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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

THE GAP IS CLOSING

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: "I've always wanted to be able to play golf like Tiger Woods, and now I can. He's terrible."

YOU'RE OUTTA HERE

Major League Baseball has fired arbitrator Shyam Das, who overturned Ryan Braun's drug suspension over the winter. If that idea catches on in the real world, some judges are going to be very nervous in the near future.

GOING, GOING...

The South Atlantic League will stage part of its home run derby on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Yorktown. Those who will be chasing down baseballs will bring new meaning to the phrase "diving catch."

IT DIDN'T HIT BACK

After he was ejected during Monday's loss to the Thunder, the Lakers' Devin Ebanks punched a sideline chair on his way out. Sounds like he's learned something from the example set by the Knicks' Amare Stoudemire.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon after Baltimore's Nick Johnson hit reliever Joel Peralta's pitch into the right-field bleachers: "I felt really good about Joel right there. With two strikes, I did not see that one coming. That was kind of out of left field. Out of right field, actually."

-- News staff & wire services