- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 21, 2008

TODAY ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM

Nats Home Plate: Nationals beat writer Mark Zuckerman takes your questions as the club gets ready for the series finale against the Phillies.

TODAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Manchester United and Chelsea square off in Moscow in the Champions League final, which features two English teams for the first time. 2:25 p.m., ESPN2

NEWSMAKERS

Big Brown

The unbeaten colt has dominated the first two stages of the Triple Crown. But can he succeed at Belmont, where Funny Cide and Smarty Jones failed?

Paul Pierce

The Celtics’ longest-tenured member of their Big Three won a Game 7 duel with the NBA’s brightest star, LeBron James, leading Boston to the conference finals.

Marc-Andre Fleury

The Penguins’ young goalie gets better with each game. Heading into the Stanley Cup Finals, he has a 1.70 goals-against average and 12 wins in the postseason.

NFL

So which piece of news gets your attention faster — that labor chaos could be on the horizon or that the league could add a 17th regular-season game?

Lance Berkman

The Astros’ first baseman is hitting like Ty Cobb — with power. The MVP candidate’s 17-game hitting streak took his batting average for May well over .500.

TWT FIVE LUCKIEST NBA LOTTERY WINNERS

1. Orlando Magic, 1993: After snagging Shaq in 1992 and barely missing the playoffs, won the top pick with the worst odds and traded it for Penny Hardaway.

2. New York Knicks, 1985: Landed the top pick — used on Patrick Ewing — after having the third-worst record in the league in the NBA’s first lottery.

3. San Antonio Spurs, 1987 and 1997: A decade after leapfrogging six teams to draft David Robinson, his injury earned them the chance to select Tim Duncan.

4. Portland Trail Blazers, 2007: That Greg Oden pick should work out for them in the long run.

5. Houston Rockets, 2002: After their best two players missed a combined 34 games, Houston got lucky and landed the chance to draft Yao Ming.

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