Sports Daily: A weight has been lifted off Bryce Harper, and he’s ready for Nationals’ final stand

Nationals, starting to look like themselves, close Reds series with much-needed win; When Trump attacked LeBron James, it had an unintended effect: other athletes speaking out
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Perspective
A weight has been lifted off Bryce Harper, and he’s ready for Nationals’ final stand
The uncertainty of the trade deadline weighed on the Nationals slugger. But now that he is secure for the rest of the season, his improved play could help Washington make an unlikely run.
By Thomas Boswell • Read more »
Nationals, starting to look like themselves, close Reds series with much-needed win
Heading into a four-game set with the Braves, Washington has now won five of six since the trade deadline and eight of its past 11.
By Chelsea Janes • Read more »
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Perspective
When Trump attacked LeBron James, it had an unintended effect: other athletes speaking out
Bill Russell, Randy Moss, Bubba Watson, Michael Jordan and plenty of others have LeBron’s back.
By Cindy Boren • Read more »
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Jordan Reed thinks Josh Doctson is ready for a breakout season with the Redskins
The Redskins tight end is confident Doctson will be “dominant this year,” and added, “this is the best he’s looked to me — by far.”
By Kimberley A. Martin • Read more »
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Perspective
Alexander Zverev is the latest budding tennis star to bring out the best of the Citi Open
Washington’s annual tournament has had its best moments when a young player offers a glimpse of the sport’s future.
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Sean Doolittle feels compelled to speak out — even when it concerns a teammate
Doolittle felt some anxiety about responding to the resurfacing of Trea Turner’s and other MLB players’ old tweets tinged with racism and homophobia. But he did what he felt he had to do.
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Analysis
Why Vegas is high on the Knicks, low on the Rockets and other NBA over/under best bets
After looking at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook’s initial release of its NBA over/under win totals, here are five best bets for how next season will shake out.
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Navy football aims far higher following 7-6 season
Regular season includes nearly 27,000 miles of travel, beginning with opener at Hawaii.
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