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Washington Nationals pitcher Erick Fedde delivers the ball to the New York Yankees during the inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) **FILE**

Nationals catch World Cup fever

In the Nationals clubhouse, who you root for in the World Cup might depend on a slip of paper drawn from a hat. Published June 21, 2018

"The coaches made it pretty explicit to us that this was a high priority," D.C. United forward Patrick Mullins said of Wednesday's match against Orlando City SC. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

D.C. United get travel break, shot at U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals

United's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matchup against Orlando City SC on Wednesday, which is being held at the SoccerPlex, offers a respite from a cross-country grind in the few remaining weeks before Audi Field's expected opening July 14. A win in the knockout competition could help D.C. toward a second-half push up the table. Published June 19, 2018

FILE - In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz pauses during a news conference after hockey practice in Las Vegas. Trotz has resigned as coach of the Washington Capitals after leading them to the Stanley Cup.  The team announced Trotzs resignation Monday, June 18, 2018.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

5 potential landing spots for Barry Trotz

Barry Trotz's resignation Monday means he becomes an intriguing option for teams. Only one team in the NHL currently has a head coaching vacancy -- but Trotz's decision could influence more moves. Published June 18, 2018

At Stable, a restaurant and bar in Washington, D.C., a crowd of Switzerland fans watch the Swiss men's national soccer team take on Brazil in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup on Sunday, June 17, 2018. (Adam Zielonka / The Washington Times)

D.C. bars see World Cup boom despite U.S.'s absence

The United States failed to qualify for this World Cup, but in a multicultural city like Washington D.C., soccer fans are still soaking in the tournament en masse. Some new pop-up bars will screen every match, while other long-standing establishments already have their allegiances to countries like England, Germany and Mexico. Published June 17, 2018

Washington Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana, of the Czech Republic, celebrates his goal during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) ** FILE **

Vrana wraps up-and-down season on high note

Jakub Vrana concluded an up-and-down first season on a high note in the Stanley Cup Final, seemingly cementing his place among a new core group on the Washington Capitals. Published June 14, 2018

Washington Capitals fans celebrate after the Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) **FILE**

Close encounter with Stanley Cup a moment fans won't forget

A fan since 1982, Paula Jacobson had witnessed firsthand nearly all the close calls, the narrow defeats, and the seemingly futile push toward the title in years past -- and her tears flowed freely when the Washington Capitals won the championship on Thursday. Published June 11, 2018