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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. PAGING MORE BULLS

Former University at Buffalo standout James Starks was a surprise star for the Packers in their playoff win over the Eagles on Sunday. There's no word on whether Green Bay has inquired about signing Drew Willy for this week's game in Atlanta.

2. AFTER FURTHER REVIEW...

Football statisticians have been pouring over scoresheets for two days. They've concluded that Marshawn Lynch broke more tackles during his 67-yard touchdown run Saturday than he did for his entire career as a Buffalo Bill.

3. SILENCE IS GOLDEN

The translator for North Korea's national soccer team refused to talk about his team or country when questioned by the media at the Asian Cup in Qatar. After the session, he was immediately offered a public relations job by Patriots' coach Bill Belichick.

4. GET OUT THE CHECKBOOK

Farmers Insurance is willing to pay $400 million over 20 years for the naming rights to a proposed stadium in Los Angeles. Imagine what it would pay for the chance to name a facility with an actual NFL team.

5. NO PLACE LIKE NEWARK

Carmelo Anthony is in the middle of talk of a possible 15-person trade between the Nuggets, Nets and Pistons. It's believed to be one of the few times in NBA history that a player has been anxious to be traded to New Jersey.

-- Budd Bailey

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