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capitals goalie braden holtby needs to steal series vs. penguins

barry svrlugait’s impossible to think about the impending series between the washington capitals and the pittsburgh penguins and not delve into the larger themes, into sid vs. ovi and who has what the other wants, into the dark history of the capitals’ 1-for-10 record against the penguins in the stanley cup playoffs. those issues hang over the series and color it — a deep, dark gray for washington. for the capitals to advance to a place this group has never been, they will have to tackle those narratives and drag them to the ground. they’re ever-present.but alex ovechkin’s capitals have another issue that has dragged them to the ground too often as april has turned to may over the past decade. it has nothing to do with ovechkin or his chief nemesis, sidney crosby of pittsburgh. y...





so they meet again: five top moments in the alex ovechkin-sidney crosby rivalry

there’s no way to consider a stanley cup playoff series between the washington capitals and the pittsburgh penguins without considering the status and stature of the two teams’ leading men, alex ovechkin and sidney crosby. they were the first pick in the nhl draft in consecutive years — ovechkin in 2004 and crosby in 2005 — but because of the labor dispute that wiped out the ’04-05 season, they debuted the same year. both racked up more than 100 points, the last rookies to do so, and ovechkin edged out crosby for the calder trophy as the league’s top rookie.thus, they were, are and always will be intertwined. people in pittsburgh might scoff at that notion, because crosby has won three stanley cups and ovechkin has, of course, none. but it’s reasonable for people in washingto...





nfl quietly ends investigation into alleged question about draft prospect’s sexuality

lsu’s derrius guice speaks at the nfl combine. (darron cummings/associated press)derrius guice almost certainly didn’t mean to cause a firestorm with his march comments on a siriusxm radio show, but that’s exactly what happened when the draft prospect alleged that he was asked by an nfl team about his sexuality. on the eve of the draft wednesday, the league did its best to extinguish what was left of that public relations conflagration when it announced the end of its investigation into the matter.“following reports concerning the interviews of derrius guice at the scouting combine, the league conducted a thorough investigation which included a formal review and report from every club that interviewed mr. guice during the combine, as well as discussions with mr. guice, his agent ...





alex cobb falls apart vs. old team, dooming orioles to 10th loss in 11 games

by eduardo a. encinaby eduardo a. encinaapril 25 at 10:53 pmbaltimore — this was seemingly the night that alex cobb had finally found his footing, keeping the ball on the ground against his former team and holding the tampa bay rays to one run through his first four innings wednesday at camden yards. as rain intensified while cobb took the mound for the top of the fifth, the sky fell on his outing. he wouldn’t survive the inning, letting a two-run lead evaporate as tampa bay scored four runs in the frame. cobb allowed six of the eight batters he faced in the inning to reach base in the orioles’ 8-4 loss to the rays.it was a frustrating inning for cobb, who through three starts is still searching for the form that prompted the orioles to make a four-year, $57 million investment in hi...





tv and radio listings: april 26

stanley cup playoffs, second round7 p.m. eastern conference, game 1: pittsburgh at washington » nbc sports network, wjfk (106.7 fm)10 p.m. western conference, game 1: san jose at vegas » nbc sports networknba playoffs, first round8 p.m. eastern conference, game 6: boston at milwaukee » tntmlb1 p.m. minnesota at new york yankees » mlb network7 p.m. tampa bay at baltimore » masn8 p.m. milwaukee at chicago cubs » mlb networknfl draft8 p.m. round 1 » espn, nfl network, wttg (ch. 5), wbff (ch. 45), wtem (980 am)golf10:30 a.m. web.com tour: united leasing & finance championship, first round » golf channel2 p.m. pga tour: zurich classic of new orleans, first round » golf channel6 p.m. lpga tour: mediheal championship, first round » golf channeltennis6 a.m. atp: barcelona open, early-rou...





mls heartbreak: toronto fc falls to chivas on penalty kicks in concacaf champions league

chivas players celebrate their first concacaf title since 1962 after winning a penalty kick tiebreaker, 4-2. (eduardo verdugo/associated press)mls’s long-sought quest to end mexico’s dominance in the concacaf champions league will continue for another year after toronto fc’s gallant effort wednesday in guadalajara fell agonizingly short with defeat to chivas in a penalty kick tiebreaker.the canadian side won the second leg of the finals, 2-1, on goals by jozy altidore and sebastian giovinco, leveling the aggregate (3-3) and the away-goal tiebreaker (2-2). tournament guidelines did not allow for extra time, so the match was settled on penalty kicks, won by chivas, 4-2. michael bradley skied his attempt in the fourth round, clinching chivas’s first regional championship since 1962.th...





