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here’s what was happening the last time the capitals advanced to the stanley cup finals

scott allen has written about the capitals, nationals, redskins, wizards and more for the washington post's d.c. sports bog since 2014. before joining the post, he wrote about high school sports for usa today, developed courses for a web-based training company, and worked as a reporter and page designer for the casper (wyo.) star-tribune. follow @scottsallen





wayne rooney is touring d.c. with united, making progress toward deal

(paul ellis / afp/getty images)wayne rooney and d.c. united continue to make progress on a likely deal, the insider has learned, as the english superstar tours washington and prepares for a physical with team doctors thursday.the english soccer superstar arrived wednesday from a family vacation in barbados and visited audi field, united’s new home in southwest d.c. beginning this summer. accompanied by his agent and adviser, paul stretford, rooney is scheduled to meet united general manager dave kasper; resume talks with jason levien, the mls club’s managing general partner and chief executive and explore the nation’s capital on a gorgeous spring afternoon.the whirlwind visit will end no later than friday morning as rooney expected to fly home to england. the sides will not reach a f...





jmu hits ncaa women's lacrosse final four behind kristen gaudian, katie kerrigan

harrisonburg, va. — the james madison dukes are in the final four of the ncaa women’s lacrosse tournament for the second time in program history and the first since 2000. winning a national title this weekend would mark another national splash for an athletic department that competed at the division iii level until the 1980s. and in many ways, it was sparked three summers ago with a phone call between two players who appeared to have little in common, other than lacrosse and a childhood spent near each other in the northern virginia suburbs.“we weren’t really friends or anything,” kristen gaudian said of reaching out to katie kerrigan after their freshman year of college. “we had crossed paths in the summers a little and played against each other in high school, but i didn’t ...





no help for lebron james means no chance for the cavs against the celtics

lebron james and the cleveland cavaliers face a 3-2 series deficit in the eastern conference finals. (maddie meyer/getty images)after dropping games 3 and 4 of eastern conference finals games in cleveland, boston celtics coach brad stevens made key defensive adjustments at home, fueling a 96-83 win over cleveland at home on wednesday night. his team is now one win away from its first nba finals appearance since 2010.stevens reinstated 6-foot-10 center aron baynes into boston’s starting lineup and used forward marcus morris off the bench in an effort to match cleveland’s size and strength on the interior, in addition to giving his perimeter shooters more life throughout the game. baynes rewarded his coach’s trust with six points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes. he h...





everything you need to know about the vegas golden knights

the vegas golden knights are in the stanley cup finals in their first year of existence. (ethan miller/getty images)perhaps the only thing more surprising than the capitals’ ascension to the stanley cup finals is that of their opponent, the vegas golden knights.led by former washington general manager george mcphee, the golden knights were fifth in the nhl’s regular season standings, going 51-24-7. goaltender marc-andre fleury, who previously bedeviled the capitals with the pittsburgh penguins, has powered the golden knights’ playoff run, posting a 1.68 goals against average. that’s about a third of a goal better than washington’s braden holtby (2.04).it took the capitals 19 games to get through three rounds of the playoffs. the golden knights did it in 15. their most recent gam...





why the warriors are simply unstoppable in the third quarter

stephen curry and the warriors are outscoring opponents by 29.3 net points per 100 possessions in the third quarter during the playoffs. (ezra shaw/getty images)the golden state warriors, after blitzing through the regular season and most of the playoffs, find themselves in a tied series with the houston rockets in the western conference finals. their latest loss, tuesday’s game 4, featured an epic fourth-quarter collapse, which is uncharacteristic of the reigning nba champions. but their third-quarter outburst — golden state outscored houston 34 to 17 in that frame — is exactly what they’ve been doing to opponents for years, and could be the difference between the warriors defending their crown or going home earlier than expected.the warriors outscored opponents by 18.5 net points...





maryland’s dominance in men’s and women’s lacrosse might be unequaled in ncaa history

maryland celebrated its third national title in four years last may. this year, it has reached its 10th consecutive final four. (elise amendola/associated press)the day after they won the national championship last season at gillette stadium, megan whittle, her maryland women’s lacrosse teammates and coach cathy reese watched anxiously while their male counterparts played for the ncaa title at the same venue.the terrapins men were making their third consecutive appearance in the national championship game, with the tension even more elevated this time after they had dropped the previous two by a combined six goals, including an overtime heartbreaker in 2016.when the clock reached 0:00 and maryland had secured a 9-6 victory over ohio state for its first national championship since 1975, w...





