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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 16: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards shoots the ball against the Boston Celtics on April 16, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo: Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wizards Head to Playoffs With Win Over Celtics, 118-102

Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

04/16/2014

John Wall and Bradley Beal celebrate the Washington Wizards clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2008 after beating the Boston Celtics Wednesday night. (credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Grunfeld: You Must ‘Pay Your Dues’ Before Becoming Contenders

Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld seems to be tempering expectations, one day after his team clinched their first playoff berth since the 2007-2008 season, saying you can’t go from “not being in the playoffs for a few years” to “championship contender” right away.

04/03/2014

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Snake-bit Chiefs Fall Short As Defense Fails Repeatedly In Second-half Collapse

The Kansas City Chiefs lost an eighth-straight postseason game on Saturday, losing 45-44 to the Indianapolis Colts after holding a 28-point lead in the third quarter.

01/05/2014

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers rushes against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings and the Packers tied 26-26 after overtime.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Packers Face Injury Questions On Defense

The Green Bay Packers have had trouble stopping the 49ers in their last two meetings. Now they have to try and beat them in the playoffs while facing injury issues on defense.

01/03/2014

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Sports Verdict: Which Team Has A Better Chance At The Playoffs? Giants Vs. Jets

Fans in New York never want to abandon thoughts of the postseason this early into any season. As frustrated as they may be, the hope of a postseason run remains in the minds of the fans of both New York NFL teams.

10/31/2013

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Keidel: House Of Cardinals; Is St. Louis America’s Team?

The New York Yankees are America’s team. Or are they? The Evil Empire just doesn’t feel so daunting anymore, winning just one title since the last year of the ’90s dynasty.

10/11/2013

Dan Haren pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals in the first game of their day-night doubleheader at Nationals Park. (credit: Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Marlins Beat Nats 4-2; Braves, Cards Clinch

Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich homered to lift the Miami Marlins over the Washington Nationals 4-2 in the opener of Sunday’s day-night doubleheader, a result that clinched playoff berths for the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.

09/22/2013

Denard Span #2 of the Washington Nationals walks into the club house after his hit brought in the game-winning run against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at Nationals Park on September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Washington Nationals won, 6-5. (Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler Explain Nats’ Confusing Playoff Scenario

Determining how many games it takes for an MLB team to become mathematically eliminated from making the playoffs is hard. So let’s have Nats’ play-by-play announcers Dave Jageler and Charlie Slowes explain it during the rain delay, in this short audio clip.

09/21/2013

Bryce Harper #34 and Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals celebrate with Adam LaRoche #25 after scoring in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on September 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nats Follow Demoralizing First Half by Mounting Historic Finish

Few had hope for the Nationals returning to the playoffs heading into the last month of 2013 season, following their demoralizing first half. But they’ve mounted an historic rally, going 19-6 over their last 25 games, restoring at least a glimmer.

09/17/2013

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Sports Verdict: Which Team Has A Better Shot At Making The Playoffs? Pirates Vs. Orioles

Both the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates are enjoying quality seasons midway through this year. With each team presenting a legitimate threat to make the playoffs in their respective leagues, the question is, which is most likely to achieve that goal?

07/25/2013

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