- The Washington Times - Monday, May 11, 2009

WEEKEND REWIND IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Capitals face another elimination game — The unusual scheduling format of back-to-back games hurt Caps goalie Simeon Varlamov the most; he allowed nine goals in this weekend’s two games after allowing seven in the first-round series against the Rangers. The 21-year-old may have hit a wall and carried the Caps as far as he can, primarily because the team’s defense has been so horrid against the Penguins. The Caps were able to win Game 6 on the road against the Flyers in 2008 and the Rangers this year, but a Penguins team featuring two of the world’s best players is entirely different.

Rockets even series despite losing Yao — After Yao Ming went down with a broken foot, the Rockets crushed the Lakers in Game 4 on Sunday, beating the presumptive Western Conference champs by 12. Aaron Brooks scored 34 points and Shane Battier added 23 as Houston showed its Game 1 win in Los Angeles was no fluke. With Tracy McGrady and now Yao out for the season, is it possible the Rockets’ MVP is actually Battier? His defensive prowess has been featured in New York Times Magazine, and it’s hard to imagine Battier as a disruptive influence in a locker room. He’s also 10 times more likeable when he isn’t slapping the floor in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

TWT FIVE WOULD-BE SURPRISING SUBSTANCE USERS

After NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield tested positive for a banned substance this weekend, a look at other athletes that would be unlikely to test positive:

1. Ken Griffey Jr. — Can they just pretend baseball in the 1990s never existed if this happens?

2. Tiger Woods — Maybe if the PGA Tour mixed up his sample with John Daly’s.

3. Michael Phelps— He’s dumb enough to be photographed smoking pot but not to flunk a drug test.

4. Sidney Crosby — Unless an addiction to complaining shows up in a drug test.

5. Almost any Nationals reliever — Whatever they’re on, it’s not working.

HE SAID WHAT?

“Ninety-eight percent of the time, if I throw the ball that well, I’m not going to give up six runs.” — Phillies starter Joe Blanton

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