- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 29, 2009

NEWSMAKERS: WHO’S MAKING HEADLINES THIS WEEK

Mark Sanchez

No, he wasn’t the first quarterback drafted (Matthew Stafford), but the former USC starter gets to jump right into the New York media circus with the Jets.

Jayson Williams

In another sad chapter in the life of the former NBA player, Williams had to be Tasered and taken to the hospital after apparently being suicidal.

Joe Thornton

The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Sharks did what they do every year: choke in the playoffs. Meet hockey’s version of Alex Rodriguez.

Carmelo Anthony

Anthony scored 26 points as the Nuggets matched the most lopsided NBA playoff victory, beating the Hornets by 58 points. Ouch.

Alex Rodriguez

The return watch is on, and May 15 can’t come soon enough for the Yankees, who have relied in part on washed-up Angel Berroa at third base.

TWT FIVE: KENTUCKY DERBY CONTENDERS

The top five horses for Saturday’s race at Churchill Downs:

1. Pioneer of the Nile - The top horse from out west must adjust to dirt from synthetics. If he does, he will blow away this field.

2. I Want Revenge - The only horse who got his work in Tuesday morning, he’s likely to be the morning-line favorite.

3. Dunkirk - After a lot of horses got knocked out, he’s the most likely gray horse to win it.

4. Desert Party - The Godolphin-owned colt disappointed in Dubai, but he has never had two bad races in a row.

5. Friesan Fire - The son of Derby winner A.P. Indy won the Louisiana Derby in a romp, but going 1 1/4 miles is a new challenge.

HE SAID WHAT?

“I hate putting blame on my teammates, and I’m not here to do that. But we know what we need to get better at…” - Ryan Zimmerman after the Nationals’ bullpen collapse Monday