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Adam Zielonka

Adam Zielonka

Adam Zielonka is a sports reporter for The Washington Times covering the Capitals, the Wizards and other pro and college sports in the D.C. area. He previously worked for The Capital in Annapolis, Md. A New Jersey native, he graduated from DeSales University and earned his master's at the University of Maryland. Zielonka can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Adam Zielonka

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has his ring finger (inset) tattooed with two lines to represent a wedding band. "It's something that shows another sign of commitment," Holtby said. Wedding ring tattoos is a trend growing popular among hockey players and non-athletes alike.

NHL players can't wear their wedding rings on ice. These Capitals got theirs tattooed.

The Washington Capitals must be apart from their wives and girlfriends this Valentine's Day. But T.J. Oshie, Braden Holtby, Nic Dowd and Nick Jensen can remember their loved ones by looking down at the wedding ring tattoos imprinted on their fingers -- a trend growing popular among NHL players and non-athletes alike. Published February 13, 2020

South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira runs with the ball as England's Ben Youngs makes a challenge during the second rugby test match between South Africa and England in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Christiaan Kotze)  **FILE**

Old Glory DC turns to a 'Beast' to help launch new rugby team

Tendai Mtawarira had options, but he realized a desire to, as he put it, give back to rugby more than he takes. The 34-year-old nicknamed "Beast," considered one of the best rugby players in the world, signed with Major League Rugby expansion franchise Old Glory DC. Published February 13, 2020

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez speaks at a baseball news conference, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals are scheduled to host the Milwaukee Brewers in a National League wild card game Tuesday, Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ** FILE **

5 Nationals storylines to follow in spring training

The Washington Nationals' pitchers and catchers reported Wednesday to spring training West Palm Beach, Florida. They'll hold their first workout Thursday and be joined by the rest of the team next Tuesday. Now it's time to get back to work. Published February 12, 2020

DC Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones throws a pass against the Seattle Dragons in the inaugural game of the rebooted XFL at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (Photo by All-Pro Reels / Brian Murphy) ** FILE **

XFL teams still adjusting to advanced point-after rules

No XFL team attempted a 3-point try after a touchdown in Week 1 of the season, and coaches admitted they're going to need more time to figure out the right way to utilize the three options at their disposal. Published February 11, 2020

Washington Capitals defenseman Martin Fehervary (42) and New York Islanders right wing Leo Komarov (47) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Capitals' defense lacking again in loss to Islanders

The Washington Capitals' recent defensive woes cannot be chalked up to one goaltender or the other. The team all around has a lot of poor defense to answer for after Monday's loss to the New York Islanders. Published February 10, 2020

Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver reacts during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Kristi Toliver leaves Mystics for Sparks in free agency

When the Washington Mystics begin their WNBA title defense in 2020, they'll be without one of their key starters from their first championship-winning team. Guard Kristi Toliver signed a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Sparks. Published February 10, 2020

DC Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones throws a pass against the Seattle Dragons in the inaugural game of the rebooted XFL at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (Photo by All-Pro Reels / Brian Murphy) ** FILE **

DC Defenders win XFL's inaugural game over Seattle

The new-look XFL debuted in Washington, D.C., with a tight, high-scoring game, a few trick plays and thousands of fans enthralled by the action. The DC Defenders defeated the Seattle Dragons. Published February 8, 2020

XFL looks to succeed where other spring football leagues failed

The XFL is the latest enterprise trying to do what's never been done -- establish a popular, profitable spring football league. Interviews with a dozen players, coaches and executives portrayed an optimistic group of men confident that the XFL won't meet the same fate as the AAF. Published February 6, 2020

Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against the Seton Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Washington. Seton Hall won 78-71. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ** FILE **

As March approaches, Hoyas running out of players, time

Georgetown used a six-man rotation Wednesday because guard Mac McClung is day-to-day with a foot injury he suffered in practice last Saturday. If there's one team in college basketball that would be on the brink of disaster if it was faced with one more injury, it's the Hoyas. Published February 6, 2020