- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

WEEKEND REWIND: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Capitals in 2-0 hole against Rangers - There may have been worse weekends in D.C. sports history, but this one will be up there. Bruce Boudreau surprised everyone by going with rookie Simeon Varlamov over Jose Theodore in Game 2, but even Varlamov’s solid performance wasn’t enough to even the series. Now facing a 2-0 deficit and going to New York, Boudreau has to hope his offense can solve Henrik Lundqvist because there may not be any more moves Boudreau can make.

Nationals bullpen implodes… then implodes again… then implodes again - It’s hard to envision a three-game series going worse for the Nationals - both on and off the field. In one weekend, the team blew three consecutive ninth-inning leads, benched Elijah Dukes after he was late returning from signing autographs for Little Leaguers, wore jerseys spelled “Natinals” and had the lowest attendance in Nationals Park history. Any one of those would make for an embarrassing headline, but when combined it goes to show last year’s embarrassments may just be a sign of things to come.

TWT FIVE: NFL DRAFT PREDICTIONS

1. The Redskins will try to trade up for Mark Sanchez - Lacking a second-round pick (thanks Jason Taylor!), they probably will lack the picks needed to move up unless they want to deal future first-rounders.



2. The Broncos will trade up for Mark Sanchez - Denver has the ammunition after dealing Jay Cutler to Chicago, and here’s betting that former QB coach Josh McDaniels doesn’t trust either Kyle Orton or Chris Simms.

3. The Bengals or Raiders will draft Andre Smith - Has there ever been a been a better fit for an out-of-shape future bust of an offensive tackle than Cincinnati or Oakland? His criminal record might not be expansive enough for the Bengals, though.

4. Darrius Heyward-Bey won’t get past the Jets at No. 17 - The former Maryland receiver lit up the NFL combine with his 40 time but could slip down to the Ravens if the Jets don’t take him.

5. The Ravens will land a solid wide receiver - Most projections have Baltimore taking either North Carolina’s Hakeem Nicks or Florida’s Percy Harvin. Nicks made one of the year’s best catches in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, while Harvin was too fast for even SEC defenders to keep up with him.

HE SAID WHAT?

“Pretty much unlimited.” - LeBron James when asked about his range after banking in a 41-footer at the halftime buzzer in Cleveland’s Game 1 victory over Detroit

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