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Monday, November 20, 2000
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A Game of National Importance
By Thomas Boswell, Page D01
For the Redskins, their game against the Rams tonight isn't just a midseason "must-win," it's a national emergency and a test of patriotism.

Empty Promises, Empty Seats
By Tony Kornheiser, Page D01
Four years ago, on Dec. 12, 1996, Maryland's men's basketball team was playing Georgia Tech at Cole Field House when at halftime Maryland's new football coach, Ron Vanderlinden, grabbed a microphone to speak to the crowd. Vanderlinden had been hired only a week before. This was one of his first appearances on campus.

Maryland Fires Vanderlinden; Yow Is 'Wide Open' to a Successor
By Mark Asher; Tarik El-Bashir, Page D01
University of Maryland football coach Ron Vanderlinden, rewarded a year ago with a two-year contract extension through 2003, was fired yesterday, one day after his team lost to Georgia Tech and finished with a fourth straight losing season.

Lewis and Ravens Run It Up; Ravens 27, Cowboys 0
By Kathy Orton, Page D01
Against the worst run defense in the NFL, Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis found plenty of room to run.

Much Is at Stake For the Redskins; Playoff Bye May Hang in Balance
By Mark Maske, Page D01
The Washington Redskins' season will not be decided by tonight's game in St. Louis against the high-powered Rams. That will happen the next two Sundays, when the Redskins host the two teams they are battling for supremacy in the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, in crucial division games at FedEx Field.

AREA EVENTS
Page D02
Old Dominion at George Washington, 7:30

Greece Fires Official Overseeing Olympics
Page D02
The government minister in charge of preparations for the Athens Olympics was fired yesterday in yet another disruption leading to the 2004 Games.

ON THE AIR
Page D02
PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL

FOR THE RECORD
Page D02
American--OH Ajola Berisha was named CAA volleyball player of the year, and Barry Goldberg was named conference coach of the year.

Graduation Rate Falls for Football; Down 3 Percent From Previous Year; Colleges
By Mark Asher, Page D02
Graduation rates for major college football players are the lowest they've been since 1985, according to data released by the NCAA.

Not a Slam, But It's Grand For Hingis
By Rachel Alexander, Page D03
On one side of the net this afternoon was sheer, aching need. Martina Hingis absolutely had to have the Chase Championships title--she hadn't won a Grand Slam in almost two years, and while this season-ending tournament isn't a major, it's the next best thing for a young woman who draws much of her validation from tennis's rankings.

Kelly Helps Cavs Pound Lehigh in First Round; Virginia 5, Lehigh 0
By Steve Argeris, Page D04
Virginia steamrollered Lehigh today in the first round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament, winning, 5-0, and dominating every offensive category behind two goals from freshman Ryan Kelly off deflected shots.

In Case You Missed It ...
By Matt Bonesteel, Page D04
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Bowden Counts on BCS; FSU Coach Hopes Poll Favors His Team
By Ken Denlinger, Page D05
Breakfast with Bobby Bowden begins with a muffin and an admission.

Jones, American Are Off to a Good Start
By Seth Emerson, Page D06
Jeff Jones made a quiet return as a head coach yesterday at Bender Arena in front of a modest crowd and no television audience. Still, Jones--American University's new men's basketball coach--looked happy to be back, and his team played as if it were happy to have him.

Spartans Find More Magic
Page D06
Charlie Bell and Magic Johnson have more in common than just a national championship ring from Michigan State. They are the only players in Spartans' history to record triple-doubles.

Long Road to Top Begins in Hawaii; Terrapins Open in Tough Tournament
By Josh Barr, Page D06
For more than three months, since they began playing pickup games after summer vacation, this is what Maryland's players have been eyeing--the start of the season and a chance to prove they belong among college basketball's elite. The sixth-ranked Terrapins, expected by most observers to have their best team in quite some time, will open their season Monday against Louisville in the opening round of the Maui Invitational at the cozy 2,400-seat Lahaina Civic Center.

It All Boils Down to Purdue
Page D06
Purdue is again playing for a championship.

NCAA COLLEGE NOTES; Arizona's Woods Is Suspended
Page D06
The top-ranked Arizona Wildcats will start this basketball season in the Maui Invitational without preseason all-American C Loren Woods.

