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Thom Loverro

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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Columns by Thom Loverro

Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (14) makes a catch against Washington Commanders safety Darrick Forrest (22) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Commanders’ open criticism is new ground for Rivera

Unlike in coach Ron Rivera's first two seasons, safety Darrick Forrest's comment came during the postgame locker room media availability Sunday -- a practice that wasn't allowed by the NFL in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Published September 19, 2022

After two years of game cancellations and postponements, struggling through COVID-19, LaDonna Smith is about to enter a new season as owner of the minor league basketball franchise Prince George's Valor. She has survived a pandemic, coaches and roster turnover and different venues — and outlasted a list of those she believes tried to put her out of business. (Stock photo by Markus Spiske)

LOVERRO: Prince George’s Valor owner absorbing hits, but still taking her best shots

After two years of game cancellations and postponements, struggling through COVID-19, LaDonna Smith is about to enter a new season as owner of the minor league basketball franchise. She has survived a pandemic, coaches and roster turnover and different venues -- and outlasted a list of those she believes tried to put her out of business. Published August 24, 2022

In a wide array of colors, the original models of the shoe that Michael Jordan wore in the NBA in 1985 sit in a row at a shoe collectors' show at Niketown in Denver on Friday, Feb. 18, 2005. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Passion and purpose meet in the sneaker resale market

Sneaker Con -- the celebration of resale sneakers -- is a world that grew out of the generation of youths enamored with Michael Jordan and his Air Jordans in 1985. That was almost 40 years ago, and that generation and others will gather this weekend in Washington to share their passion and their money. Published August 18, 2022

Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera waves to fans as he arrives for practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LOVERRO: An unfortunately Commanders-esque start to the season

So what happened to Sam Mills III? He left for Canton last week to attend his late father's posthumous induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the Washington Commanders defensive line coach and returned to Ashburn to find out he was fired. Published August 11, 2022

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Mark Lerner and his family have refused to pay rent to the District because the city failed to meet Nationals Park's construction deadline.

LOVERRO: Lerners, who won by losing before, double-down on futility

When I arrived at the Washington Nationals' spring training earlier this year in West Palm Beach, I wrote about how the clubhouse had the feel of the 2008 season -- extra lockers, unrecognizable players and last-gasp veterans looking to extend their careers. Published July 21, 2022