- The Washington Times - Friday, June 6, 2008


Outlet:Mike Jones offers the latest on Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, live from the NBA Finals in Boston.


For anyone fortunate enough to be in front of a TV early on a Friday morning, it’s time for the French Open men’s semifinals. 10 a.m., Chs. 4, 11


1. Bjorn Borg. The dominant Swede won six times in Paris, including four in a row between 1978 and 1981. His career record at the French Open was 49-2.

2. Rafael Nadal. Only 22, Nadal has won three French Open titles and has yet to lose a match in the process.

3. Gustavo Kuerten. The flashy Brazilian won titles in 1997, 2000 and 2001. A true clay court specialist, he never made it past the third round of another Grand Slam.

4. Ivan Lendl. He came back from two sets down to beat John McEnroe in the 1984 final, his first Grand Slam tournament win. He then went on to win in 1985 and 1987, securing his place as one of the best baseliners of the 1980s.

5. Mats Wilander. He won titles in 1982, 1985, 1988, continuing the tradition of great results for Swedes in France. Here’s an interesting stat: between 1978 and 1989, all but one French Open final featured at least one Swedish player.


NBA Finals

Lakers. Celtics. No, it’s not the 1980s again. And no one’s wearing short shorts (thank goodness).

Belmont Stakes

Big Brown is dealing with a quarter crack on his hoof and has to start from the rail. His trainer is a loudmouth. Say what you want, he’s going to win anyway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Can anyone beat Kyle Busch? The good news for other drivers is that he has never won at Pocono. Look out for Denny Hamlin, who swept both races there two years ago.

French Open final

Perhaps no player has ever looked as dominant as Rafael Nadal looks right now. The only thing that could get in the way of his fourth straight French Open title is his own health. Or maybe he’ll be distracted by Ana Ivanovic.

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