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Last updated: Tue. Jul. 22, 2014 - 12:43 am EDT


Cheap Shots: Stephenson's ear-blowing much ado about sweet nothing?

Meanwhile, Cavaliers wait to see what number to put on overpriced replica jerseys

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Former Indiana Pacers player Lance Stephenson says he shouldn't be known only as the guy who blew in LeBron James' ear. He's right. That one moment should not overshadow the time he cuffed James under the chin, or legitimate statistics from last season, such as 17 technical fouls.

How about 8675309?

James is undecided whether to wear No.6 or No.23 in his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He sent out a tweet last week asking fans for their input. He should probably stay away from a number so associated with an iconic player. After all, Julius Erving will always be No.6.

More fans than a Tampa Bay Rays game

A crowd of 22,000 turned out at Safeco Field in Seattle for Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's charity softball game. Among those who played: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, NBA star Kobe Bryant and musician Macklemore. Sherman could draw more fans next year if he can persuade Michael Crabtree to show up and pitch a fit.

Future Cubs theory

ESPN baseball analyst Keith Law lists Kris Bryant, a Triple-A player in the Chicago Cubs organization, as the top minor-league prospect in the game today. I can only imagine how great Bryant will be five years from now when the Cubs trade him to the Red Sox for a couple pitchers who blow out their arms.

Don't be fooled by fake pretend character

Speaking of the Cubs, the team has filed a lawsuit against a fake mascot involved in a bar fight near Wrigley Field. The fake mascot has hurt the reputation of the real mascot, Clark the Cub, who better represents the team because he doesn't hit at all.

See you in 2015

Andrew Bynum is considering sitting out the next NBA season in order to undergo a non-surgical knee procedure to grow new cartilage. This is bad news for Bynum, but good news for the team whose chemistry he would have disrupted next.

Imagine that

University of Memphis men's basketball coach Josh Pastner has hired high school coach Keelon Lawson to be one of his assistants. Lawson is the father of three elite upcoming recruits. I'll bet Pastner can't believe his luck at such an unbelievable coincidence.

Rock on Buffalo!

The prospective ownership group led by rock star Jon Bon Jovi says it is committed to keeping the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo if it acquires the team. That's smart. If Bon Jovi buys the team, then moves it, fans will be shot through the heart, and he'll be blamed.

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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