- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2008

Weekend Rewind - In Case You Missed It

Turmoil at Indiana: Kelvin Sampson accepted a buyout from Indiana on Friday, ending weeks of speculation after reports of more NCAA violations. Indiana is looking for its third full-time coach since firing Bob Knight in 2000 and the selections have gotten worse each time. This leads to the obvious question — is Dan Snyder a consultant for the Hoosiers?

NFL Scouting Combine under way: In example No. 375,745 of why the NFL rules the world, its annual scouting combine in Indianapolis is getting more attention than the start of baseball spring training. Will there be minute-by-minute coverage of the NFL’s owners meetings this spring? 3:25 p.m. — Al Davis falls asleep. 3:27 p.m. — Al Davis wakes up. 3:29 p.m. — Al Davis fires someone. 3:31 p.m. — Al Davis falls asleep.

Maryland back on the bubble: Saturday’s loss in Miami left the Terps at 7-6 in the ACC, likely needing at least two more conference wins to secure a tournament berth. Put this under the “Why did the ACC expand?” file — Maryland has as many wins this season against Duke and North Carolina (1) as it does against former Big East schools Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech.

TWT FIVE - Sports Oscar Winners

1. Best Picture: “Spygate” by Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Not since JFK was assassinated has there been this much controversy and conspiracy theories over a piece of tape.

2. Actor in a Leading Role: Any member of the Duke men’s basketball team. It’s bad enough “flopping” has made soccer even more unwatchable, but now it’s prevalent in college basketball as well. You can thank Coach K.

3. Actress in a Leading Role: Marion Jones. The disgraced track star finally gave up pretending she was clean from performance-enhancing drugs in 2007. She will have six months in prison to admire her statue.

4. Documentary Feature: “Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush.” HBO annually produces the best sports documentaries of the year, and the Dodgers retrospective stood above its Michigan-Ohio State and UCLA works last year.

5. Costume Design: Everyone not associated with the Oregon athletic department. Not to be outdone by their hideous yellow-on-yellow football uniforms, Ducks’ basketball went black-on-black Saturday vs. UCLA.

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM

Chatter: Mark Zuckerman and Thom Loverro report live from Nationals spring training in Viera, Fla.

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