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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

IT'S A DO-OVER

The Maple Leafs placed a note of apology for their poor season on the team's website, saying, "We have fallen short of everyone's expectations, and for that we are sorry." Think they just copied the message posted for the last six years?

ART COPIES LIFE

Two players exchanged punches during the ceremonial opening faceoff at a Central Hockey League playoff game. Screenwriters asked for details so that they could get to work on "Slap Shot 3."

STROKES OF GENIUS

A Florida high school athletic director faces fraud charges for receiving money for coaching a school swim team that doesn't exist. The school board became suspicious when the man also asked for money for coaching the boys' field hockey team.

HE'S SMOOTH

The Indians have signed catcher Carlos Santana to a five-year, $21 million contract extension. The only complication came when an Indians representative told Santana, "You've got to change your evil ways baby."

WHAT WENT WRONG?

NFL Magazine is going out of business after publishing four issues. The company's executives are still stunned that the Aaron Maybin cover story didn't sell many copies.

-- Budd Bailey