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Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 03/17/2011

Who’s “out”? Caps’ streak, Adrian Peterson, Maryland hoops, Wizards and Nats

Capitals winning streak: All good things must come to an end, and on Wednesday evening, the Capitals’ nine-game wining streak ended after a hard-fought game against the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2.

Just like the Caps, the Red Wings are fighting for first place in their division, and they were able to come away with a meaningful victory against a team playing its best hockey right now.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 29th goal of the season in the second period to tie the score at 2, but it wasn’t enough.

The positive is it was a competitive loss against a very talented team, and the Caps had played in Montreal a night earlier and were without Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Arnott. So the Caps will regroup, not to mention continue to get healthy and get some key contributors back on the ice. Until then they will need to continue to build on the success that they’ve been enjoying prior to this loss.

Adrian Peterson’s slavery comment: Peterson’s agent Ben Dogra defended his client Tuesday after Yahoo Sports published some controversial remarks from Peterson.

Peterson told Yahoo, in comments about the NFL lockout, that playing in the league was comparable to “modern-day slavery.”

Peterson’s Agent told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

“I think anybody that knows Adrian knows that Adrian is a very strong-willed and passionate individual. The game means an awful lot to him. People should not just take his statements per se word by word. It’s a difficult time. He would love to play. I’m sure that everybody would love to see football continue in the NFL and I’m sure at some point it will get resolved. But Adrian, that’s what makes him great. He’s soft-spoken but if he has something on his mind he’ll speak it. But I think nobody should really look at those words and take them out of context.”

I know Adrian Peterson, and he is a really good person with very strong moral values. And even though I can sympathize with him, sometimes when you want to speak your mind you have to ready for the consequences .

However he meant the comparison, the timing was poor; maybe there’s really never a good time to draw that comparison. Statements as strong as that take too much explaining, and most aren’t going to wait around to hear the justification.

Sorry, A.D., but failure to understand that puts you on this week’s “out” list.

Maryland’s mens basketball team: Many teams are preparing for the NCAA tournaments and the NIT.

Unfortunately, the Terps are absent from both, I understand they didn’t win enough games to make the NCAA, but not to be invited to the NIT is a huge blow to the Terps and Coach Gary Williams.

Another season like this one could really be damaging to the Maryland athletic department and Williams. For now, the school seems to be standing behind him but for how long?

The Wizards lose again: Next!

The Nationals: The Nationals gave up a 6-3 lead in an 8-7 loss to the Astros, allowing Anderson Hernandez to drive in five runse.

“I don’t put a lot of importance in winning games but in how we play them. ... The quality at-bats we had today enabled us to come back the way we did,” Mills said. “Anytime you’re able to do that it feels good, and it’s happened to us three or four times this spring.”

The Astros had just five hits when they came up in the ninth, down 7-3.

Nyjer Morgan drove in three with a homer off of Astros’ starter Brett Myers putting the Nationals up 6-3, and Wilson Ramos also added a home run for the Nationals in the eighth.

But even with those big plays, it wasn’t enough to hold off Houston.

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