- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2007

By Tim Lemke

TONIGHT’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

The Nationals continue their efforts to play spoiler when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies at RFK Stadium. 7 p.m., MASN

TODAY ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM

• D1SCOURSE: Look for Patrick Stevens’ final thoughts as the Terps head into their ACC opener against Wake Forest tomorrow.

TWT FIVE >> BIGGEST PENNANT RACE COMEBACKS/COLLAPSES

1995 California Angels: The Angels held an 11-game lead Aug. 9 but finished tied with Seattle and lost to the Mariners in a one-game playoff.

1987 Toronto Blue Jays: Up 3½ games over the Tigers with seven to play, the Blue Jays failed to win another game, getting swept by Detroit in the season’s final series.

1951 Brooklyn Dodgers: The Dodgers led the Giants by 13½ games Aug. 11. New York then went 37-7 down the stretch to force a three-game playoff. The Giants’ Bobby Thomson won the game with the Shot Heard “Round the World.

1978 Boston Red Sox: On July 19, the Red Sox led the Yankees by 14 games. New York went 52-21 to tie the division. Bucky Dent’s home run in a one-game playoff ended Boston’s season.

1964 Philadelphia Phillies: Up 6½ games with 12 to play, the Phillies lost 10 in a row and the pennant to the St. Louis Cardinals.

WEEKEND PREVIEW >> WHAT TO WATCH FOR IN SPORTS

Giants at Redskins

What’s more explosive, Sean Taylor going over the middle or the blood vessels in Tom Coughlin’s head if the Giants lose?

No. 12 South Carolina at No. 2 Louisiana State

Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks take on the team that probably deserves the nation’s top ranking. Don’t expect a ton of scoring; the Tigers have allowed just one touchdown all year, while South Carolina has the eighth-best scoring defense.

Mariners at Angels

The Angels can be the first team to clinch a postseason berth with two wins this weekend against Seattle. Forget the Red Sox and Yankees — this might be the team to beat in the American League playoffs. They have lost more than three games in a row just once all year.

Dodge Dealers 400

There are three drivers with multiple wins at Dover. Chase co-leaders Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are two of them. Tony Stewart, who sits in third place, is the other.

USA vs. England

Abby Wambach and company shoot for a berth in the semifinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. An upset by England tomorrow would represent its best performance ever.

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