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Thom Loverro

Thom Loverro has been a professional journalist since 1977, working for a number of newspapers, including eight years as a news editor and reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he covered government, politics, and crime. He moved into sports writing when he joined The Washington Times in 1992. He moved to The Washington Examiner as a sports columnist in 2009 and returned to The Washington Times in 2013, where he is currently the lead sports columnist.

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Washington Nationals' Juan Soto, left, slides home to score a run against Kansas City Royals catcher Cam Gallagher, right, on a double by Howie Kendrick during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 5-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

LOVERRO: Surging Nationals need more help than rest

Rendon and Scherzer better rest up, because the hard part is still ahead of them -- catching a good Atlanta Braves team in first place in the National League East. The Nationals are going to need more than days off. They'll need some help. Published July 7, 2019

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, right, throws to first base for a double play after forcing out Washington Nationals' Adam Eaton at second on Anthony Rendon's ground ball to end the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Washington. Atlanta won 4-3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

LOVERRO: A season-defining moment escapes the Nationals' grasp

After splitting four games with the Arizona Diamondbacks, they faced the two teams ahead of them in the division, Philadelphia and Atlanta -- so coming away with six wins counts for something. But the last 10 could have been more. Published June 23, 2019

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz signs autographs for fans following practice at NFL football training camp, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) **FILE**

LOVERRO: NFL teams charging fee to watch training camp a tone-deaf move

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that they will charge fans to watch their team at training camp. Admission will cost $5 to $10. The teams says proceeds will go to charity. Still, the decision is so brazenly tone deaf that it manages to insult the idea of raising money for a good cause. Published June 20, 2019

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez walks in the dugout before a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 6-5.(AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Gritty Martinez explains how Nationals' turnaround starts now

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez spent Monday afternoon pushing a big truck tire around Nationals Park 100 times. A symbol, perhaps, of what his team faces this week in two home series against division rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves? And, beyond that, for the rest of the 2019 season? Or just a 54-year-old tough guy trying to stay in shape? Published June 18, 2019

 In this June 13, 2019, file photo, Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri celebrates after the team's 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. Authorities say they are investigating whether Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri pushed and hit a sheriff's deputy in the face as he tried to get on the court after his team won the NBA title in Oakland. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Best 'open job' in sports not getting a lot of love

Nearly three months ago, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis declared that the vacant Wizards general manager's job was "the best most important open job in all of sports." Since then, he has turned it into a whoopee cushion. Published June 16, 2019

Former Redskins coach Bill McPeak was a happy man when Washington acquired Sonny Jurgensen before the 1964 season. But the happiness was fleeting, as McPeak was fired after the 1965 season. He went 21-46 overall. (associated press)

LOVERRO: Ortiz connected to Boston like Jurgensen with D.C.

The outpouring of emotion for David Ortiz following the shooting of the former major league baseball star in the Dominican Republic was a reminder, or a lesson, in case we needed one, about how much a sports star can come to mean to a city. Published June 11, 2019