- The Washington Times - Monday, June 29, 2009


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.


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?


“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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