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As a Baylor Bears quarterback, Robert Griffin III was knocked out of the game with a concussion while playing the Texas Tech Red Raiders in 2011. Now with the Washington Redskins in the NFL, he has a lot more legal protection against such injuries. (Cal Sport Media via Associated Press)

NCAA playing catch-up with concussions

In October, a helmet-to-helmet hit spun University of Southern California wide receiver Robert Woods around 180 degrees while he was blocking on a kick return against the University of Utah. Published February 5, 2013

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis speaks at an NFL Super Bowl XLVII football news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in New Orleans. The Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3. Lewis declined to directly address questions in any detail about a Sports Illustrated report that he sought help from a company that makes an unorthodox product to speed up his recovery from a torn right triceps. Lewis was the NFL's leading tackler in the playoffs after missing 10 regular-season games with the injury. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

FENNO: Oh, deer? Antler spray nothing you won’t find in next cubicle

The only thing more predictable than the well-practiced howls of outrage that followed this week's exposes about performance-enhancing drugs in baseball and football is that athletes would search anywhere for an edge. Even if the quest led to, say, an innocent deer's antlers or the Miami clinic of a failed businessman and pseudo-doctor named Anthony Bosch. Published January 30, 2013

**FILE** Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo (left) looks on as newly acquired pitcher Rafael Soriano models his jersey during an introductory news conference at Nationals Park in Washington on Jan. 17, 2013. Rizzo also discussed the three-team trade that sent Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for pitching prospect A.J. Cole from the Oakland Athletics. (Associated Press)

FENNO: Soriano provides a needed storyline

Until last week, the Washington Nationals were set to decamp next month to the master-planned communities and chain restaurants of Viera, Fla., for spring training with a startling absence of dramatics. Enter Rafael Soriano. Published January 23, 2013

FENNO: Manti Te’o’s answers about hoax just raise more questions

Manti Te'o, have you read the transcript of your two-and-a-half hour interview with ESPN last week? Did you see more holes in your story than Alabama poked in the Notre Dame defense you captained in the national championship game earlier this month? Published January 21, 2013

** FILE ** In this Jan. 5, 2013, file photo, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o answers a question during media day for the BCS national championship NCAA college football game in Miami. A story that Te'o's girlfriend had died of leukemia _ a loss he said inspired him to help lead the Irish to the BCS championship game _ was dismissed by the university Wednesday, Jan. 16, as a hoax perpetrated against the linebacker. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

FENNO: Manti Te’o girlfriend story a wild ghost chase

Five minutes tells you a lot about the ghost named Lennay Kekua. There's no official record of her death. No U.S. newspaper printed an obituary or death notice. No female by the last name of "Kekua" has died since 2004. No one by her name registered to vote, or appeared in court records, judgments or bankruptcies. Published January 17, 2013

FILE - In this July 24, 2005, file photo, Lance Armstrong gestures for his seventh straight win in the Tour de France cycling race before the final stage between Corbeil-Essonnes, south of Paris, and the French capital. In 2005, Armstrong was also named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year and ESPN's ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete. He later announced what would be a temporary retirement from cycling in 2005. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

FENNO: Swept away by Lance Armstrong myth

Why did we buy into Armstrong's myth when so many signs pointed to its fraudulence? The narrative, really, was too perfect to be broken. It blinded logic and common sense and the awkward intrusions of reality that Armstrong and his band of lawyers and publicists slapped down with viciousness that pointed to the dark side of his rise, if we wanted to listen. But we didn't. Published January 15, 2013

Washington Redskins tackle Tyler Polumbus (74) helps up Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) after being illegally hit while throwing a 4 yard touchdown as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

FENNO: Playing through pain a time-honored NFL habit

Billy Kilmer once fought through cracks in an ankle and bruised ribs and a busted, bloody nose and, even today, doesn't think much of it. That's life in the NFL. And that's why the ink and angst spilled after quarterback Robert Griffin III remained in last week's wild card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks despite a bum right knee surprised him. Published January 14, 2013

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Redskins fans sit dejectedly after a 24-14 loss in the NFC wild-card game, which had been made possible by a seven-game regular-season win streak.

FENNO: For D.C. sports fans, the pleasure comes with pain

From Drew Storen to RG3, the heartbreak of the last three months is the price for relevance. If these games didn't matter, the way they ended, on the field and in the examination room, wouldn't sting so much. Published January 9, 2013