Sideline Chatter

The streaking Mariners win five straight, then don’t even score in a 4-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Friday.

Coincidence? It was National Doughnut Day.

Mom’s the word

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Introducing the newest stars for Campbell’s Chunky Soup commercials: Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and his mother Beverly.

Can’t wait to hear Mom cut loose when Richard doesn’t finish his soup.

Stat of the Week

Just when you think MLB can’t possibly come up with yet another statistical sub-category, along comes this nugget: The Yankees are 12-1 this season when a rookie pitcher starts a road game.

One for the money?

Kentucky has re-upped basketball coach John Calipari to a seven-year, $52 million contract.

Seven years? We’d have pegged him as more of a one-for-the-money kind of guy.

Happy ending

Hear about Disney’s plans to produce a live-action “Beauty and the Beast”?

“Of course, we’re all familiar with the story,” noted CBS’s Craig Ferguson. “An attractive woman falls for a horrible monster and then forces him to sell his NBA team for $2 billion.”

Tums not included

The San Antonio Spurs concessionaires are selling a special “3 Pointer” sandwich during the NBA Finals — featuring three barbecued meats, three cheeses, onions and sauce on Texas Toast.

This three, no doubt, requires an assist.

Golden Goals Dept.

“In light of new corruption claims over Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid,” reported Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express, “a FIFA vice president said he’d support a new round of bribed voting.”

Talko time

• RJ Currie of, after police in China hired a 7-foot-6 former basketball player as a traffic cop to get motorists’ attention: “Effective? It’s already cut down on lane violations.”

• Times reader Bill Littlejohn, on jilted tennis star Caroline Wozniacki taking in a recent NBA playoff game: “Does this mean she was the game’s most significant rebound?”

• Headline at “Cover corner: Sherman given ‘Madden’ nod.”

• Reader H.K., to, on the 40th anniversary of the Cleveland Indians’ infamous Ten Cent Beer Night: “Or, as it would be called today, a ‘walk-off brawl.’ ”

• Comic Torben Rolfsen, fearing the ramifications after Skidmore (N.Y.) College introduced a credit course on Miley Cyrus: “SEC athletes majoring in NASCAR and Duck Dynasty.”

Hot topic

Anyone else find it suddenly ironic that LeBron James plays for a team called the Heat?

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