Washington Spirit Players Have Come Together During a Tumultuous Season to Reach the Playoffs

“We’ve just really [been] open with each other, and it’s been tough, but we’re getting through it.”

Tori Huster has experienced a lot in her 10 years as a pro player, but the Washington Spirit co-captain has never been through something quite like the past few months. It’s been a stretch that has defied belief where the shock of one event hasn’t worn off before an even more stunning development arises. The…

Dan Snyder Still Isn’t Being Held Accountable

Snyder should want the NFL to release the emails from the investigation into his team’s workplace culture.

Dan Snyder should do the right thing. Not just because it’s the right thing, of course. That would be a lot to ask. But he should do the right thing because it also happens to be the thing that will likely benefit him the most. I mean, if we’re talking about the Washington Football Team, we might…

Capitals Rookie Hendrix Lapierre Quickly Proving He Belongs in the NHL

Lapierre, 19, scored a goal in his NHL debut, helping the Caps beat the New York Rangers, 5-1, on the team’s opening night.

For a split second Wednesday night, Washington Capitals rookie Hendrix Lapierre lay flat on his back on the ice before T.J. Oshie forcefully yanked him up by his jersey onto his skates. Neither could stop smiling. Lapierre, in his NHL debut, had just scored his first NHL goal, and the 18,000-plus fans inside Capital One…

A.J. Francis Played Football at Maryland and for the Washington Football Team. Now, He’s a Rising WWE Star.

“I won’t be satisfied with what I’ve accomplished until I get the WWE Championship.”

A.J. Francis, a former Washington Football Team defensive tackle and ascendant WWE prospect, did not care much for bedtime stories growing up. He preferred bedtime professional wrestling matches. Every night, when his father, Mike, swung open the door to their Severn, Maryland, home, there would be Francis, an oversized 3-year-old boy in the flesh but…

ESPN’s PTI Debuted 20 Years Ago. Now Sports Debate Shows Are Everywhere.

“I’m so proud of the longevity of the show, but I’m more proud of the reasons behind the longevity of the show.”

Before ESPN hired Erik Rydholm to be the producer of its then-new talk show, Pardon the Interruption, 20 years ago, he needed to meet with the show’s co-host, Tony Kornheiser, and make his case on why he would be the right fit. Rydholm arrived second at the hotel dining room on that day and vividly…

Sandy Spring Bank Cancels Its Sponsorship With the Washington Spirit

The Maryland-based bank became the club’s first-ever official banking partner at the end of 2019 and, earlier this year, announced the renewal of that agreement through 2023.

The turmoil at the Washington Spirit has now cost the club at least one of its major sponsors: Sandy Spring Bank tells City Paper it has cancelled its sponsorship agreement with the Spirit. The Maryland-based bank became the club’s first-ever official banking partner at the end of 2019 and, earlier this year, announced the renewal…

Juan Soto Was One of the Nationals’ Few Bright Spots During a Disappointing Season

“What you are seeing at 22 years old [with Soto is what] Barry Bonds was doing when he was elite as a 28 year old.”

While the Washington Nationals endured a mediocre season that ended Sunday with the franchise in a rebuilding mode, Juan Soto managed to put together an MVP-worthy year. Soto led or was close to the top in almost every offensive statistical category that matters and remained consistent for nearly six months despite not having a lineup,…

The Washington Spirit’s Season of Turmoil

In just the past two months, the organization dismissed its head coach over allegations of verbal abuse, endured a COVID-19 outbreak, and has watched an ongoing public ownership power struggle. Fans have staged a semi-boycott.

Angie Kanellopulos can’t pinpoint a particular incident that has stood out to her during this ongoing period of turmoil for the Washington Spirit. Too much has happened for her to do that. “It’s the whole package that is just kind of unbelievable,” Kanellopulos, the president of the Spirit Squadron supporters’ group, tells City Paper. Unbelievable…

The 2021 In-Person Marine Corps Marathon Has Been Canceled

“After exhausting all possibilities, the opportunity to safely operate and execute a live event is just not feasible at this time.”

Even as the Army Ten-Miler elected to cancel its in-person event and go virtual-only earlier this month, citing rising COVID-19 case rates, organizers of the Marine Corps Marathon, 50K, and 10K, appeared to be committed to moving ahead with their in-person events on Oct. 31. The organization sent out a press release on Sept. 15…

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