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- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 9, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

"On a scale of one to 10, this guy's a 500." -- a major league executive on Roy Halladay

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

Tiger Woods

Interviewing himself after winning the AT&T National was a pretty cool (and funny) thing to do.

Alex Ovechkin

The Capitals star signed on as official ambassador for the 2014 Sochi Games. Let the five-year countdown begin.

Barack Obama

The Nationals? Ha. He'll throw out the first pitch at the All-Star Game in St. Louis before doing it at Nationals Park.

Nyjer Morgan

It was nice to know you, Lastings Milledge, but the Nationals got their answer in center field in Morgan.

Oguchi Onyewu

The D.C. native just signed to play with A.C. Milan. He's one of an elite few Americans to play in Italy's top league.

TWT FIVE RICHES TO RAGS

In light of Lenny Dykstra filing for bankruptcy, here's a look at other athletes who went broke... or close to it:

1. Mike Tyson -- He earned more than $300 million, then at one point was worth $700. That takes work.

2. George Best -- "I spent a lot of money on booze, [women] and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."

3. Michael Vick -- His money problems started before he pleaded guilty in the dogfighting case -- that just made it worse.

4. Latrell Sprewell -- The man who once complained about having to feed his family made almost $100 million before having his house foreclosed on and yacht repossessed.

5. Joe Louis -- Thanks to failed investments and a huge tax bill, he died virtually penniless in 1981.