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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

'BOSTON' TEA PARTIES

The so-called "tea party" activists have started a cross-country bus tour. They'll be stopping at a variety of locations and putting on demonstrations to protest excessive spending.

Reporters who attended the initial protests noted that none of the participants were wearing Yankee caps or jackets.

PLAYING CATCH

The fate of the Los Angeles Dodgers may be hanging in a California courtroom, as Dodgers' owner Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie are going through a messy divorce proceeding.

It didn't take long for the proceedings to turn ugly. Both sides have demanded custody of Manny Ramirez's hair.

AN OLYMPIC TOUCH?

The NCAA may reopen the bidding for the television rights to the NCAA men's basketball tournament, which could include a 96-team field.

Sources at NBC said that if it wins the bidding, Bob Costas would be used to deliver the results of the games called "March Madness" . . . sometime in late April.

SWEATING IT OUT

West Virginia upset Kentucky in the East Regional final to advance to the second Final Four in the school's history.

To celebrate, WVU coach Bob Huggins has decided to upgrade his sideline wardrobe in Indianapolis. His sweatsuit will be a Versace original.

WALKING WOUNDED

Last week, President Obama signed into law legislation that will prevent health insurance companies from not covering those with pre-existing conditions.

In a related story, the New York Mets announced the signing of Pedro Martinez, Carlos Delgado, Robin Ventura, Vince Coleman and Jon Matlack.

-- Budd Bailey

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