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Putting on the dog

University of Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian, trying to fire up his team for Saturday's game at No. 2 LSU, brought a live tiger to practice on Tuesday.

If you thought that was impressive, wait'll U-Dub plays the Miami Hurricanes.

Practice makes perfect, and Mississippi State proved it.

A bunch of Bulldogs got tangled in a multi-player pileup when they tripped over each other running out of the tunnel before Saturday's season opener.

And then MSU ran over Jackson State, 56-9.

Stash the date

St. Louis' NFL home opener on Sept. 16 has been redubbed "Stache Bash," in which ticket-buyers can get a fake walrus mustache in honor of new Rams coach Jeff Fisher.

So what's on tap when the Cardinals come to town, Conrad Dobler Fu Manchus?

Golden boot

In case you've lost count, sports-reference.com reports that Major League Baseball will experience its 500,000th error (since 1876) sometime this month.

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-- Lead singer Bo Biafra of the Dead Schembechlers, via Twitter, on Michigan Heisman Trophy campaign evaporating a 41-14 loss at LSU: "In honor of Denard Robinson, the new Michigan fight song will be 'Hail to the Victims.' "

-- Len Berman of ThatsSports.com, on Savannah State getting paid $385,000 to absorb an 84-0 pounding from Oklahoma State: "Hey, it's a great lesson for economic majors. Take the money and fumble."

-- Comedian Argus Hamilton, on the scheduling breakdown at the new $60 million high-school stadium in football-crazed Allen, Texas: "Half the time it will have football games, and the other half it will have nonreligious events."

Wheel trouble

Aaron (Wheelz) Fotheringham, who set a world wheelchair jumping record with a 50-foot leap at MegaRamp Rio in Brazil on Aug. 25, wasn't quite so lucky on a 70-foot attempt in California a few weeks earlier.

"I didn't quite have the speed I needed on that one," he told ESPN.com. "I knocked my teeth out. Fortunately I had all the pieces, and they just glued my teeth back together again."

-- The Seattle Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 9, 2012 A1

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