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Mike Harris was a reporter for The Washington Times.

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Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis speaks about an announcement that the hockey team have fired coach Adam Oates and will not renew the contract of general manager George McPhee after failing to make the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2007, during a news conference in Washington Saturday April 26, 2014. The team announced the moves in a news release Saturday, followed by a news conference. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

HARRIS: Offseason nothing to look forward to for Caps or Wizards

The Wizards are on the rise, the Capitals are going the other way. Yet for both, the offseason won't be very easy and may not be much fun. Whether you're high or low these days, offseasons have become a pain in the backside. Published April 28, 2014

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, and Bradley Beal celebrate the Wizards' 101-99 win as Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich walks off the court after missing two free throws during the overtime period of Game 2 in an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

HARRIS: D.C. not yet spellbound by Wizards, but they're no illusion

Wizards Fever. Catch it?The Wizards went to Chicago for their first playoff series in six years and came home with a 2-0 lead over the Bulls. Game 3 is Friday night at Verizon Center and it will be curious to see how the area reacts to a team that is starting to garner some attention in a lot of places around the NBA. Published April 23, 2014

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3), center, drives to the basket against Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, and forward Carlos Boozer (5) during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

HARRIS: Echoes of 1978 NBA champs in these Wizards

Those of a certain age remember the last time the team won an NBA title, back when it was called the Bullets. But as good as they looked in their first playoff game in six years, let's not go sizing the Wizards up for a crown just yet — unless you are a believer in history repeating itself. Published April 21, 2014

Washington Wizards guard John Wall listens to head coach Randy Wittman in the second half against the Miami Heat on Monday. The playoff-bound Wizards have surprisingly moved to the head of the class in the D.C. sports landscape.

HARRIS: Wizards have moved to head of D.C.'s class

Let's say a year or so ago, if someone had written the Wizards would be at the top of the heap among the four major D.C. sports teams, it would have triggered a good chuckle. The woeful Wizards, now looking down with grins at the Nationals, Capitals and Redskins. Published April 16, 2014

HARRIS: Bad luck or bigger omen, early returns for Nationals are troubling

Sure, 12 games into a season is way, way, way too early to make any kind of judgments on the Nationals. Assuming positive rehabilitations, all of the injured players will be back and able to play a major chunk of the season. By October, maybe none of this will matter. Published April 14, 2014

HARRIS: Masters has plenty of appeal in Tiger's absence

While the presence of Woods, especially when he's playing well, adds something to any event, the idea that the tournament is somehow lessened this year because he isn't playing is worthy of a simple, one-word response: Oy. Published April 9, 2014

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) pauses in the dugout during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

HARRIS: Throwing it all away: What to do with Ryan Zimmerman?

OK, time for another show of hands, this one for Nationals fans or anyone else who regularly watches the team play: How many of you cringe, cower, duck, close your eyes, turn away or otherwise not watch whenever a groundball is hit to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman? Published April 7, 2014

Umpires Jim Joyce, left, and Doug Eddings talk on head phones as they review a call during the fifth inning of a baseball home opener between the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park Friday, April 4, 2014, in Washington. Ian Desmond's inside-the-park homer was overturned on replay review and changed to a ground-rule double.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

HARRIS: Fans get an early taste of replay's impact on baseball

The overturned home run call was an interesting subplot in the game anyway if for no other reason than it showed the sellout crowd of 42,834 that baseball has joined some of its other major-sport brethren in using available technology to make sure as often as possible the proper call is made. Published April 4, 2014

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates stands in the bench in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

HARRIS: As Caps' playoff push disintegrates, what's next?

I didn't get to see the Capitals play live on Tuesday and "play" may be a poor choice of words since they didn't do much of that in a 5-0 loss at home to the Dallas Stars. Not the kind of performance a playoff push requires. Published April 2, 2014

Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla (12) celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals with David Krejci (46), of the Czech Republic, and Andrej Meszaros (41) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Poor start dooms Capitals in ill-timed loss to Bruins

A 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon took an eraser, at least temporarily, to all the good feeling the Caps had built up in their recent games. They don't need reminders that they can't afford even one bad game as they try to extend their streak of playoff appearances to seven. Published March 29, 2014

When the Nationals acquired catcher Wilson Ramos from the Twins in 2010, they envisioned him one day becoming a crucial part of their lineup. That time is now. (associated press photographs)

BASEBALL 2014: Wilson Ramos' durability key for Nats

When the Nationals acquired then-minor-leaguer Ramos from the Twins in 2010 for relief pitcher Matt Capps, they envisioned him one day becoming a crucial part of their lineup. Now 26, Ramos goes into the 2014 season ready to be exactly that. Published March 27, 2014

** FILE ** Former co-captain of the Providence College Friars basketball team Billy Donovan, left, chats with a former coach of the team, Rick Pitino, in Providence, R.I., in this  May 11, 2007 file photo, at a 20th-anniversary celebrations of the 1986-87 team's trip to the Final Four.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

HARRIS: Expect madness to moderate in NCAA tourney's second weekend

The first weekend is like a carnival, full of fun with surprises seemingly lurking around every corner. The final weekend is much more serious, with four teams gathered and a championship so very close they can all taste it. The middle weekend? That's the one that defies an easy definition. Published March 26, 2014

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov, of Russia, moves the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 2-1 in an overtime shootout. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

HARRIS: As Evgeny Kuznetsov settles in, Caps' playoff chances improve

Though it remains way too early to anoint him as a special player, 21-year-old Evgeny Kuznetsov is showing signs he may have to join the Nationals' Bryce Harper, the Wizards' John Wall and the Redskins' Robert Griffin III on a list of the area's most exciting young talents. Published March 24, 2014

Washington Nationals' Jamey Carroll runs to second base as St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma, left, tosses the ball to teammate Kolten Wong as the Nationals' Jose Lozada, not pictured, grounds into a double play in the eighth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Jamey Carroll, at 40, not yet ready to ride off into sunset

Carroll was a utility player who got into 113 games during the Nationals' inaugural season in 2005. His career has taken him to five other teams since and now he's back with the Nats, trying to earn the role he once had. Published March 23, 2014

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy delivers against the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring exhibition baseball game in Clearwater, Fla., Monday, March 10, 2014. Beachy left early because of tightness around his right elbow. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Rotation wracked by injuries, but Braves' season will go on

Kris Medlen is out for the season and Brandon Beachy likely will be, too, but the Braves — who won the NL East last season with two key relievers sidelined — know they have no choice but to move ahead. Published March 19, 2014