- The Washington Times - Monday, January 19, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“It’s embarrassing. A sellout crowd for us tonight and we put on a performance like that. I’m surprised they didn’t leave after the first period, to be honest.” — Predators captain Jason Arnott on Saturday’s 7-2 loss to the Thrashers

WEEKEND REWIND; IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Duke tops Georgetown &; The No. 3 Blue Devils gained revenge on the Hoyas for last year’s loss at Verizon Center with a controversial 76-67 win Saturday, helped by a phantom technical foul on freshman Greg Monroe. Referees whistled Monroe while he was sitting on the bench, already in foul trouble. Looks like Georgetown and Maryland fans finally have something to commiserate about — being hosed by referees in Cameron Indoor Stadium. At least the Hoyas can look forward to a potential rematch on a neutral court in the NCAA tournament.

Capitals drop Bruins &; In a battle of two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams, it was the Caps‘ “other” Alexander who stole the show. Alexander Semin’s spectacular third-period goal lifted the Caps to a 2-1 win against the conference leaders. With Semin at full strength, the Capitals have two lines that most NHL teams would kill to have. And if they’re going to go deep in the playoffs, someone besides Alex Ovechkin will need to emerge as a star.

TWT FIVE » Current athletes as politicians

1. Tim Tebow &; With his good looks, strong religious beliefs and desire to help others, he’s more suited to be Florida’s governor than an NFL quarterback.

2. Alex Ovechkin &; He can’t run for president, but he certainly would improve U.S. relations with Russia as its prime minister.

3. Leigh Torrence &; The former Redskins cornerback was stumping for the Obama campaign.

4. Shane Battier &; Don’t expect the ex-Dukie to get many votes in Maryland.

5. Tiger Woods &; His public statements are more well-crafted, polished and noncontroversial than those of any politician.