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Charles E. Sutton

Stories by Charles E.

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D.C. Officials Cut Ribbon for New Brookland Middle School

D.C. officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony over the weekend for a new school in Ward 5 slated to open in August.

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COMMENTARY: Make Fantasy Football Your Reality

As an NFL fan, joining a fantasy league is one of the best decisions I've made — and one you should make, too.

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COMMENTARY: NBA Season Already Deserves Your Attention

For a short time, I need you to turn your attention away from Robert Griffin III, and place it squarely on LeBron James.

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COMMENTARY: Becky Hammon, NBA Both Blazing Trail for Women

Becky Hammon's hiring is major, and serves as an indicator that the NBA is turning the corner in its effort to become more inclusionary on all levels.

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COMMENTARY: Summer Sports a 'Bookie's Vacation' No Longer

There are more than enough quality sports to go around in the summer months, if one just keeps an open mind.

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COMMENTARY: NFL Preseason Should Be Shortened

My current safety gripe with the league is the number of preseason games. Is four an appropriate amount? Should there be more? Fewer?

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COMMENTARY: No Place Like Home for LeBron

There were plenty of great reasons for LeBron James to stay in Miami, and plenty of better ones to avoid Cleveland. So why go back home?

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COMMENTARY: A Premature Honor for RG3

Statues are the world's attempt to immortalize an individual. But the individual has to accomplish something that warrants their immortalization.

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COMMENTARY: Time to Dress Down Wimbledon

Traditions have their place in our society, but they should never have a detrimental impact on a sport, nor should the rules that these traditions sometimes lead to.

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COMMENTARY: For NBA Teams, Draft is a Dice Roll

Is there any way to determine who'll have the biggest impact on the league? Of course not. We'll simply have to wait and see.

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COMMENTARY: Champion Spurs Challenge Father Time

Conventional wisdom says that you can't beat Father Time. True, but Duncan, Ginobili and Parker have given Father Time a black eye and a fat lip.

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COMMENTARY: Hey NFL, Enough With the OTAs

The league insists on extracting every dime it possibly can and staying at the forefront of the sports news cycle year-round — and it's often the players who pay the price.

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COMMENTARY: America's 'Ugly' Affair with Soccer is Mystifying

Soccer just can't catch on in the United States. Is the game beneath Americans because it's foreign?

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COMMENTARY: Redskins Name a Tradition We Can Do Without

If racial slurs are a significant part of your football tradition, you need to change that tradition — immediately.

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COMMENTARY: Spurs Will Finally End NBA Heatwave

I'm among those who picked LeBron James and the Miami Heat to win their third straight NBA title on the eve of this year's playoffs. But there's a small-market team in Texas that might have something to say about it, and they've made a believer out of me.

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COMMENTARY: Wizards' Future Looks Bright

Young team on the rise or middling overachiever that caught a few lucky breaks? That's the identity crisis facing the Washington Wizards.

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COMMENTARY: As Expected, Clowney Goes First

The 2014 NFL Draft was held on Friday, May 9 at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

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COMMENTARY: Donald Sterling Banned — Now What?

For the good of the NBA, Donald Sterling has to go. The question is, can anyone make him?

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COMMENTARY: Kentucky Derby, An American Institution

How sweet it is! The Kentucky Derby — the best two minutes in sports? — is upon us again.

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COMMENTARY: Heatwave Won't Break This Year

I'm one of those sports guys who gets a kick out of witnessing history. That's a major part of the reason why I'd like to see the Miami Heat win their third straight title.

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COMMENTARY: Hats Off to Kevin Ollie

Kevin Ollie's Huskies made good on his prediction that the team would reach the Final Four. And it came as no surprise to those who know him.

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COMMENTARY: Masters Loses Luster Without Tiger

For those of you who want to watch a Tiger-less Masters, go right ahead and enjoy that bland version of golf.

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COMMENTARY: And Then There Were Four

If you're a college hoops fan, it would be an understatement to say the last two weeks have been pure basketball excitement.

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COMMENTARY: Dear NIT, Stop. Just Stop.

I’m still trying to figure out why they have this tournament.

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COMMENTARY: Let the Madness Begin

"March Madness" is finally here. And it's the best event in all of sports.

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COMMENTARY: It's Time to Ban the 3-Pointer

When we watch the March Madness highlights, what we see time and time again are slam dunks and three-point field goals — and it has to stop.

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COMMENTARY: Rejoice! Major League Baseball is Back

On Friday, the Major League Baseball exhibition season began. That makes me happy on so many levels.

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COMMENTARY: Why Bother with the NFL Combine?

