- The Washington Times - Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday’s best bet on television

The Capitals finish their road trip in St. Paul, Minn., against the Wild. 8 p.m., Versus


Maryland loses to Florida State - There shouldn’t have been any surprise that this up-and-down Terps team failed to extend its chances to reach the ACC title game by falling 37-3 to Florida State at Byrd Stadium. “It just kind of boggles my mind that we played so poorly in such a big game,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. The only mind-boggling thing about the Terps this fall is their inconsistency.

Wizards’ train wreck continues - The Wizards ended a busy week by losing to the Rockets and Knicks to fall to 1-10 on the season. With Oklahoma City becoming the first team to fire its coach this season over the weekend, here’s wondering whether Eddie Jordan, guilty or not, makes it to the new year.

Big 12 drama - No. 5 Oklahoma steamrolls No. 2 Texas Tech, leaving three one-loss teams in Big 12 South. While the outcome sends the BCS into another controversy, Texas Tech probably played itself out of any consideration by surrendering 65 points to the Sooners.

TWT FIVE ” Best D.C. soccer players of all time

In honor of Sunday’s MLS Cup, a look at the top talents to pass through the area:

1. Johan Cruyff - Arguably the finest European player of all time played two seasons with the Washington Diplomats of the North American Soccer League. The Dutchman was known just as much for his halftime cigarette breaks as his breathtaking runs and attacking prowess.

2. Jaime Moreno - Bolivian forward has been a steady presence with D.C. United for years, having gone on to become the leading goal scorer in MLS history.

3. Marco Etcheverry - Nicknamed “El Diablo,” this Bolivian playmaker was the creative force behind United’s first three MLS titles.

4. Ryan Nelsen - Physical defender from New Zealand started his pro career with United before moving on to captain Blackburn Rovers of the English Premier League.

5. Eddie Pope - A former North Carolina kicker, Pope was a mainstay of United’s glory days and a defensive stalwart with the U.S. national team.

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