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Brian McNally

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Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) stops a shot by Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, in the shootout portion of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Washington. The Sabres won 2-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

USA! US - oh wait - Sabres' Ryan Miller stymies Capitals again

The expected starter for Team USA at next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia sent Capitals fans home unhappy after handing Washington a 2-1 shootout loss Sunday. It was the second time in two weeks that Ryan Miller helped the NHL's worst team beat the Caps. Published January 12, 2014

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates, top, watches his team from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.   (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Caps in precarious position as Olympic break nears

A loss on Thursday night in Tampa Bay, and Washington could be out of playoff position entirely. There is work to be done. But can the Caps take anything positive from a recent 0-2-2 stretch, which included Saturday's frustrating 5-3 loss at Minnesota? Published January 8, 2014

Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel, right, celebrates his goal with James van Riemsdyk during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Mark Blinch)

A United States hockey gold wouldn't qualify as a miracle in Sochi

It has been 34 years since the United States men's hockey team captivated the country with its Miracle on Ice. But with the 2014 Winter Olympics just weeks away now in the Russian resort town of Sochi, it is clear there wouldn't be anything miraculous about a gold medal this time around. Published January 2, 2014

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson takes the ice with young hockey players during the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team Camp at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va., Monday, August 26, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

John Carlson, others hope for call to Team USA

Carlson will learn his fate by watching on television following Wednesday's Winter Classic in Ann Arbor between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. After the game, USA Hockey will announce its final roster at the venue, University of Michigan Stadium, and live on NBC television. Published December 31, 2013

Redskins' tight end Logan Paulsen (82) tries to break the tackle of the Bills defenders after catching a pass and running for a first down during their NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Landover, Md. Redskins defeated the Bills 30-7. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Redskins trying to find motivation for final game of a trying season

Within 48 hours of the final contest ending, the Redskins could have moved on from Mike Shanahan and his coaching staff and turned in a new direction. Again. Players will have packed their gear and most will have headed back to their offseason homes to lick their wounds. The question between now and then: How do you get through that final game when there is nothing at stake. Published December 26, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III talks with Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) after Cousins threw an interception as the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField, Landover, Md., December 22, 2013. (Dan DeCook/Special to The Washington Times)

Kirk Cousins steps into 'tough job,' gets mixed results

Maybe Cousins plays well enough these last three weeks to boost his own trade value in a league desperate for competent quarterbacks, let alone stars at that position. But it's doubtful that's happened with these two recent performances. Published December 23, 2013

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo scrambles to avoid the pursuit of Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson to keep a drive alive during the fourth quarter Sunday. (preston keres/special to the washington times)

Tony Romo flips the script to stun Redskins

"I know he's much maligned in some of the things he's done in the past that probably cost them ballgames," said Redskins linebacker London Fletcher. "But today he made plays to win the ballgame." Published December 22, 2013

Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) waves to fans as he leaves the field after the Washington Redskins lose to the Dallas Cowboys 24-23 at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, December 22, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins notes: London Fletcher bids farewell to home fans

Fletcher was the last man off the field. Playing in what is almost certainly his final home game at FedEx Field, it was a fitting exit even if the result on the field was another blow to a proud veteran. Published December 22, 2013

Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson in action during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Capitals rookie Tom Wilson working his way along NHL learning curve

Suddenly, playing junior hockey for the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League seems like a long time ago. Wilson is 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds — "a 19-year-old kid in a 40-year-old man's body," said teammate Joel Ward — and the competition in the OHL was no match for him. But for now his role with Caps is intentionally simple. Published December 19, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Kirk Cousins playing for more than just Redskins down the stretch

While he insists the Redskins remain Robert Griffin III's team, now and in the future, Cousins has two more opportunities this season to prove to teams around the NFL that he isn't far away from a starting job. Even Mike Shanahan, his own coach, openly acknowledges that a strong finish from Cousins could net the organization a first-round pick in a trade. Published December 18, 2013

Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) leads the defense in a pre game talk in the tunnel before the Washington Redskins play the Chicago Bears at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, October 20, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

London Fletcher 'more than likely' retiring after season

Fletcher, 38, is in his seventh season with the Redskins and has led the team in tackles each year since his arrival in 2007. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl after each of the last four seasons, was named an All-Pro in 2011 and 2012 and led the NFL with 166 tackles in 2011. Published December 18, 2013

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) makes a catch against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Atlanta. Moss scored a touchdown on the play. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Redskins notes: Pierre Garcon continues to be a bright spot in a dismal season

Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon has been one of the few bright spots in a difficult season. That trend continued on Sunday in a 27-26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Garcon finished with seven receptions on 10 targets for 129 yards. That included a 53-yard touchdown reception that pulled the Redskins within 17-14 after falling behind by two scores early. Published December 15, 2013

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan huddles up with the offense during an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Redskins, Falcons share record, little else

They were both division champions last season, playoff teams that figured bigger things were in store for 2013. Instead, when the Redskins and the Atlanta Falcons meet on Sunday afternoon at the Georgia Dome, the wreckage of a lost season will haunt them both. Published December 14, 2013

Player agent Scott Boras, right, talks to the media at baseball's winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

At MLB winter meetings, seamheads can see and be seen

Part job fair, part executive gathering, part frat party, the four-day winter meetings have it all. Thousands of baseball people, from minor-league job seekers to equipment managers, converge every December. Almost none of them leave the hotel, this year Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resort just outside Orlando. Published December 11, 2013