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Well, the Wiz look "more like pretenders than contenders" against the Suns. The Suns get nine assists on their first 10 field goals and Antawn Jamison calls the Wiz's worst defensive performance of the year "a disgrace." Gil laments that the Wiz weren't "playing a free-for-all like we usually do," the Wiz were "safely put in their place," Wilbon says at least the Wiz got the Suns' attention and Tom Knott says Gil is no longer a top-tier MVP candidate, Steve Nash says the Suns might no longer impress people with regular season wins, Mike D'Antoni can't find anything wrong in the win and Eddie Jordan says the Suns are "much better" than the Wiz, while someone else writes about the Nash 'stache.

Zabian Dowdell scores a career-high 30 points as Local No. 1 Virginia Tech wins at Miami despite Seth Greenberg's exasperation, Local No. 2 Georgetown is 0-4 in single-digit games entering tonight's meeting with DePaul. Local No. 3 GW's Karl Hobbs says he doesn't understand RPI. Local No. 4 VCU is undefeated on the road entering tonight's game at Local No. 7 George Mason, which has an average margin of victory of more than 21 during its five-game win streak and will stay in gold unis until its next loss. (Also, Will Thomas is shooting 86 percent from the field in his past two games.) Entering tonight's game against Georgia Tech--which has lost 15 straight road games--Gary Williams reflects on being 1-4 and staying positive (!), and a student columnist calls for a four-guard lineup. Local No. 6 Virginia has a favorable ACC schedule and Sean Singletary says the Cavs "should be able to take care of business" against N.C. State tonight. When Local No. 8 ODU (and its 2.77 collective GPA) faces Local No. 11 William & Mary tonight there will be a Lithuanian reunion. Freshman point guard Brett Harvey has been a revelation for No. 9 Loyola, and unranked JMU attempts to win three straight for the first time in nearly three years. Also, Lefty Driesell reflects on "disgraceful" behavior from student fans, Maryland AD Debbie Yow signs a contract extension through 2013, and Virginia will almost never admit freshman athletes for the spring semester.

Ted Lerner says his No. 1 priority is "customer pleasure" but he's worried about free-agent spending, Manny Acta lives in a non-dramatic Central Florida development andTomo Ohka lands in Toronto.

Ovechkin downplays his Briere feud (and threatens to hit him in the locker room) while hinting at something spectacular tonight, despite finishing last in the fastest skater contest. And in real hockey news, Ovie still has his defensive shortcomings. Plus he's doing a WaPo chat at noon. [Edit: For all you diehard Caps fans who only come here to learn Caps news, Mike Green had three assists as a YoungStar. Happy, FS?]

Here's more details on Tony's radio show (plus he's not returning Paul Farhi's calls), and DCRTV says TK had been leaning heavily toward WTEM until this week.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 24, 2007; 9:42 AM ET
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"What concerns us the most at the moment is the free-agency signings that have been occurring the last 90 days and could take baseball out of control," said Lerner, whose family took ownership of the Nationals last July.

Unbelievable. If the Lerner group can't handle the MLB salary structure, they should cut and run. Sell now to one of the seven other groups who bid on the team.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | January 24, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Hey, it was great to meet you at the game last night, even if I didn't recognize you without the hat. Keep up the great work.

Posted by: Dave N. | January 24, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

That was painful

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | January 24, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Ouch. Although Verizon was LOUD last night, even when we were down 20. There was a playoff-like buzz and atmosphere in the building, which was just about the only highlight of the night.

Posted by: AV | January 24, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

"Although Verizon was LOUD last night"

sorry about that...

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | January 24, 2007 10:19 AM | Report abuse

No comment Mike Green getting 3 assists in NHL's Young Stars game at all? Get your head in the game, Dan.

Posted by: FS | January 24, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Sherman Dillard was a very well dressed man.

I'm actually excited for Tony K on the radio. He's got a face for radio.

I hit 86% from the field once... playing by myself in the driveway.

Posted by: Marc | January 24, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

George Washington, George Mason, Georgetown, American and Maryland men's basketball all at home tonight. If only Howard had one scheduled, we would have had a complete set of immediate area D-1 games.

Posted by: Everett W. | January 24, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

put them all together and you get one team that may be able to win consistently in D-1. maybe.

Posted by: Marc | January 24, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

What about the Nats at the game last night? Did you see them?

Posted by: misschatter | January 24, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

The Suns are an incredible team, amazing passing and shooting.
However, being at the game last night I have to note that Wizards managed to get homered by the Reffs at Home, some calls were just plain attrocious.
This is not an excuse, but I haven't seen worse officiating in a game in a long time.
Did Eddie Jordan appear to take umbrage with anything, it was clear that Caron and Gil did.

Posted by: CB | January 24, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

We would have gotten blown out regardless of the refs, but yeah, it did seem like a lot of outrageous calls were going against us. Gilbert also drew a couple of questionable calls, where he just flopped. All around the officiating was just dreadful.

Posted by: AV | January 24, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Tom Knott's piece, the latest episode in his vendetta against the home team, fails to note that Gilbert's game was greatly hampered by two cheap, phantom calls early in the game. When Gilbert is unable to drive for fear of the charging calls he gets, calls that Wade and Lebron would never get, his entire game is thrown out of whack. He was reduced to mostly shooting jumpshots. And he only got 31. You're right Tom, we should probably just cut him.

Dan, you're a nice guy and you never say anything negative about any of your colleagues. You'll probably defend Knott cause you're a professional. But can you please just stop linking his columns altogether? He's an asshat.

And I agree with Jamison's assessment of the defensive effort. Jamison is a classy guy and I'm sure he'd be the first to blame himself for the lousy defense. But his was even worse than usual last night, and unfortunately his offense wasn't there, either. Is it fatigue from playing all summer? Shock playing half a season without a rest on the DL? Something is wrong, I hope he sorts it out. He was abused last night.

Posted by: bryc3 | January 24, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

As a local Buffalo fan, I hope to God the Caps finish 8th in the East this year. Great personally, good for the Caps, GREAT for the Sabres and their local DC fans and finally - good for the NHL.

Posted by: Chris | January 24, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes I wonder if Ovie really understands anything he's being asked (Doesn't he have a woman?). Did you see the chat, Dan? It was funny:

"Capitol Hill, D.C.: Alex,

I'm 23, hot and single. Will you date me?

Alex Ovechkin: For sure!"

Posted by: Ian | January 24, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Did you see that someone asked Ovie if he was going to do an Eastern Motors commercial. Brashier the one that should do an EM commercial.

Posted by: thebigc_1982 | January 24, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

thanks for keeping ppl up to date with the caps and news around the nhl

it probably does help.

Posted by: ovechkin's long lost twin | January 25, 2007 7:41 AM | Report abuse

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