francisco Giants have a two-games-to-none stranglehold on this World Series.

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The Giants tug on Superman's cape, and Cliff Lee is brought down

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 02:07:00 EDT

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cliff Lee's earned run average in eight postseason games over the past two years was 1.26 heading into this World Series. As such, he was quite rightly the focal point, the fulcrum and the fascination of everyone who analyzed this battle between San Francisco's "misfits and casto...

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2010 World Series offers hope for mid-budget franchises

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 23:10:08 EDT

Neither the San Francisco Giants nor the Texas Rangers was a competitive franchise three years ago. Smart rebuilding projects vaulted both franchises into this year's World Series.

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Rangers vs. Giants in World Series proves the overlooked inherit October

Sun, 24 Oct 2010 01:41:02 EDT

The Giants and the Rangers are headed to the World Series in a postseason which has defied expectations and made fools of those who spent the most money on the most famous players.

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With win in ALCS Game 5, Yankees might have found their stride

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 23:27:01 EDT

NEW YORK After waiting for 39 years, Texas has truly earned its moment of ginger-ale celebration if the Rangers go to the World Series. It's just not appropriate that folks in Yankee Stadium, who've enjoyed pennant-winning parties 45 times, should get to watch their show. So, in a sense, the Yank...

A.J. Burnett can't quite deliver as Yankees fall to Rangers

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 02:31:00 EDT

NEW YORK -- When you play for the Yankees and they give you the really big money because you've got the talent to match the deal, there are nights, usually right here in the Bronx, when the city measures you by its simple tough-guy standards: thumbs up or thumbs down.

Cliff Lee completes masterful job interview with the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 12:25:03 EDT

NEW YORK Perhaps once in a generation the New York Yankees' money actually works against them. Oh, you're not buying that idea? Okay, how about once a century? All right, how about never - until Monday night. That's when Cliff Lee held his $100 million free agent job interview on the pitching mou...

Shanahan, McNabb are helping the Redskins recapture their past

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 02:07:03 EDT

A new foundation, like the ones that were built by so many other Redskins in previous decades, is once again being laid.

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Tim Lincecum, Roy Halladay get down and dirty in NLCS Game 1

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 00:57:02 EDT

It wasn't pretty, but the Giants and Phillies' aces provided baseball with a down and dirty brawl.

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Is it time for Washington baseball fans to 'forgive' the Texas Rangers?

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 23:56:01 EDT

D.C. baseball fans have had prickly Ranger feelings for ages, long after the Senators left. But now that Texas has advanced for the first time in the postseason, is it time for forgive?

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For Redskins, improvement down the roster continues long after changes at the top

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:07:00 EDT

The Redskins made high-profile changes at the top, but the team's recent success is coming because of improvement deeper down the roster, from new players contributing to more established players being transformed.

As the baseball playoffs begin, making predictions is sheer folly

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 00:22:00 EDT

Long ago, psychologists discovered that racetrack gamblers became more confident of their picks as soon as they actually put their money down. At least you can analyze a horse. But studies showed the same jump in confidence after making a lottery guess.

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Redskins' Donovan McNabb is the homecoming king in Philadelphia, but he wasn't alone

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 00:17:00 EDT

Donovan McNabb's strong performance in his return to Philadelphia was hardly a shock. But the Redskins' recovery - especially on defense -- a week after their dismal loss to the lowly Rams was fairly stunning.

2010 Ryder Cup: Can it be the start of a turnaround for Tiger Woods?

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 23:53:01 EDT

This Ryder Cup feels like a perfect underdog opportunity for Tiger Woods to play the role of unselfish teammate and add a crucial element to a potential American upset in Wales.

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It's time for the Washington Nationals to start thinking big

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 00:03:00 EDT

If the Nationals are ever going to maximize the potential of their market and capitalize on the years they have Stephen Strasburg, they have to start thinking big.

Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond - the right combination?

