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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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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson walks the sidelines during the second half of NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

LOVERRO: A beaten-down city finds hope in Ravens' superstar Jackson

Quarterback Lamar Jackson has energized Ravens fans and a city beleaguered by bad news and bad times. He has quickly reached icon status in the city, leading the Ravens to a 9-2 record and perhaps a path to the franchise's third Super Bowl. Published November 28, 2019

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 1958, file photo, Cleveland Browns fullback Jim Brown runs against the Chicago Cardinals for a touchdown in the first half of a football game in Cleveland. Brown scored three touchdowns in Cleveland's 35-28 win. Brown led the NFL in rushing eight times and was league MVP three times; finished with more than 12,000 yards rushing and 106 rushing touchdowns; and averaged 5.2 yards per carry. And he did all this in only nine seasons before retiring at age 30 to become an actor. (AP Photo/File)

LOVERRO: Remembering all-time greats underscores how NFL has changed -- not always for the better

Last week the NFL Network kicked off a series of programs featuring what a panel of experts have determined are the 100 greatest players and 10 greatest coaches in NFL history. It's worth the watch, because you likely will see very few that qualify for that list on the field today. Heck, you won't find many that have stepped on the football field this century. Published November 26, 2019

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

LOVERRO: Manfred, MLB face minefield of problems

The commissioner of Major League Baseball, the former right-hand man to predecessor Bud Selig, is facing a trifecta of major challenges in the coming months -- the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, minor league contraction and labor unrest for the first time in nearly 20 years. Published November 21, 2019

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Signing Adam Dunn was general manager Jim Bowden's last major move before resigning. ** FILE **

LOVERRO: Nationals opened for business at GM meetings 15 years ago

The Major League Baseball general managers meetings are a place where GMs gather, tell stories about each other, lay the groundwork for deals and take care of other business. It's where the Washington Nationals officially began operations 15 years ago. Published November 14, 2019

LOVERRO: Redskins, in rare moment of truth, hand the reins to rookie

No matter how wrong it may have been for Dan Snyder to overrule his football people and force the selection of Dwayne Haskins with the 15th pick, once the damage was done, they needed to see if the quarterback they invested so much in could play. Published November 12, 2019

Despite not having enough at bats to qualify for the batting title, Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick led the league in hitting with a .344 average. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LOVERRO: No player was more valuable to Nationals than Kendrick

You could make the case that Kendrick, one of the Nationals postseason stars and the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player, was an MVP candidate for the regular season as well, if we are to accept the meaning of the word "valuable." No Washington National may have been more valuable to this team this season than Kendrick. Published November 10, 2019

Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) takes the field for warms up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

LOVERRO: Redskins missed lesson in Nationals' handling of Strasburg

There is no shortage of material to contrast the way the Nationals and the Redskins do business -- in case you missed the World Series trophy the Nationals held high during their celebration parade on Saturday -- but nothing illustrates the difference between the two organizations more starkly than the treatment of their two star players, Strasburg and Williams. Published November 5, 2019

In this Oct. 30, 1974 file photo, referee Zack Clayton, right, steps in after challenger Muhammad Ali looks on after knocking down defending heavyweight champion George Foreman in the eighth round of their championship bout in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali regained the world heavyweight crown by knockout in the eighth round of the fight dubbed "Rumble in the Jungle." (AP Photo/File) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Now 45 years later, 'Rumble in the Jungle' still as great as it gets

So boys and girls, gather around, and let me tell you a story about one of the greatest sporting events of the 20th century that took place in the heart of Africa -- a battle between the greatest sports icon of the century and a fearsome opponent who would later become the greatest television pitch man of all time. That's a lot of great, I know. But the "Rumble in the Jungle" 45 years ago Wednesday -- Oct. 30, 1974 -- was as great as it gets. There has not been another like it since. Published October 29, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. throws against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Haskins should study Book of RGIII for blueprint to future

Questions are swirling around the team's reluctance to put Haskins on the field. Typically, quarterbacks who are first-round picks are ready to at least try to compete on an NFL field, particularly those selected at No. 15. The Redskins appear afraid to put Haskins on the field. Published October 27, 2019