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Almy: Big bass can't resist rat lures

Casting the lure towards the vast mat of milfoil, I cranked slowly on the handle of the baitcast reel, tensing instinctively. Somehow I just knew a strike was coming. Seconds later, it did. The mat of milfoil literally exploded as a seven-pound largemouth broke through the vegetation and nailed the soft lure shimmying in a v-wake across the surface. comments

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Fauber: O's returning to form

Now these are the Orioles that we've become accustomed to seeing over the past few years. comments

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Murto: Making it big

It seems the "youth movement" is everywhere in racing, and nearly every local track or regional series has a "development driver" or two among the competitors. comments

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Nations: MLB should ban smokeless tobacco

Tony Gwynn's legacy as one of Major League Baseball's all-time finest pure hitters is secure. comments

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Almy: Cleaning trout on site provides the best table fare possible

Last week we looked at the "dapping" technique for catching trout. But whether you use this unique method or a more traditional cast, once you hook and land your quarry you face a big decision -- what to do with the catch. comments

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Keeler: Area HS teams had much to be proud of

This high school season is officially over, but there's no question that it was a very successful one for all of the area schools. comments

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Murto: Schumacher report is misleading

Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has been a subject of concern in the motorsports world since he suffered major head injuries in a skiing accident in December. comments

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Almy: 'Dap' nails tough trout

Novice fly fishermen often think the farther they cast, the more trout they'll catch. Actually, more often than not carefully stalking and wading and then a short, accurate cast is a better approach. In fact, sometimes even no cast at all is the most effective fishing technique. comments

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Fauber: 'Hoos face tough road in CWS

The University of Virginia's baseball team did what it had to do in the super regional round of the NCAA tournament last weekend. comments

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Keeler: New classes working out well

I'm just going to admit it. comments

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Murto: Mercedes F1 team suddenly beatable

The Mercedes Formula One Team appeared unbeatable in 2014, winning the first six races with one-two finishes in five. But the Canadian Grand Prix proved that there is a chink in Mercedes' armor. comments

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Nations: Machado learns a lesson, hopefully

Manny Machado got a bushel full of teachable moments this week. comments

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Almy: Flounder fishing formula

One of the finest ways I know to spend a hot summer day is drifting for flounder. Virginia has excellent flounder fishing available on the Eastern Shore at Chincoteague and Wachapreague and also in the Virginia Beach area around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Both are about a four to five hour drive from the Shenandoah Valley. comments

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Keeler: Injuries have slowed Nationals

I have to admit, I haven't been paying much attention to the Major League Baseball lately. This is one of the periods where my love for baseball takes a backseat to the NBA and NHL playoffs, and of course, the French Open. However, when I looked at the MLB standings a few days ago I realized the Washington Nationals were ...exactly where I thought they'd be considering they look more like a MASH unit than a team this season. comments

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Murto: NASCAR needs to back off changes

Jimmie Johnson became the first person since Dale Earnhardt Sr. to win the 600-mile race at Charlotte and follow it up with a win at Dover, but there were only about 60,000 people in the stands watching. comments

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Nations: Cavaliers bank on Bennett

You have to wonder if we are experiencing Tony Bennett's greatest hits right here and now. comments

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Almy: How to avoid a bear attack

Picture this scene. You're hiking towards a distant fishing hole when the trail makes a sharp turn. Coming around the corner, you're suddenly face to face with a bear hunkered over a freshly killed deer. It rises up on hind legs, mouth covered in blood. Then suddenly it drops to all fours, flares its ears back and glares at you menacingly. comments

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Keeler: Changes could help VBL

The Valley Baseball League season begins tonight and there are some definite changes. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing. comments

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Murto: Racing's biggest weekend delivers

Memorial Day has come and gone, and it feels like racing's biggest weekend of the year is over too soon. comments

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Nations: Change close all along for Caps

Ted Leonsis must feel a little silly. comments

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Almy: Rubber on flies offers appeal

Bass and bluegill fishermen have long known the appeal rubber legs on flies offer. Many cork and foam poppers sport these gangly, floppy appendages. Whether they imitate frogs, mice, terrestrials or aquatic insects, warmwater gamefish grab them enthusiastically. comments

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Murto: Kurt Busch is one to watch

The biggest weekend in motorsports is upon us, and it is always full of stories and sidebars worth reporting. comments

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Nations: Racing fans can breathe easy

Horse racing fans can collectively breathe easy -- California Chrome will indeed make a bid to complete the Triple Crown. comments

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Almy: Zara Spook lure endures

Anyone who is interested in fishing lures has heard the name "Heddon." Here is the story of how James Heddon, founder of the lure company that bears his name, created one of his most famous offerings of all, the Zara Spook. comments

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Fauber: Wizards need to build on success

I was on my way to a high school football game at Madison County on Nov. 1 of this past fall and, while sifting through the radio stations in my car, I came across a pregame talk show prior to a Washington Wizards game. comments

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Keeler: Cavaliers set for deep run

Could this be the year? comments

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Murto: Gordon, Patrick shine in Kansas

Jeff Gordon and Danica Patrick were the big stories following the 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race last weekend at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. comments

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Nations: Triple Crown no trivial matter

Trivia time -- can you name the winner of the 2013 Preakness Stakes? comments

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Almy: Crayfish lures produce results

Minnows may be the staple food for bass. And insects are certainly the bread and butter diet for trout. But if you show either of these popular gamefish a crayfish, they'll gobble it up in a flash. There seems to be something about the taste appeal of these crustaceans that bass, trout, and also walleyes, pike and panfish find irresistible. comments

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