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Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86), of Russia, scores a goal against Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Washington. The Lightning won 4-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Braden Holtby’s funk has Capitals stuck in February slump

- The Washington Times

For most of the season, Holtby has been the stopping force while Washington adapted to new personnel. Time-and-time again, coach Barry Trotz and the Capitals have credited the former Vezina Trophy winner for preventing games from getting out of hand. Now, however, it might be up Holtby’s teammates to return the favor.

Washington Nationals infielder Matt Adams handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) **File**

Matt Adams relishes chance to help Nationals

Before they joined the Nationals this offseason, Matt Adams and new manager Davey Martinez were bitter rivals in the National League Central.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, and Washington Wizards' Markieff Morris battle for the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Wizards hold off LeBron James, new-look Cavaliers

- Associated Press

Bradley Beal scored 18 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 and tried to untie the sneakers of one of Cleveland’s new players, and the Washington Wizards withstood a late assault by LeBron James to beat the new-look Cavaliers 110-103 on Thursday night.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) and Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) skate into the corner after the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

Vincent Trocheck scores late winner, Panthers beat Capitals

- Associated Press

Vincent Trocheck scored the winning goal with 19.1 seconds left to lift the Florida Panthers over the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Thursday night, hours after victims of last week’s shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were honored with a somber video tribute.

Houston Astros' Derek Fisher watches his solo home run off Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Houston. Fisher's home run is his first hit in the majors. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Tommy Milone takes mound for Nationals’ spring opener Friday

The Nationals will begin their spring training schedule on Friday at 1:05 p.m. in West Palm Beach against the Houston Astros, who share the Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches with Washington.

FILE - In this March 25, 2017, file photo, Maryland head coach Brenda Frese shouts instructions during the second half of a regional semifinal game against Oregon in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, in Bridgeport, Conn. Seems as if the three-time Big Ten women's basketball champions aren't ready to hand over the crown. With a team that has very little depth or experience, Maryland again stands along atop the conference.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File) **FILE**

Maryland women drop third straight after losing to Michigan

Associated Press

Katelynn Flaherty and Akienreh Johnson drained big 3-pointers late, Nicole Munger scored five of her 15 points in the last 28.1 seconds and Michigan held off No. 13 Maryland 71-65 Thursday night to close out the regular season with its first defeat of the Terrapins.

Washington Nationals pitchers, including Tim Collins (55) and Matt Grace (33) throw in the bullpen during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) **File**

Nationals’ lefties compete for roster spots

Several left-handers in camp with the Washington Nationals have some interesting stories. The competition will begin earnest when Washington begins spring training play Friday against the Houston Astros, the defending world champions.

Russian fans cheer while watching the quarterfinal round of the men's hockey game between Norway and the team from Russia at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Go OAR! Russian fans pulled two ways over dispiriting games

Doping scandals and a distinct lack of gold medals have left Russians with little to cheer about at the Winter Olympics, but sports fans were in full voice on Wednesday afternoon at a central Moscow bar as their men’s ice hockey side stormed to a 6-1 win over Norway to book a place in the semifinals.

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Serwa, Phelan give Canada 1-2 finish in Olympic skicross

- Associated Press

Kelsey Serwa turned to best friend and Olympic roommate Brittany Phelan in the starting gate before the women's skicross final and went through the ritual one more time. The Canadian teammates bumped fists then began chanting "Here we go!" in an over exaggerated accent that would sound right at home back in The Great White North.

Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) scores a goal against Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta (32) as Flames center Sam Bennett (93), Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) and defenseman Jason Demers (55) look on during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Jon Gillies makes 35 saves, Flames beat Coyotes 5-2

- Associated Press

Jon Gillies rebounded from a first-minute goal to make 35 saves in his first NHL start of the season, helping the Calgary Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Thursday night.

Arizona's Deandre Ayton, left, has his shot blocked by Oregon State's Tres Tinkle (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)

No. 14 Arizona beats Oregon State 75-65 in OT

Associated Press

Deandre Ayton had 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, and No. 14 Arizona, minus one of its star players, beat Oregon State 75-65 in overtime on Thursday night.

UCLA forward Alex Olesinski (0) fouls Utah forward David Collette during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Collette scores 21, Utah edges UCLA 84-78

- Associated Press

David Collette scored 21 points and Justin Bibbins totaled 17 points and 10 assists to help Utah edge UCLA 84-78 on Thursday night.

Bartley helps Louisiana claim Sun Belt title 81-76 at Troy

Associated Press

Frank Bartley scored 22 points, Marcus Stroman made four free throws in the last 28 seconds and Louisiana held off Troy 81-76 Thursday night to claim its first Sun Belt Conference championship in 18 years.

UMKC wins 83-59, now tied with UT Rio Grande Valley in WAC

Associated Press

Broderick Robinson just missed a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds as UMKC won its fourth straight game, thumping UT Rio Grande Valley, 83-59 in a Western Athletic Conference battle Thursday night.

Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams (3) fights for a loose ball with San Diego guard Isaiah Wright (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

No. 6 Gonzaga rallies to beat San Diego, 77-72

- Associated Press

Killian Tillie scored 17 points, Rui Hachimura added 16 and No. 6 Gonzaga beat San Diego 77-72 on Thursday night to clinch at least a share of the West Coast Conference title.

Stanford forward Michael Humphrey (10) and teammate Oscar da Silva (13) block Washington forward Hameir Wright (13) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Travis scores career-high 33 in Stanford's 94-78 win

- Associated Press

Reid Travis scored 23 of his career-high 33 points in the first half as Stanford jumped to an early lead on the way to a 94-78 victory over Washington on Thursday night.