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Strasburg a $175 Million Mistake?

Joe Rivera, Sporting News

This Year, Bryce Just Isn't Right

Mike Lupica, Sports on Earth

Just Leave Bryce Harper Alone

Thomas Boswell, Washington Post

'Dark Knight' Unmasked at Home

Master Tesfatsion, Washington Post

When the Nationals signed pitcher Stephen Strasburg to a massive contract extension in May, the baseball world raised its collective eyebrows. While Strasburg had flashed signs of ...(full article)

A funny thing happened to Bryce Harper as he was supposed to take his place with the biggest stars in American sports this season. Mostly what happened is, well, this season. Not o...(full article)

It’s a Tuesday night in June, and Washington’s football headquarters are mostly empty. It’s been a few hours since the second day of the team’s final minicamp practice wrap...(full article)

Bryce Harper would appreciate it if everybody would just shut the heck up with all the well-intentioned advice and the high-baseball-IQ analysis about how to get out of his three-m...(full article)

GREENWOOD, S.C. — The line was unorganized, and it was all Josh Norman’s fault. He just can’t say no to children, especially those from his home town. The Washington Redskins...(full article)

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