- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 13, 2009

NEWSMAKERS: WHO’S MAKING HEADLINES

ALEX OVECHKIN

For a player who loves the big stage, it doesn’t get any larger than Wednesday’s Game 7 against Pittsburgh. Expect No. 8 to shine.

ROGER CLEMENS

The shamed pitcher called a new book’s accusations of his steroid use “completely false.” He’ll have to do better to clear his name.



LEBRON JAMES

The King’s message to the Western Conference: Slug it out while the Cavaliers rest up for the next two rounds.

BRETT FAVRE

Just when it appeared No. 4 was retired, reports have surfaced that the Vikings are interested and he’s working out with a high school team.

PATRICK KANE

Watch for him the rest of the playoffs. He scored a hat trick to seal Chicago’s series with Vancouver.

TWT FIVE: PREAKNESS STORY LINES

1. The filly takes on the guys - Rachel Alexandra romped in the Kentucky Oaks and was sold to new owners. She will try to pull off the unprecedented Oaks-Preakness double.

2. Two straight shockers - Mine That Bird won the Kentucky Derby at 50-1. If he wins the Preakness, it won’t be a shocker, but it will be a surprise.

3. Baffert returns - For the first time in five years, trainer Bob Baffert will saddle a Preakness starter - and a good one with Pioneerof the Nile.

4. Going out with a win - Trainer Larry Jones plans to retire from the sport this year, and a win with Friesan Fire would be the perfect send-off.

5. No beer, no students? - Pimlico has barred infield fans from bringing their own libations. It could dramatically impact the attendance.

WEDNESDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

The Penguins and Capitals conclude their epic seven-game Stanley Cup playoff series. 7 p.m., CSN

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