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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. FIRING LINE

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati will meet with U.S. coach Bob Bradley (above) in the near future to talk about Bradley's future. If Gulati decides to switch coaches after a respectable Cup run, he may change his last name to Steinbrenner.

2. TRANSLATIONS NEEDED

World Cup officials won't say if replay is part of the sport's future after a couple of embarrassing mistakes were made in this year's tournament. However, referees are being taught how to say "After further review, the play stands" in two dozen different languages.

3. WAKE-UP CALL

A week after playing the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon, Nicolas Mahut has landed a wild-card spot in an event in Newport, R.I. Officials woke him up from a four-day nap to tell him the good news.

4. HOW CAN HE DO THAT?

Frewsburg High School pitcher Asa Johnson is the area's baseball player of the year after going 9-0 with 110 strikeouts and 14 walks. Stephen Strasburg called Johnson to ask him how in the world a pitcher could put up such spectacular statistics.

5. WE'RE NOT SO TOUGH

The Sun in England ran this front-page headline about that nation's World Cup loss: "YOU LET YOUR COUNTRY DOWN." The next time a Bill or Sabre complains about the tough media coverage in Buffalo, we're showing him that one.

-- Budd Bailey

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