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Jacob Calvin Meyer

Jacob Calvin Meyer is a sports reporter for The Washington Times, covering the Washington Nationals and whatever else is needed. Before starting at the Times in October 2021, he covered a little bit of everything for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, including sports, education and COVID-19. While he grew up near Baltimore, he made his roots in Pennsylvania, graduating from Waynesburg University in 2017 and starting his career with the Observer-Reporter and York Dispatch newspapers. He can be reached at

Articles by Jacob Calvin Meyer

Washington Capitals center Nic Dowd, front right, celebrates his goal next to left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, as Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry, center back, skates by, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

First-period success paying dividends for Capitals

The first period has been the Washington Capitals' best this season. In each of the last three games, the Capitals have scored on their first shot on goal, with the most recent in the team's 6-3 win over Montreal on Wednesday. Published November 25, 2021

Maryland head coach Brenda Frese talks with guard Ashley Owusu (15) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in College Park, Md.Maryland won 79-76. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

After beating Baylor, No. 2 Maryland prepares for two more challenging contests

"I didn't want to be surprised in March," said Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese about scheduling early season games against tough teams. The No. 2-ranked Terrapins beat No. 6 Baylor on Sunday and now prepare for contests versus No. 5 N.C State and No. 7 Stanford later this week. Published November 23, 2021

In this Aug. 2, 1985, file photo, Donald Trump, right, New York real estate magnates Stephen Ross, left, and USFL Commissioner Harry L. Usher, center, participate in a news conference in New York to discuss the agreement they have reached in principle to merge the Houston Gamblers and New Jersey Generals football franchises. The New Jersey Generals have been largely forgotten, but Trump’s ownership of the team was formative in his evolution as a public figure and peerless self-publicist. With money and swagger, he led a shaky and relatively low-budget spring football league, the USFL, into a showdown with the NFL. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File) **FILE**

USFL reveals teams ahead of spring 2022 kickoff

The United States Football League, the briefly successful spring football league in the 1980s, is making a return, and it released the eight teams that will play this upcoming spring. Published November 22, 2021

Washington Football Team wide receiver DeAndre Carter (1) celebrates his touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Dallas showdown puts focus on Washington’s attendance woes

Washington, once one of the premier franchises in the NFL -- a team so popular that just getting the opportunity to purchase season tickets meant years on a waitlist -- is last in the league in home attendance this season. Ron Rivera wants to change that, starting this Sunday. Published November 22, 2021

Washington Spirit players celebrate after defeating the OL Reign in the semifinals of the NWSL soccer playoffs Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Tacoma, Wash. The Spirit won 2-1. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Spirit overcome midseason tumult to make NWSL championship

The Washington Spirit's 2021 season can be split into two. The first portion was arguably as bad as any professional sports team will have this decade. The second portion has led to the team being one win away from an NWSL championship crown. Published November 18, 2021

Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman doffs his batting helmet to the crowd before batting during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ** FILE**

Zimmerman ‘planning on playing’ in 2022

Ryan Zimmerman said in an interview Wednesday morning that he is "planning on playing" this upcoming season. Zimmerman, a free agent, was a platoon player for the Nationals last season. Published November 17, 2021