- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2009

THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS

Patriots at Redskins

Jason Campbell likely will get significant playing time as he seeks to calm fans who place way too much importance on preseason games.

Rockies at Giants

No team in baseball has been hotter than Colorado, but San Francisco can inch closer in the wild-card hunt with a good weekend.

The Barclays

The PGA Tour will shove this FedEx Cup thing down your throat whether you like it or not. But, hey, it does feature Tiger and Phil.

TWT FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH AT THE U.S. OPEN

1. Roger Federer — He looks in great shape after a convincing performance in Cincinnati. Can he continue to build on his record 15 Grand Slam titles?

2. Rafael Nadal — The hardcourt heathens are anxious to see whether he is back after a long layoff with knee troubles. A U.S. Open title would give him the career Grand Slam.

3. Dinara Safina — The muscular Russian is ranked No. 1, but few think she’s the best player in the world. Her first Grand Slam title would silence the critics.

4. Serena Williams — At her best, she’s the best. A win in New York would give her three Grand Slam titles this year; Serena was the last to do that in 2002.

5. Kim Clijsters — Once one of the top players in the world, she left to start a family. But she’s back and has looked sharp all summer.

HE SAID WHAT?

“I don’t expect those guys to like it. But I expect them to deal with it and go forward. And by and large, that’s exactly what’s happened.” — Vikings coach Brad Childress on the reaction of his other quarterbacks to the signing of Brett Favre

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