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 21:51:00 EDT

For brief moments, Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond can make the gray skies over Nationals Park go away as they demonstrate their potential to be a potent second base-shortstop combination for years to come.

For the NFL's worst, it always gets better when they play the Redskins

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 00:35:00 EDT

ST. LOUIS If Mike Shanahan and Donovan McNabb had any doubts about what they were getting into, now they know.

As Nats embark on next journey, will Stan Kasten be on board?

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 23:24:01 EDT

For the past five years, the public face of the Washington Nationals has been President Stan Kasten. Like a pit bull with a law degree, he has stood on the front step of Nationals Park and defended the team and its owners, the Lerner family, from every criticism.

Donovan McNabb was at his best in Redskins' loss to Texans

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 00:06:00 EDT

In many seasons, a defeat like the one the Redskins suffered in overtime Sunday to the Texans, 30-27, could be a wrecking ball that damages the foundation of a whole season. How many times can you have a game in your hands and still find a way to lose?

Comparing and contrasting Buck Showalter, Jim Riggleman

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:12:01 EDT

The O's and Nats' managers bring vastly different styles to the task of rebuilding franchises.

Washington Redskins get off to a fine start under Mike Shanahan

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 01:36:00 EDT

Now that's exactly how a new Redskins era should begin.

Washington Nationals' future lineup likely won't include Adam Dunn

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 23:55:01 EDT

Adam Dunn is done in Washington. All season, the Nationals have had an internal debate over a classic question of baseball theory: Do the synergies a 40-homer cleanup hitter brings to a lineup outweigh the damage done to a defense by a below-average first baseman with little range? The Nats have ...

Baseball's 'playoffs' begin in September

Sat, 04 Sep 2010 23:51:00 EDT

Baseball's "playoffs" really begin in September, when the contenders are separated from the pretenders in the heat of the pennant drives.

For Washington Nationals' real fans, September call-ups hold much promise

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 00:32:00 EDT

September call-ups will gave the Nationals an exciting glimpse into their future with such prospects as Danny Espinoza and Wilson Ramos.

Bryce Harper could turn Washington Nationals' dreams to reality

Fri, 27 Aug 2010 00:40:00 EDT

Look directly at Bryce Harper. Watch his batting practice home run on Thursday as it lands in the third deck in Nationals Park. Watch him blast balls over the fence in every direction.

With Mike Shanahan now in charge, the Washington Redskins hope to take the first step for a franchise turnaround

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 01:14:00 EDT

One key to happiness is hoping for the best but keeping a sane grip on what's really most likely to happen. Unfortunately, those two ideas are often far apart. Seldom is the fantasy-reality gap bigger than in sports. Hence, the creation of the word "Boooooo."

Washington Nationals should shut down Stephen Strasburg for the season

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:04:00 EDT

After watching Stephen Strasburg grimace in pain after a fifth-inning changeup on Saturday and leave the game quickly, we should consider ourselves sufficiently warned.

Against all reason, Roger Clemens took a risk and now he's facing the consequences

Fri, 20 Aug 2010 00:14:00 EDT

Roger Clemens is not stupid, so how can he be this dumb?

With Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals now have three franchise players

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 03:08:00 EDT

Baseball fans can win two ways. Their team can be great. Or a player can be so sublime that his performance, year after year, almost every day for six months at a time, gives so much accumulated pleasure that his individual art actually rivals victory.

Nationals encounter risks, rewards of dealing with Scott Boras while working to sign Bryce Harper

Sun, 15 Aug 2010 21:58:00 EDT

Just how deeply is agent Scott Boras now embedded in the fabric of the Nationals, especially if as is expected, his client Bryce Harper signs with Washington by midnight on Monday night?

Washington Nationals need to sign Harper and Dunn

Thu, 12 Aug 2010 20:12:00 EDT

The Washington Nationals are in need of a couple of good signs: first, top draft pick Bryce Harper; then, slugging first baseman Adam Dunn.

