- The Washington Times - Monday, June 23, 2008

WEEKEND REWIND: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Somebody besides Tiger Woods wins PGA Tour event: OK, it was actually Stewart Cink, but does anyone care? Woods’ absence will be felt strongly when he misses the British Open and PGA Championship, but the nonmajor events are the ones that will be hardest hit. The weekend’s Travelers Championship would have been Tiger-free anyway, but tournaments like this week’s Buick Open and the area’s newest event, the AT&T National, will be hurt. Less Tiger Woods and more Stewart Cink equals less interest, money and spectators.

Dukes gives Nationals a glimmer of hope: Before this weekend, Elijah Dukes was known for making news for run-ins with the law and his manager, not for his hitting. But a game-winning single Friday night to go along with a recent hot streak has given the Nationals a pair of outfielders (Dukes and Lastings Milledge) to feel good about going forward. Meanwhile, the odd man out in the outfield when Austin Kearns returns may be Wily Mo Pena, who might be the first player to have a slugging percentage (.264) lower than his weight.

TWT FIVE: BEST No. 18 PICKS IN NBA DRAFT SINCE 1980

With the Wizards picking No. 18 in Thursday’s draft, a look at the best of the bunch:

1. Joe Dumars - A six-time All-Star and Hall of Fame shooting guard, Dumars helped lead the Pistons to a pair of titles.

2. David West - It may seem early to include West this high, but the Hornets forward scored a career-high 20.6 points this season and has all-world guard Chris Paul to keep making him look good.

3. B.J. Armstrong - A career 42.4 percent 3-point shooter, Armstrong rode Michael Jordan’s coattails to a handful of rings.

4. James Posey - Only averages 9.2 points for career but clutch shooting in Celtics’ title run this season gets him in.

5. Theo Ratliff - Or, as readers of Bill Simmons on ESPN.com refer to him, Theo Ratliff’s expiring contract.

HE SAID WHAT?

“It’s just time for a change, man. I’m doing everything to make sure that I’m all right as a person, mentally and emotionally.” - Adam Jones on dropping his longtime nickname of Pacman

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