The NFL has become full-time, big business. But as much as I can appreciate the league and all that it represents, I have no appreciation at all for the scouting combine.

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COMMENTARY: Saying Goodbye to Derek Jeter

The Yankees' storied history is full of baseball legends, many with career numbers much better than Derek Jeter's. So why is he one of the most beloved in franchise history?

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COMMENTARY: Remembering Sports' Role in the Civil Rights Movement

As I journey through this month of February, I'll certainly remember the contributions of George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., just to name a few. But, I'll be sure to also recognize all the great work done by two of my favorite African-Americans, Jackie Robinson and Curt Flood.

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COMMENTARY: Forecast Calls For Great Super Bowl

I know. You've read enough about the threatening weather that could negatively affect this year's Super Bowl. So, I won't bother to reiterate the old news that the game could be wrought by snow, ice and frigid temperatures.

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COMMENTARY: The Winter Olympics Are Here — If Anyone Cares

In just over two weeks, the 2014 Sochi Olympics will commence. I've begun my official countdown as we march toward the 22nd Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Feb. 6. I must admit, when I hear the word "Olympics, " I get excited about the 100-meter dash, boxing, basketball, swimming, etc. Oh, that's right — this is the Winter Olympics!

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COMMENTARY: Farewell, Bowl Championship Series

I say thanks to the Bowl Championship Series for 16 years of service, and wish it a fond farewell. With that said, I'm excited about ushering in a new playoff system in college football, which will provide us with some of the most competitive games ever.

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D.C.'s Lamont Peterson to Defend Title in Hometown

IBF junior welterweight champion and D.C. native Lamont Peterson will defend his title against undefeated Dierry Jean on Jan. 25 at the D.C. Armory.

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COMMENTARY: Eighth Time's a Charm? Gruden Latest in Long Line of Redskins Coaches

Jay Gruden must have a successful first season, i.e., more wins than losses. Anything short of that and the fan base will quickly become frustrated and impatient. Quite frankly, we don't like losing around here.

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COMMENTARY: 2014 Should Be a Great Sports Year

I'll promise you that 2014 will be one of the most exciting years in sports history.

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COMMENTARY: Will Snow Plow Super Bowl to Monday?

It should be unlawful to use the words snow and Super Bowl in the same sentence.

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COMMENTARY: MLB Makes Right Call on Home Plate Collisions

Clearly, the winds of change are blowing in professional sports.

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COMMENTARY: Winston Win Doesn't End Heisman Character Debate

Despite Jameis Winston's win, the question remains: should the Heisman be awarded based solely on performance or should off-field issues be included in the evaluation formula?

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COMMENTARY: Right on Schedule, It's the Annual BCS Controversy

One missed field goal attempt later, and we're smack in the middle of a vintage end-of-season rankings controversy — yet again.

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COMMENTARY: Brooklyn's in the (Dog)house

This summer, the Brooklyn Nets made splashy, pricy acquisitions that were supposed to make them immediate title contenders. So far, let's just say the early returns on those big investments have been scant.

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COMMENTARY: Momentum Builds to Pay College Athletes

With only a few weeks left in the college football regular season, we stand on the verge of one of the biggest revenue generators in sports — the bowl games. Each of these games can bring millions of dollars to the schools that are fortunate enough to participate. But of all the money earned, none of it will be shared with the players themselves.

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COMMENTARY: For the Redskins, It's the Same Old Song

As we travel through life, sometimes we arrive at certain places and a familiar feeling comes over us — déjà vu, if you will. I've got a hunch that the Washington Redskins are experiencing a bit of déjà vu right about now.

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COMMENTARY: College Football Playoff Format Can't Arrive Fast Enough

We need a college football playoff system — today.

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COMMENTARY: Condoleezza Rice Up to the Task for Football Playoff Committee

Are some people slow to accept Condoleezza Rice as a member of the NCAA college football playoff selection committee simply because she is a woman?

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COMMENTARY: Grambling Players Take a Stand

We've consistently heard the rhetoric of college players and their supporters on such issues of player compensation and concussion reform. Last week, the Grambling State University football team decided to couple their talking with action.

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COMMENTARY: PED Offenders Deserve Second Chance — and Your Forgiveness

This year, it’s been a far different story for PED offenders. Their teams and fans have welcomed them back with big hugs and kisses following their 50-game infractions — which is the way it should be.

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COMMENTARY: Redskins Could Still Rise from NFC East Muck

The Washington Redskins have won one game going into Week 6 of this season. After Week 6 is over, the Redskins could be in first place in the NFC East. I know, it's hard to believe.

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COMMENTARY: Redskins Win Doesn't Change Much

Washington didn't win Sunday, they survived.

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