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Indiana forward Christian Watford (2) shoots over Syracuse center Baye Keita (12) during the second half of a East Regional semifinal in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 28, 2013 in Washington. Syracuse defeated Indiana 61-50. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Indiana befuddled by Syracuse's 2-3 zone

The means of exit seemed especially painful for Indiana. The powerful offense that ranked among the country's top-10 teams in points, field goal percentage and 3-point shooting crumpled against Syracuse's fluid, adaptive 2-3 zone defense. Published March 29, 2013

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Rafael Soriano (29) warms up at a morning practice during spring training at Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Fla., Tuesday, February 26, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Nationals 2013: The goal: From good to great

White cinder block walls lead the way. Past the security guard in need of a cup of coffee just after 8 a.m. on a cool March morning. Through the makeshift clubhouse kitchen at Space Coast Stadium where three plug-in griddles serve up pancakes and eggs with toppings stored in plastic containers. Published March 28, 2013

Marquette guard Jake Thomas moves over the NCAA logo during practice for a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Washington. Marquette plays Miami on Thursday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

FENNO: Student-athletes' cups run dry as NCAA fills up

March is played under the charade of amateurism, with enough shameless mentions of "student-athletes" to make you spit your beverage back into that NCAA-regulated cup while they further their university's educational mission hundreds of miles from campus classrooms. Published March 28, 2013

FENNO: RG3 may be an extraordinary human, but he's not superhuman

Sure, Robert Griffin III wears Superman socks and stocks his locker with action figures from the Incredible Hulk to Captain America. But he's human, one whose right anterior cruciate ligament has been repaired twice since 2009. Published March 25, 2013

**FILE** Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen, left, and Owner Daniel Snyder watch the Redskins warm-up prior to their NFL football game with the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Landover, Md. The Redskins defeated the Vikings 38-26. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

FENNO: Salary cap penalty an NFL fight Redskins can't win

This used to be the time of year when Dan Snyder's Bombardier BD-700 jet with the Redskins helmet on the tail zipped across the country and scooped up big-name free agents. For better, but usually worse, the Redskins owned free agency. Published March 13, 2013

Washington Nationals pitcher Dan Haren throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Dan Haren welcomes spring training struggles

Extra work, even a few pitches Tuesday against the Houston Astros, means more to Haren this spring with twice-daily visits to the training room and a routine designed to avoid repeating his injury-riddled 2012 campaign. Published March 5, 2013

In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2013, Catholic University players workout during an NCAA college basketball practice in Washington. The men's and women's teams at the Division III school are have a combined record of 42-4. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

FENNO: Catholic University excels with true student-athletes

In a city of monuments, Catholic's men's basketball team is tucked in a nondescript corner of the Brookland neighborhood in the midst of a season that's more anonymous than its surroundings. All the Cardinals seem to do is win. Published March 4, 2013

**FILE** In a Jan. 17, 2013 file photo NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks at the organization's annual convention in Grapevine, Texas. The University of Miami is critical of the NCAA's investigation into the University. (AP Photo/LM Otero, file)

FENNO: Beyond reproach? Mark Emmert's NCAA really beyond repair

For all the high-minded talk of reform and accountability, a 19-member group of college presidents, athletics directors and conference commissioners went all-in with a failed president and, by association, a broken system. Published February 25, 2013

**FILE** In a Jan. 17, 2013 file photo NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks at the organization's annual convention in Grapevine, Texas. The University of Miami is critical of the NCAA's investigation into the University. (AP Photo/LM Otero, file)

FENNO: NCAA slaps 'lack of control' charge on wrong institution

The Miami debacle is the latest example of the NCAA's departure from reality, an organization founded to protect the on-field safety of athletes now bravely shielding them from evils like free tattoos and being paid to sign autographs. Published February 20, 2013