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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. HE'LL SECOND THAT

The White House confirms President Obama, in a phone call to Jeffrey Lurie, praised the Eagles owner for giving a second chance to Michael Vick (above).

Lurie's humble reply: "Mr. President, it's nothing you haven't done for Joe Biden."

2. LOVE THE WAY SHE LIES

R&B singer Rihanna and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp have broken up after close to a year of dating, Us Weekly reported. Rihanna said she's looking for a more normal relationship so she will go back to hanging out with Eminem and Chris Brown.

3. CHECK CLEARS

Sabres prospect Zack Kassian was suspended from the world juniors tournament after a rough check for Team Canada on Tuesday. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't that the hardest hit in HSBC Arena all year?

4. PATTY'S BACK

Patrick Kane was back in action for the Blackhawks after missing eight games with an injury. Kane was in such a good mood, he took a taxi to Tuesday's game and threw a silver dollar into the cabbie's turban.

5. CARDINAL VIRTUES

Stanford hosts UConn on Thursday night, a powerhouse matchup in women's basketball. It will be the largest women's gathering at Stanford since Tiger Woods' fraternity pledge week.

-- Greg Connors

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