- The Washington Times - Monday, October 26, 2009

WEEKEND REWIND IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Maryland loses to Duke in football - Saturday may be known as the day Maryland football officially returned to the depths from which coach Ralph Friedgen had rescued the program. In a game not televised and played in pouring rain, the Terps lost to Duke 17-13 to fall to 2-6 and all but end any bowl hopes. The last time Maryland lost to Duke in 1999, then-coach Rod Vanderlinden wasn’t fired after the season, but he didn’t last the following season. Friedgen could suffer a similar fate because although the attitude around the football program has never been lower under his tenure, Maryland may lack the money needed to buy out his contract.

Antawn Jamison out three to five weeks - The Wizards open their season Tuesday again down a starter because of injury thanks to Jamison’s shoulder. For the last two seasons, the familiar refrain has been “wait until they’re healthy,” but it’s time to consider that this current group may never be. Jamison is 33, and Gilbert Arenas has undergone multiple serious knee surgeries. It may be too early to talk about blowing up the current team, but if the Wizards get off to another slow start, Ernie Grunfeld may not have any other choice.

TWT FIVE BEST INTERNATIONAL CITIES FOR NFL EXPANSION

1. Amsterdam - If for no other reason than to see the NFL try to keep players out of trouble with legalized marijuana and the Red Light District.

2. Toronto - It’s basically America North, although there’s a better chance of the Bills moving there than the city receiving an expansion team.

3. Paris - If the French didn’t hate Americans enough, just wait until they watch the Redskins’ offense in person.

4. Mexico City - The threat of visiting players being kidnapped would provide a strong homefield advantage.

5. Rio de Janeiro - Because being awarded the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics wasn’t enough.

HE SAID WHAT?

“He’s from Los Angeles. What do you expect? It’s La-La land out there.”

- Timberwolves assistant coach Bill Laimbeer on new coach Kurt Rambis

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