lebron james’s game-winning shot saves us from having to care about his goaltend

lebron james, right, celebrates with cleveland teammate cedi osman after his game-winner. (ap photo/tony dejak)the shot lebron james hit to win game 5 of his cavaliers’ playoff series against the pacers was remarkable. it will go down as one of his most legendary moments, in a career that already has him in the best-ever conversation. it capped a performance in which cleveland needed all of his 44 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a 98-95 nail-biter, and it could prove the decisive blow in a hard-fought battle with indiana.but best of all, the shot saves us from having to care about the near-certainty that james committed a goaltending violation on the previous possession.if called, the play would have given the pacers the lead with seconds left, but it hardly matters in the wake ...





capitals goalie braden holtby needs to steal series vs. penguins

barry svrlugait’s impossible to think about the impending series between the washington capitals and the pittsburgh penguins and not delve into the larger themes, into sid vs. ovi and who has what the other wants, into the dark history of the capitals’ 1-for-10 record against the penguins in the stanley cup playoffs. those issues hang over the series and color it — a deep, dark gray for washington. for the capitals to advance to a place this group has never been, they will have to tackle those narratives and drag them to the ground. they’re ever-present.but alex ovechkin’s capitals have another issue that has dragged them to the ground too often as april has turned to may over the past decade. it has nothing to do with ovechkin or his chief nemesis, sidney crosby of pittsburgh. y...





one-and-done rule will be decided by nba money, not ncaa basketball report

the first recommendation in the commission on college basketball’s anticipated report in response to charges of corruption, which was released to the public wednesday, was one that virtually everyone knew was coming from the moment the commission was created: the elimination of “one-and-done” from the sport’s lexicon.but even the commission, headed by former secretary of state condoleezza rice, acknowledged that it isn’t in college basketball’s power to change the rule. instead, it would require the nba and its players’ union to remove the age restriction on players declaring for the draft.luckily for the commission, though, it seems as if the nba will do just that.[college basketball commission calls for rules changes, but sticks with amateurism]the reason has little to do w...





raptors beat wizards in game 5: recap, result, analysis, discussion

john wall could not get the wizards past the raptors in game 5. (frank gunn/the canadian press via ap)toronto — the washington wizards heard a ... of boos in the closing seconds of game 5 wednesday night inside air canada centre.the toronto raptors fans didn’t appreciate how their party was interrupted with a hard foul by markieff morris and a meaningless late bucket by kelly oubre jr.if only washington could have done more in the final nine minutes to silence the roars. one shot or one fewer turnover might have done it. instead, a fourth-quarter breakdown led to washington’s collapse in the pivotal game.the top-seeded raptors took control of this best-of-seven first-round nba playoff series with a 108-98 win for a 3-2 series lead. the series shifts back to capital one arena on frida...





nba playoffs: lebron lifts cavs; westbrook, thunder surge back; wizards run out of gas; rockets oust wolves

tim bontemps is the post's national nba writer. he hosts the "posting up" podcast and writes the "monday morning post up" newsletter. he joined the post in 2015. follow @timbontemps





lavar ball is pulling sons liangelo and lamelo out of lithuania before season ends

lavar ball has some words for virginijus seskus, head coach of vytautas. (alius koroliovas/getty images)lavar ball frequently feuded with his sons’ high school coaches, and lonzo ball’s lakers career had barely begun before his father began questioning luke walton and his staff. thus it was no surprise, after ball took his two younger sons, liangelo and lamelo, to play professionally for a small club in lithuania, that he set about disagreeing with that team’s coach.given the way ball pulled liangelo out of ucla early in his freshman season — of course, a suspension for that incident of alleged shoplifting in china had something to do with it — and took lamelo out of his high school with two years ago, wednesday’s news wasn’t exactly a shock, either.the ball family is report...





