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Posted on Tue. Aug. 12, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT


Cheap Shots: The 'Pandas Friend' formerly known as Artest

Meanwhile, McIlroy proves golf is a single man's game

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Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, is headed to China to continue his pro basketball career and says he's changing his name to The Pandas Friend. Apparently, apostrophes are just too expensive.

If he ends up returning to the NBA, the logical progression would be to assume one final name: Metta Panda Peace.

Goodbye girlfriend, hello birdies

Rory McIlroy won his second straight golf major at the PGA Championship, a continuation of his escalating play. The only downside to McIlroy's play is the dangerous assumption by young men everywhere that breaking up with your girlfriend will help your golf game. Key point: You must already be good at golf for that to work.

Stick to selfies

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says photos of him with two women in suggestive poses were “misrepresented” photos taken five years ago. I'd have to agree. You can definitely tell by the photos Jones and the women were probably engaged in meaningful philosophical discussions about life.

Rex in midseason form

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says it's possible he might use Michael Vick as a change-of-pace quarterback in place of starter Geno Smith, depending on the situation. Remember, it's not officially NFL season until Rex Ryan starts a quarterback controversy.

At least it's a fast-paced sport

There were two 19-inning games in two days in Major League Baseball, with the Angels beating the Red Sox and the Blue Jays beating the Tigers. Fans of all four teams were still disappointed neither game reached the 21st inning stretch.

Anger mismanagement

Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey was kicked out of a public practice after fighting with running back Karlos Williams, shoving wide receiver Kermit Whitfield in the back, hitting tight end Ryan Izzo during a non-tackling drill and knocking Williams into the legs of quarterback Jameis Winston. Couldn't they have just given him a Snickers?

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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