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Last updated: Tue. Feb. 11, 2014 - 05:13 am EDT


Cheap Shots: Fan crosses line; A-Rod gives up

And what's the deal with the Pistons' quick firing trigger?

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Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart was suspended three games for shoving a Texas Tech fan who yelled derogatory comments at Smart in the final seconds of a game Saturday. The middle-aged fan, Jeff Orr, volunteered to stop attending Texas Tech games the rest of the year, but stopped short of committing to acting like an adult.


New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez dropped his lawsuits against Major League Baseball, commissioner Bud Selig and the players association. So it's one, two, three lawsuits out and he's done for a year's ball games.

Signed, sealed, delivered

A recruiting letter sent to Michael Jordan by North Carolina coach Dean Smith was sold at auction for $27,009. If that seems kind of outrageous to you, imagine how it feels to the guy who bid $27,008.

About that trade...

The Indianapolis Colts have hired former Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski to be a “special assistant” to head coach Chuck Pagano. No word on Chudzinski's duties, but rumor has it he'll be put in charge of explaining what happened to Trent Richardson.

Pelican brief

The New Orleans Pelicans released a "statement" saying their mascot, Pierre the Pelican, will have reconstructive surgery to repair a broken beak. The team earlier said it plans to make the mascot "less scary." Maybe they should have thought of this before they chose the evil name of Pelicans.

You're great! Goodbye!

The Detroit Pistons fired head coach Maurice Cheeks on Sunday, just 50 games into his first season. Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said, “We have great respect for Maurice and appreciate his hard work.” People sure do demonstrate respect and appreciation differently these days.

Improving the Chase?

Did you happen to see where NASCAR is changing the rules for its championship to improve the drama? I still can't believe they're going to make Jimmie Johnson drive backward the last five races.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Reggie Hayes at

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