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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 left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Overtime losses mar Capitals’ first-place record

The Washington Capitals are 0-6 in overtime this season. Their overtime problem isn't one with simple solutions, but a combination of injuries, variance and puck possession can explain the team's difficulty in extra time. Published December 5, 2021

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (50) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Three problems facing Wizards’ offense

Bradley Beal's poor shooting efficiency, the team's struggles from behind the arc and turnovers are problems the Washington Wizards' offense needs to fix. Published December 2, 2021

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) raises his arms at the end of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md. Washington won 17-15. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Up-and-down Heinicke hitting stride for surging Washington

What quarterback will Taylor Heinicke be in December? That's the question that could very well determine the fate of a team that is 5-6 and the No. 7 seed in the NFC with a chance to win the division. Published December 1, 2021

Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (24) scores on a two-point conversion against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Running backs Gibson, McKissic lead the way

Running backs Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic totaled 48 touches -- 36 carries and 12 catches -- for 202 yards, two touchdowns and the key two-point conversion in Washington's 17-15 win over Seattle on Monday. Published November 30, 2021

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