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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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Washington Nationals' Patrick Corbin (46) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves in a spring baseball exhibition game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Nationals count on Tommy John success stories

No one wants to be in this club that doesn't have to be. Still, the days when a torn ulnar collateral ligament was a career-ender are fading faster than ever, and there are few clubhouses where that is more evident than here in the Nationals locker room. Published February 26, 2019

Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon hit .308, and had 44 doubles, 24 home runs and 92 RBI last season. He is a free agent after this season. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LOVERRO: Rendon's free agency won't be quite so Harper-esque

This sequel will be different. Rendon, 28, is no more at ease with the media attention -- he would rather chew broken glass than do a press conference -- than Harper, but there were no threats to walk out. There was a recognition of responsibility. Published February 20, 2019

Washington Nationals batter Trea Turner watches his two-run triple to right field during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Padres' deal for Machado rooted in the loss of Turner

Turner cost Washington $577,000 last year. He will cost them $3.7 million this year. He won't be eligible for free agency until 2023. And Turner may be just as exciting to watch as Machado this season if he delivers on Nationals manager Davey Martinez's goal for him. Published February 19, 2019

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2018, file photo, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder walks the sidelines before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Tampa, Fla.  (Jeff Haynes/AP Photo, File) **FILE**

LOVERRO: 'Peddler' Snyder can't sell a Redskins stadium

No one wants to stand next to Snyder these days, save those getting paid to do so. His public image has never been lower. It's as if the years of losing, the heavy-handed mismanagement and the long list of other issues -- including the controversial Redskins name -- are finally dragging under a franchise that was once an NFL showcase. Published February 17, 2019

Maryland forward Bruno Fernando (23) gestures in front of Purdue center Matt Haarms during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in College Park, Md. Fernando contributed 12 points to Maryland's 70-56 win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ** FILE **

LOVERRO: Come March, Terrapins will be able to play with anyone

That Maryland team we saw in the second half on Tuesday is a second-weekend tournament team. Those players who dominated the floor in the final 20 minutes against the Boilermakers could -- and should -- find their way to at least the Sweet 16 in March. Published February 14, 2019

New England Patriots' Duron Harmon (21) and head coach Bill Belichick celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-2. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

LOVERRO: Any remaining doubts about Belichick's brilliance?

The heavyweight matchup between the playoff-veteran New England Patriots and the newcomer Los Angeles Rams didn't pack many punches, at least not offensively. But, like a wily old boxer, Patriots coach Bill Belichick controlled the fight until the championship rounds -- the fourth quarter. Published February 3, 2019

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1991, file photo, New York Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick, center, goes over the defensive game plan with other coaches as they prepare for Super Bowl 25 against the Buffalo Bills, in Tampa, Fla. The Giants defeated the Bills 20-19 in Super Bowl 25 on Jan. 25, 1991. The top "D" almost always prevails against the top "O," going 5-1 so far when those teams meet to determine a champion _ even though each offense was led by a quarterback who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (or, in the most recent case, is expected to be). (AP Photo/File) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Belichick began his Super Bowl brilliance as a Giants assistant

Officially, the New England Patriots coach, who has also lost three Super Bowls, has five Super Bowl championships as a head coach, with three losses, and the record will show he will be going for his sixth NFL title in Sunday's Super Bowl LIII contest against the Los Angeles Rams. But if we chose to truly believe the evidence, the Giants' win over the Bills in Super Bowl XXV should be Belichick's win. Published January 31, 2019

FILE - In this 1952 file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player Jackie Robinson poses. Baseball holds tributes across the country on Jackie Robinson Day, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the 67th anniversary marking the end of the game's racial barrier. (AP Photo/File) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Robinson once faced a Murray-like decision between baseball and football

In the middle of this week-long celebration of football leading up to the most popular sporting event in America -- the Super Bowl -- a year-long celebration of the 100th birthday of arguably the most important athlete in American history will begin. Jackie Robinson didn't play football. But he could have -- and may have wound up one of the all-time greats. Published January 29, 2019