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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. GROWING UP

Former Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington described the act of keeping children from playing football as "sissification." Sociologists immediately concluded that the word made Arrington come off like a brainy middle-schooler.

2. ONLY THE LONELY

Bears' QB Jay Cutler says teammate Matt Forte is "feeling lonely" during his current contract holdout. You'd think someone with a $7.7 million contract offer from the team on the table would have friends appear out of nowhere.

3. WE HATED THOSE GUYS

The state of Missouri is thinking about allowing the sale of license plates that feature the Kansas University logo. That's sure to add fuel to a fierce athletic rivalry that ended when Missouri jumped out of the Big 12 Conference this winter.

4. ONE AND DONE

Pitcher Brad Penny has gotten his release from the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League after only one game. Guess he didn't turn in a "quality start."

5. WHERE TO, BOSS?

More than 400 Spanish soccer fans missed their team's match in Bucharest, Romania, because they had gone to Budapest, Hungary -- hundreds of miles away. Next up for the confused group: a trip to Madison Square Garden in New York to see Josh Hamilton and the Rangers.

-- Budd Bailey