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Sports Coverage at City Paper Has Always Focused on Underreported Stories

Sports Coverage at City Paper Has Always Focused on Underreported Stories

“We’re not a paper of record. But what we are is a paper of vital interests.”

Dave McKenna realizes now that he missed the memo. During his time at City Paper, he saw an “incredible honor roll” of people arrive, work at the paper for a few years, and then move on. McKenna stayed for 26 years. “I never had a goal,” he says. “In my life, I’ve never had a…

Angela Salem’s Quick Transition from Retired NWSL Star to Washington Spirit Assistant Coach

Angela Salem’s Quick Transition from Retired NWSL Star to Washington Spirit Assistant Coach

“I always said I didn’t want to coach, and then I always found myself coaching.”

The Washington Spirit entered 2022 wanting to make sure that its extraordinarily challenging and triumphant 2021 season wasn’t just a flash in the pan. And one major addition to the team has caught the attention of observers around the NWSL. You won’t find this person on the Spirit’s roster. Angela Salem isn’t a player, but…

The Capitals Enter the NHL Playoffs as Underdogs

The Capitals Enter the NHL Playoffs as Underdogs

“They have a very solid group of guys, best team in the regular season. But in the playoffs, it’s going to be different,” Alex Ovechkin says of the Florida Panthers, the team’s first round opponent.

The Washington Capitals find themselves embracing the unfamiliar role of the underdog as they prepare for the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. After dominating the NHL’s Metropolitan Division over the last decade, the Capitals battled through inconsistency, adversity, and injuries during the 2021-22 regular season to finish with a 44-26-12 record, good…

The Stunning End of the Hernán Losada Era at D.C. United

The Stunning End of the Hernán Losada Era at D.C. United

Poor results this season and clashes with the front office contributed to Losada’s dismissal, but it may take a long time to convince the fan base this was the right move.

When news trickled out that D.C. United had fired head coach Hernán Losada earlier this week, the reaction was nothing short of shock. The Argentine coach’s tenure ended just hours after a 3-0 win in U.S. Open Cup play over lower-level side Flower City Union. The change comes at an unusual time for United, who…

Mystics Enter the Season Healthy and Confident

Mystics Enter the Season Healthy and Confident

With Elena Delle Donne and Alysha Clark back from injury, the Mystics look to make a championship push after missing the playoffs last season.

The disappointing end to the Washington Mystics’ 2021 season still weighs on Ariel Atkins. For the first time since she was drafted 2018, Atkins had failed to reach the playoffs. The Mystics finished the season 12-20, and afterward, head coach and general manager Mike Thibault called for a “reset” of the team’s culture. But this…

Mystics Add Depth With Draft Picks Shakira Austin and Christyn Williams

Mystics Add Depth With Draft Picks Shakira Austin and Christyn Williams

“No question we got what we wanted,” head coach and general manager Mike Thibault says.

Last week, when the Washington Mystics traded their first overall selection to the Atlanta Dream for the third and 14th picks in the 2022 WNBA Draft and the right to swap first-round picks in the 2023 draft, the Mystics’ front office reasoned that the team would be receiving a better value in this year’s draft.…

The Nationals Open the 2022 Season in Rebuild Mode

The Nationals Open the 2022 Season in Rebuild Mode

Three years removed from winning the World Series, the Nats are projected to be one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball.

First, the good news: Baseball is back. The Washington Nationals host the New York Mets in their season opener at 7:05 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 7, at Nationals Park. The Major League Baseball season was delayed by about a week after a lockout between the league and the MLB Players Association, but on March…

Local Elementary Teacher Susanna Sullivan Wins the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

Local Elementary Teacher Susanna Sullivan Wins the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

“I knew that if the conditions were right—and they were—and if I had the motivation with a lot of fast women chasing me, that it could happen.”

After a week of unpredictable conditions from pop-up hailstorms to tornados, Sunday morning delivered idyllic race conditions for the 2022 Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. And despite an elite women’s field of top runners that included Olympians and sponsored professional athletes, the perfect weather (upper 40s, virtually no wind) also delivered a local winner for…

Olympian Kim Conley Will Make Her Cherry Blossom Debut This Weekend

Olympian Kim Conley Will Make Her Cherry Blossom Debut This Weekend

“It’s just always kind of been on my radar as a really cool event that brings together a great field.”

The track is home to some of Olympian Kim Conley’s biggest career moments. She finished third in a thrilling 5,000 meter race at the 2012 U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, to unexpectedly qualify to run at the 2012 London Olympics. Four years later, with increased pressure and expectations, she once again…

The Washington Spirit Expects to Defend Its NWSL Title

The Washington Spirit Expects to Defend Its NWSL Title

“Everyone talks about winning it again, and, of course, this is the goal.”

Washington Spirit defender Sam Staab doesn’t have much to say about her goals and expectations for the team this season. It’s really quite simple. “We’re gonna win again,” Staab says. “That’s about it.” It’s the prevailing thought throughout the franchise. Last year, the Spirit overcame a tumultuous season to win its first NWSL title. With…

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