• WTOP recommends: The best of Grantland

    ESPN shuttered Grantland, its one-of-a-kind sports and culture website last month, seemingly out of nowhere. Looking back, the signs were there — founding editor Bill Simmons left in May after ESPN said it wouldn’t be renewing his contract, and major budget cuts across the board at the company were bound to have an effect on the four-year old website.

    Grantland was founded in 2011. Named after Grantland Rice, a newspaper and radio sportswriter, the site began as a kind of final resting place for Simmons’ popular columns and podcasts. In addition, he pulled in a diverse crew of writers interested in more than just final scores. Grantland was killer. It will be missed. Thankfully the Grantland archives are still available. If you’re just learning about the site now, here are some stories to get you started.

  • Dog impaled by metal bar recovering

    A 5-year-old yellow lab was rushed to the emergency room after a piece of a reinforcing bar went right through him. CAUTION: Some photos are graphic.

  • Wife of Redskins GM apologizes for lewd tweets to reporter

    WASHINGTON — Jessica McCloughan, the wife of Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan, has apologized for sending disparaging remarks on Twitter to ESPN reporter Dianna Russini. The tweets accused Russini of performing sexual favors in exchange…

  • ‘Deflategate’ ball goes for big bucks at auction

    WASHINGTON — While some might think ‘Deflategate’ was  a lot of hot air, it’s still the gift that keeps on giving. A single  ball at the source of so much controversy during the NFL post-season…

  • Four years of Grantland, ESPN’s long-form experiment

    WASHINGTON — Six men sit in a staggered semi-circle, some slouching, dressed anywhere from casual to formal, talking about sports, movies and generally whatever else comes to mind. It feels like it could be the…

  • ESPN suspends reporter after insult-laced video surfaces

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — ESPN suspended reporter Britt McHenry on Thursday after a video surfaced of her insulting a towing company clerk’s intelligence, job and appearance. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said in a statement that…

  • Behind the scenes at ‘Pardon the Interruption’

    WASHINGTON — “I wanted, essentially, a show to change topics faster than you felt like flipping the channel.” That concept from Erik Rydholm, the executive producer for ESPN’s half-hour sports news discussion show “Pardon the…

  • Stuart Scott, longtime ESPN anchor, dead at 49

    WASHINGTON — The ESPN sports network announced Sunday morning that its longtime anchor, Stuart Scott had passed away. He was 49. The network reported that Scott had been battling cancer. A Chicago native and father…

  • Did the Ravens know about Rice incident hours after it happened?

    The latest development in the discipline case of running back Ray Rice comes from an \”Outside the Lines\” report on ESPN that the Baltimore Ravens had full knowledge of the Feb. 15 elevator incident just hours after it occurred.

  • ESPN poll: More than 70 percent think Redskins should keep nickname

    The Washington Redskins\’ nickname has long drawn controversy, but
    a new poll shows that nearly three-quarters of Americans think the team \’s name
    should stay.

  • Watch Tim Kurkjian run in a sausage race

    Well, at least he tried.

  • Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg appears in ‘SportsCenter’ ad (Video)

    Washington Nationals\’ pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been a No. 1 draft pick
    and an All-Star. Now he\’s reached another milestone.

  • NBA tells James to change mask; he appeals

    The NBA\’s LeBron James\’ has a new look on the court but it could soon become old, according to ESPN.

  • Former ESPN exec reconsidering her love of football

    Roxanne Jones, the former vice president of ESPN, says her respect and love for the game of football is fading because of the way the NFL has handled, or ignored, growing medical evidence that concussions cause serious damage to players\’ brains.

  • RGIII beat-boxes in new ad (Video)

    A promotional spot for a prime-time special about Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III features the quarterback\’s beat-boxing skills. Watch the video.