- The Washington Times - Monday, June 29, 2009

WEEKEND REWIND ” IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

U.S. blows two-goal lead vs. Brazil - Two weeks ago, any U.S. soccer fan would have taken a second-place finish in the Confederations Cup after two embarrassing losses to start the event. But after leading 2-0 in its first FIFA championship match, it’s possible the United States blew its best chance to win a major international tournament. Regardless, the upset of Spain and a solid effort against Brazil bodes well for next year’s World Cup.

Capitals stay quiet at NHL draft - The Caps needed a second-line center to replace Sergei Fedorov and some help on the blue line. After the two-day draft in Montreal, they came away with neither and saw the Flyers pick up the defenseman (Chris Pronger) they badly needed. General manager George McPhee, barring a major free agent acquisition, appears to be banking on the team’s minor league system to fill its holes. It’s a risky strategy that won’t sit well with Caps fans if they don’t answer the Penguins’ Stanley Cup with one of their own in the near future.

TWT FIVE WORST 2009 NBA DRAFT PICKS

1. Minnesota, No. 5: Ricky Rubio - Usually not a good idea to waste a top-five pick on someone who refuses to play in your city.

2. New York, No. 8: Jordan Hill - Good thing the Knicks don’t already have seven forwards who are 6-foot-10 or taller. Oh wait.

3. Philadelphia, No. 17: Jrue Holiday - Drafted possibly to play point guard despite not running the point at UCLA. This should end well.

4. Portland, No. 22: Victor Claver - After trading Sergio Rodriguez, Trail Blazers needed to restock on above-average Spaniards.

5. Phoenix, No. 48: Taylor Griffin - Did the Suns get confused and think brother Blake had slipped to No. 48?

HE SAID WHAT?

“Let’s not talk about that. I guess I cut his dad when I was coaching in Chicago.” - Utah’s Jerry Sloan on draft pick Eric Maynor’s father, George

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