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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 Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1) walks off the court after Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Chicago Bulls in Washington, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The Wizards defeated the Bulls 98-89. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

LOVERRO: Wizards are the real deal, but enjoy them while you can

They exceeded expectations basketball-wise and heart-wise by handling the experienced Chicago Bulls in five games, and it's reasonable to see this team beating Indiana and likely facing the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. Beyond this season, though ... Published May 4, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1) dunks in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Bulls play the Washington Wizards in game 4 of the first round of the playoffs at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Sunday, April 27, 2014. The Washington Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls 98-89. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Nene-less Wizards come up big when it was absolutely necessary

Up 2-1 in the series, after losing Game 3 at home, Game 4 was of course a big game. You don't want to go back to Chicago with the series even at 2-2 – especially, when, for anyone watching this series, it's obvious the Bulls can't match the Wizards talent. Published April 27, 2014

Dave DeBusschere (22) pours beer over Walt Frazier after the New York Knickers Bocker players beat the Milwaukee Ducks 132-96 in Madison Square Garden April 20,1970 putting them into the NBA Championship playoffs. Others are, Bill Bradley, center, and Cazzie Russel right. (AP Photo)

LOVERRO: Why celebrate ‘Bad Boys’ when ‘Eden’ awaits?

The Detroit Pistons teams that filled the void following the Magic and Bird era, and did so with elbows, fists, and bad basketball. There is nothing to celebrate about those championship teams. They should be buried, not praised. Look around, children of that time, for something better — something that was beautiful. Published April 22, 2014

Maryland coach Gary Williams swings the net after his Terps beat Indiana 64-52 in the NCAA final in Atlanta Monday, April 1, 2002. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

LOVERRO: Gary Williams earned Hall of Fame through sweat equity

Gary Williams sweated his way to fame, and those who watched him get the most out of his teams, from American University to the University of Maryland, admired and enjoyed every bead of sweat, because you knew it was devoted to winning. Published April 6, 2014

Bryce Harper is hit by a pitch from Atlanta Braves left-hander Luis Avilan in the Washington Nationals' loss on Friday night. (Associated Press photo)

LOVERRO: Nationals have a chance to set the tone early vs. Braves

This weekend at Nationals Park, starting Friday at the home opener when Washington faces the Atlanta Braves, is Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran. It's this coming season's Washington Redskins opener vs. the Philadelphia Eagles (bet on it). Published April 3, 2014

Bobby Magruder (via YouTube)

LOVERRO: Behind Bobby Magruder, D.C. boxing scene lives on

Remarkably, kids are still showing up in boxing gyms in Maryland, Washington and Virginia looking to be the next Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. Or maybe even Bobby Magruder, a four-time Washington Golden Gloves champion who fought Sugar Ray Leonard three times as an amateur. Published March 27, 2014