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In a Saturday, March 1, 2014, photo, Scott Janssen keeps control of his sled rounding the corner near Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for Iditarod 42 in Anchorage, Alaska. A weather pattern that has buried the eastern U.S. in snow has left Alaska fairly warm and relatively snow-free this winter, forcing the world's most famous sled dog race farther north. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News,Anne Raup)

Warm weather forced Iditarod farther north

- Associated Press

Much of the start of the world’s most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move the start further north where there is snow and ice.

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Columnist Thom Loverro returns to The Washington Times sports section after a nearly four-year absence. (The Washington Times)

The Times' Thom Loverro named D.C.'s top sportswriter

- The Washington Times

Washington Times sports columnist Thom Loverro has been named District of Columbia Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, a membership organization consisting of 800 sportscasters and sportswriters from across the nation.

Katie Ledecky of the U.S. points into the crowd after she set a new world record in her women's 1500m freestyle final at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Ledecky won the race setting a new world record of 15 minutes, 28.36 seconds.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Katie Ledecky star of show at USA Swimming awards banquet

- Associated Press

The 17-year-old from Maryland earned five gold medals at last summer's Pan Pacific championships at freestyle distances ranging from 200 to 1,500 meters, setting world records on consecutive nights.

Transit police in Maryland say they stopped the 29-year-old Michael Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Michael Phelps banned without pay for 6 months by USA Swimming

- Associated Press

The punishment came in the wake of Phelps' arrest last week on DUI charges. On Sunday, Phelps announced on Twitter that he was taking a break from swimming and the Octagon agency said Phelps would enter an in-patient treatment program.

Transit police in Maryland say they stopped the 29-year-old Michael Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Michael Phelps had .14 blood alcohol level when stopped by police

- Associated Press

The 29-year-old Phelps was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in his native Baltimore, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Katie Ledecky of the U.S. smiles after she set a new world record in her women's 1500m freestyle final at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Ledecky won the race setting a new world record of 15 minutes, 28.36 seconds.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Katie Ledecky repeats as USA Swimming athlete of year

Associated Press

Ledecky, of Bethesda, Maryland, had five world-record swims over a two-month stretch this summer, capped with world records in the 400 and 1,500 freestyles on consecutive nights in Australia at the Pan Pacific meet.

Floyd Mayweather, right, follows through on a punch at Marcos Maidana during their title boxing match Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Mayweather stays unbeaten in fight with only a little bite

- Associated Press

Mayweather dominated Marcos Maidana from the opening bell, using his boxing skills to keep the Argentine off balance and pile up points on his way to a unanimous 12-round decision to retain his welterweight and super welterweight titles before a crowd at the MGM Grand that sometimes booed the lack of action.