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The Redskins’ indefatigable linebacker barely has slowed down in his 14th season. He leads the NFL in tackles and has the most since 2000. And, oh yeah, he’s never missed a game. He said if the Redskins want him to return, “they’ll have to show me.”

We know what that means, but the Redskins shouldn’t write a check that Fletcher’s body can’t cash.

• What the NCAA thinks it proved with Ohio State’s weak penalties.

The “Tattoo-gate” players got their penalty, as did former football coach Jim Tressel, slapped with a five-year, de facto blackball. Remaining players got a bowl ban in 2012, and new coach Urban Myer got nine fewer scholarships. But Gene Smith and Gordon Gee? They got nothing.

There’s something wrong with the picture when an athletic director and school president go untouched.

• Why the Wizards looked like two different teams in the preseason.

Dreadful was an understatement when the Wizards trailed Philadelphia by 40 points in the third quarter last week. But the young squad comported itself much better in Tuesday’s rematch before losing by seven. The results may vary this season, but the effort must be consistent.

Climbing out of the basement will take hard work, and clowns need not apply.

• What Floyd Mayweather will learn from spending 90 days in jail.

Judge Melissa Saragosa barely laid a glove on the boxing champ, sentencing him to 90 days for domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend. He could have received 18 months after admitting to hitting Josie Harris and twisting her arm. Prosecutors argued, correctly, that the sentence is too light.

If the courts won’t teach batterers a lesson, women might have to do it themselves.

• How undrafted rookies can be more impressive than Willie Smith.

Making the 53-man roster was a great start. But that’s nothing compared to Smith’s performance on the Redskins’ offensive line since seeing his first action in Week 14. He handled himself well against two of the league’s better pass rushers, and he’ll face another one Saturday in Minnesota’s Jared Allen.

The Redskins’ future is bright if Mike Shanahan can find guys like this on the street.

• Why the NFL waited so long before addressing concussion issues.

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