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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

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) loses his grip on the football after crossing the goal line on a pass play against the New England Patriots in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. While coaches, players, fans and broadcasters become puzzled or annoyed by the NFL's 'catch rule,' the people in charge of developing and refining it through the years also have struggled. (AP Photo/Don Wright) ** FILE **

New NFL catch rule approved: Control, two feet in bounds and a football move

NFL owners unanimously approved a simplification of the league's definition of a catch Tuesday at the annual owners' meetings. A player who catches the ball only needs to have three things: control of the ball, two feet in bounds and one "football move," such as a third step or a forward reach to gain yardage. Published March 27, 2018

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt sits with other Loyola-Chicago fans during the first half of a regional semifinal NCAA college basketball game against Nevada, Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ** FILE **

Loyola-Chicago licenses Sister Jean's name and image with her blessing

The face of No. 11 Loyola-Chicago's improbable run to the Final Four, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, is coming to a T-shirt near you. Loyola's athletic department sought and received the nun's permission to license out her name and likeness for merchandise. Published March 26, 2018

Villanova's Jalen Brunson celebrates after cutting a piece of net following the team's win over Texas Tech in an NCAA men's college basketball tournament regional final, Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Boston. Villanova won 71-59 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Final Four ball has it all, from Cinderella Loyola to basketball royalty

Big Blue, bluebloods and sweet Sister Jean are on their way to San Antonio for the 2018 Final Four. No. 3 Michigan, No. 11 Loyola-Chicago, No. 1 Villanova and No. 1 Kansas are the final teams standing after the first four rounds of a particularly wild NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Published March 25, 2018

Cars are covered by snow in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, March 25, 2018. The NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway was postponed until Monday because of inclement weather. (AP Photo/Matt Bell)

NASCAR race at Martinsville postponed due to snow

Sunday's NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, the STP 500, was postponed to Monday due to snowfall, the first snow-related postponement the sport has had since 1993. Published March 25, 2018