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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

Articles by Andy Kostka

FILE  - In this Sept. 26, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals' Josh Harrison, center, celebrates after the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets, in Washington. The Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract Thursday, Oct. 22, with utility man Josh Harrison. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Josh Harrison re-signs with Nationals

The Nationals re-signed Josh Harrison to a one-year deal, keeping the veteran utility man with the organization after he joined in late July. Published October 22, 2020

Towson head coach Rob Ambrose, left, and Florida head coach Dan Mullen greet each other at midfield before an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Towson football opts out of spring 2021 season

"We surveyed the guys, way more than half the team, almost 75 percent of the team did not want to trade a full season next year for a six-game who-knows season this spring." -- Towson coach Rob Ambrose, on the decision to forgo a spring football season Published October 20, 2020

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Gio Gonzalez finally has reason to smile as slide ends

Washington, chasing Atlanta and Philadelphia in the National League East, needed a win Thursday to even the four-game series against the Braves. The Nationals got it behind Gonzalez's revitalized effort, in which he completed seven innings of one-run baseball. Published August 9, 2018

Alexander Zverev, of Germany, celebrates after he won over Alex de Minaur, of Australia, in the men's finals in the Citi Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Alexander Zverev dominates for second straight Citi Open

Sunday's final showcased a next-generation talent on the verge of becoming elite in Germany's Alexander Zverev, the D.C. tournament's top seed who defeated Alex de Minaur in two sets (6-2, 6-4) to capture his second Citi Open title in as many years. Published August 5, 2018

Virginia Tech defender Tim Settle (4) grabs Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (17) from behind in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Blacksburg Va., Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Virginia Tech won the game 24-3. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP) ** FILE **

Tim Settle stepping up in Daron Payne’s absence

As Derrius Guice received the handoff from Alex Smith, Tim Settle burst through the line of scrimmage -- using all of his 6-foot-3, 328-pound frame to force the rookie running back into a swarm of bodies, short of the goal line. Published August 4, 2018

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) throws to first during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Washington. The Nationals won 6-2.(AP Photo/Nick Wass) ** FILE **

Trea Turner apologizes again for tweets

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner teared up as he addressed the media pregame at Nationals Park for the first time since offensive tweets from 2011 and 2012 were exposed Sunday. Published July 31, 2018

D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney (9) talks to the officials following the team's MLS soccer match against the New York Red Bulls, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Washington. The Red Bulls won 1-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

D.C. United lose to New York Red Bulls, 1-0

As rain fell at Audi Field and a storm pushed back kickoff 1 hour 30 minutes, the Red Bulls spoiled United's second match at their new stadium with a 1-0 win. New York's early breakthrough was enough for the visitors, who held on despite a late push from D.C. Published July 26, 2018