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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. MOVING TO PLAN B

The lowly Minnesota Timberwolves were happy to grab Derrick Williams of Arizona (above) with their first pick in the NBA draft last week. Their old strategy of taking the best available Syracuse player just wasn't working out.

2. P.R. BLUNDER

Four members of Libya's national soccer team have defected to the rebel forces in that country. It probably wasn't a good idea for them to say upon departing, "We're taking our talents to Benghazi Beach."

3. LET'S TRY UP THERE

America lost to Mexico in the final of men's soccer's Gold Cup, in a game played in Pasadena, Cal. Next time, maybe the U.S. should play in a location where it would be assured of the home-field advantage: Toronto.

4. FILL 'ER UP

Justin Allgaier cost himself a Nationwide Series victory Saturday when he ran out of gas on the final lap. Next time, he's driving a Chevy Cruze Eco to make sure he gets 40 miles to the gallon.

5. NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

The Washington Nationals have drawn some criticism over their choice of a new manager. For example, Marlins' manager Jack McKeon says he can't wait to match wits on the field with the inexperienced Davey Johnson.

-- Budd Bailey

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