Sunday, July 18, 2004

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Seattle SuperSonics center Vitaly Potapenko was arrested last week after a run-in with police outside a Miami nightclub.

Potapenko was denied entry to a nightclub because he was "unsteady on his feet, swaying back and forth, slurring his words and smelling of alcohol," according to a police report.

The Sonics acquired Potapenko in a July 2002 trade for Vin Baker of all people. Score one for irony.


Olympic organizers suffered their most embarrassing setback Monday. As Greece's transport minister, Mihailis Liapis, was triumphantly escorting journalists on a new train from the airport to the city center, Athens was hit by its worst power outage in a decade, stopping the train and most of the city.


Florida Today reported this week on Olympic table tennis sensation, 17-year-old Whitney Ping - yes, as in ping-pong.

Twenty-six days to Athens. Headline writers of America, start your puns.

Can't stand the heat

The Arizona Cardinals ended their offseason workouts a week early Tuesday after a group of players complained to the union that the team had violated league rules by working players too hard.

The behavior was considered odd, especially since the Cardinals customarily wait until at least midseason to quit.

$6-million men

A few NBA free agent and offer sheet signings this week:

• Hedo Turkoglu: six years, $38 million;

• Marquis Daniels: five years, $30.625 million;

• Etan Thomas: six years, $36 million;

• Adonal Foyle: six years, $42 million.

And not one of these players averaged double figures in any category last season. Wrap your head around that.

Da wrath

Mike Ditka's unsolicited comments on gay marriage, as reported this week in the Chicago Tribune:

"What's the matter with right and wrong? Talk about right and wrong. It's either right or wrong. There's no in-between. And I'm not going to change, and you're not going to change me, no matter if some judge in the state of Massachusetts or the Supreme Court says it's right. It's not right. Wrong is wrong."

Mike Ditka against gay marriage? Go figure.

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