- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wednesday’s Best Bet on Television

Take a long late lunch break because Tiger’s back at the Match Play Championship. 2 p.m., Golf Channel

NEWSMAKERS: Who’s Making Headlines This Week

Tiger Woods

He’s back after an eight-month absence, teeing off Wednesday against Brendan Jones in the first round of the Match Play Championship.

Matt Kenseth

Two races, two wins - a nice start, putting him 18 spots and 172 points ahead of defending three-time champion Jimmie Johnson.

Marvin Harrison

His production has tailed off as age, injuries and off-the-field issues caught up to him. Rice’s records remain safe.

Andre Smith

Flakiness at the NFL scouting combine may cost him millions of dollars, as the tubby left tackle could slip out of the first round.

Blake Griffin

The best player in the country has missed most of the past two games with a concussion, and the Sooners lost both.


When NFL free agency starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday, these five names will dominate discussion:

1. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR: He’ll appear to be the perfect quick fix for any team with a floundering offense.

2. Ray Lewis, LB: He’s a huge name, but any team other than Baltimore will be overpaying.

3. Albert Haynesworth, DT: Wants a lot of dough.

4. DeAngelo Hall, CB: Redskins will hope for a hometown discount. Don’t bank on it.

5. Byron Leftwich, QB: The second-youngest player on this list showed last season he can still lead a team.

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