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Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, left, stands at home plate as San Francisco Giants Joe Panik, center, is congratulated by Pablo Sandoval after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Giants’ outburst halts Nationals’ winning streak at 10

- Associated Press

Tim Hudson and four relievers quieted bats of the Nationals, who apparently don’t have an inexhaustible supply of comeback wins and last-at-bat heroics. During their success streak, Washington had seven one-run victories, five come-from-behind wins and five walk-offs.

Katie Ledecky of the U.S. right, and team mate Cierra Runge embrace after Ledecky set a new world record in her women's 400m freestyle final at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Ledecky set a new world record of 3:58.37 ahead of Runge and Lauren Boyle of New Zealand.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Katie Ledecky breaks own world record in 400 freestyle

- Associated Press

The 17-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland, also holds the world records in the 800 and 1,500 freestyle events, and narrowly missed improving her mark in the 800 earlier at the Pan Pacs.

Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher (97) during organized team activities at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

‘Unblockable’ Jason Hatcher set for Redskins debut

- The Washington Times

Coaches like to say that players like Hatcher have a bit of an edge, or a mean streak. Hatcher said he is “a hard guy.” But perhaps veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall described him best. “Just a dog,” Hall said. “Just a gangster, man. He’s unblockable.”

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) reacts after Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) was sacked during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Johnny Manziel fined by NFL for middle finger at Redskins

- Associated Press

Browns coach Mike Pettine was “extremely disappointed” by Manziel’s conduct and said the 21-year-old’s on-field behavior factored into the team’s decision in naming a starter.

A dejected Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71) walks off the field with teamates after a 27-20 to the Detroit Lions at FedExField, Landover, Md., September 22, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Trent Williams, DeAngelo Hall honored by Redskins

- The Washington Times

Running back Alfred Morris was honored with the the team’s community service award, while quarterback Robert Griffin III was honored with the team’s “salute” award, recognizing his contributions to the military.

Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon, right, douses teammate Denard Span after Span scored the winning run on a throwing error by Arizona Diamondback third baseman Jordan Pacheco during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Washington. The Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks 1-0. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Walk-off wonders: Nationals show heart with late-inning dramatics

- The Washington Times

While the Redskins pass time by playing out the NFL’s pretend portion of the football schedule, the Nationals have captured Washington’s attention by winning. Winning every game. Winning games that they seemed intent on losing, in the nightly drama that has played out at Nationals Park.

Michael Phelps of the U.S. leans on a lane rope after his men's 100m freestyle final at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Cameron McEvoy of Australia won the race ahead of Nathan Adrian in second and James Magnussen of Australia in third. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky lead U.S. to relay golds

- Associated Press

The 29-year-old Phelps, swimming in his first international meet since coming out of retirement, helped the United States win the 4x200-meter relay Friday at the Pan Pacific championships.

Chicago's Trey Hondras (24) scores the second of two runs on a throwing error by Philadelphia catcher Scott Bandura, top, who takes the late relay throw from right field during the second inning of an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

No Mo’ne on mound, Philly loses to Chicago in LLWS

- Associated Press

Joshua Houston had a clutch two-run single, reliever Cameron Bufford pitched a tense scoreless sixth inning, and Chicago held off gritty Philadelphia 6-5 on Thursday night in a matchup of inner-city teams at the Little League World Series.

United States' Omar Gonzalez, right, pats goalkeeper Tim Howard on the chest during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Tim Howard taking break from U.S. national team

Associated Press

The three-time World Cup veteran has asked U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann not to consider him for selection to the roster until September 2015. Howard is not retiring from international play, however; the decision is driven mainly by his desire to spend more time with his family.

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Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi (3) grabs a rebound in front of Los Angeles Sparks' Kristi Toliver (20) as Mercury's Candice Dupree (4) looks on during the first half in Game 1 of the WNBA basketball Western Conference semifinals Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Mercury beats Sparks 75-72 in WNBA playoffs

Associated Press

Diana Taurasi hit four straight free throws in the final 40 seconds, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Los Angeles Sparks 75-72 on Friday night in the first round of the WNBA playoffs.

MLB Calendar

Associated Press

Sept. 1 - Active rosters expand to 40 players.

WNBA Playoff Capsules

- Associated Press

Diana Taurasi hit four straight free throws in the final 40 seconds, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Los Angeles Sparks 75-72 on Friday night in the first round of the WNBA playoffs.

Mud runs _ big fun, big risk, big business

- Associated Press

Playing dirty has a whole new meaning; just ask anyone who has ever taken part in one of the latest sports crazes - obstacle mud running.

NFL Calendar

Associated Press

Aug. 26 - Teams must reduce rosters to maximum of 75 active players.

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Gray pitches into 9th, A's top Angels

- Associated Press

Sean Doolittle couldn't find much fault with his latest outing, which was strange considering the Athletics' closer nearly ruined Sonny Gray's best start in more than four weeks.

Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt talks with reporters at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after learning he will be the starting Illini quarterback. Lunt transferred from Oklahoma State after starting as a freshman but sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules. Illinois starts its season Aug. 30 against Youngstown State. (AP Photo/David Mercer)

Illini hope weapons around Lunt an upgrade on 2013

- Associated Press

It was all but a given that Illinois would name Wes Lunt its starting quarterback. What is less certain is the quality of the players around the transfer from Oklahoma State.

Family of man held in Iran take part in races

Associated Press

Family members and supporters of a former U.S. Marine convicted of criminal charges in Iran have taken part in Flint races to honor him and publicize his plight.