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WNBA star Sue Bird comes out as gay, says she's dating USWNT's Megan Rapinoe

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Sue Bird realized she was gay while at the University of Connecticut, but she waited until her 15th year in the WNBA to announce it publicly. In a lengthy profile published Thursday by ESPN, Bird came out and said that she was in a…

Ole Miss football coach resigns amid reports of phone call to escort service

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Hugh Freeze quit following reports that he used his school-issued phone to call an escort service. The call was brought to the attention of university officials by an attorney for former coach Houston Nutt, who is suing the school.

Should Washington celebrate Ryan Zimmerman's franchise HR record? It's complicated.

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The Nationals veteran's 235th homer broke a franchise record set in Montreal. But what about that Washington record?

Apologetic O.J. Simpson is granted parole

O.J. Simpson, who has served nine years, mouthed the words "thank you" as he stood and returned to his cell, where he will remain until fall.

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Draymond Green scoffs at Blazers' talk of being a major threat with Carmelo Anthony

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Portland's Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum may be guilty of irrational exuberance, not to mention tampering.

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The Nets' owner showed Stephen Colbert his martial arts acrobatics dungeon

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The owner of the Brooklyn Nets is no ordinary man. In fact, he’s no ordinary billionaire even. He’s a Russian oligarch named Mikhail Prokhorov and he’s got a unique hobby. Prokhorov practices a little-known Tibetan martial arts known as…

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How a teammate’s landlord saved Nats reliever Ryan Madson’s career

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The reliever attributes his late-career resurgence mostly to an electric therapy machine and a personal trainer he met by happenstance.

Beyond ‘nipple-gate’: CONCACAF looks into alleged bite during U.S.’s odd Gold Cup win

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The U.S. Soccer Federation has shared with CONCACAF Gold Cup’s disciplinary committee a photo of bite marks on defender Omar Gonzalez’s shoulder, allegedly inflicted during one of several odd incidents in Wednesday’s quarterfinal between…

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'We should have a team meeting': Cubs are confused about their new group celebration

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Team celebrations can be elaborate; they can be silly; they can be intricate. But in the case of the Chicago Cubs, their team celebration is barely noticeable. Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, who somehow wrote 800 words about this new celebration…

NFL tries ditching No Fun League rep after years of unwittingly adding to it

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By relaxing the rules on celebrations this year, the NFL will attempt an abrupt and remarkable about-face from decades of implementing restrictions.

Kyrie Irving said little to reassure Cavs fans that LeBron James won't leave next year

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As Cleveland fans already know, supporting their hometown teams isn’t always easy, so that the Cavaliers are going through what one might call a rough patch at the moment isn’t exactly revelatory. However, because the current uncertainty…

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Adrian Beltre, chasing his 3,000th hit, would rather help the Rangers chase a playoff spot

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“This is a time when teams become buyers or sellers, and right now we’re not helping [our cause]. But me, I’m a buyer. I’ve always been a buyer,” said the Texas's clubhouse leader.

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Hours before O.J. Simpson's parole hearing, Kato Kaelin is furious — about the Brewers

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One of the world's most celebrated career houseguests is plenty riled up as he searches for the real closer.

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NBA steals July with summer league

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Pro basketball’s offseason has taken over the slowest month on the sports calendar, and it’s happened in a way that would have seemed impossible to many NBA insiders just a few years ago.

‘It’s addicting’: Redskins punter fulfills dream by creating board game

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Tress Way loved two things about the Associated Press’s list of the top 100 college football programs of all-time, which the Redskins punter came across on Twitter last August: His alma mater, Oklahoma, was No. 2 (and ranked ahead of Texas…

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Early in the Open, England makes another push toward the elusive

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England hasn't won an Open since 1992, but it certainly has known a wealth of contention

Why is hot-hitting Anthony Rendon batting sixth in the Nationals’ order?

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Perhaps it is a testament to the way they shored up their bullpen this week that one of the more heated subjects of Nationals-related discussion these days is Dusty Baker’s construction of the top of his batting order.…

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Former draft pick Alex Meyer shows Nationals what may have been

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Meyer, now with the Angels, takes a no-hitter into the sixth inning as Washington falls, 7-0.

