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Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 12/21/2006

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So the biggest news is Peter Nowak out, Tommy Soehn in as D.C. United coach. And I actually heard a player mention this possibility on Tuesday, and was too busy chasing down Judah Claus to pay attention. I rule. But we'll have live press conference coverage at 11 a.m.

Local No. 3 Georgetown relies on its role players, including Baltimore's DaJuan Summers, in a rout over No. 11 Towson, which got nothing outside of Gary Neal; Local No. [sigh] 1 Virginia gets "absolutely crushed" and "utterly embarrassed" by Utah, as Sean Singletary says the Cavs "fall apart" away from home and a poll voter-slash-beat writer calls them "pathetic," although the Cavs' non-rev sports are doing swell; Seth Greenberg has a homecoming as Local No. 5 Va. Tech heads to MSG as the undercard for Duke-Gonzaga; Local No. 7 VCU wins its seventh straight, Darryl Hudson has sparked Howard's solid-enough start, and VMI beats Richmond! with quick timeouts. Also, Loyola gets "a chance of a lifetime" against the Terps women, who are about to get another superstar which could raise chemistry questions. The football Terps plan to have fun in Florida, and their D-coordinator says he doesn't read message boards (right).

Suddenly Al Saunders is into the deep ball. Ladell Betts--whose recent production would make for 2,100 yards over a full season--says he'll try to compete for the starting job next year, Chris Samuels is nicknamed "The Big Professional," the WashTimes writes an actual story about those Joe Gibbs spiritual talks I'm always writing about, the Rams are the home for elderly ex-Redskins, while Archuleta won't talk about going back to St. Louis, and a blogger says the Rams' troubles are small-time compared to the Skins'.

More Caps talk about their childhood outdoor hockey experiences and inconsistencies; Mr. Arenas--whose chances of being voted an all-star improved with A.I.'s trade--talks 60 points and Halo and shows up early at Arco to shoot. And in his blog he agrees he has no conscience and calls himself "Agent 60."

Svrluga hangs with Nats prospect Esmailyn Gonzalez in the Dominican, Robert Fick signs a minor-league contract with the Nats, saying he thinks he'll get more chances and promising to be "a different guy," and the John Riggins radio show will be simulcast on MASN.

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