Nationals rookie Stephen Strasburg gets a taste of reality

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:33:00 EDT

Nationals rookie right-hander Stephen Strasburg got a hard dose of big league reality Tuesday night in his return from the disabled list.

Matt Capps helps National League get the win -- and relief

Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

ANAHEIM, CALIF. Nobody ever tells the truth about a losing streak until it's over.

George Steinbrenner: Yankees owner was full of bravado and bluster

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The death of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner on the morning of the All-Star Game is the perfect, appropriate and perhaps the only sufficiently extravagant sendoff for such a man.

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Influx of powerful young pitchers may help National League level the playing field with American League

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The National League's crop of talented young pitchers may enable the Senior Circuit to level the playing field with the American League.

Nats' future rotation offers multiple choices, elusive answers

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Washington Nationals' pitching rotation of the future is about to arrive. It's coming in a hurry and in waves, one crashing on top of the other, over the next two to five weeks. In all, the Nats have 11 pitchers -- five of them recovering from injury almost simultaneously -- fighting for the ...

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History reminds us Stephen Strasburg is better off not being an all-star yet

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Each baseball era thinks it is unique. More often, it duplicates past plots precisely. Stephen Strasburg might have been this decade's version of Mark Fidrych, Fernando Valenzuela or Hideo Nomo, rookie pitchers who started All-Star Games in '76, '81 and '95, respectively. But Strasburg, 21, didn't...

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Washington Nationals shouldn't trade Adam Dunn or Josh Willingham

Sat, 03 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

At the midpoint of their season Friday, the Nationals pondered two intertwined questions. Are they close to being a winning team, as they seemed in April and May (record: 26-26), or are they as bad as they looked in June (8-19)? If they're not as good as they had hoped, should they react to their...

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Washington Nationals' sloppy play is catching up to them

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Nationals blew leads all weekend in Baltimore, capping weeks of progressively sloppier play. The line "we're playing hard, but we're just losing," isn't cutting it anymore.

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Even in defeat, Nationals' Strasburg continues to amaze

Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Now, after suffering his first major league defeat , 1-0, to Kansas City on Wednesday, Stephen Strasburg is starting to learn how Walter Johnson felt.

Graeme McDowell rides wave of calm to U.S. Open title

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF. Sometimes, you can hear the voice of a U.S. Open champion in the making and not even know it at the time.

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The grandeur of a U.S. Open is carefully plotted

Sun, 20 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF. Because Washington has hosted a pro golf tournament almost every summer for the past 30 years, the city's fans justifiably feel that they understand the experience of the sport at a high level. From the days when Greg Norman and Tom Kite won the Kemper Open to the AT&T Na...

Phil Mickelson's chance to seize the crown is now

Sat, 19 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF. The ruffling and shuffling you hear in the background of this U.S. Open isn't a flock of seagulls arriving off the Pacific. Instead, it is a changing of the animal pecking order in the world of golf as Tiger Woods , after another over-par round here on Friday, moves back to...

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If Tiger Woods can't win a major at Pebble Beach or St. Andrews, where can he?

Fri, 18 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Tiger Woods shot 3-over-par Thursday, which begs a question: If he can't win at Pebble Beach or St. Andrews this year, where can he win the four majors he need to equal Jack Nicklaus's record?

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Should Stephen Strasburg resist the urge to become a strikeout king?

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Eventually, there'll probably be hundreds of approaches to analyzing Stephen Strasburg's career. But after his first 16 starts as a National -- three in spring training, 11 in the minors and two in the majors -- one largely unexpected, and not entirely welcome trend seems likely: Strasburg will be a...

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Just a hint of Stephen Strasburg's top capacity is simply stunning

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Before Tuesday night, Stephen Strasburg's major league debut was a must-attend event or, at least, a must watch TV moment for any baseball fan. Both his talent and the unprecedented hype surrounding his arrival demanded it. Now, that's utterly changed.

