Weekend Preview: What to Watch for in Sports

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Byline: Tim Lemke, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

MLS Cup at RFK Stadium

The Houston Dynamo look to win their second straight MLS Cup, while the New England Revolution look to win their first after appearing in three previous finals.

Boston College at Clemson

A win here by either team means a likely berth in the ACC title game. For Clemson, it would be a shot at its first ACC title since 1991.

Louisiana State at Mississippi

Top-ranked Tigers will try to avoid a slip against the Rebels, who are winless in the Southeastern Conference.

Giants at Lions

With both teams at 6-3, each needs this win to grab an edge for the top wild-card spot in the NFC.

Browns at Ravens

It has been a while since the Browns were favored on the road against their division rival. A win here by Cleveland and it is playoff viable while Baltimore falls to 4-6.

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TWT FIVE: best starts in nba history

1. 1948-49 Washington Capitols: Before the Wizards and Bullets, there were the Capitols of the NBA-precursor Basketball Association of America. Washington started off 15-0 but went 23-22 the rest of the way and lost in the league finals to George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers.

2. 1993-94 Houston Rockets: Hakeem Olajuwon and company started 15-0 en route to their first of two straight NBA championships.

3. 1957-58 Boston Celtics: This year's Celtics still have work to catch this team, which started 14-0 and went all the way to the finals.

4. 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki and Co. started 14-0 and were the darlings of the West until they ran into the San Antonio Spurs in the conference finals.

5. 1996-97 Chicago Bulls: After winning 72 games and the NBA title the year before, the Bulls started off with 12 straight wins. They would never lose more than two in a row en route to a fifth title in seven years.

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REDSKINS THIS WEEK

REDSKINS (5-4) at DALLAS (8-1), Sunday, 4:15 p.m., Chs. 5, 45

Line: Cowboys by 10 1/2

Even if the Redskins had a healthy Santana Moss and Sean Taylor at their disposal, there wouldn't be a lot to like about their chances. While not at the level of New England, the Cowboys present the same kind of problems: a great quarterback, two good running backs, a bunch of weapons in the passing game and an active 3-4 defense. …