- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 25, 2009

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TV

The Nationals wrap up their series against Boston. John Smoltz makes his Red Sox debut. 7 p.m., MASN

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

MANNY ACTA

The right move for the dysfunctional ownership group is to keep the Nationals’ skipper around for a long time.

RANDY FOYE

The 6-foot-4 guard acquired from Minnesota will be a perfect fit for the Wizards if he’s willing to play a distributor role.

TIGER WOODS

In the pro-am next week at Congressional, he’s playing with Tony Romo. What’s next, adding Sidney Crosby to the group?

RYAN ZIMMERMAN

Since June 9, the Nationals’ third baseman has seen his average fall from .323 to .297 thanks to a 9-for-50 slump.

CLINTON PORTIS

He rebutted an online report that he has no respect for Redskins coach Jim Zorn. We’re not buying that yet.

TWT FIVE NHL TOP-PICK BUSTS

1. Patrik Stefan (Atlanta, 1999) — Failed to crack 70 career goals, but aside from the Sedin twins most of this first round never became NHL regulars.

2. Alexandre Daigle (Ottawa, 1993) — Scored 129 goals in 616 career games. The Senators passed on Chris Pronger, Paul Kariya and Jason Arnott.

3. Eric Lindros (Quebec, 1991) — The Nordiques laid the foundation for a Cup champion by dealing No. 88 to the Flyers. Concussions sidetracked Lindros’ career.

4. Joe Murphy (Detroit, 1986) — The Red Wings could have picked Brian Leetch, who went No. 9 to the Rangers.

5. Brian Lawton (Minnesota, 1983) — Players selected in top 10 after Lawton: Pat LaFontaine, Steve Yzerman, Tom Barrasso and Cam Neely.

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