- The Washington Times - Friday, June 13, 2008

First down

by Tim Lemke

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM

Chatter:Nationals beat writers Mark Zuckerman and Ben Goessling offer up the latest on Elijah Dukes, Manny Acta and the rest of Washington’s entertaining baseball franchise.

TODAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Forget taking the spouse to the movies. Settle in for some action from the U.S. Open, airing for the first time in prime time. 5 p.m., ESPN

THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS

U.S. Open

Tiger and Phil have kept themselves within striking distance. But something tells us it will be another year with a no-name winner.

NBA Finals

David Stern begs you to watch, but he also begs you to pay no attention to the actions of the referees.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Kasey Kahne won from the pole position last week at Pocono, a feat he accomplished here at Michigan in 2006. And though he’s just seventh in the Sprint Cup standings, no driver has won more money this year.

Interleague baseball

Everyone gather ‘round the TV for that series between the mighty Nationals and Mariners!

TWT FIVE » U.S. OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONS

1. Jack Nicklaus - The Golden Bear was one of only four golfers to win four U.S. Open titles. His first Grand Slam win was at the 1962 Open at Oakmont.

2. Bobby Jones - Won four times between 1923 and 1930 and finished second on four other occasions.

3. Ben Hogan - Won four titles in six years between 1948 and 1953. Finished second twice and never placed worse than 10th.

4. Willie Anderson - Just after the turn of the century, this golfer from the sport’s homeland dominated the Open. winning titles in 1901, 1903, 1904 and 1905.

5. Hale Irwin - Everyone recalls the dramatic putt to force a playoff en route to a title at Medinah in 1990. But Irwin already had two other wins in 1974 and 1979.

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