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Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals during their Grapefruit League game against the Detroit Tigers during Spring Training at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida on March 20, 2014.    Photo by Gregg Newton

Nationals making adjustments already with Wilson Ramos sidelined 4-5 weeks

One day into the season, Washington is suddenly without its starting catcher and the man tabbed to be the cleanup hitter, at least early in the season. It was another blow to a player who appeared in just 25 games in 2012 after sustaining a torn ACL in his right knee and 78 games in 2013 when lingering hamstring issues limited him all season. Published April 2, 2014

Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals during their Grapefruit League game against the Detroit Tigers during Spring Training at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida on March 20, 2014.    Photo by Gregg Newton

Nats catcher Wilson Ramos out 4-to-5 weeks

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos underwent surgery to repair the hamate bone in his left wrist on Wednesday morning and will be sidelined from 4-to-5 weeks. Published April 2, 2014

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams stands on the field during the second inning of the baseball game against the New York Mets on Opening Day at Citi Field in New York, Monday, March 31, 2014.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

After Day 1 as manager, Matt Williams feeling the churn

It's also probably for the best that Tuesday was a scheduled day off in this three-game series in New York. Williams could use the extra sleep to savor his first victory as a big league manager. Published April 1, 2014

Connecticut's Ryan Boatright (11) celebrates during the second half of a regional final against Michigan State in the NCAA college basketball tournament  Sunday, March 30, 2014, in New York. Connecticut won the game 60-54. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

UConn Final Four-bound again with Michigan State upset

Senior point guard Shabbaz Napier scored a game-high 25 points, including six in the final two minutes, to help lift the No. 7 seeded Huskies to a 60-54 upset of No. 4 seed Michigan State in the East Regional final and a berth in next weekend's Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Published March 30, 2014

Virginia's Anthony Gill leaves the court as Michigan State players celebrate a 61-59 win over Virginia in a regional semifinal of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Virginia falls short in Sweet 16 loss to Michigan State

Michigan State’s 61-59 victory in the Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden on Friday night put an abrupt halt to what had been a dream season for the Cavaliers, who finished 30-7, matched the program record for wins, finished first in the ACC during the regular season and won the school’s first conference tournament title in 38 years. Published March 29, 2014

Virginia's Akil Mitchell reacts after making a basket against Duke during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Virginia takes its cue from senior forward Akil Mitchell

Virginia senior Akil Mitchell has become the face of a program on the rise. That he won't be a part of it beyond this season is of little concern as the Cavaliers get set to face Michigan State in the Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. Published March 27, 2014

Virginia players celebrate at halftime in the first half of an NCAA college basketball third-round tournament game against Memphis, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Raleigh. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Virginia crushes Memphis, advances to Sweet 16

A wild and unpredictable weekend even by the NCAA tournament's wacky standards claimed a few more unsuspecting victims on Sunday. This March, it is the nothing new. But Virginia, a No. 1 seed and the ACC champion, had no intention of seeing its memorable season come to an abrupt end in a third-round game against No. 8 seed Memphis at PNC Arena. Published March 23, 2014

Virginia forward Anthony Gill (13) picks up a loose ball from Coastal Carolina guard Josh Cameron (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Virginia and Memphis face a contrast in styles with Sweet 16 berth on the line

Virginia again must deal with being the favorite when it faces No. 8 seed Memphis on Sunday at PNC Arena. Against Coast Carolina the Cavaliers got away with a sloppy start. A similar one could prove costly against the Tigers (24-9), a speedy team that finished third in The American Athletic Conference behind Louisville and Connecticut. The winner advances to the Sweet 16 next Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Published March 22, 2014

Virginia forward Evan Nolte (11) celebrates a goal against Coastal Carolina during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh. Virginia won 70-59. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Virginia survives a push from No. 16 seed Coastal Carolina

Virginia trailed No. 16 seed Coastal Carolina on Friday night in a second-round NCAA tournament game. The Cavaliers would have made history if they had lost. No No. 1 seed had ever done so, but Virginia recovered and advanced with a 70-59 victory. Published March 22, 2014

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett directs his team during practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, March 20, 2014. Virginia plays Coastal Carolina in a second-round game on Friday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Top-seeded Virginia looks for NCAA impact after midseason turnaround

Tony Bennett's team was 9-4 after a December loss to Tennessee. Now, it is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and poised for a deep run. That's rarified air for a program that has made the tournament just four times since reaching the Elite Eight in 1995. Published March 20, 2014

George Washington guard Kethan Savage (11) drives to the basket as he is covered by Maryland forward Jonathan Graham, left, and Dez Wells, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the BB&T Classic, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

NCAA tourney notes: Kethan Savage return unlikely for GW

The Colonials have played for almost two months without the sophomore guard, whose broken left foot still hasn't completely healed. Savage tried to play during the Atlantic 10 tournament last weekend, but lasted barely a minute on the floor in a semifinal loss to VCU. Published March 20, 2014