Best bets


Pro hockey


Where -- Verizon Center, Washington

When -- Tonight, 7

What now? -- Washington is 22-33-6 and in last place in the NHL's Southeast Division. But there's good news: Rookie Alexander Ovechkin just saved a bunch of money on his car insurance by switching to GEICO. Actually he didn't, but the insurance company is sponsoring a giveaway -- a complimentary Capitals visor to every fan. The freebie alone should be worth the price of a ticket, which starts at $10 and can be purchased on the Web site.

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College lacrosse


Where -- Byrd Stadium, College Park

When -- Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

What now? -- These teams are headed in opposite directions. The No. 1-ranked Terps are 2-0 after coming off an 8-7 victory over then-No. 1 Duke in overtime. The No. 15 Tigers lost, 7-6, to unranked Binghamton in double overtime last week. Tickets, which are $6 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and those 17 and under, can be purchased on the Terps' Web site or at the stadium beginning one hour before the game.

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Pro basketball


Where -- Verizon Center, Washington

When -- Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

What now? -- Fans can only hope history repeats itself. In the teams' previous meeting this season, Gilbert Arenas scored 39 points in Washington's 120-114 double-overtime victory in Auburn Hills, Mich. All $10 seats are sold out, but tickets starting at $40 can be purchased at or 202-397-7328.

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Auto Racing

Octoberfest Qualifier

Where -- Hagerstown Speedway

When -- Sunday, 1 p.m.

What now? -- Late-model stock cars and big-block modifieds will participate in separate 30-lap qualifying races. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $20 for a reserved seat or a pit pass. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. With the 1 p.m. start in Hagerstown, don't worry about missing the Nextel Cup race, which is in Las Vegas and doesn't start until 4:30 p.m.

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St. Patrick's Day Shamrock 5K

Where -- Charles and Franklin streets

When -- Sunday, 1:15 p.m.

What now? -- Registration is $30 (or $35 on Sunday), and the race is limited to 3,500 entrants. Space is still open, but you must register in person at Charm City Run at 2045 York Road in Timonium. Call 410-561-3570 for information. If you're wondering why the race has St. Patrick's Day in its title even though it's not held on March 17, all runners 21 and over will enjoy a free beer at the finish line. Sounds like an excuse to jump onto the course a block or two from the end.

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