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Since I've had to suspend my "News item" column for a few weeks during spring training, it's only fair that we spend a little time on current events in the blog. Here are some of the morning headlines that caught my eye:

Wooden's great grandson makes final basket at Pauley Pavilion

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Well, at least the current version of Pauley Pavilion, which is being closed for renovation. Bruins walkon Tyler Trapani was in Saturday's game at the end of a lop-sided upset victory over No. 10 Arizona when Jack Haley Jr's three-point shot missed everything and fell right into his hands. He put it back up for the final Bruin basket at the old Pauley, leading coach Ben Howland to tearfully claim that the old coach was still in the house. Who knows?

Nice story.

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NFLPA plans to decertify in advance of owners lockout

This is a routine threat in big-time sports labor battles and the NFLPA has the approval of players to decertify. The problem is, federal law technically requires that the decertification is a sincere attempt to disband the union and not just a collective bargaining ploy. If it stands up in court, it carries with it all kinds of legal implications. If nothing else, it would likely lead to an injunction delaying the lockout.

I've pointed this out before, but everything that happens during the collective bargaining process has happened many times before. When it's all said and done, they'll have to come to an agreement to keep this from impacting the 2011 season.

Bad day for Top 10 teams:

Duke wasn't the only top NCAA mens team to go down yesterday. No. 4 San Diego State lost to BYU for the second time this season, No. 5 Texas lost to Colorado and No. 10 Arizona lost to UCLA.

More proof that this year's NCAA tournament is ripe for a couple of surprise Final Four teams.

Jenks, Guillen feud heats up

The running war of words between former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks and manager Ozzie Guillen reached the boiling point this week when Guillen reacted to a Jenks comment with a tirade that included this pithy quote: "I wish I was mad about it because I will rip his throat (out)."

Nice.

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