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Thom Loverro

Thom Loverro has been a professional journalist since 1977, working for a number of newspapers, including eight years as a news editor and reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he covered government, politics, and crime. He moved into sports writing when he joined The Washington Times in 1992. He moved to The Washington Examiner as a sports columnist in 2009 and returned to The Washington Times in 2013, where he is currently the lead sports columnist.

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper waits at second base during a pitching change in the ninth inning of Game 5 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball National League Division Series, at Nationals Park, early Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Washington. The Dodgers won 4-3. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Specter of Harper free agency haunting Nats

A few years ago, the idea of the Nationals competing with the Yankees to keep players like Bryce Harper was laughable. No one is Washington is chuckling now. Published December 4, 2016

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred responds to a question after the baseball owners quarterly meetings at the Drake Hotel Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Labor peace comes to baseball, but future remains uncertain

The sides were smart enough to extend a good thing. Up next for them is what the landscape will look like in five years amid declining television revenue. Luckily for baseball, it's positioned as a streaming pioneer. Published December 1, 2016

National Football League Hall of Famer John Mackey shows off his Hall of Fame and Super Bowl V rings Thursday, March 22, 2007 at his Baltimore home. Mackey, who spent nine years of his 10-year career with the Baltimore Colts, now struggles with dementia. (AP Photo/ Steve Ruark)

NFLPA honors trailblazing Colts' great John Mackey

John Mackey -- the former Baltimore Colts legend -- was one of the pioneer African-American athletes of the 1960s who fought for change at a time when change was often costly for those who sought it. Published November 15, 2016

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes the ball under pressure during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Kirk Cousins fights for Redskins with emotions and skill

In a very un-Kirk-like moment, Cousins sprinted about 50 yards down the field to do battle with the back judge. He jumped up and down and grabbed his helmet in disbelief as he pleaded his case, even though it appeared that Grant had simply slipped. In a way, it was a "You like that" moment for Cousins. Published November 13, 2016

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Rocking the minors with big-league dreams

They play a 21-game home schedule in the ABA -- yes, the same name as the legendary maverick league from decades ago where such starts as Julius Erving played. And yes, they use the old ABA red, white and blue basketball. Published November 10, 2016

Tampa Bay Lightning's Ryan Malone, left, fights with Calgary Flames' Kevin Westgarth during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Calgary, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh) **FILE**

Documentary brings understanding, humanity to hockey enforcers

"Ice Guardians" tells the story of those players - player like Kelly Chase and Kevin Westgarth, and so many others - and the layers of humanity beyond their fists and the evolution and purpose of enforcers in the game. Published November 8, 2016

Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) leaves the field after an NFL Football game against Cincinnati Bengals that ended in a 27-27 tie at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Josh Norman definitely has the refs' attention now

If things turn south, you have the feeling that the Redskins sideline will turn into a Jerry Springer set, complete with a lot of mind-speaking and Twittering and finger pointing. Published November 1, 2016

Washington Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins (3), right, misses with a field goal attempt in over time during an NFL Football game against Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

No winner in Redskins' bid to out-stupid the Bengals

The fans in London got their money's worth in quantity. In quality, what they got was two remarkably stupid football teams, with one trying to outdo their other with self-inflicted wounds. Published October 30, 2016

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Washington. The Wizards won 119-82. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Note to Wizards: D.C. fans deserve better

The Wizards play in an atmosphere at the Verizon Center that is neither loud nor exciting nor collegiate in any way. They have earned that atmosphere. Published October 27, 2016