- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

NEWSMAKERS: WHO’S MAKING HEADLINES THIS WEEK

Derrick Rose

He appears to be the player at the center of Memphis’ NCAA violations, but John Calipari should take the heat.

Rafael Nadal

He was bound to lose at the French Open eventually, right? But Robin Soderling? Roger Federer would’ve been fitting.

Justin Abdelkader

Ab-del-ka-der. Get used to saying it because this kid has been better in the Stanley Cup Finals than Sidney Crosby.

Jameer Nelson

Orlando’s All-Star point guard could play in the NBA Finals. He could be the Magic’s ticket to a title.

Evan Longoria

If you haven’t started watching the Rays this season, tune in quick - this guy is becoming the game’s best hitter.

HE SAID WHAT?

“It’s hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them. I’m a winner. It’s not being a poor sport or anything like that.” - LeBron James, a day after losing to the Magic

TWT FIVE: RELOCATIONS

In honor of Conan O’Brien’s move to “The Tonight Show” in Los Angeles, a look at some of the most successful sports franchise moves:

1. Lakers - The name doesn’t work in Los Angeles, but the media market and championships speak volumes.

2. Dodgers - See the Lakers, though New York could support three teams again.

3. Hurricanes - Long live the whale, but Raleigh, N.C., has embraced hockey more than some other Sun Belt cities.

4. Titans - Houston got a team back, and Nashville got a Super Bowl appearance and Vince Young melodrama.

5. Thunder - Seattle will get a team again soon, but Oklahoma City is an NBA town now.