- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 15, 2008

TODAY ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM

D1SCOURSE: Patrick Stevens and Barker Davis have your basketball fix, and they’ll check in from the ACC and Big East tournaments, respectively.

TODAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

The Hokies attempt to cement a spot in the NCAA tournament with their ACC tournament semifinal game against North Carolina. 1:30 p.m., Chs. 20 and 54

OUTLET - Stevenson laughs last

Washington Wizards beat writer Mike Jones had a front row seat for the Wizards’ win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. He also got some insight on the extracurriculars:

 The smack talk started before the game, when a comment regarding DeShawn Stevenson was relayed from the Cavaliers’ locker room to the Wizards. It kept right on rolling as soon as the teams took the court for tip-off. LeBron James walked up to Stevenson and started jawing, and Stevenson jawed back. Stevenson was also a target of the Cavaliers’ eccentric Damon Jones.

 Stevenson responded by matching up with James and forcing him into seven turnovers. He also had 13 points, five assists, three steals and drew a rare charge call on James with less than a minute left.

NATIONALS LIVE CHAT

Mark Zuckerman chats live each Wednesday on Nats Home Plate, our Washington Nationals portal. Here’s one of the questions from this past week’s exchange:

From Screech’s Best Friend in Alexandria: Where are the Nationals in the starting catching department? Will injuries to [Paul] LoDuca and [Johnny] Estrada [and] the trading of [Brian] Schneider force [Jesus] Flores onto the roster in a position he might not be ready? Is the team possibly in trouble at this position?

Mark Zuckerman: The situation does appear to be improving. Lo Duca has been taking BP and probably will be ready to play in a game by the end of the week. Estrada appears to be further away, and that could affect the Opening Night roster. If he can’t go, Flores could be an option (but only if he’s going to play three to five days a week). If not, look for either Wil Nieves or Humberto Cota to be the No. 2 catcher until Estrada is ready.

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