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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. WHAT A MEANIE

Former Patriots player Willie McGinest charged ex-teammate Wes Welker with having a "diva attitude." Welker issued a denial through his team of publcists, and then spent the rest of the day pouting in his dressing room.

2. ANOTHER TRADITION

The upcoming Madden 13 video football game is said to come complete with a virtual Jim Nantz. Does the game include virtual plugs for Masters coverage on CBS?

3. SMOKING BAN LIFTED

A study reports that NHL teams that wear dark jerseys are called for more penalties than teams who wear white jerseys. Lindy Ruff is planning a bonfire of blue jerseys on the First Niagara Center patio as we speak.

4. I'LL TAKE A DROP

An alligator popped up on the 18th fairway of the Zurich Classic in New Orleans on Saturday. Many golfers noted that there are few hazards on the PGA Tour that come with teeth.

5. QUITE A TRANSFORMATION

The Los Angeles Clippers came from 27 points back to beat the Grizzlies on Sunday night. Think of it this way -- at the start of the game they played like the Clippers; at the end of the game they played like the Buffalo Braves.

-- Budd Bailey