- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 14, 2008


“Don’t screw up. When you have a guy like that yelling at you, you better do what he says.” — U.S. swimmer Ricky Berens on his 4x200 freestyle relay teammates’ reaction to the screaming of Michael Phelps


Brett Favre

From the national list to the local rankings, Brett Favre is in the sights of the Redskins as he makes his first start Saturday with the Jets.

Katie Hoff

Billed as the United States’ “female Phelps,” she has been a disappointment so far, winning a silver and bronze in four events.

Justin Spring

This Olympian, meanwhile, has excelled, sticking his high bar routine to help the men’s gymnasts win bronze.

John Lannan

The rookie of the year campaign starts here. The Nationals need something to rally around, since “winning” no longer seems to be an option.

Tasha Humphrey

Taj McWilliams-Franklin, we barely got to know you. But with Humphrey, a first-round pick out of Georgia, the Mystics got younger.


1. Jair Jurrjens, Atlanta. Has stepped right in and starred for fading dynasty.

2. Geovany Soto, Cubs. Catcher for contending club has 17 homers, .281 BA.

3. John Lannan, Nationals. He has some work to do. Wins would help.

4. Joey Votto, Reds. He will lose votes to more-hyped teammate Jay Bruce.

5. Johnny Cueto, Reds. Strikeouts (129) as hard to ignore as his 5.01 ERA.

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