Realigned Capitals would love to join this Adams family


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You have to wonder just what's going on in the Adams Division of the NHL. During the past three weeks, clubs from the division that will have three of its teams rack up at least 100 points this season have taken on the wildly inconsistent Washington Capitals and ended up being hammered by lopsided scores of 5-2, 3-1, 5-1 and last night's 4-1 surrender by Buffalo.

The Caps, who are only 11-18-2 in the Patrick Division, have feasted on foes from the Adams, going 12-5-2, including 8-0-1 at home. Which fairly screams that if realignment comes to the league, as is rumored, Washington should make a beeline for you-know-where.

* WTEM-AM, the all-sports station looking to become the Orioles' radio outlet in Washington, will carry the Yankees-Mets exhibition from RFK Stadium Friday (1 p.m.) with Phil Wood doing the play-by-play, joined by TV sportscasters George Michael (Ch. 4), Steve Buckhantz (5) and Rene Knott (7) taking turns commentating.

* The quality of the boxing card May 12 at the Baltimore Arena is such that both ESPN and USA will be on hand that night to check out the proceedings with an eye toward adding the city to its list of sites used regularly on its weekly fisticuffs series. Dan Sherry is a willing banger who should test Vince Pettway for his USBA title. Andrew Maynard, who takes on Fabian Garcia in a 175-pound matchup, is coming off a first-round KO in Erie, Pa., last week, and Les Johnson vs. Victor Davis is assured action. It's worth the 4,500 fans promoter Stu Satosky hopes show up during Preakness Week festivities even if Maynard ducks out to take on top-10er Tim Hilly on the Riddick Bowe-Jesse Ferguson card at RFK Stadium May 22.

* One rumor has it that Charlotte will assure it sells all of its luxury suites in its proposed football stadium by offering the buyers one play-review per half if and when instant replay returns to the NFL fold.

* Good news for area golf fans: Defending champs Bill Glasson and Betsy King will be on hand for the Kemper Open and LPGA BTC Championship at Avenel and Bethesda Country Club May 17-23 and June 7-13, respectively. Note the Kemper has been moved up a couple of weeks (to accommodate Jack Nicklaus' Memorial tourney on Memorial Day weekend), but it draws a later date on the PGA Tour in later years.

* The ninth and best of all Baseball Encyclopedias is out and among the features added this time around is a section on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (circa 1943-54). That's the one they made the movie "A League of Their Own" out of and which started with bases being 65 feet apart and the pitchers delivering the 12-inch ball from 40 feet underhanded. Noted New York Times reviewer Christopher Lehmann-Haupt is unabashed in his praise of the Macmillan Publishing Co. effort, stating, "It's the book I'd take with me to prison." Uh, what's the charge, Chris?

* If a kid's a baseball fan in New York and has no preference for the Mets or Yankees, and his parents have the money, of course, he or she can pick up three kinds of caps, a ball, glove, shirt, bag, watch, lunch pail, wallet, ring, jersey, banner, socks, sunglasses, autographed ball, cards, beach towel, photo album, water bottle, softball, briefcase, magazine, three kinds of coolers, pins, calendar and magazine by frequenting Yankee and Shea stadiums on the appropriate promotional days. Maybe they'll even get to see a win.

Surprisingly, the Mets list a Reggie Jackson Day, two weeks after he's inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the Yankees don't. He's a veep in the Bronx, remember.

* Jack Johnson would have been 115 years old today had the greatest heavyweight champion of them all (personal opinion) not led such a madcap but interesting life and been killed in an auto accident in North Carolina in 1946. Yesterday was Secretariat's 23rd birthday (in human years).

* Victories by Helen Alfredsson (Sweden), Nick Price (Zimbabwe) and Bob Charles (New Zealand) Sunday constitute the first time foreign golfers have swept a weekend's worth of LPGA, PGA and Senior PGA events. And, simultaneously, the defending champion U.S. tennis squad was being ushered out of the Davis Cup competition in the opening round. And you were probably of the opinion that only in distance running has our dominance been on the wane.

* Reggie Savage has been scratched from the Washington Capitals lineup the last 12 games and has taken part in just six of 23 games since being called from the Skiptowns Feb. 8. Of course, this makes no sense seeing as how he could have aided the Baltimore cause toward respectability, more victories and a more advantageous playoff situation.

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