- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Chatter: Mark Zuckerman will have updates from the Nationals’ first spring training game.

In the Room: Corey Masisak will be there as the Caps get to know all of the new faces.


LeBron James and his new crew head to Boston to face Kevin Garnett and the Celtics. 7:30 p.m., NBA TV


Yao Ming

Rhymes with “ow,” which is what he and the Rockets are saying now that the All-Star center is out for the season with a stress fracture in his foot.

Roger Clemens

Or maybe Debbie Clemens should get this headline since it was her enhancements that may get him snared.

Bruce Pearl

Two wins in one for the colorful coach: His Volunteers knocked off Memphis, the last unbeaten team in the country, and he got to hug Erin Andrews.

Kelvin Sampson

Texting, texting, one, two … and the embattled Hoosiers coach never made it to Year 3. Rest assured he will be on another sideline soon.

Tiger Woods

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The guy is pretty good. And it doesn’t look like anyone is going to come close to beating him this season.


Fantasy baseball drafts are getting under way. Here are five pitchers who may slip under the radar.

1. Randy Johnson: He’s 44 and hasn’t pitched since early last season, so some are sleeping on the Unit.

2. Matt Cain: His Giants will be largely overlooked on draft day, and this young pitcher lost 16 games last year. But the rest of his numbers are phenomenal.

3. Pedro Martinez: The other Cy Young Award winner in Mets camp hasn’t gotten near as much ink this spring.

4. Jeremy Bonderman: Overshadowed by his team’s young fireballer (Verlander) and big offseason acquisitions, he’s a solid strikeout guy on a great team.

5. Francisco Liriano: He’s one reason the Twins felt comfortable dealing Johan Santana. With no stats to speak of from last year, he might be had for cheap in the late rounds.

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