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First Down: Best of the weekend
THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS
Ravens at Patriots
Baltimore is looking like one of the most balanced teams in the NFL with its usual great defense and Joe Flacco under center. But the Patriots should be charged up as they look to avoid their second loss.
Southern Cal at California
Cal looked like the team to beat in the Pac-10 until it got throttled by Oregon last week. Southern Cal is still wondering how it lost to Washington two weeks ago. Both teams need to avoid a loss if they want a berth in the Rose Bowl.
Jets at Saints
Everyone is in love with Mark Sanchez, but New York’s defense has made it 3-0. Can the unit stop the undefeated Saints and their explosive passing attack?
AL Central race
The Tigers hold a two-game lead on the Twins heading into the final weekend. But Detroit faces the White Sox, while Minnesota meets the uninspiring Royals.
TWT FIVE OLYMPIC BID UPSETS
1. 2000 Summer Games - Sydney trailed Beijing in the first three rounds of voting by members of the International Olympic Committee, but it eked out a victory in the final round 45-43.
2. 2012 Summer Games - Paris entered the final vote as the favorite, but IOC members were swayed by the last-minute arrival of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife.
3. 1996 Summer Games- Athens put up a strong bid in its effort to host 100 years after putting on the first modern games. Athens led through the first two rounds, but Atlanta gained support later to win.
4. 2010 Winter Games - Pyeongchang had an 11-vote lead after the first round, but the elimination of Salzburg put 18 votes up for grabs, and Vancouver got 16 of them.
5. 2014 Winter Games - Salzburg and Pyeongchang went after the games again but were edged by Sochi. An impassioned speech from Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly was the difference-maker.
About the Author
Tim Lemke has been the sports business reporter for The Washington Times since 2005, writing on a wide variety of issues ranging from the construction of the Washington Nationals new ballpark to steroid hearings on Capitol Hill. He writes a weekly column titled “SportsBiz” and maintains a blog with the same name. Highlights of his career include playing some very ...
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