Best bets

BEST BETS

February 03, 2006|By SIMMI BUTTAR

Baseball

Babe Ruth Celebration

Where -- Babe Ruth Museum

When -- Tonight, 5:30-8

What now? -- What better way to honor the national pastime's greatest player than by attending the 111th Babe Ruth birthday party? Broadcasters Johnny Holliday and Jim Hunter and Ravens offensive lineman Edwin Mulitalo are among those scheduled to attend. Tickets are $35 each and $40 at the door. Call 410-727-1539, ext. 3013, for tickets. And tomorrow at 1 p.m., baseball historian Bill Jenkinson will hold a discussion on Ruth that will feature three of his bats on display for the first time. This event is free with paid admission to the museum.

Online -- baberuthmuseum.com

Hockey

Maple Leafs@Capitals

Where -- MCI Center, Washington

When -- Tonight, 7

What now? -- The Capitals are coming off a 5-3 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday minus their star rookie Alexander Ovechkin, who is tied for second in the NHL with 34 goals. Ovechkin has been dealing with a strained groin, but is expected to return for tonight's game against the reeling Maple Leafs. Ovechkin was recently named the league's Offensive Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month for January. It's the first time in more than 10 years that a player has won both awards in the same month. Tickets start at $10, but there is also a deal where you get a ticket, hot dog, soda, chips and an Ovechkin T-shirt for $30.

Online -- washingtoncaps.com

Pro soccer

Cougars@Blast

Where -- 1st Mariner Arena

When -- Tonight, 7:35

What now? -- The third-place Blast will spend this weekend at home for a pair of games. After Sunday's 11-5 loss to the Wave, the Blast gets a chance to get even tomorrow night against the first-place Wave. But before that matchup, the team faces the last-place Cougars tonight. Tickets range from $17 to $20 and are available at 410-73-BLAST or at ticketmaster.com.

Online -- baltimoreblast.com

Pro basketball

Hawks@Wizards

Where -- MCI Center, Washington

When -- Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

What now? -- The Wizards missed a chance to reach .500 in Wednesday's loss to the Raptors. They get another chance to get back within a game of the break-even mark against the lowly Hawks. The Wizards, who have won eight of their past 12 games, are in the middle of a stretch of playing seven of eight games at home. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased from Ticketmaster.

Online -- washingtonwizards.com

Running

Super Bowl Trail Run

Where -- Cromwell Valley Park

When -- Sunday, 9 a.m.

What now? -- Before you hit that Super Bowl party, you can do your best Jerome Bettis imitation by participating in the Super Bowl Trail Race. Race day registration, which costs $6, begins at 8:15. The race will be 5 or 10 miles. There is a 5-mile loop. You can run it twice if you're feeling adventurous.

Online -- brrc.com

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