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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 Nicklas Backstrom (19) warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Backstrom’s ‘presence’ felt in first game back with Capitals

It didn't take long for Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom to refresh everyone's memories in his first game back from injury on Wednesday. The 34-year-old earned a secondary assist on an Alex Ovechkin power-play goal -- the 267th time No. 19 has assisted No. 8. Published December 16, 2021

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces the start of the fourth round of the NFL football draft in Cleveland on May 1, 2021. Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden has sued Goodell and the NFL, alleging that a “malicious and orchestrated campaign” was used to destroy Gruden's career by leaking old offensive emails from Gruden. The suit was filed in district court in Clark County, Nev., on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, exactly a month after Gruden resigned as Raiders coach following the publication of his emails by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

As COVID-19 surges in sports, leagues scrambling to combat virus

As COVID cases surge across the country, the sports world has been hard hit with outbreaks. More than 150 players across the NFL, NHL and NBA have tested positive since Monday -- leaving the leagues scrambling to adjust protocols and find ways to curb the rapid spread. Published December 15, 2021

Washington Football Team players huddle up during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021 in Landover. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)

Despite loss to Dallas, Washington still controls own playoff fate

While the team's poor performance on Sunday and ever-growing injury list are major areas for concern, Sunday's loss didn't end Washington's chances of making the playoffs. In fact, the loss didn't significantly alter their odds of earning a wild card spot, as Ron Rivera's squad still controls its own playoff fate. Published December 13, 2021

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong (92) running downfield to score a touchdown after a fumble from Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Heinicke has worst day of his pro career

By the end of the 27-20 loss to the visiting Dallas Cowboys, quarterback Taylor Heinicke played arguably his worst game in the Burgundy and Gold and also left early with a knee injury. Published December 12, 2021

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal with defenseman Martin Fehervary (42), right wing Tom Wilson (43) and others during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets-, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Capitals have four reasons for sitting in first-place tie

Success at full strength, depth, pleasant surprises and the elite play of Alex Ovechkin are the main reasons why the Washington Capitals are tied for first place through the initial third of the NHL season. Published December 7, 2021