First Down: Top five Nationals prospects

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HE SAID WHAT?

“After all those years of not being able to hit him, do I want to hit him? Of course I want to hit him.” - Packers linebacker Nick Barnett on former teammate Brett Favre

NATIONAL NEWSMAKERS ” WHO’S MAKING HEADLINES THIS WEEK

Brett Favre

OK, this time he’s really back. He practiced. His jersey’s on sale in the Vikings team store. And he’s starting for Minnesota on Friday.

Scott Boras

Including Stephen Strasburg, baseball’s superagent completed deals for five first-round clients Monday before the deadline.

Twitter

The most frightening force in sports. Just ask the SEC, the NFL, Stephon Marbury, Lance Armstrong and, of course, the Redskins.

Usain Bolt

The sprinter thinks he can shave even more time off of his cartoon-like world record in the 100-meter dash; he’s aiming for 9.4.

Tom Cable

Keeping the tradition of wackiness alive, the Raiders coach apparently punched an assistant coach in the face. Naturally.

TWT FIVE ” TOP NATIONALS PROSPECTS

1. Stephen Strasburg - He zooms to the top of the class after signing even if he doesn’t throw a pitch this season.

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