- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday’s Best Bet on Television: Spain and German face off in the final of UEFA Euro 2008. Tune in after Beckham vs. D.C. United. 2:30, chs. 7,2

AN EXCERPT FROM IN THE ROOM, OUR NHL BLOG

Corey Masisak takes a look at Mike Green’s impending restricted free agency:

The Capitals will have the right to match any offers Mike Green receives, and general manager George McPhee has said on multiple occasions they will do so. But is there a magic number that is too big? Is there a chance the Caps will say too much is too much and walk away with the draft picks (as many as four first-round picks if the average salary is upward of $6.5 million and change)?

To say Green had a breakout season is an understatement. In fact, in the coming years don’t be surprised if some young defenseman’s campaign is referred to as a “Mike Green season.” He led all defensemen with 18 goals, finished eighth with 56 points and became a monster when it came to ice time right about the time Bruce Boudreau took over.

Green can be a magician with the puck and that might make him more indispensable than anything. His ability to lead an offensive rush can be breathtaking. When he’s on, he is a one-man trap-buster. And it is hard to imagine a defenseman fitting Boudreau’s system and aggressive philosophy better than Green.

TWT FIVE ” TOP Nongeographic interleague matchups

This weekend is the best of interleague play with geographic rivalries in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Here are the best non-geographic series going on:

1. Phillies at Rangers - Hitting is at a premium here with Hamilton, Young, Bradley, Utley, Howard and Rollins, to name a few.

2. Diamondbacks at Marlins - This is the series to watch for pitching. These two relatively recent expansion teams with World Series titles boast excellent pitching staffs.

3. Red Sox at Astros - If Dice-K could pitch every day, it would be domination. Fortunately for competitive baseball, he doesn’t and Lance Berkman is hitting .365.

4. Braves at Blue Jays - Two underrated teams (who won’t contend this season) are still preparing for promising futures.

5. Rockies at Tigers - Well, the series does feature the last two World Series losers. Call it a battle for third place as both teams try to regain some respect.

Sunday’s best bet on television

Spain and Germany face off in the final of UEFA Euro 2008. Tune in after Beckham vs. D.C. United. 2:30 p.m., Chs. 7, 2

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