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Well, that’s one way to foil a crime.

Fencing instructor Franco Scaramuzza — upon seeing two men trying to snatch a woman’s purse outside a Nashville, Tenn., shopping center — grabbed his teaching implement and went into action.

“I charged toward them, holding my epee up high, and, you know, yelling at them,” Scaramuzza told WSMV-TV. “I kept yelling throughout the entire thing. They completely panicked and dropped everything they stole and really took off.”

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Police ended up arresting two men in the incident and charging them with robbery.


• At “Oakland A’s furiously Febreze-ing their stadium in preparation for playoffs.”

• At “Bud Selig credits healthy appearance to embalming process.”

Names in the game

Suspended by Alabama for breaking team rules: free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

But something tells us he’ll get the last laugh.

Ice capades

Game 3 and, if necessary, Game 4 of the WNBA Finals had to be shifted to a smaller arena because Disney on Ice was booked at the Atlanta Dream’s home court, Philips Arena.

“Still,” wrote Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “it’s not as bad as last year, when the Stanley Cup Finals nearly were moved because the arena was scheduled to host an open skating session for a 6-year-old’s birthday party.”

Letter rip

Forty-Niners safety Donte Whitner — angered after the NFL fined him $21,000 for an improper hit — says he’s dropping the first letter of his last name and legally changing it to “Hitner.”

Just be glad the Bears’ David Bass didn’t think of it first.

Talko time

• Meteorologist Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., after an Astros-Indians game scored a 0.0 Nielsen rating in Houston: “It’s the first time two teams were mathematically eliminated from having an audience.”

• Jets receiver Santonio Holmes, to New York reporters, after being held to one reception against the Titans: “I can’t throw it to myself and catch it, otherwise I would.”

• U.S. women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, on the advantages of conducting minicamp in Sin City: “It’s amazing how you say ‘Las Vegas’ and instead of 20 players, you get 30.”

Drawing two charges

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak helped catch two fleeing campus thieves — one stealing a bike, the other burglarizing athletic offices — in just five days.

Good luck trying to run a fast break against the Utes this basketball season.

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