- The Washington Times - Friday, February 13, 2009


“It was against the law, so I would have to think about that.”

— Baseball commissioner Bud Selig when asked whether he would suspend Alex Rodriguez for testing positive for steroids in 2003


Daytona 500

The past two winners, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick, failed to win a Sprint Cup race the rest of the year. Is there a Daytona curse?

Georgetown at Syracuse

Both teams have looked more like Big East pretenders than contenders of late. Since Georgetown’s home victory against the Orange in January, the teams are a combined 3-11.

Florida State at Wake Forest

The Seminoles have quietly established themselves as a force in the ACC. The Deacons have fallen from the conference lead to the middle of the pack after losing four of six.

NBA All-Star Game

There will be shooting. There will be dunking. There will be scoring. There will not be a whole lot of guarding.


1. Michael Jordan thrills a Chicago crowd in 1988 with 40 points on 17-for-23 shooting and eight rebounds in the East’s 138-133 win. He earns his first of three All-Star MVP awards.

2. The Pistons’ Isiah Thomas scores 21 points and dishes out 15 assists to help the East to a 154-145 overtime win in 1984. His performance overshadows that of Magic Johnson, who scores 15 points and adds a record 22 assists.

3. In 1962, the Warriors’ Wilt Chamberlain scores a record 42 points in a losing effort for the East. He also pulls down 24 rebounds.

4. In 1997, Charlotte’s Glen Rice helps the East overcome a 22-point deficit with 20 points in the third quarter. He finishes with 26 points and MVP honors as the East triumphs 132-120.

5. Also in 1997, Michael Jordan records a triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

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