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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. NBA ALL-SCARS

The Rockets' Yao Ming (above) leads the NBA All-Star voting among Western Conference centers despite likely being sidelined for a second straight season. So who's second, Greg Oden?

2. THE BARS SCENE

There's a punk band in Quebec called Les Dales Hawerchuk, and their Hockey Hall of Fame namesake even met them once. "They seemed like good kids," Hawerchuk told the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. "They asked me if they could use my name for the band and I told them, 'As long as you stay out of jail, go ahead.' "

3. DOG-GONE

Uga VIII, Georgia's English bulldog mascot, had to miss Friday's Liberty Bowl with an undisclosed ailment. Though speculation centered on a lowered-leg injury.

4. PASSING BLOW

Titans defensive end William Hayes got an unusual concussion standing on the sideline last Sunday -- when teammate Kerry Collins' overthrown pass conked him on the head. Trainers knew something was amiss when Hayes got up and tried to charge the mound.

5. PLUG YOUR EARS

The worst song of 2010, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, is: A.) "Baby," by Justin Bieber; B.) The cover of USC's "Tribute To Troy," by the Pretoria Vuvuzela Band.

-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times