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OK, who flashed the steal sign?

A pit bull ran onto the field during a Western Oregon University softball game and yanked the gloves off the Wolves' shortstop and left-fielder, then ran around the field to show off its ill-gotten gains.

Western Oregon had no problems once the dog left, however, beating Simon Fraser, 9-0.

Headlines

-- At TheOnion.com: "If you had 'any member of the Miami Dolphins' as the first pro player to post a negative tweet about Michael Sam's draft, step up and claim your prize."

-- At SportsPickle.com: "Mel Kiper granted 15-minute break before first 10, 2015 mock drafts are due."

Pay up, Mel

"I trademarked the phrase 'best athlete left on the board' before the NFL draft," wrote Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, "and now Mel Kiper Jr. owes me $37 million."

Fact of the Week

Lindenwood, Pittsburg State, Bloomsburg (Pa.), McGill, Maine, Concordia (St. Paul), Northwest Missouri State, Saginaw Valley and Princeton all had players taken in this year's NFL Draft -- but not Texas.

Odd coupling

Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija has a dazzling 1.62 ERA but just a paltry 0-4 record to show for it.

Just think of it as the statistical equivalent of Julia Roberts marrying Lyle Lovett.

Quote marks

-- Elin Nordegren, in her graduation speech at Rollins college, on taking a 'Communication and the Media' course just before her breakup with Tiger Woods turned into a public spectacle: "I probably should have taken more notes in that class."

-- Eric Kolenich of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, after Rangers' pitcher Yu Darvish lost a no-hitter with one out to go for the second year in a row: "Call it deja Yu."

-- Jack Finarelli of SportsCurmudgeon.com, on the multi-day NFL Draft leading to a smattering of second-round mock drafts: "That borders on a human-rights violation."

Top billing

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has asked Pacman Jones to speak to his team about the importance of character.

But forget the topic: The players are raring to go just in case there's a rain delay.

-- The Seattle Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 18, 2014 A1

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