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The Early Lead: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Wes Leonard, Michigan high-school star, dies after hitting game-winner

Updated at 3:10 p.m. Shortly after hitting the winning shot that secured his team's perfect season in an overtime game, a high school basketball player in Fennville, Mich., collapsed on the court Thursday night and later died. Wes Leonard, 16,...

By Cindy Boren  | March 4, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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O.J. Atogwe says he won't be No. 21 with Redskins

O.J. Atogwe quickly answered the question of what number he would wear with the Redskins Thursday night. Atogwe, who formerly tweeted as @ojrams21, is now @blessedskins and has no intention of wearing his customary 21, a number that, in Washington,...

By Cindy Boren  | March 4, 2011; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Should O.J. Atogwe, or any other Redskins player, wear No. 21?

In signing O.J. Atogwe, the Redskins have made a move that is drawing solid reviews. At 29, he should be a defensive fixture for the team for years to come. And he has plenty of personality and a fabulous toy...

By Cindy Boren  | March 3, 2011; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  NFL, Redskins  
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Brandon Davies suspended by BYU for breaking honor code by having sex

At other schools, Brandon Davies might have been high fived. At Brigham Young University, he was suspended from the nation's third-ranked basketball team because he admitted to violating the school's honor code by having sexual relations with his girlfriend....

By Cindy Boren  | March 3, 2011; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  College basketball  
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NFL lockout: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees would be plaintiffs

Updated at 3:35 p.m. If the NFL Players Association decides to decertify, the lead plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL would be three of its star quarterbacks: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees, according to multiple reports....

By Cindy Boren  | March 3, 2011; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  NFL  
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NFL lockout's biggest losers are football fans

It doesn't take a genius to figure out who the big losers in the NFL labor dispute are going to be: it's the fans. "We can't look to settled law to try to predict what's going to happen because this...

By Cindy Boren  | March 3, 2011; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  NFL  
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Alex Ovechkin is back on Twitter and the world is wonderful again

Look who's tweeting again. There should be a parade or something. .bbpBox43152679031156740 {background:url(http://a3.twimg.com/profile_background_images/3982276/ovitwitter.jpg) #000000;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px} p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet span.timestamp{font-size:12px;display:block} Vsem privet!!!ia...

By Cindy Boren  | March 3, 2011; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Capitals  
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Shaun Rogers reaches agreement with New Orleans Saints

Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who met with, among other teams, the Redskins earlier this month, has reached agreement on a single-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. Rogers was free to sign with a team before the end of the...

By Cindy Boren  | March 2, 2011; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Serena Williams recovering from hematoma, pulmonary embolism

Updated at 5:45 p.m. Serena Williams is recovering at home after receiving treatment for what her agents said was a hematoma she suffered earlier this week after having treatment for a pulmonary embolism last week. "Thank you everyone for...

By Cindy Boren  | March 2, 2011; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Tennis  
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NFL mediation continues and owners will meet near Dulles

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By Cindy Boren  | March 2, 2011; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Albert Haynesworth is likely to return to the Redskins

There are plenty of uncertainties that will lie ahead if the NFL goes to lockoutmageddon on Thursday night, but the future of Albert Haynesworth with the Washington Redskins isn't one of them. Adam Schefter of ESPN is the latest to...

By Cindy Boren  | March 1, 2011; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Report: Troy Murphy chooses Celtics over Heat

After getting a buyout from Golden State and agonizing over whether to play for Miami or Boston, free agent Troy Murphy has chosen the Celtics, according to ESPN. Murphy, who has played in more games than any other active player...

By Cindy Boren  | March 1, 2011; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NBA  
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Report: Mike Bibby is likely headed to Miami Heat

Updated at 2:52 p.m. Carlos Arroyo has been released by the Miami Heat, who now have a roster spot available and are expected to give it to Mike Bibby. Filed at 8:52 a.m. Having told the Washington Wizards "your...

By Cindy Boren  | March 1, 2011; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  NBA, Wizards  
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Hines Ward joins cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' and tough guys everywhere weep

Hines Ward cowboy-ed up for the Steelers' Super Bowl appearance in Dallas. (Associated Press) This is a bad, bad idea. Oh, sure, it barely budges the needle on the Charlie Sheen scale, but it's purely bad nonetheless. Hines Ward,...

By Cindy Boren  | March 1, 2011; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  NFL  
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Iran threatens to boycott 2012 London Olympics because of logo

Iran is threatening to boycott the 2012 Olympic Games in London because of the Games' logo. According to an Iranian official, the logo, with its blocky, abstract rendering of "2012," is racist because it appears to spell the word "Zion,"...

By Cindy Boren  | February 28, 2011; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Nationals announce that 106.7 The Fan will be flagship station

The Washington Nationals have announced that 106.7 The Fan will be their flagship radio station. "With 106.7 The Fan's great roster of talent and focus on local sports programming, it seemed only natural to add Nationals game broadcasts to the...

By Cindy Boren  | February 28, 2011; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Cuban vs. Bissinger: NBA owner and journalist have Twitter smackdown

UPDATE: 3/1/11 at 11:45 p.m. Buzz Bissinger and Mark Cuban did indeed have their courtside chat Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, where Cuban's Mavericks beat the 76ers. According to Bissinger's tweets, it was a civil 15-minute discussion about...

By Cindy Boren  | February 28, 2011; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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For Eagles owner, there's an Oscar and not a Vince

In Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love and gentle fan snark, the line is that Jeff Lurie may not have a Lombardi Trophy but at least now he has an Oscar. Oof. Lurie, a Hollywood producer before buying the Eagles,...

By Cindy Boren  | February 28, 2011; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Clinton Portis: 'Another back is gonna steal the hearts of fans'

Updated at 2:15 p.m. The Redskins have announced that they have released Clinton Portis. "Clinton provided excitement from the very first time he touched the ball as a Redskin and we were lucky to witness every ounce of energy, effort...

By Cindy Boren  | February 28, 2011; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Clinton Portis, Redskins  
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