- The Washington Times - Friday, January 9, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“I said, ‘Man, I’ve got to work year-round, every day on this because there’s something new all the time.’ It really opened my eyes. With the network, it’s 24-hour baseball. If you want to see baseball, it’s there.” - MLB Network host Harold Reynolds

BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS

NFL playoffs

This is when it really gets good. The Ravens and Titans clash in a game that’s sure to be one of the most physical of the season. The Eagles look to continue an improbable run when they face the Giants again. Plus, Norv Turner’s Chargers visit the Steelers and the high-flying Cardinals go to Carolina.

Louisville at Villanova

The Wildcats could use a win against a quality opponent Saturday to show they are for real. The Cardinals could be caught sleeping as they prepare for Notre Dame and Pittsburgh next week.

North Carolina at Wake Forest

The Tar Heels got knocked from the top perch after losing to Boston College. Tyler Hansbrough and friends hope to re-establish themselves as the ACC’s best but will have a tough test Sunday against the undefeated Deacons.

Capitals at Canadiens

The Caps have one All-Star Game representative; the Canadiens have four. But that will mean nothing Saturday if Washington secures its fourth consecutive win against Montreal.

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM “ An excerpt from IN THE ROOM

Alex Ovechkin has been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve. It will be the third All-Star Game of his career; there wasn’t a game his rookie year because of the Olympics.

But the big news is he will have no teammates on the team. I can’t say I didn’t warn everyone. Granted, it could change with injuries, but Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom were not among the 15 reserves announced [Thursday]. …

It is a farce, but it does seem that all things All-Star-related have been devoid of logic. Having all 15 teams represented made it almost impossible to get [Green and Backstrom] on the team thanks to the fan voting that put four Canadiens and two Penguins on the team. There are several forwards who deserve to be on this team that aren’t, while Green is probably the biggest snub among the defensemen.

Corey Masisak

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