Hey, theater-goers: Are you ready for some futbol? "In the Solitude of Football Fields," a play based on the life of Diego Maradona, has opened at the Verdi Theatre in Milan, Italy...

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Hey, theater-goers: Are you ready for some futbol?


“In the Solitude of Football Fields,” a play based on the life of Diego Maradona, has opened at the Verdi Theatre in Milan, Italy.


As writer Antonio Marfella told UOL: “The play uses theater to attract those who don’t like football, and football to attract those who don’t like theater.”


With a mix of stage and soccer, we wonder, has “break a leg” ever been more relevant?


CS, if you’re scoring


Detroit Tigers outfielder Craig Monroe was arrested after trying to leave a store with a $29.99 belt he hadn’t paid for, according to police.


“I don’t know if this means anything,” wrote Dan Daly of the Washington Times, “but Monroe was thrown out stealing four times in seven attempts last season.”


Cold Cash Dept.


National Hockey League players, trying to break the lockout stalemate, told owners last week that they’d be willing to take 24 percent pay cuts.


Or, in hockey terms, the mother of all slashing penalties.


He’s air-conditioned


Jerome Bettis, the Steelers’ bowling-ball running back, threw his third career touchdown pass for what proved to be the winning points in yesterday’s 17-6 win over the New York Jets.


In a related story, Bettis is reportedly weighing a big endorsement offer from Airbus.


Campus agitator


Matt Leinhart, USC’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, recently revealed one of his biggest secrets to collegiate success — and it wasn’t something he discovered on a football field.


“Don’t mix colors with whites. You get pink,” he told ESPN.com.


“Hey, I’m in college. Right now, that’s big.”


Talking the talk


• Bud Geracie of the San Jose Mercury News, on 49ers running back Kevan Barlow averaging 3.2 yards a carry and 52 yards a game this season after signing a five-year deal worth $20 million: “The troubling thing about Kevan Barlow isn’t his yards after contact, it’s his yards after contract.”


• Karl Vogel of the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal-Star, on Florida assistant basketball coach Major Parker getting arrested for trying to sell cocaine to an undercover police officer. “Poor guy misunderstood when he was asked to ‘pass the rock.’ “


• Astros pitcher Roger Clemens, to The Associated Press, on family pressure to retire from baseball: “Three of my sons say there’s no way they want me to come back, and one of them wants me to. But I think he just likes the buffets they have at the games.”


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Attention, you winter-meetings bargain hunters: Latest rumor out of Denver says there’s about to be a $19 million pitcher in the Little Neagle Want-Ads.


Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or dperry@seattletimes.com