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Speaking of Woods, it’ll be interesting to see how high he finishes in the FedEx Cup standings, even though he won’t play again in ‘08 because of his knee. In six events this year he racked up 22,695 points; that would have put him in first place last year heading into the playoffs (when the second-place man, Vijay Singh, had 19,129 points to Tiger’s 30,574).

Tiger won’t be able to win the Cup, but he could still end up, say, in the top 15 - after teeing it up just six times (four firsts, one second, one fifth). Incredible.

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Surprising how expensive it was for the Capitals to move up two spots Friday night - from 23 to 21- so they could draft Anton Gustafsson, Bengt’s kid. In addition to trading places with the Devils in the first round, they also had to give up the first of their three second-round picks, 54th overall. And this was an unusually deep draft, where you’d expect to get a pretty good prospect at 54.

Put it this way: It’s a lot cheaper to move up a few spots in the NFL draft. When the Cowboys dealt the 28th selection to the Seahawks this spring for the 25th, all it cost them was their fifth and seventh rounders.

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On the plus side, the Caps got the guy they wanted. This is one of the benefits of stockpiling draft choices, as George McPhee has done in recent years. When you have extra picks in the early rounds, you can be more proactive. You don’t have to settle for players quite so much.

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News item: Pacman Jones has asked - very sweetly, I’m sure - that he now be called Adam Jones.

Comment: After years of infamy and scandal, Pacman has decided it might be nice, every now and then, to be mistaken for a weak-hitting Orioles center fielder.

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The Bears, meanwhile, signed defensive tackle Tommie Harris to a four-year, $40 million extension. According to reports, Harris gets $10 million up front and $18 million guaranteed, including a $2 million bonus for Not Being Tank Johnson.

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Elsewhere in the NFL, the Buffalo district attorney has reached a deal with the Bills’ Marshawn Lynch concerning the accident that involved Lynch’s sport utility vehicle. The running back has agreed to plead guilty to an unspecified charge, and the D.A. has agreed to classify the crime as a bump-and-run.

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