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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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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, file photo, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder listens to head coach Ron Rivera during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility, in Ashburn, Va. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the NFL has taken over the independent investigation into workplace conduct within the Washington Football Team. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen divorce gets messy

What happened to those days of partying on the yacht, flying around the world, and the intimate games of Putt-Putt in the office? What happened to the Bruce Allen-Dan Snyder love? Published April 18, 2021

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, former professional boxer Evander Holyfield paces the sidelines as he watches his son, Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield, play in an NCAA college football game against Florida, in Jacksonville, Fla. Elijah Holyfield says it wasn't an easy decision to leave Georgia after his junior season. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Tyson, Holyfield and the dying gasp of a once-great sport

First Mike Tyson climbed back in the ring, now former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will, at the age of 58, stage an eight-round "exhibition" against 47-year-old Kevin McBride. And that, folks, tells you how far boxing has fallen. Published April 12, 2021

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp listens to a question during a news conference at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Atlanta, about Major League Baseball's decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over the league's objection to a new Georgia voting law. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Rob Manfred puts baseball in middle of political fight

This notion that baseball's decision to pull the game out of Atlanta is some sort of "cancel culture" travesty is absurd. The game was awarded to Atlanta through politics and it was taken away because of politics -- the controversial new Georgia voting law. Published April 5, 2021

Washington Nationals' Josh Harrison (5) bumps fists with first base coach Randy Knorr after hitting a single during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros, Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Randy Knorr is Nationals institutional memory

There have been a lot of names and faces that have passed through Washington Nationals' history since the franchise brought baseball back to Washington in 2005. Randy Knorr has seen most, if not all, of them. Published March 29, 2021

In this Nov. 3, 2019 file photo, Washington owner Daniel Snyder is shown before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y.   (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File) **FILE**

Dan Snyder era set to go on and on and on

For the NFL, pulling the plug on the Dan Snyder era in Washington could be chalked up to doing the right thing. On basic decency. How about we just call it good business? Take your pick. Instead, the owners seem content to keep Snyder and continue counting their money. Published March 24, 2021

Philadelphia Eagle Cyril Pinder (22) is caught between two Washington Redskins, Jon Jaqua, bottom, and Russell Tillman, during first quarter action at RFK Stadium, Dec. 13, 1970, Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/John Duricka) **FILE**

Rusty Tillman learned from George Allen

Russell Arthur "Rusty" Tillman, who passed away last week at the age of 75, was an NFL special teams legend from coast to coast, from the state of Washington to the District. Published March 21, 2021

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Denver. The Broncos won 20-13. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Ryan Fitzpatrick gets another shot

So now we know: Fitzpatrick, Mr. Plan D, is the guy. Fitzpatrick -- all 38, soon to be 39 years, of him -- will be fun, no doubt. But he'll be taking the field this season opposite Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers. Those guys? Not Plan D guys. Published March 16, 2021

FILE - In this April 1987 file photo, "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, left, moves in on "Sugar" Ray Leonard during the third round of a boxing bout in Las Vegas. Leonard won with a split decision. Hagler, the middleweight boxing great whose title reign and career ended with the loss to Leonard in 1987, died Saturday, March 13, 2021. He was 66. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File)

Marvin Hagler legacy of greatness

It seemed like Hagler eventually got past the bitterness of what happened in the 20-foot ring in Las Vegas the night of April 6, 1987, when he stood within punching distance of beating Leonard but came up short. Published March 14, 2021

This Jan. 2, 2020, file photo shows Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder listening to head coach Ron Rivera during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility, in Ashburn, Va. Snyder has hired a D.C. law firm to review the Washington NFL team's culture, policies and allegations of workplace misconduct. Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh LLP confirmed to The Associated Press that the firm had been retained to conduct an independent review. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Dan Snyder focus of Wilkinson probe report says

Beth Wilkinson's report on her investigation into allegations of sexual harassment inside the Washington NFL franchise appears to have its sights set on owner Dan Snyder. Published March 7, 2021

Washington Wizards general manager Wes Unseld announces the trade of Chris Webber to the Sacramento Kings for Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe at the MCI Center in Washington Thursday, May 14, 1998. (AP Photo/Brian K. Diggs) **FILE**

Wes Unseld legacy deserves recognition

You can make the case that no athlete in recent memory has impacted a Washington team's won-loss record more than Wes Unseld. Published February 22, 2021

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez celebrates with fans during a parade to celebrate the team's World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros in Washington. Martinez says the World Series champs will raise their banner and present their rings at their stadium with fans in attendance -- no matter how or when or if the 2020 season starts. Like his general manager, Mike Rizzo, Martinez is optimistic there will be a major league season this year and has been mapping out what a second spring training camp might look like. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Dave Martinez and the Nationals slow starts

Martinez knows the Nationals have had a pattern of slow starts in his first three seasons in Washington. He thinks this team has the pieces to lead from the front. Published February 14, 2021

In this Oct. 21, 2018, photo, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, left, and team president Bruce Allen talk on the field prior to an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins,  in Landover, Md. Allen was fired Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, after a tumultuous and loss-filled decade with the NFL team once coached by his father. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) **FILE**

Ron Rivera sweeps out remnants of Bruce Allen era

The ongoing exodus of former Washington boss Bruce Allen's executives and staff from Ashburn opens key positions for Ron Rivera allies -- allies the coach will need. Published January 31, 2021