- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on hiring and on training this year so that, at least after the first game or two or three, it will be a huge improvement over last year.” - Nationals president Stan Kasten on adding Levy Restaurants as the team’s concessionaire.

THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS

NCAA men’s tournament

Based on its performance against California, Maryland looks like it’s playing well enough to beat Memphis.

NCAA women’s tournament

The Maryland women start their quest for another national championship against Dartmouth. Look out: The only 16 vs. 1 upset in tournament history came when the Ivy League’s Harvard beat Stanford in 1998.

Ford City 500

NASCAR’s top series heads to Bristol, Tenn., where Carl Edwards has won two of the past three races. But expect a good ride from Kurt Busch, who has won there five times.

Capitals at Hurricanes

It’s basically the same story as last weekend: The Caps are fighting for the Eastern Conference’s second seed, and Carolina is trying to fend off Florida for the final playoff spot.

TWT FIVE » REASONS MARYLAND COULD BEAT MEMPHIS

1. Maryland is considerably better than Cal State Northridge.

2. Memphis played only four tournament teams during the regular season, losing to two of them.

3. Memphis shoots just 32 percent on 3-pointers, 263rd in the nation.

4. The Terps shoot 77 percent from the free throw line; Memphis shoots less than 70.

5. Maryland has Greivis Vasquez.

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