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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. KEEPING AN EYE OUT

Sabres prospect Zack Kassian (above) is under scrutiny for his play in the World Junior hockey tournament. In fact, he's already been added to a list of draft prospects by Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.

2. FROZEN TUNDRA

Field conditions in Thursday's Pinstripe Bowl quickly deteriorated as the field froze. Citing a need for experience in such conditions -- Syracuse coach Doug Marrone tried to sneak Sidney Crosby into his lineup for the second half.

3. UNPLAYABLE LIES

The forecast is for 53 degrees and rain Saturday in Pittsburgh, where the NHL's Winter Classic is being played. The league is thinking about declaring winter rules where players get a free lift of the puck out of casual water.

4. COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS

What does the last day of 2010 signify to baseball fans? It means it's six weeks until pitchers and catchers report and the Yankees resume overpaying Derek Jeter.

5. A LIVING LEGEND

New Zealand golf champion Bob Charles has been awarded the Order of New Zealand, a group limited to 20 living citizens of that country. Charles said the honor was "a left-handed compliment."

-- Budd Bailey and Greg Connors

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