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Thom Loverro

Articles by Thom Loverro

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2013, file photo, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) look over plays during an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Miami Gardens, Fla. Martin was subjected to "a pattern of harassment" that included racist slurs and vicious sexual taunts about his mother and sister by three teammates, according to a report ordered by the NFL.  The report said Incognito, who was suspended by the Dolphins in November, and fellow offensive linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey harassed Martin.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

LOVERRO: Independent sports investigations are latest cottage industry

It's a strange industry, a byproduct of the need for public trust and credibility in this fast-moving age of scandal, where information and evidence is disseminated so quickly, the cover up has been replaced by the clean up – the independent investigation. Published February 18, 2014

In this Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 file photo, Washington Capitals and Team Russia player Alexander Ovechkin promotes the Russian city of Sochi, site of the next winter Olympic games, during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP photo)

LOVERRO: Alex Ovechkin vs. Team USA creates a rooting quandary for local fans

If you were a Washington hockey fan growing up as a kid in the 1980s, you, like many hockey kids around the country, may have had a poster of Jim Craig with the American flag draped around him hanging on your wall. Now kids here likely have an Ovechkin poster. They wear an Ovechkin jersey. Published February 9, 2014

The Olympic Park is illuminated early Thursday morning, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia, prior to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

LOVERRO: In many ways, Sochi is the perfect Olympics host city

The Winter Olympics open Thursday in Sochi, Russia, amidst tales of construction nightmares, toxic sludge, and stray dogs hiding in fear for their lives in the wake of the city's campaign to seek and exterminate the animals. Published February 6, 2014

New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel holds up theNFC  Championship trophy after defeating the Minnesota Vikings 41-0 Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

LOVERRO: He's no relic, but Jim Fassel sits at home while Jay Gruden gets his shot

You remember Fassel, don't you? He had one foot in the door to coach the Redskins not once, but twice. He won two UFL championships, beating not only Gruden but Jim Haslett the year before. Yet here is Jay Gruden, the guy who lost to Jim Fassel, with a five-year, $20 million NFL head coaching contract. Published February 4, 2014

Denver Broncos John Elway is chased by New York Giants Leonard Marshall in Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 25, 1987.  ( AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

LOVERRO: In midst of Super Bowl spectacle, the wreckage of human lives

Imagine if at the Phillip Morris annual stockholders meeting, they paraded around cancer victims who told their stories of facing death? Welcome to Super Bowl week, which has become a parade of former players with their tales of destruction, depression and dysfunction resulting from the very game the entire event exists to celebrate. Published January 30, 2014

LOVERRO: Baseball's steroid era steeped in myths and lies

Coming on the heels of the debate over Hall of Fame voting, and the failure of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and others to garner much support on the ballot, the A Rod suspension is either the height or the depth of a tarnished era, depending on your point of view. Published January 13, 2014

Jay Gruden, left, goes over plans with Bucs coach and brother Jon Gruden, (cq'd by media guide) right, at Bucs camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex Wednesday, August 14, 2002. Photo by: James Borchuck/Tampa Bay Times

LOVERRO: Without Jon Gruden, no one knows a thing about Jay Gruden

If Jay Gruden's name was Pincus McCoy, we never would have heard from him. As it is, his name is Gruden – the other Gruden being his better-known brother, Jon, the former NFL coach and Monday Night Football analyst and ESPN network star – and he is the new Washington Redskins head coach. Published January 9, 2014

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, Washington Redskins quarterbacks Kirk Cousins, left, and Robert Griffin III, center, walk behind head coach Mike Shanahan, during their NFL football practice Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Ashburn, Va.  If these are indeed Mike Shanahan's final days with the Washington Redskins, his legacy will be one of an inability to make things work with his quarterbacks, from Donovan McNabb to Rex Grossman to John Beck to Robert Griffin III.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LOVERRO: Shanahan's parting gift to RG3 was removal from line of fire

Odds are the following words will be spoken by the Redskins Politburo to every candidate interviewing for the head coaching job: "Don't believe everything you read. He's really not that bad." Will they be talking about the owner or the quarterback? Published January 2, 2014

Former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan makes a statement after he was fired on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Redskins Park, in Ashburn, Va. Shanahan was fired after a morning meeting with owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

LOVERRO: Mike Shanahan exits, but questions and mysteries remain

Mike Shanahan followed the tradition of Redskins coaches now by leaving a trail of wreckage behind him – a steaming, heaping pile of controversy and chaos. It is the Redskins way of the 21st century. But he leaves behind a list of questions and mysteries as well. Published December 30, 2013