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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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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

In this photo taken Oct. 9, 2016, Washington Redskins' tight end Jordan Reed (86) tries to get past Baltimore Ravens' Lardarius Webb (21) during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. Reed is being evaluated for a concussion, coach Jay Gruden says. Gruden says Reed reported symptoms Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, and was in the process of being checked out. Reed did not practice Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Concussion protocol a Band-Aid on the NFL's head wound

Even with the league's much-ballyhooed 'concussion protocols,' the NFL can't seem to keep injured players like Jordan Reed off the field -- which raises even more troubling questions about how similar injuries were handled 10, 20 and 30 years ago. Published October 20, 2016

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 1982, file photo, Alexis Arguello covers up as defending champ Aaron Pryor throws a hard right during the second round of boxing action at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Pryor, the relentless junior welterweight died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, at the age of 60. Pryor's family issued a statement saying the former boxer died at his home in Cincinnati after a long battle with heart disease. (AP Photo/File)

The ring linked Pryor, Arguello in life and in death

In a decade full of great non-heavyweight fights -- Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Tommy Hearns, Leonard vs. Duran, Marvin Hagler vs. Hearns -- Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Arguello at the Orange Bowl in Miami on Nov. 12, 1982 was as good as any. Published October 11, 2016

Washington Nationals' Jose Lobaton (59) and others, celebrate his three-run homer during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Jose Lobaton wakes up Nationals from NLDS slumber

The game had the feel of a Washington surrender, facing a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-five series, heading out to Los Angeles for Game 3 Monday. There was one difference, though. Jose Lobaton was playing in this game. Published October 9, 2016

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer delivers a pitch during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nats will go as far as Scherzer can take them

Former Seattle Mariners All-Star second baseman Bret Boone believes that the Nationals chances for postseason success rides on the right arm -- and the shoulders -- of Friday's game one starter, Max Scherzer. Published October 6, 2016