- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2008

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Redskins 360: Ryan O’Halloran will check in with the latest news from OTAs at Redskin Park.

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Hoop heads have waited 21 years for this NBA Finals matchup — Lakers at Celtics. 9 p.m., Chs. 7, 2

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

RYAN ZIMMERMAN

The Nationals put their third baseman/face of the franchise on the disabled list with a mangled shoulder. It’s the right decision — fix it now rather than have it linger.

SHAWN SPRINGS

It’s well within his right not to show up for Redskins’ activities this week. But at least call the rookie coach to tell him instead of showing no leadership skills and showing up Jim Zorn.

GARY WILLIAMS

The Terps lost another player the other day (center Gus Gilchrist). If this keeps up, Gary may call up writer Patrick Stevens of The Washington Times to fill out the starting five for the ACC opener.

RICK DUTROW JR.

Born and bred in Maryland, the bombastic trainer goes for the Triple Crown with Big Brown on Saturday. The support against Big Brown amongst the public is surprising.

ALEX OVECHKIN

Before you pick up your NHL hardware next week in Toronto — scoring champ and MVP — watch fellow countryman Evgeni Malkin show you how not to perform in your first finals.

TWT FIVE » WAYS TO FIX STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS OVERTIME

1. Television timeouts. After the first five minutes of each extra session the other night, the game turned into dumping the puck in and changing lines. The players need time to recover.

2. More penalties. Pittsburgh-Detroit was heading deep into the night if it weren’t for the high-sticking call midway through the third OT. Power plays equal offense.

3. Shorter periods. Maybe 10- or 15-minute sessions. This would especially be important because on hot days during the playoffs, the ice is terrible.

4. Play 4 on 4. The traditionalists will hate this, but it makes for great overtime hockey in the regular season.

5. Play half-ice. It might clog things up, but it would take the players back to how they started playing hockey at the rec centers and on the ponds.

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