- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 25, 2009

SHE SAID WHAT?

“People have seen a different side of me here. I can’t tell you how fun this has been.” — Michelle Wie after going 3-0-1 in her Solheim Cup debut to lead the United States to a 16-12 victory over Europe

TAKE YOUR PICK WHO WILL BE THE NFL’S TOP ROOKIE?

Quarterback Matthew Stafford, Lions — Stafford is blessed with a cannon, but even if he unseats Daunte Culpepper as the starter, the Lions’ offensive line is too weak to give him time to show it off.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez, Jets — He could beat out Kellen Clemens as the starter, but how will the former Southern Cal standout react to the inevitably short honeymoon with New York fans and media members?

Tackle Jason Smith, Rams — The safe pick of the group, the 6-foot-5, 306-pound rookie from Baylor was handed a starting job when the Rams released perennial Pro Bowl player Orlando Pace.

Linebacker Brian Orakpo, Redskins — Six tackles in two preseason games for the 6-4, 260-pound mauler from Texas, who played defensive end in college.

Running back Knowshon Moreno, Broncos — The rookie from Georgia won’t be buried on the depth chart for long. He could be this season’s answer to Adrian Peterson’s rookie explosion.

Our take — While skill-position players earn most of the draft hype, this class eventually will be remembered for its defensive players (Orakpo, Seattle’s Aaron Curry, Denver’s Robert Ayers and New Orleans’ Malcolm Jenkins) and offensive linemen (Jason Smith and Cincinnati’s Andre Smith). Don’t be surprised if Orakpo’s quickness and explosion gives a massive injection of pass-rushing prowess to a Redskins defense that had just 24 sacks last season.

TWT FIVE BEST SINCE THE ALL-STAR BREAK

Team Record Position

Yankees 27-9 (.750) First, AL East

Angels 25-11 (.694) First, AL West

Phillies 23-12 (.657) First, NL East

Cardinals 23-12 (.657) First, NL Central

Rockies 23-13 (.639) First, NL wild card

Braves 23-13 (.639) Third, NL wild card

Records through Sunday

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