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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. WEDGE SHOTS

Not only can Eric Wedge manage the Mariners, he also heads a Hall-of-Fame list of golf names. Joining Wedge are relievers J.J. Putz, Aaron Looper and Sean Green; former big-league catcher and manager Birdie Tebbits; former hydro driver Chip Hanauer; ex-quarterback Tee Martin; former linebacker Gerald Irons; and Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver.

2. TRASH TALK

With all those gloves and sticks they leave strewn on the ice, why don't hockey players get five minutes for fighting and two minutes for littering?

3. LEAVE THE CLEATS HOME

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly donned a dress and portrayed Mother Ginger in "The Nutcracker" for his hometown Evansville (Ind.) Ballet. In other words, a tutu pitch.

4. HOT UNDER THE COLLAR

College basketball coaching legend Bob Knight, paying tribute to what he learned from his coach at Ohio State, Fred Taylor: "I don't know what I would have become. I don't think it would have been a minister."

5. THAT'S A ROAD GAME

Stanford and Notre Dame might play a football game in China in 2013? Both just got invited to join the Big Far East.

-- Dwight Perry and Scott Hanson, Seattle Times

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