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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

JUST WONDERING

So what do you tell NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski for good luck before his next race -- break the other leg?

Think the next barbershop calendar ought to feature A-Rod playing poker with the dogs?

Shouldn't Penn State do the right thing and check out Joe Paterno some hip and shoulder pads?

BULLISH ON PATS FANS

Receiver Chad Ochocinco, announcing he wants to live with a Patriots fan for a few weeks until he gets acclimated to his new city, says he isn't worried he might land with a crazy one. As he told ESPN.com: "I rode a bull."

VOTING ABSENTEE

Simply out of habit, you'd assume, the Big 12 asked Colorado soccer coach Bill Hempen if he wanted to nominate any of his players for preseason All-Big 12 honors. Just one problem: The Buffs are now in the Pac-12. "As much as we miss the Big 12," Hempen told the Denver Post, "I doubt if any of our players would get any votes."

MAIL DEMOGRAPHIC

The first of four baseball greats to be honored on a U.S. forever stamp: Joe DiMaggio. Or as the stamp is now known in postal circles, The Yankee Shipper.

NINETY-EIGHT WITH A BELT

We're talking 98-year-old choppers here, and we don't mean false teeth. Keiko Fukuda became the first woman -- and only the 16th person ever -- to achieve a 10th-degree black belt in judo, her hometown San Francisco Chronicle reported. She began her quest in 1935.

-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times

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