- The Washington Times - Friday, May 8, 2009

THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS

Capitals vs. Penguins

You didn’t really think the Caps would go up 3-0, did you? That goal Wednesday by Evgeni Malkin suggests he may be getting his act together, which is scary if you’re a Caps fan.

Sprint Cup at Darlington

Kyle Busch goes for his fourth win of the year and his second straight under the lights at NASCAR’s most storied speedway.

NBA playoffs

Houston tries to make it interesting against the Lakers, the Nuggets look to squash the Mavericks and the Celtics and Magic look like they’re in it for the long haul. But can the Hawks give the Cavaliers a test?

Rays at Red Sox

The defending AL champs are playing better ball than they were in April, taking three of four from Boston in Tampa, Fla., last weekend. Is this when the Rays get back in the race?

TWT FIVE EXPLANATIONS FROM MANNY RAMIREZ FOR HIS POSITIVE TEST

1. “The shady guy I bought it from in the Dominican Republic said it was totally legit.”

2. “I only took it to strengthen my dreadlocks.”

3. “Wait… baseball has a drug policy? How come I never heard anything about it?”

4. “I was going to take 50 games off anyway, so what’s the big deal?”

5. “Juan Pierre gave it to me.”

HE SAID WHAT?

“I’m thrilled to death for our players. I’m thrilled to death for our fans. … Our job is to inject as much joy into people’s lives as we can.” — Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman after pitcher Zack Greinke threw his second shutout of the season

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