Sports Lite

Happy holidays, everyone. God bless Mr. Scrooge and God bless Tiny Tim Lincecum. …

News flash: Yankees GM Brian Cashman says he’s incensed by Cliff Lee’s decision to sign with the Phillies, calling it bad for checkbook baseball. …Lee, by the way, got $120 million over five years, moving him ahead of Cher’s plastic surgeon on the list of America’s highest-paid employees. …

The Lions won a roadie the other day at Tampa. I only mention it because, the last time they won a game away from Detroit, the parking lot was filled with chariots. …

I see where Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said on Twitter that the U of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium field was “unplayable’’ for Monday night’s game. Interesting. Well, it would be interesting if anyone cared what punters had to say. …

The UConn women won their 88th straight game the other day, tying UCLA’s men’s team for the longest ever in college hoops. Apparently, UConn coach Geno Auriemma celebrated by sucking on a lemon. …Auriemma, in case you missed it, says nobody would care if UConn had tied a women’s record, not one set by John Wooden’s Bruins. Actually, truth be told, I still don’t care. …

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Lee's signing with Philly is bad for checkbook baseball, the Fridge is not bitter in Maryland while Auriemma is.

The University of Maryland announced that football coach Ralph Friedgen is retiring after a decade on the job. Retiring? They should have had Donald Trump yell out the announcement. …Believe it or not, Friedgen isn’t bitter about being forced out. He says it will give him more time to devote to his family and his first salad. …

The U of Tennessee hoops team started 7-0 before losing back-to-back games to Oakland and Charlotte. Asked how his team could have lost to such lesser lights, Vols coach Bruce Pearl said he didn’t know anything about any party with recruits at his house. …

Bad news for the Raiders. They beat the Broncos Sunday, but afterward Tim Tebow bypassed the water and changed the loss to a win. …

The Brewers acquired former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke from the Royals. Great. Just what people in Wisconsin needed, another excuse to drink in the middle of December. …

The Knicks were tied late in the game with the Cavs Saturday night and Mike D’Antoni drew up a play for Carmelo Anthony. …

Talk about a strange way to forfeit a game. The Magic traded half their roster away on Saturday. The other half went to Disneyworld. …

People in Minnesota apparently are upset about the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell.’’ Now they have to let everyone know  what the Vikings’ record is. …

Word out of Denver is that John Elway is rejoining the Broncos. For the life of me, I don’t see why. He can’t rush the passer any better than the guys they have. …

I see where Joe Smith was traded the other day for the 12th time. Twelve trades? Now we know who owns that Winnebago the ESPN guys drive around in.

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