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Andy Kostka

Andy Kostka

Andy Kostka is a sports reporter for The Washington Times. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and held internships at USA TODAY and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette during college. Kostka can be reached at akostka@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Andy Kostka

Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne (11) celebrates with teammate Monique Currie (25) earlier this season (File photo, Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

Despite 'Camp Day' crowd, Mystics fall to the Atlanta Dream

The raucous energy of a young "Camp Day" crowd at Capital One Arena didn't translate Wednesday to the Mystics, who fell to the Atlanta Dream 106-89 -- only the third in Washington's last nine contests. Atlanta Published July 11, 2018

Washington Nationals' Mark Reynolds (14) runs the bases after his walkoff home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game as Miami Marlins relief pitcher Kyle Barraclough (46) watches the ball at Nationals Park, Friday, July 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Before Mark Reynolds' heroics, the Nationals' defense kept them close

As eyes turned toward Reynolds' game-winning home run in the ninth inning to top the Miami Marlins for a second straight contest, it was the Nationals' standout defense throughout the night that allowed Washington to be in that position at all. Published July 7, 2018

Historic shots from The Ring Magazine archives, including Babe Ruth, will be among the hundreds of items auctioned in the District later this month at the All-Star FanFest. (Hunt Auctions)

All-Star FanFest to highlight high-end baseball memorabilia

Hunt Auctions President Dave Hunt expects surprising sports memorabilia finds at the All-Star FanFest in the District of Columbia, a weeklong baseball-themed event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center leading up to the MLB All-Star Game on July 17 at Nationals Park. Published July 4, 2018

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (21) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Washington. Atlanta won 5-3. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Nats injury update; Kintzler's impact upon return

Washington Nationals right-hander Brandon Kintzler, one of 11 players on the disabled list, is scheduled for a rehab assignment Sunday with the Potomac Nationals, manager Dave Martinez said before Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Published June 23, 2018

Toronto Blue Jays' Devon Travi, left, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) during the fifth inning inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Saturday, June 16, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) **FILE**

High home run count not derailing Max Scherzer's season

In Thursday's 4-2 Washington win, Scherzer surrendered two solo homers. It was the first time he had allowed multiple home runs in a game since July 21, 2017, and it was his third consecutive contest in which he gave up a longball. Published June 22, 2018

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 Trotz's 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