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JAYS MADE A MISTAKE BY NOT GETTING A PITCHER

COLUMN AS I see 'em:

It's a little early to judge the big Blue Jays trade -- Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff to San Diego for Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar. But as far as I'm concerned, you don't trade a great shortstop and a top-flight power hitter without getting a starting pitcher in return . . .

So Sam Wyche's fine for closing his locker room to a woman was larger than the combined fines of the three New England Patriots who sexually harassed Lisa Olson. Only in the NFL . . .

It's refreshing to see Bob Weiss finally wised up and put Moses Malone on the bench where he belongs. Malone was washed up three years ago, and Atlanta's demise began when the Hawks were foolish enough to sign him as a free agent in 1988 . . .

Maybe the Sabres miss Phil Housley and Scott Arniel, but the last time I looked the Winnipeg Jets were eight games under .500 . . .

If the Red Sox were willing to pay free agent Matt Young more than $2 million a year after his 8-18 season, what do you suppose they'll dish out for Roger Clemens? Start the bidding at $5 million . . .

Did Shane Conlan report yet? . . .

Try not to trample one another running for the box office, but the Soviets are touring the 21 NHL cities again . . .

Derrick Coleman is well on his way to being a star in the NBA. But of course, you knew that all along . . .

There is growing suspicion both baseball expansion franchises could wind up in Florida. Miami, led by Blockbuster Video tycoon Wayne Huizenga, apparently has surpassed St. Petersburg as the No. 1 contender . . .

In other words, news of Bob Rich's financing problems couldn't have surfaced at a more inopportune time . . .

It's become fashionable to trash the Vikings' Herschel Walker, but there are a few supposed Super Bowl contenders who wouldn't mind having him in the backfield . . .

Can someone explain why the Yankees felt it was necessary to give Steve Sax a four-year, $12.4 million deal three years before he was eligible to become a free agent? On the same day they allowed Dave Righetti to get away? . . .

Christian Laettner shot 5 for 22 against Georgetown's front line Wednesday night, again raising the question of whether he can get his shot against quality defensive opposition . . .

Bruce Smith is the most valuable player in the NFL today. And no quarterback, including Joe Montana, is playing better than Jim Kelly. The most remarkable Bills statistic is that they've lost just one fumble in their last eight games. That's a testament to Kelly's concentration, poise and efficiency . . .

When the Clippers raised their record to 9-8 the other night, it was the first time the franchise had been above .500 in December since it was located in Buffalo in 1975 . . .

And in another 15 years or so, maybe St. Bonaventure will climb back over the .500 mark again . . .

George Bell could hit 40 homers and drive in 120 runs playing for the Cubs. Playing on the Wrigley Field grass could add five years to his career. The only problem, of course, is he'll have to field on it, too . . .

How do you suppose the Blue Jays pitchers feel about having Manny Lee behind them at shortstop instead of Fernandez? . . .

Knicks forward Charles Oakley is one-dimensional, overrated, and a whiner. Other than that, I have nothing negative to say about the guy . . .

Maybe, as Daren Puppa suggests, there's no such thing as No. 1 goalie status on the Sabres. But whatever you call it, he's going to have a heck of a time winning it back from Clint Malarchuk . . .

Darryl Talley will be the first in line for a new contract this summer, and it'll be hard to argue with him . . .

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