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Todd Dybas

Todd Dybas was a sports writer for the Washington Times.

Articles by Todd Dybas

Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball poses for a picture during NBA basketball media day, in El Segundo, Calif., Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

On basketball: LaVar Ball's rambling has ensnared his son

Lonzo Ball has been squared up and targeted since the NBA season began because of his father's incessant chatter. Being in the league as a rookie is hard enough without the pomposity of a cartoon sports dad. Published October 24, 2017

Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) jumps after forcing out Chicago Cub's Jon Jay (30) on a ball hit by Kris Bryant, who was safe at first during seventh the inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series, at Nationals Park, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington. Kyle Schwarber scored on the play. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Daniel Murphy has knee surgery

The Washington Nationals announced Friday afternoon that their All-Star second baseman had knee surgery Friday. They did not provide a timeline for his return. Published October 20, 2017

Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick, right, goes to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 120-115. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Kelly Oubre Jr. gets a prominent chance

Early injuries to the Wizard's frontcourt have opened an opportunity for Oubre at the start of his third season. Though, Markieff Morris' return may not be far off. Published October 19, 2017

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks on during the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Wizards fine five needs a bench boost

Since the Wizards' brass chose continuity, it knows what the starting five can deliver. The question -- and possible restraining force -- remains the bench as the season opens Wednesday night. Published October 17, 2017