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Golf headlines

-- In the Palm Springs (Calif.) Desert Sun, after Lindsey Vonn's former husband sarcastically tweeted about Tiger Woods' improper drop: "Ex narcs the spot."

-- At SportsPickle.com: "Man who calls in golf rules violations reportedly not much fun at parties."

Jon Gruden has the morning line on this year's NFL draft: It's Alabama's

"Who really jumps at me is the offensive line, period," said ESPN's Jon Gruden. "(Barrett) Jones, the centre. The left guard, (Chance) Warmack is a heck of a player. (D.J.) Fluker at right tackle.

"I'm starting to think that Mel Kiper could have run for 750 yards at Alabama."

No-hit wonder

The Class A Florida State League fined and suspended Jorge Soler for five games after he rushed the opposing dugout brandishing a bat.

"The punishment could have been worse," reasoned Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com, "but since he was a member of the Cubs' organization, baseball officials figured he actually wouldn't hit anything."

Sign and go

Kevin McGuff, the Washington women's basketball coach, bolted the Huskies for Ohio State -- barely one month after agreeing to a contract extension through 2020.

Which automatically puts him on the watch list for the Steve Alford Award.

Class is in session

"The movie 42 is out," noted comedy writer Alex Kaseberg. "It is a movie about Jackie Robinson, so it is about class, courage, grace and dignity. Or as it is also known: 'The Not Alex Rodriguez Story.'"

Ducked that one

Oregon has acknowledged major NCAA violations in connection with football recruiting.

But the Ducks apparently escaped the much more serious charges -- lack of institutional control and bad fashion sense.

Quote marks

-- Marlins president David Samson, to HBO's "Real Sports," to Miami fans feeling cheated after the team gutted the roster upon getting a publicly funded stadium built: "Just because we got divorced doesn't mean we were lying on our wedding day."

-- Hall of Famer Julius Erving, saying the 76ers need to open their wallet for free agency: "Washington and Lincoln can't play the corners for you, but they can get somebody that can."

-- Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post, on Flower Seed Packet Night at Yankee Stadium: "Special guests for the evening ... Ted Lilly, Pete Rose and Buster Posey."

-- Trevor Immelman, to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, refusing to nit-pick after shooting a 68, then a 75, at the Masters: "If I had to sit here and second-guess every shot over my 13-year career, I probably would be in a mental institution."

-- The Seattle Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 21, 2013 A1

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