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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. ROY HOBBS RETURNS

Robert Redford (above) will throw out the first pitch for the Cubs' Opening Day on Friday. Is he up for the job? Buffalonians will tell you first hand that he's a natural.

2. SCORE IT A TKO

North Carolina had a 40-15 lead over Marquette at halftime in Friday's NCAA basketball game. It was so one-sided that seven boxing referees sprinted out of the stands to stop the beating.

3. ONE LAST MOVE?

Bill Parcells is set to host his own 90-minute special on ESPN, "Bill Parcells' Draft Confidential," the week before the NFL draft in late April. However, Parcells may decide to jump to Fox Sports by then, so check your local listings for the exact time and channel.

4. HERE WE GO AGAIN

The NFL reportedly says it has the right to use replacement players if the lockout continues. Willie Totten and Todd Schlopy, veterans of the 1987 Bills' strike-breaker games, immediately started working out in hopes of getting more pension time in.

5. PLAYING DEFENSE

Sacramento mayor and former NBA guard Kevin Johnson has been trying to prevent the Kings from moving to Anaheim. It's the first time that Johnson has tried to stop a fast break instead of leading one.

-- Budd Bailey

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