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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. BOYS OF SLUMMER

There's no shortage of new nicknames for the Los Angeles Dodgers, bleeding cash so badly that owner Frank McCourt (above) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday. A couple comedy writers' offerings: "Credit Dodgers" (Alex Kaseberg), "Big Red Machine" (Jerry Perisho).

2. SHOOTING 85 PERCENT

"17 of 20" is: a) The counts ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty of. b) A bad night at the foul line for Dirk Nowitzki.

3. THAT'S SNOW BIZ

Snippet from the introductory news conference of Cleveland Cavaliers draftee Tristan Thompson: Q: "How will you deal with the winter here?" A: "Ah, I'm from Toronto."

4. NO ONE-AND-DONE

Kentucky's John Calipari will coach basketball through 2018-19 after school officials added two years to his existing agreement. Hey, it was either that or vacate his original contract.

5. MORNING PERSON

Whitey Herzog, 79, to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, not about to join the fad of recycled geezer managers: "There's too much stuff you have to put up with these days. But if they could guarantee me that every game would be played at 10 a.m. I'd manage for free."

-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times

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