- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 8, 2009

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

It could be a first-round NBA playoffs preview when Portland heads to San Antonio. 7 p.m., ESPN

NEWSMAKERS “ WHO'S MAKING HEADLINES THIS WEEK

Blake Griffin

Oklahoma big man makes it official: He's going pro. Finger-crossing time for the Wizards.

Wayne Ellington

Final Four MOP could join Griffin in the NBA Draft or help Tar Heels defend title.

Jay Cutler

He forced a trade and quickly landed with the Bears, much to Dan Snyder's dismay.

Tiger Woods

He's back at Augusta National this week for his first major since having knee surgery.

Manu Ginobili

Spurs star out for rest of the season and the playoffs with an injured ankle.

TWT FIVE “ 2009-10 TOP TEAMS

With the Final Four wrapped up, Patrick Stevens already is looking ahead to next season. For the rest of his rankings, check out his blog, D1SCOURSE, at washingtontimes.com/weblogs/d1scourse.

1. Kansas - Reloaded Jayhawks impressed after 2008 title.

2. Michigan State - Spartans return five of top seven players, including Kalin Lucas.

3. Syracuse - Big East power had just one senior.

4. Duke - They will get to practice against Seth Curry.

5. Xavier - The best of a bad league, Musketeers will have a new coach and a veteran lineup.

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