nba playoffs: lebron james' three lifts cavs; wizards run out of gas; live updates for rockets-wolves, jazz-thunder

kevin love scored 5 pts sunday and the cavs won. it snapped a six game losing streak for cle when love scores 5 or fewer points. the cavs are now 7-12 in those games. in other words, game 4 was a huge win and effort to overcome that. he has to be better tonight— joe vardon (@joevardon) april 25, 2018





nfl quietly ends investigation into alleged question about draft prospect’s sexuality

lsu’s derrius guice speaks at february’s draft combine. (darron cummings/associated press)derrius guice almost certainly didn’t mean to cause a firestorm with his march comments on a siriusxm radio show, but that’s exactly what happened when the draft prospect alleged that he was asked by an nfl team about his sexuality. on the eve of the draft wednesday, the league did its best to extinguish what was left of that public-relations conflagration, when it announced the end of its investigation into the matter.“following reports concerning the interviews of derrius guice at the scouting combine, the league conducted a thorough investigation which included a formal review and report from every club that interviewed mr. guice during the combine, as well as discussions with mr. guice...





condoleezza rice thinks college hoops is worth saving. does ncaa care enough to do it?

sally jenkinscondoleezza rice isn’t out to address one troubled sport but rather the entire reeking morass that is intercollegiate athletics. for so long, the ncaa has been such a mud-encrusted knot of corruption that the only answer was to cut through it with cynicism. but the chairwoman of the commission on college basketball has offered a fistful of broad, coherent, reasonable reforms, and in the process, she has drawn a bright line. everyone will have to pick a side: are you for a solution, or are you the problem?as soon as rice opened her mouth at wednesday’s news conference to present the conclusions of the 14-member commission’s report, an unfamiliar sensation began to spread: optimism. that’s because the recommendations she advanced were not based in unrealistic, phony vict...





capitals goalie braden holtby needs to steal series vs. penguins

barry svrlugait’s impossible to think about the impending series between the washington capitals and the pittsburgh penguins and not delve into the larger themes, into sid vs. ovi and who has what the other wants, into the dark history of the capitals’ 1-for-10 record against the penguins in the stanley cup playoffs. those issues hang over the series and color it — a deep, dark gray for washington. for the capitals to advance to a place this group has never been, they will have to tackle those narratives and drag them to the ground. they’re ever-present.but alex ovechkin’s capitals have another issue that has dragged them to the ground too often as april has turned to may over the past decade. it has nothing to do with ovechkin nor his chief nemesis, sidney crosby of pittsburgh. ...





washington redskins 2018 nfl draft guide: team needs, targets, latest rumors

washington defensive lineman vita vea is in the mix to be the redskins’ first-round pick at no. 13 overall. (ap photo/michael conroy)the most optimistic time of the nfl calendar is here, as the three-day, seven-round draft begins thursday with round 1, and organizations attempt to tweak and transform rosters into super bowl contenders. all 32 teams will feel as if they’ve improved after the weekend, even if they have not.“i think this week it makes you feel a little better, because it’s kind of like practicing during the week for the players — sunday is the time you have a lot of fun,” doug williams, the washington redskins’ senior vice president of player personnel, said tuesday. “and i think now we’re probably doing the walk-through at this particular time. we took of...





one-and-done rule will be decided by nba money, not ncaa basketball report

the first recommendation in the commission on college basketball’s anticipated report in response to charges of corruption, which was released to the public wednesday, was one that virtually everyone knew was coming from the moment the commission was created: the elimination of “one-and-done” from the sport’s lexicon.but even the commission, headed by former secretary of state condoleezza rice, acknowledged that it isn’t in college basketball’s power to change the rule. instead, it would require the nba and its players’ union to remove the age restriction on players declaring for the draft.luckily for the commission, though, it seems as if the nba will do just that.the reason has little to do with the commission’s findings or with the state of college basketball. it’s bec...





nats close out disappointing west coast trip with offensive explosion

san francisco — for all the unyielding positivity the washington nationals have espoused as they have plodded through a trying first month of the season, any assertion that the lineup they fielded wednesday afternoon would be the one to finally snap them out of their offensive funk would have drawn eyerolls. thanks to a series of crippling injuries and a day off for a couple of other mainstays, the lineup featured two opening day backups and three others who began the season in the minors. but baseball is usually unpredictable and sometimes silly. and thus, there was matt adams hammering more right-handed pitching, and andrew stevenson spraying line drives around the diamond, and trea turner smacking five of washington’s season-high 18 hits as the nationals avoided a series sweep with ...





nba playoffs: lebron james' three lifts cavs; wizards run out of gas; live updates for rockets-wolves, jazz-thunder

tim bontemps is the post's national nba writer. he hosts the "posting up" podcast and writes the "monday morning post up" newsletter. he joined the post in 2015. follow @timbontemps