best caps ‘jersey fouls’ of the season (so far)

a fan’s jim vance tribute to the longtime nbc4 newscaster, who passed away last year.the rock the red era of the washington capitals has its horde of rabid fans decked out in bright red jerseys at every home game. the names on the back of these jerseys mostly read “ovechkin,” “holtby,” “oshie,” and other players, current and former. what sticks out, however, are the unique names and phrases sprinkled throughout.these fans with the customized jerseys — often called “jersey fouls” due to their often absurd nature — spend hundreds of dollars on these jerseys, more than any off-the-rack “beagle” or “djoos.” some are hilarious, some are political, some are profane, some are cringeworthy, and some are noble tributes to beloved people.  d.c. sports bog and others h...





the nfl would rather bury anthem protests than address the issues behind them

the nfl owners, most of them old white men who would rather be left alone to count their money, finally have figured out how they want to defuse player protests. they’re going to attempt to shove the issue into the bowels of stadiums and eliminate the powerful and controversial image of athletes making pleas for equality during the national anthem. throw those problems in the closet and block the door. if nothing else, it’s less expensive than tearing up the turf to bury the players and their societal concerns.eight months after president trump called the players “sons of bitches” for caring about silly things such as police brutality, the nfl revised its anthem policy wednesday afternoon. eight months after several owners locked arms with their players and denounced the president?...





six months. 5,700 miles. one ocean. ben lecomte wants to be first to swim across pacific.

(courtesy photo/ben lecomte)ben lecomte, a 50-year old frenchman turned texan, will slip into the water on sunday off the coast of choshi, japan, and start swimming. if all goes as planned, he won’t set foot on land for six months. in that time, he plans to swim through the largest collection of trash on the planet, great white shark migration areas, through jellyfish and storms and isolation and monotony.in november, lecomte hopes to paddle and kick all the way to san francisco, becoming the first person to swim across the pacific ocean, an extraordinary transcontinental quest that’s equal parts adventure and science experiment.“for me, swimming is a passion,” lecomte explained in a recent interview. “but if it’s just swimming for pleasure, that’s limited. i need to have gre...





washington capitals fans hoping for stanley cup finals tickets slapped with pricey reality

rex okonkwo and other fans celebrate at capital one arena during game 7. (andre chung/for the washington post)in the days and hours leading up to wednesday night’s game 7, jake genachowski and his buddies didn’t bother talking much about the possibility of attending the stanley cup finals.“being lifelong d.c. sports fans, i think our confidence in actually winning was pretty low,” the 26-year old genachowski said, “so we didn’t know how realistic it was.”but then the capitals scored in the opening minute of their eastern conference finals matchup with the lightning, and then two more times in the second period. genachowski and his friends were watching a capitals-crazed crowd at macintyre’s in woodley park and, when washington pulled ahead 3-0, they started looking up fligh...





trump pardons jack johnson, first black world heavyweight champ

boxer jack johnson, shown in an undated photo, was pardoned thursday by president trump. (library of congress prints and photographs division)president trump granted a posthumous pardon to boxer jack johnson on thursday, wiping clean his 1913 mann act conviction. johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, was convicted under federal legislation that made it illegal to cross state lines with a woman “for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose.” jim crow-era prosecutors often used the legislation as an anti-miscegenation device.“a truly great fighter,” trump said thursday in the oval office, where he signed the pardon in a ceremony attended by boxing legend lennox lewis, actor sylvester stallone and current heavyweight champion deontay wilder...





the nationals bullpen is overtaxed but still finding ways to be aggressive

earlier this month, brandon kintzler pulled up a chair next to sammy solis, who spends his home afternoons a few stalls down in the washington nationals locker room. solis was struggling at the time, his inconsistency climbing in correlation with his workload. “if someone came to you and asked you what kind of pitcher you are,” kintzler said, “what would you say?”solis told him he would say he was a pitcher who always attacked, who went right at hitters, who didn’t nibble. “i said, ‘why aren’t you doing that?’ ” kintzler said. solis didn’t have an answer. “if you’re going to get beat left-handed at 95 [mph],” kintzler said, “i’d rather you get beat with that than your third-best pitch. . . . he’s got to be in full-on attack mode with his fastball, wh...





capitals, a franchise steeped in heartbreak, revel in game 7 win

tampa — take the available information on the washington capitals — the way they perform when they lead in a playoff series, how they execute in seventh and deciding games, all the synonyms for “choking” that exist — and toss it in the trash. crumple it up. send it to the shredder. it’s no longer relevant. washington’s sporting reality changed wednesday night. all the ghosts that used to hide in the corners? well, someone finally turned on the lights, scared them away, and look what was revealed: a game 7 performance that was, essentially, the opposite of so many of its predecessors. the authors were these new capitals who have revealed themselves, bit by bit, as a group that stiffens when others — so many others — shrank.[washington capitals are heading to stanley cup fi...





