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Captain Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals have been eliminated early in the NHL playoffs four years in a row. Expectations this year are low for seventh-seeded Washington, which opens its Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against Boston on Thursday. (The Washington Times/Andrew Harnik)

Captain Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals have been eliminated early in the NHL playoffs four years in a row. Expectations this year are low for seventh-seeded Washington, which opens its Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against Boston on Thursday. (The Washington Times/Andrew Harnik)

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The biggest villains in sports

Ray Rice is just the latest famous athlete to draw the ire of the American public. Sports stars haven’t always acted as role models — both on and off the field.