Hate to say it, but Donald Sterling really is a No. 1 guy.
The lame-duck Los Angeles Clippers owner is the most hated man in America, garnering a 92 percent unfavorable rating among respondents to an E-Poll Market Research poll.
Two other sports stalwarts cracked the top 10: O.J. Simpson, tied for third with 88 percent, and Aaron Hernandez, seventh with 81.
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New Smyrna (Fla.) High School football coach Rodney Barnes was arrested after police used invisible luminescent powder on cash to solve a rash of locker-room thefts from students’ wallets.
Barnes, 43, has been charged with burglary, grand theft and illegal use of hands.
“U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann surprisingly left Landon Donovan off the World Cup roster,” noted Greg Cote of The Miami Herald. “It’s an outrage, according to quadrennial American soccer experts who have not watched a match since 2010 and could not name another U.S. player.”
Legs 1, Arms 0
New Titans backup QB Charlie Whitehurst lost his bid to get his usual uniform number when he lost an arm-wrestling contest with the incumbent wearer of jersey No. 6, Brett Kern.
Kern is the punter.
Lemurs are the world’s most endangered mammals, according to one study.
Coming in a close second: Chicago Cubs.
Talking the talk
• Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, after cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of yet another award — France’s Legion of Honor: “For Armstrong, life is a video now being run in reverse.”
• Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post, suggesting a name change if California Chrome proves to be a prolific stud: “California Cromartie.”
• Syndicated columnist Norman Chad, on NBCSN: “Nothing But Costas and Soccer Network.”
• Reader Tim P., to ThatsSports.com, on the grief Johnny Manziel is getting after his weekend junket to Vegas: “Good thing Joe Willie Namath did his partying before social media came along.”
Safety T.J. Ward, among the Broncos’ big offseason acquisitions, has been charged with throwing a beer mug at a strip-club bartender.
Club officials should’ve seen red flags the moment he asked for his entire $23 million in $1 bills.
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