Caps in Need of Self-Defense
By Jason La Canfora, Page D07
If the Washington Capitals are going to reverse a miserable start to the season--four wins in 20 games--they must start by resurrecting a committed team-defensive effort and receive improved play from all-star goalie Olaf Kolzig.

Oilers' Salo Withstands Flames' Salvo
Page D07
Tommy Salo made 23 saves for his third shutout in his last eight games as the Edmonton Oilers beat the visiting Calgary Flames, 2-0, last night.

Cavaliers Come Back But Can't Close Out; Louisiana Tech 72, Virginia Women 59
Page D07
Louisiana Tech Coach Leon Barmore was concerned his team would be exhausted from playing three games in four days.

THE FOOTBALL REPORT; Second Time Around Is Better
By Tarik El-Bashir; Alan Goldenbach, Page D08
There must be some truth to the old coaching adage that says it is tough to beat a good team twice in the same season. Over the weekend three Northern Virginia schools--Centreville, Hylton and Park View--proved those words to be accurate. Each of those teams avenged regular season losses to claim regional titles--and they did so on the road.

Loudoun Valley Wants Black Knight Final
By Rick Freeman; Todd Jacobson, Page D08
Now that they have met Charlottesville twice--with bitter results--in the Virginia AA Region II girls basketball tournament, Loudoun Valley may have started the germ of a rivalry with the Black Knights. Neither team will suffer heavily from losing seniors next year--especially Charlottesville, with its starting five made up of four juniors and a sophomore.

Playoff Schedule
Page D08
Class 4A Semifinals

THE POST TOP 20
Page D08
Defending Maryland 4A champion defeated Parkdale, 14-0, to extend winning streak to 18.

Turkey Bowl
Page D08
Woods Is Crowned 'The King'
Page D09
When Tiger Woods is on his game, challengers know they have little chance to compete unless they play their best. Sometimes, as in the Johnnie Walker Classic, even that is not enough.

Opening Draw Is Unrivaled for U.S.
By Steven Goff, Page D09
The U.S. men's national soccer team will begin the final qualifying round for the 2002 World Cup with a home match against its biggest rival, Mexico, on Feb. 27 or 28 at an American venue to be determined soon.

Blazers' Wallace Works His Magic
Page D09
For the second straight season, Rasheed Wallace did in the Orlando Magic.

LOCAL GOLF
Page D10
RESULTS
Page D10
NCAA Tournament

TRANSACTIONS
Page D10
Cleveland Indians--Agreed to terms with OF Ellis Burks on a three-year contract.

Frerotte Throws For 5 Touchdowns; Broncos 38, Chargers 37
Page D11
With Brian Griese and Terrell Davis both on the sideline, the Denver Broncos hopped on the Gus Bus and rode it to a wild victory.

NFL TWO-MINUTE DRILL; NEWS & NOTES
Page D11
It was Cold Weather Sunday for the Bays. That was good for Green Bay, bad for Tampa Bay.

They're Giant-Slayers
Page D11
The Detroit Lions are not only winning under new coach Gary Moeller, they are looking like a team capable of making a run in the NFL playoffs.

Favre, Packers Hang in There; Injured QB Keeps Streak Intact to Help Repel Colts' Rally; Packers 26, Colts 24
Page D11
About the only one who wasn't moved by Brett Favre's gutsy performance today was the Green Bay Packers' iron man quarterback himself.

It's Another Bad Break for Saints; Blake Joins Williams With Season-Ending Foot Injury in Loss to Raiders; Raiders 31, Saints 22
By Leonard Shapiro, Page D11
Already reeling from the loss of running back Ricky Williams last week, the New Orleans Saints suffered another major body blow today. Quarterback Jeff Blake, having one of his finest seasons, broke his right foot late in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders and will be lost for the rest of what had been a season of bright promise for his historically beleaguered team.

Taylor Rushes For 234 Yards; Jaguars 34, Steelers 24
Page D11
Fred Taylor ran for 234 yards--the most against the Pittsburgh Steelers in their 67-year history--and scored a career-high four touchdowns as the Jacksonville Jaguars rediscovered their missing offense, holding off Pittsburgh, 34-24, tonight.

Culpepper Keys 2nd Win in Row; Vikings 31, Panthers 17
Page D11
Opponents of the Minnesota Vikings have enough problems without having to worry about Robert Smith as a pass receiver.

Eagles Spill Cards, Land in First Place
Page D12
After winning only eight games over the past two seasons, the Philadelphia Eagles have gone from worst to first.

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