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Shouldn't this have happened on Dec. 24?

A flying deer hit a woman jogger alongside a road in Ashburn, Va., last week, after a car struck the jaywalking Bambi and sent it airborne into her, D.C.'s WTTG-TV reported.

Headlines

-- In TWO New York papers -- the Daily News and Post -- after the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury for $153 million: "Ellsbury Dough Boy."

-- At Fark.com: "Red Sox sign Mike Napoli's beard to a new two-year, $32 million deal."

Turn up the heat

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Razorbacks' new basketball practice facility, noted "Some people said they were sure hell would freeze over before we got this facility."

Which might explain why it was 15 degrees outside that day.

Loose Lips Dept.

The top three placers in BleacherReport.com's rankings of athletes who talk too much:

3) Alex Rodriguez

2) Robert Griffin III

1) Lance Armstrong

Gold rush

One of Jesse Owens' four gold medals from the 1936 Olympics sold at auction for a record $1.47 million.

In other words, there's gold in that thar gold.

Talking the talk

-- Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft, to ESPN.com, after a roommate revealed he's addicted to ice cream: "It's true. If I could eat ice cream every day and at every meal, I would. But it's sort of frowned upon in society."

-- Joe Bryant of FootballGuys.com, after LeSean McCoy rushed for an Eagles-record 217 yards in a blizzard against the Lions: "McCoy was clearly fitted with snow tires before this one."

-- Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on Western Michigan's 1-11 football team: "The season highlight film will be shown Tuesday from 7 to 7:01 p.m."

-- Hall of Fame tight end Mike Ditka, to ESPN.com, on finally getting his No. 89 jersey retired by the Bears at age 74: "It's been a hell of a run. The train is slowing down, but I'm glad to still be on it."

Big D-minus

Until further notice, they're the Allas Cowboys until they locate their missing D.

Bad play selection

Carrie Underwood starred last week in NBC's live broadcast of the Sound of Music.

Seeing as the Jets played the Raiders on Sunday, shouldn't it have been Heidi?

-- The Seattle Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 15, 2013 A1

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