Bryce Harper, Mike Trout won’t face off Wednesday as the Nationals slugger rests

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Nationals’ game against the Angels will be nationally televised Wednesday night, albeit after East Coast prime time, and the intrigue is obvious. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper playing against each other, two of…

Keeping Wizards’ core together leaves their window open

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John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. are just 26, 24 and 24, so there’s still room to improve.

Wednesday, Jul 19

D.C.’s Citi Open adds Halep, Raonic and Dimitrov to its strongest field in years

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The deepest player field in years at the Citi Open got another big boost Wednesday as the tournament announced three top 10 players had received wild-card entries into the main draw of the men’s and women’s tournaments. Simona Halep,…

Here’s someone willing to defend Bruce Allen’s statement about Kirk Cousins: Chris Cooley

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Some Redskins fans complained in recent days that the Washington sports media consensus has been too critical of Bruce Allen for his statement Monday afternoon, and thus too sympathetic to Kirk Cousins’s case. (Really.) These fans — and I…

The easiest part of the rest of O.J. Simpson’s life may be Thursday’s parole hearing

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For the first time in O.J. Simpson’s long life, something involving the former football star seems destined to proceed smoothly and without controversy Thursday when the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners meets to consider his fate.…

Sean Doolittle on shaky save in Nationals debut: ‘I promise they won’t all be like that’

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Sean Doolittle missed with most of his warm-up pitches before the ninth inning Tuesday night. Baseball’s knack for narrative resulted in a save situation on his very first day as a National, on the road, against a…

Tuesday, Jul 18

Kirk Cousins risks little financially in gambling on future

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Former NFL executives say Cousins’ play to date virtually assures top-dollar contract in 2018, whether with Redskins or elsewhere.

Redskins mailbag: The Kirk Cousins aftermath edition

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The wait has finally ended, but it couldn’t just come and go quietly. The Redskins generated a great deal of attention even though it was long believed that they had very little chance of signing Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal. The…

Cousins ‘at peace’ with one-year Redskins deal

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Washington's quarterback makes his first public comments on his lack of a long-term contract with the Redskins.

First, Bruce Allen made the Kirk Cousins situation bad. Then, he made it worse.

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In an effort to get the upper hand in public perception, Redskins president raises the level of acrimony.

Monday, Jul 17

Redskins and Kirk Cousins fail to reach long-term deal as deadline passes

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Once again, the Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins stood pat, and once again, the team’s quarterback situation will lack clarity beyond the next 12 months. As expected, the NFL’s 4 p.m. deadline passed Monday, and Cousins and the team…

Fantasy football 2017: The most overrated and underrated QBs

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Which quarterbacks are going too early in fantasy football drafts? Which ones are potential steals?

The Nats improved the bullpen. But who'll close?

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CINCINNATI — The Nationals addressed a glaring weakness Sunday, acquiring relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Athletics. It was only a matter of time before something was done to strengthen a relief corps that is sporting the…

At long last, trade with Athletics brings Nationals a bit of relief

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Additions of Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson will shorten the game for Washington.

Sunday, Jul 16

Nationals keep the hit parade going with five homers in rout of Reds

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Daniel Murphy goes deep twice as Washington rolls, 14-4, with a lineup missing a lot of regular starters.

Kirk Cousins likely to play under franchise tag again

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It has long been expected that Cousins would wind up playing out the franchise tag for a second straight year — something no NFL quarterback has ever done.

Roger Federer further cements hold on record books with 8th Wimbledon win

The 35-year-old Swiss star became the oldest Wimbledon champion of the Open Era and extended his Grand Slam title total to 19 without dropping a set to Croatia’s Marin Cilic.

Nationals’ Joe Ross will undergo Tommy John surgery on right elbow

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CINCINNATI — Nationals right-hander Joe Ross has a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday morning, Manager Dusty Baker announced Saturday. The procedure will…