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First Down

- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 5, 2009

THURSDAY'S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

It's an NBA Finals rematch as the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Boston Celtics. 8 p.m., TNT

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS " WHO'S GENERATING BUZZ IN THE D.C. AREA?

Gary Williams

He got the dreaded vote of confidence from athletic director Debbie Yow right before a 17-point loss.

Ed Tapscott

It's starting to look like that "interim" tag will come off along with the "coach" title.

Mike Green

The NHL's top-scoring defenseman has played himself into Norris Trophy consideration.

Eric Fehr

Chris Clark's injury should give Fehr more opportunities to skate and score for the Caps.

Jelani Jenkins

The area's best prep football player has a shot at a national title after signing with the Florida Gators.

TWT FIVE " REMAINING MLB FREE AGENTS

1. Manny Ramirez - Be it one or two years, Manny is likely to give a team the most bang for its buck from this group.

2. Adam Dunn - Dunn is a younger but more mistake-prone slugger.

3. Ben Sheets - Age (30) earns him this spot over Pedro Martinez (37).

4. Orlando Hudson - Three Gold Gloves and he continues to improve at the plate.

5. Andruw Jones - He's a huge gamble but one that could pay off if he's in shape.