- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 23, 2008

TODAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

The battle for first place in the National League East continues as the Mets host the Phillies. 7 p.m., ESPN

NEWSMAKERS

Jason Taylor

One minute he’s setting up his Miami locker, the next he’s on the way to Washington. All on the first day of camp.

Greg Norman

True to form, the Shark lost that last-round lead at the British Open. But he still stole the show.

Brett Favre

It’s official — he’s on the trading block. But he also just lost a suitor in D.C. Maybe Baltimore beckons?

Cristiano Ronaldo

Soccer star is either headed to Real Madrid or sticking with Manchester United, though “only God knows” the future, he says.

Danica Patrick

She may never win another race, but she gets many thumbs up for getting in trackside spats.

TWT FIVE: PROBLEMS WITH THE NEW ESPN 980

1. Baltimore Orioles — Thanks to the merger, we’re stuck with Orioles games with no other evening sports talk options.

2. Noon to 4 p.m. — Two unlistenable talk shows, back to back. It’s enough to make you miss Jim Rome.

3. Lack of variety — No more choices between local content, ESPN, Fox or games.

4. Phoning it in — Doc Walker’s first day on the new 980 format? He was on the phone. John Thompson does it all the time. It makes awful radio even worse.

5. Morning drive — All we’ve got is Mike & Mike and the Junkies, the latter being the only local option.

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