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Did you see John Daly hit a tee shot off a beer can during the Buick Open pro-am last week? Boy, that's a bad combination - drinking and driving.

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Actually, the can belonged to his playing partner, Kid Rock. Turns out they're good friends. Kid has given Daly guidance in his singing career and Daly has given Kid help with his golf game ... for all the good it's done.

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You've gotta love John. He gives new meaning to the term "six-pack abs."

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Neal from Gaithersburg e-mails: "On [Friday night's] Orioles-Nationals game, the boobs in the booth are talking about how the O's are looking for a shortstop. Bob Carpenter says, 'I don't suppose Mark Belanger has any eligibility left.'

"Well, no, Bob, considering Belanger is dead."

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The more I think about it, being dead probably wouldn't be that big a drawback - not the way the Orioles' shortstops have been playing the position.

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This Weekend in History:

June 28, 1919 - The Treaty of Versailles is signed by Germany and the Allied powers, marking the end of World War I.

June 28, 1964 - Shortstop Zoilo Versalles goes 2-for-5 and hits the go-ahead homer as the Twins beat the White Sox in Minnesota 9-3.

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News item: Middle school teacher in Alabama sleeps with eight members of high school baseball team.

Comment: That might be the strongest argument yet against the DH.

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Still trying to make sense of this episode in Houston, the one in which Astros general manager Ed Wade told struggling pitcher Shawn Chacon to "look in the mirror," and Chacon proceeded to grab him by the neck and throw him to the ground.

I dunno, maybe Wade was blocking Chacon's view of the mirror.

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The players' association might protest the club's decision to terminate the rest of Chacon's contract, which would cost him almost $1 million in salary and as much as $1 million more in bonuses.

"We believe the Astros' response violates the Basic Agreement," a union lawyer said.

What response was that, the fetal position?

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Just wondering: Does this go down in the books as a Hit By Pitcher?

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Speaking of altercations, 49-year-old Azumah Nelson and 44-year-old Jeff Fenech met in the boxing ring again last Tuesday -16 years after they last fought for the super featherweight title. The bout, won by Fenech on a 10-round decision, was widely denounced by such groups as the Australian Medical Association, the Ghanaian Boxing Association and the Hair Club For Men.

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Ever since Johnny Miller's remark about Rocco Mediate and his Working Class Look, I've been waiting for the Golf Channel or ESPN - somebody, anybody - to get an exclusive interview with the guy who cleans Tiger Woods' swimming pool.

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Heck, I'd settle for a shot of his van arriving at the Woods manse.

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Doesn't it bother you, just a little, that the Wizards sent their second-round pick to the Celtics for, ahem, "cash considerations?" Last I checked, Abe Pollin's team finished 23 games behind the NBA champs.

Then again, the Wizards did beat Boston three out of four last season. They must figure the Celts need some help.

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Sorry, but I just hate the selling of players and draft picks. To me, it's bad for any league - except perhaps the WNBA. If I were the Mystics, I'd be happy to exchange my second-rounder for cash - as long as it was Swin Cash.

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On the subject of the Celtics, their first-round pick, guard J.R. Giddens, has an older sister named Porsche, according to the University of New Mexico Web site. Because Giddens was only the 30th pick, though, he'll likely have to settle for a Mercedes, at least for starters.

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Match the basketball-playing J.R. with his real first name(s):

1. J.R. Giddens.

2. J.R. Smith.

3. J.R. Reid.

4. J.R. Rider.

a. Earl.

b. Herman.

c. Justin Ray.

d. Isaiah.

(Answers below.)

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And let's not forget J.R. (Jon Robert) Holden. He's the 31-year-old guard from Bucknell who found a home playing in Europe - so much so that he'll play for Russia in the Beijing Olympics. Funny how America's Becky Hammon has been getting all this grief about suiting up for the Russkies, but no one has uttered a word of protest about Holden.

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In other draft developments, Bobcats boss Michael Jordan used the second of his first-rounders to take Alexis Ajinca, a 20-year-old 7-footer from France. And you're not going to believe this, but "Alexis Ajinca," translated into English, is "Kwame Brown."

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Then there's poor Darrell Arthur, the Kansas forward who dropped to 27th because of concerns about his kidneys - and then was traded three times before winding up with Memphis. Arthur bounced around so much that, for a few minutes there, I'm pretty sure he was the property of the Baltimore Bullets.

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Dog-bites-man story of the week: 11 Bulgarian weight lifters test positive for steroids, causing the men's and women's teams to be withdrawn from the Olympics.

According to the Associated Press, exactly the same number of Greek weightlifters was suspended after flunking steroids test earlier this month.

Let's see ... 11 Bulgarians, 11 Greeks. ... All we need is 11 Germans and NFL Europe might be able to make a comeback.

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Answers to trivia question: 1. c; 2. a; 3. b; 4. d.

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Turning to tennis, problems with swooping pigeons at Wimbledon have caused officials to bring in marksmen to shoot them down.

PETA, naturally, is madder than a wet Henman.

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And finally ...

Hey, it could be worse. They could be shooting down birds at a badminton tournament.

About the Author
Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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