- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2008

WEEKEND REWIND — In case you missed it

Howard wins Slam Dunk contest: Someone call the feds: Dwight Howard isn’t human. Orlando’s rising star put on the greatest performance in the contest’s history, from his behind-the-backboard dunk to his best Superman impression. For next year’s superhero performance, Kwame Brown plans to show up as the Invisible Big Man.

Hoyas drop another road game: Georgetown continued to struggle on the road in Saturday’s loss at Syracuse; all four of its losses have come away from the District. Even more troubling were the Syracuse fans who rushed the court with two seconds still on the clock — at least Maryland fans have the sense to wait until the game is over.

Frese gives birth to twins: Maryland women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese has two healthy boys — Markus William Thomas and Tyler Joseph Thomas were born yesterday morning. No word yet whether beleaguered Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson has placed a recruiting call to the twins.

TWT FIVE — Second-half NBA story lines

1. The Big Cactus: Shaq makes his debut in Phoenix this week and tries to silence the critics who think he can’t keep up in the Suns’ fast-paced offense.

2. Is New Orleans for real?: The Hornets enter the second half with the Western Conference’s best record and an MVP candidate (Chris Paul).

3. The Celtics’ health: Kevin Garnett has missed the last nine games, and Paul Pierce and Ray Allen may not have much left for the playoffs.

4. Agent Zero’s return: The Wizards’ West Coast trip was a disaster, but Gilbert Arenas’ return from a knee injury may be only weeks away.

5. Kobe’s finger: The Lakers star has a torn pinky ligament and will play through the pain rather than have surgery. Ask Arenas how that worked out for him.


Nats Home Plate: Mark Zuckerman and Thom Loverro check in from spring training with blogs, video and audio from Manny Acta.


“He’s our godfather. It don’t feel right without having him here.” — Carmelo Anthony on Shaquille O’Neal missing last night’s All-Star Game

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