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With Stephen Strasburg, everything is finally possible for D.C. baseball

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The longer you've been a D.C. baseball fan, the more you deserve what's about to happen, starting on Tuesday night. Other towns demand a pennant. Since the end of World War II, Washington has just asked for a future. Not a promise, just a possibility.

Nationals are more furious about loss than excited about future

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

While excited about the future with Stephen Strasburg coming up and the likely addition of Bryce Harper with Monday's No. 1 draft pick, the Nationals are irritated by recent outcomes on the field.

One day after botched call, Motor City takes higher road

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Baseball umpire Jim Joyce made a hideously incorrect ruling Wednesday night that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga one of the rarest achievements in the sport: a perfect game. But 15 hours later, when Galarraga made his way to home plate before Thursday afternoon's game to present his...

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Nationals' progress is making struggling Orioles easy to forget

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

With the Nationals' fortunes improving and the Orioles having the worst record in the majors, local baseball loyalties may be starting to shift.

Pay attention to the count, baseball's hidden treasure

Thu, 27 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

How do you watch a baseball game? To enjoy the sport fully, you have to grasp the huge importance of the ball-strike count -- especially the power of "strike two." The count is where the strategic heart of the game is found. That's where every iota of study and intuition about your enemy comes in...

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Especially if their 10-game trip goes well, it could be an exciting summer for the Washington Nationals

Mon, 24 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

If the Nationals make it back from their upcoming 10-game trip at or near .500, they will have a chance to "make a run," if they are capable of it.

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If Santana Moss used, then he cheated, too

Fri, 21 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Every area of society has rules. We debate them. Over time, we sometimes change them. Some rules, we never change. When you break the rules, you take your chances and pay the penalty.

Stephen Strasburg's brilliant, but history suggests he might have growing pains

Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Many of the most lustrous pitching prospects struggled initially after their major league call-ups.

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Believe it or not, the Washington Nationals are a franchise on the rise

Thu, 13 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

So much has happened so fast it's hard to keep up with the transformation of the Nationals. The changes began late in 2008, when the Lerners finally decided to spend some money, then accelerated last spring when Mike Rizzo became GM and Stan Kasten's views were given more weight. In the past mont...

The return of Tiger Woods the great? Be willing to wait

Tue, 11 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Tiger Woods is 34, an age when other greats have started to decline, and in the midst of the most trying year of his life, which means we might have to wait a while before we see him play the golf we're used to seeing him play, if he ever does again.

Whether he likes it or not, Washington Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman deserves praise

Fri, 07 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Manager Jim Riggleman may not want to take any of the credit for the Nationals' improvement this season, but he deserves some anyway.

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Nationals have an opportunity to capture the hearts of Washingtonians this summer

Tue, 04 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The window is now open for the Nats. For three months, until the Redskins rev up again, the town is theirs if they can take it.

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Capitals' ability to cope leaves an opening for hope

Sat, 01 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Washington Capitals have begun to digest how they squandered a three games to one lead against the Montreal Canadiens, and that's helping steel their belief in the future.

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Washington Capitals are built for the regular season and they are punished for it in the Stanley Cup playoffs

Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Washington Capitals must decide whether the creative, free-wheeling, crowd-pleasing offensive system they've built is so at odds with the rugged, tense nature of NHL playoff hockey that it must be fundamentally changed.

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Washington Capitals press their luck with yet another Game 7

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In the last 25 years, the Capitals have blown a two-game lead in a playoff series six times. This year's stakes, with Washington the best team in the NHL in the regular season, are higher than ever.

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This year's Washington Nationals look like a different bunch

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

On Saturday, after they had lost in 13 innings to the Dodgers in a game they could and should have won several different times, the Nationals were so silent you could hear the sweat drip in their clubhouse. That's when you discover the competitive character of pro teams in all sports. How do they...

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