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Washington Redskins tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi, right, and strong safety Phillip Thomas, reach for a pass during the NFL football teams training camp in Richmond, Va. Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

FENNO: Emmanuel Ogbuehi lives his dream in shadows at Redskins camp

Training camp in late July is about players like Ogbuehi, the guys who send you scrambling for a roster to decipher their number before the jersey disappears. Each play, each minute is an opportunity to grab the coaching staff's attention and keep their long odds of an NFL career alive. Published July 29, 2013

** FILE ** This Oct. 24, 2011, file photo shows NCAA President Mark Emmert speaking during the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics meeting in Washington. In a PBS interview Monday night, July 16, 2012, Emmert said he doesn't want to "take anything off the table" if the NCAA determines penalties against Penn State are warranted. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

FENNO: NCAA's concussion culture rooted in denial

This is an organization, after all, founded in 1905 to protect the safety of college athletes. Email after eye-opening email, however, reveals a bureaucratic wasteland that's strayed far from the original mission. Published July 22, 2013

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2012 file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) runs through the tackle of Alabama defensive back Deion Belue (13) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

FENNO: NCAA-Electronic Arts fallout could make every avatar a 'Johnny Football'

That rampant use of likenesses of current and former college athletes without compensation is at the heart of a long-running lawsuit against the NCAA and others. The case could transform college athletics and the NCAA's hasty exit from the Electronic Arts deal is the first significant ripple outside the courtroom. Published July 18, 2013

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson is seen in the dugout before the start of the fourth inning in a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Nationals Park, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

FENNO: Davey Johnson not crazy to wait for Nats' bats to come around

No, the good-natured Johnson isn't about to crack up. He's stuck in the same limbo as the rest of Washington, hounded by a question behind the self-deprecating humor that even the most advanced statistics or experienced manager can't answer. When will the Nationals hit consistently? Published July 4, 2013

**FILE** Tiger Woods casts a shadow as he hits out of a bunker on the second hole during the third round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, June 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

FENNO: Tiger Woods' absence dampens AT&T National buzz

Woods doesn't plan to return until next month's British Open, recovering from a strained left elbow that put him under doctor's orders not to pick up a club. But the withdrawal — Woods' third from his own tournament in the last six years — adds to questions about the event's long-term future in Washington. Published June 26, 2013

The shadow of a Southern Miss player is seen in the first half of an NCAA football game against Navy in Annapolis, Md., Saturday, Oct. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

FENNO: Active plaintiff could be NCAA's Curt Flood

Someone is going to stand up. Someone, likely a football or men's basketball player, will add his name to the lawsuit that says college athletes should get a cut of the money they're generating. Published June 25, 2013

Pedro Taylor (right) Donna Junor, parents of Sean Taylor endure emotions and rain during a pre-game ceremony on behalf of their son.(Michael Connor / The Washington Times)

Wait for justice in Sean Taylor killing drags on

Trials for four defendants, charged with first-degree murder in the former Redskins safety's death, have been relentlessly delayed since the first attempt in April 2008. Last year, for instance, a trial date of April 16 became Nov. 5, then April 5 of this year. The latest try is set for August. Published June 23, 2013

FENNO: Ed O'Bannon lawsuit ruling could hasten end of NCAA model

On Thursday in U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif., Judge Claudia Wilken will hear arguments on certifying O'Bannon's long-running litigation against the NCAA into a class-action lawsuit. The changes to the structure of college athletics could be seismic. Published June 19, 2013

New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow is surrounded by reporters and cameramen after NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

FENNO: Tim Tebow, the third-stringer we can't seem to shake

The Quarterback is among the most unusual of America's obsessions, non-Justin Bieber division. He's mocked and deified and, no matter what happens in his limited excursions on the field, can't seem to escape the tractor beam of relentless attention. Published June 17, 2013

Faisal Sultani, Executive Chef & Owner of Clubhouse Cuisine, poses for a photograph outside of Nationals Ball Park in Washington, DC., Friday June 7, 2013.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

As clubhouse chef, Faisal Sultani leads Washington Nationals from temptation

The best time to ask a clubhouse attendant to grab a couple of Big Macs from the McDonald's up South Capitol Street from Nationals Park is not when the clubhouse chef is within earshot. "Are you crazy?" Sultani remembered telling the attendant. "Do not go get him that burger." Published June 12, 2013