these capitals are loose and dealing as they head to vegas

tampa — do unto others as they have done unto you. it’s not in the bible. but for the washington capitals, it feels like a revelation.the meek may inherit the kingdom of heaven, but the head-knocking caps, flogging the devil out of the favored tampa bay lighting, 4-0, here wednesday night, will settle for going to las vegas, where the meek are brunch.that’s where the stanley cup finals start monday night against the golden knights. to the winner goes possession of a huge silver receptacle, perfect for holding champagne, which, for the first time, could be in the hands of the unjinxed, freed-from-history, loose-and-dealing capitals.the capitals didn’t just get to the threshold of their idea of paradise with a victory over the lightning here in amalie arena. to make it sweeter, to ma...





sports booth: after decades of disappointment, capitals fans rejoice after game 7 win

video channels |top newspopularlive(video: jon gerberg, jorge ribas/the washington post, photo: andre chung/the washington post) live sports sports booth: after decades of disappointment, capitals fans rejoice after game 7 win the washington capitals shut out the tampa bay lightning on may 23 to advance to the stanley cup finals. related links read more up next in sports booth 2:23 sports booth: after decades of disappointment, capitals fans rejoice after game 7 win 2:03 sports booth: capitals fans rejoice in victory against penguins 1:24 sports booth: fans react to nationals letting go of dusty baker 1:43 sports booth: nationals fans react to season-ending playoff loss 1:09 sports booth: heartbreak and betrayal as capitals fans cope with game 7 loss 1:47 owners explore sale of nascar 1:18...





lebron james and the cavaliers miss kyrie irving more than the celtics

jayson tatum, sporting his kyrie 4 nikes, drives to the rim in front of lebron james during boston’s game 5 win wednesday. (greg m. cooper/usa today sports)boston — there was a kyrie irving sighting in game 5, but merely on his teammate’s feet.while boston celtics rookie jayson tatum continued his breakout postseason run wednesday night, leading his team in scoring and inching closer to the nba finals, he wore green kyrie 4 nikes. he paired the shoes with fluorescent yellow laces that could be seen from the upper bowl inside td garden arena.just as visible throughout the eastern conference finals is the impact the absence of irving, the five-time all-star point guard, is having on the series. just not for the celtics, who stretched a homely performance into a 96-83 win and a 3-2 lea...





jinx this: alex ovechkin touched the prince of wales trophy — and carried it home

alex ovechkin touches the prince of wales trophy after the capitals won game 7 to clinch a spot in the stanley cup finals. (photo by jonathan newton/the washington post)would he or wouldn’t he? the most pressing question after the capitals finished off the tampa bay lightning in game 7 on wednesday to clinch a spot in the stanley cup finals was whether washington captain alex ovechkin would cast aside superstition and touch the prince of wales trophy awarded to the eastern conference champions.ovechkin didn’t just touch the trophy; he picked it up, skated over to his teammates and arranged a group photo with the capitals’ new hardware in the center of the shot.so, what’s the big deal? well, some people believe that the eastern conference champions should refrain from touchi...





nfl's new anthem policy: what the rules really mean for the first amendment

since it was announced wednesday, the nfl’s new policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem on the field or wait in the locker room, has done little to quell the debate that has grown into one of the country’s most divisive issues over the past couple of years.the rules, which stipulate that the league could fine teams for players who don’t follow the guideline on the field, are a concession to some of the league’s owners, fans, and of course, president trump, who say they believe that players should stand instead of kneeling during the anthem. and it is seen as a rebuke of the many players who made the silent protest of police brutality such a flash point of the league last season.but it also seems to leave room for players to continue their protest as long as the...





mike milbury can’t stop gushing about alex ovechkin: ‘you can’t say enough about him’

alex ovechkin leaves the ice after game 7, an eastern conference champion for the first time. (photo by jonathan newton/the washington post)one of the many surreal moments in the aftermath of the capitals’ game 7 win in tampa bay on wednesday night was watching nbc sports network analyst mike milbury gush — perhaps more than he’s ever gushed — about capitals captain alex ovechkin, whose early goal paved the way for washington’s first trip to the stanley cup finals in 20 years.“he was, again, a leader, and he showed it in all sorts of ways,” milbury, one of ovechkin’s more vocal critics throughout his career, said of the capitals winger. “certainly the goal was one. he was physical again, intelligent in his play. you can’t say enough about him. i think he’s a differe...