- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 1, 2009

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The Blackhawks and Red Wings ring in 2009 … at Wrigley Field. 1 p.m., Chs. 4, 11

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

JASON CAMPBELL

He enters 2009 as the Redskins‘ starting quarterback, but that doesn’t appear to be reason enough for the team to talk about a new contract. The price may be more affordable now if the team acts.

ALEX OVECHKIN

The world’s best hockey player is a distant sixth in the Eastern Conference’s All-Star voting for forwards. Come on, Ted, use that Internet savvy and start stuffing the online ballot box.

CARLOS ROGERS

According to STATS, Rogers’ 24 passes defensed tied for the NFL lead. But he ended the season as the Redskins’ third corner and isn’t happy about it.

MANNY RAMIREZ

Now that Mark Teixeira did the expected and turned down the Nationals, the campaign to have Ramirez don the curly W and give D.C. baseball some buzz will continue as long as he remains a free agent.

DAJUAN SUMMERS

In Georgetown’s impressive win at Connecticut, he scored 18 points to lift the Hoyas to 10-1. Another huge test is Saturday against third-ranked Pittsburgh at Verizon Center.

TWT FIVE; Local sports predictions for 2009

1. The Capitals will finish with at least 105 points, earn second in the Eastern Conference and defeat New Jersey in the opening round of the playoffs.

2. The Wizards, currently 6-24, will finish 22-60 — better than Indiana, Charlotte, Toronto and Philadelphia.

3. Georgetown will be a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament and reach the Elite Eight before losing to another Big East team.

4. The Redskins will embrace conventional wisdom and use the 13th overall pick to draft an offensive tackle — Mississippi’s Michael Oher or Baylor’s Jason Smith.

5. The Nationals will play to near-sellouts on June 23-25 when Red Sox fans gobble up seats for a three-game series.

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