- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 12, 2008

SATURDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Local boxer Tony Thompson fights Wladimir “Steel Hammer” Klitschko for the heavyweight title. 4:30 p.m., HBO

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM ” An excerpt from Blog of the Rings, our Olympics blog

A month before the Games, a couple of thoughts:

1. There will be no shortage of local athletes to keep track of. Boxer Gary Russell, Jr., gymnast Justin Spring, swimmer Kate Ziegler, former Howard hurdler David Oliver, wrestler Brad Vering (an American assistant coach) and rowers Sam Stitt, David Banks and Guiseppe Lanzone. Awaiting word are Freddy Adu and several local kayakers.

2. Have to wonder what Reston distance runner Alan Webb will do next after he finished fifth in the 1,500-meter final Sunday night in Oregon.

3. What NBC wants, NBC gets. That’s why the swimming and gymnastics finals will start at 10 a.m. Beijing time (10 p.m. on the East Coast).

4. What I’ve been told about the weather in Beijing: It’s going to be like Houston in August.

This is my first rodeo when it comes to the Olympics and I’ll be an army of one in China. Pass along any story ideas or tips on how to survive in Beijing to rohalloran@washingtontimes.com.

- Ryan O’Halloran

TWT Five ” Baseball journeymen

- The fourth pick in the 1978 draft pitched for 12 different clubs over a 22-year career in the big leagues, including two separate stints with the Cubs.

- The catcher began his career in 1884 with the Toledo Blue Stockings and finished up in 1912 with the Detroit Tigers. In between, he played for teams in Detroit (the Wolverines), Philadelphia, Rochester, Cleveland, Brooklyn, Boston, Washington and New York.

- Dodgers’ lefty has played in Boston, Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles but struck it rich in 2007 when $2 billion worth of rocks was found on his property in Massachusetts.

- Baltimore. San Francisco. Baltimore. St. Louis. New York. Minnesota. Texas. New York. To be continued …

- The Ontario native represented Canada in the 2004 Olympics and the World Baseball Classic. He has played for four different minor league teams since 2002.

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