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  • Column: Love or hate Beckham, he can't be ignored

    Like his former Manchester United boss, Alex Ferguson, David Beckham picked the right time and best way to retire _ as a winner and before the worst ravages of age became painfully apparent.


  • Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke in a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals in Los Angeles Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Zack Greinke impressed by Nationals' rise, but doesn't dwell on decision

    In the Nationals' brief history, Greinke represents one of their greatest "What if?" questions. What if the right-hander hadn't nixed the rumored trade that would've brought him to D.C. instead of Milwaukee before the 2011 season — and possibly cost the Nationals multiple members of their core?


  • Russia's Alexander Ovechkin rasies his stick to the crowd after the 3-8 loss to USA at the 2013 Ice Hockey IIHF World Championships Group B Quarterfinal match Russia vs USA in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/LEHTIKUVA / Martti Kainulainen)

    Alex Ovechkin played with broken foot in Games 6, 7

    Ovechkin was held scoreless for the final five games against the Rangers and said he had some "bruises" but nothing that affected his performance.


  • Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, and center Nicklas Backstrom (19), from Sweden, skate during a break in the action, in the first period of Game 5 first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series against the New York Rangers, Friday, May 10, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    HARRIS: Capitals' offseason task: Find Alex Ovechkin a worthy wingman

    Easier said than done, of course. No one is going to hand the Caps a top-level player. Can they afford to sign one? Can they put together enough of a package to trade for one, even if it might cost them someone like Braden Holtby? If they can get one, they need to make sure they do it.


  • Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee talks with reporters at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The Capitals were eliminated in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs by the New York Rangers. The Capitals have had six consecutive playoff appearances and have failed to get past the second round. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Overhaul doesn't appear necessary as Capitals enter offseason

    Because the Washington Capitals were done before the final horn in Game 7 Monday night, those watching had some extra time to contemplate general manager George McPhee's work this offseason. But after the Caps became the only NHL team to make the Stanley Cup playoffs in each of the past six years and not reach at least the conference finals, don't expect much to look different when they open the 2013-14 season.


  • St. Louis, Kane, Moulson are Lady Byng finalists

    Islanders forward Matt Moulson, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Lightning forward Martin St. Louis are the three finalists for the NHL's Lady Byng Trophy, the league's sportsmanship award.


  • AP PHOTOS: A look back at Beckham's career

    David Beckham won league titles with four clubs in four countries in a long career that included a record 115 appearances for England. The soccer superstar who also became a fashion icon and a global celebrity announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the season.


  • FILE - This Sept. 15, 2012 file photo shows Maryland head coach Randy Edsall reacts after his team scored a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Connecticut in College Park, Md. Maryland is set to announce it is joining the Big Ten. The Big Ten Network tweeted that it will cover the school's news conference Monday afternoon, Nov. 19, 2012, to announce Maryland's decision to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Terps to host Ohio State in 2014 Big Ten football home opener

    Maryland's first Big Ten game is at Indiana on Sept. 27, and then Ohio State visits College Park the next week.


  • Russia's Alexander Ovechkin, left, competes with Ryan Carter of team USA during the 2013 Ice Hockey IIHF World Championships Group B Quarterfinal match Russia vs USA in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/LEHTIKUVA / Martti Kainulainen)

    U.S. dominates Alex Ovechkin, Russia in world championships

    Paul Stastny had two goals and two assists and Craig Smith had five assists on Thursday to give the United States an 8-3 win over Russia and a spot in the semifinals.


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