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Thom Loverro

Thom Loverro has been a professional journalist since 1977, working for a number of newspapers, including eight years as a news editor and reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he covered government, politics, and crime. He moved into sports writing when he joined The Washington Times in 1992. He moved to The Washington Examiner as a sports columnist in 2009 and returned to The Washington Times in 2013, where he is currently the lead sports columnist.

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Mike Rizzo, general manager of the Washington Nationals, talks with reporters at the annual baseball general managers' meetings, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Rizzo delivers no-nonsense message by sending Romero home

For a moment, it felt like the bad, old motorcycle-gang days of former Nationals general manager Jim Bowden, when news broke Monday that left-handed hurler Seth Romero, the team's No. 1 draft choice last year, was sent home from spring training for violating club rules. Published March 6, 2018

Miguel Montero gets a fresh start with the Nationals. (AP File Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

LOVERRO: With Arrieta, Cubs in the past, Montero eyes fresh start

Miguel Montero was asked what went wrong in Chicago with Jake Arrieta when he met with reporters at the start of spring training. "You can't live in the past, so you've got to move on," Montero said. Still, it ought to be interesting if Arrieta -- Scott Boras' prize free agent pitcher -- arrives in the Nationals clubhouse. Published March 5, 2018

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, shoots next to Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George (13) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LOVERRO: Shoe companies and the 3-point line killing the game

While much of the attention in basketball is being paid right now to the college basketball payment and corruption scandal, there's another crisis facing the game -- one far more complicated, but perhaps sharing the same disease -- the quality of the game itself. Published February 27, 2018

Texas guard Eric Davis Jr. celebrates a teammate's three pointer during an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma State in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (Nick Wagner /Austin American-Statesman via AP)

LOVERRO: Nothing will change after NCAA scandal

CBS and Turner Broadcasting are about to begin broadcasting their Super Bowl: March Madness, the NCAA tournament that consumes much of the country for three weeks. And nothing -- certainly not some little scandal that involves up to 20 Division I schools -- is going to get in the way of their television show. Published February 25, 2018

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer throws a bullpen session during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Rizzo deserves long-term deal, Scherzer says

The Washington Nationals have a lot invested in Max Scherzer -- a seven-year, $210 million contract signed two years ago -- but Scherzer had a lot invested in the Nationals' future as well. Published February 21, 2018

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) jogs to the dugout during Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, at Nationals Park, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LOVERRO: Strasburg, Harper fueled rebirth of baseball in D.C.

Six years after they first took the field together, it appears this may be the final year of the Nationals' Strasburg-Harper tag team of dreams -- and their last chance together to fulfill what at one time seemed to be their destiny. Published February 20, 2018

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) walks in the dugout before Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, at Nationals Park in Washington. There will be one very important question hovering over Harper and the Nationals throughout spring training and the entire 2018 season: Will this be his last year with the club? (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

LOVERRO: Ignore the $500M elephant in the room, Harper says

The Washington Nationals superstar, entering his final contract year, met with those he wants to wall off -- the media -- on Monday at Nationals spring training and declared that he would only be answering questions related to the 2018 season. Published February 19, 2018