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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. BRAVES' NEW WORLD

Remember "Spahn and Sain, and pray for rain" with 1940s Braves?

For the 2011 Mariners, it's starting to look like Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda, and pray for a tornada.

2. PULLING A FAST ONE

Olympic sprint icon Carl Lewis is running again, this time for a New Jersey Senate seat.

Coincidence? The opposing-candidate search has been winnowed down to three finalists, all named Ben Johnson.

3. PAGING GILBERT SULLIVAN

If Maria Sharapova needs a theme song for her tennis grunting, RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com has a ready suggestion: "A Groan Again, Naturally."

If the Dodgers get divvied up 50-50 in the McCourt divorce settlement, do their scores go down in the books as split-squad games?

4. ON ICE FOR 2 GAMES

The NHL recently suspended Anaheim Ducks star Bobby Ryan for two playoff games for stomping on an opponent's foot during a game.

Or as it's known in hockey circles, a cheap skate.

5. EAST VS. WEST

And you wonder why American schoolkids have problems with geography?

As Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun asked: "How come Detroit and Chicago play in the Western Conference of the NHL and in the Eastern Conference of the NBA?"

-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times

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