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Articles by Nathan Fenno

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2013, file photo, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks at a news conference at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Selig told the Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday, April 25, that baseball won't change its schedule to boost the sport's chances of getting back into the Olympics. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

FENNO: Baseball's mess with Biogenesis is really just beginning

Major League Baseball had a problem. When multiple reports in January linked a slew of players, including Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, to a Coral Gables, Fla., anti-aging clinic called Biogenesis of America, the league needed to act. Published June 5, 2013

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

FENNO: Dr. Lewis Yocum's legacy lives on in careers saved

Yocum never threw a pitch, waved a runner home or swung a trade for the Nationals. But the renowned orthopedic surgeon's influence on the organization is everywhere you look. The impact, really, is as indelible as the scars on the right elbows of Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann. Published May 29, 2013

Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. goes up for a shot during practice for a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

FENNO: Otto Porter should be automatic pick for Wizards

This isn't simply an opportunity for general manager Ernie Grunfeld to add to the gifted young core of John Wall and Bradley Beal while solidifying the gap at small forward, much in the same way the Oklahoma City Thunder built a juggernaut through the draft and savvy trades driven by the long view, not instant gratification. Published May 22, 2013

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, just two days after being injured crashing into an outfield wall, taking 11 stitches in his chin, is seen in the dugout after pinch-hitting in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The Dodgers won, 3-1. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

FENNO: No reason to believe Bryce Harper concussion conspiracies

The not-so-subtle implication racing through the Internet of a concussion conspiracy by the Nationals makes as much sense as, well, running into walls. What could they possibly gain by pretending Harper didn't have a concussion or engaging in a game of semantics to avoid using the word? Published May 20, 2013

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers' Jody Shelley, left, and New York Rangers' Derek Boogaard fight during an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia. Boogaard, at age 28, died on Friday. Boogaard signed with the Rangers as a free agent in July,2010 appearing in 22 games last season, registering one goal and one assist. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

FENNO: Derek Boogaard lawsuit puts NHL on notice

Already, the NFL is swamped by litigation in federal court from 4,336 former players, at last count, over head injuries sustained during their careers. That includes 33 Pro Football Hall of Famers. It's a problem no public relations assault or rules changes or donation spree has been able to shake. The NHL's turn is here. Published May 13, 2013

** FILE ** In this Jan. 10, 2010, file photo, New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau (55) warms up on the field before an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass. Star linebacker Junior Seau had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

FENNO: Living CTE diagnosis would be game-changer in head injury studies

The brain-shredding neurodegenerative disease took root in Junior Seau's brain before he shot himself in 2012. Same with Ray Easterling, who also took his own life last year. Dave Duerson pulled the trigger in 2011. Dozens of other former NFL players were diagnosed. Published May 9, 2013

Tryout offensive lineman Michael Repovz (68) from Central Michigan University talks to a member of the media following the Washington Redskins' rookie minicamp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., on Sunday, May 5, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

FENNO: On NFL's fringes, Mike Repovz clings to thread of hope

No NFL mock draft mentioned the outgoing, mop-haired offensive lineman from Central Michigan. No trip to the pre-draft combine or big-name agent or endorsement deal. A YouTube video of one of his workouts garnered 373 hits. So, Repovz watched the draft's final day at Buffalo Wild Wings and hoped, but didn't expect, to hear his name mentioned. Published May 6, 2013

San Diego Chargers fan Jerry Lopez looks over a memorial set-up in the driveway of the house of former NFL star Junior Seau on May 3, 2012, in Oceanside, Calif. Seau's apparent suicide the previous day stunned an entire city and saddened former teammates who recalled the former NFL star's ferocious tackles and habit of calling everybody around him "Buddy." (Associated Press)

FENNO: Human tragedy washes over NFL concussion litigation

At least 59 former players named in the litigation are dead, according to a review by The Washington Times. The deceased players aren't an abstract legal argument. They can't be fixed with a slick 30-second commercial about the NFL's safety evolution or mandatory thigh and knee pads or mouldering collective bargaining agreements. Published April 8, 2013

Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White is carried out on a cart after an injury during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Miami Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

FENNO: Pat White return to NFL would set troubling precedent

White accused the NFL of concealing the long-term consequences of head injuries. Eleven causes of action in all. Fraud. Negligence. Even added "intentional infliction of emotional distress" and "negligent infliction of emotional distress" in his short-form complaint. All that disappeared when the possibility of an NFL contract materialized this week. Published April 3, 2013

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Redskins interested in QB White

The Redskins and former Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White are interested in agreeing to a contract, according to a CBS Sports report. Published April 2, 2013

Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the opening day baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins in Washington, on Monday, April 1, 2013.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

FENNO: Clint Romesha's quiet Opening Day tribute a reminder of true heroism

The Medal of Honor recipient pushed away a temporary blue bracelet on his left wrist to reveal a black aluminum band covered with silver etching. "These are the eight soldiers we lost that day," he said, shortly before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park. Published April 1, 2013