The Washington Nationals, who finished February 1-4-1 in Grapefruit League play, reeled off a four-game winning streak to open March after manager Dave Martinez had three camels pay a visit to training camp.

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Well, that’s one way to get your team over the hump.

The Washington Nationals, who finished February 1-4-1 in Grapefruit League play, reeled off a four-game winning streak to open March after manager Dave Martinez had three camels pay a visit to training camp.

0-1 on grass

Texas Wesleyan baseball coach Mike Jeffcoat nixed a recruit from Colorado because that state’s “liberal politicians” legalized marijuana use, so the school fired him.

Or as eye-for-an-eye advocates prefer to frame it, he weeded himself out.

Holing out

Golfer Justin Thomas just had his wisdom teeth removed.

In keeping with the theme, the oral surgeon replaced his divots.

Barbie on ice

Mattel, saying it wants to provide better role models to inspire young girls, is launching 17 new Barbie dolls, including aviator Amelia Earhart, gymnast Gabby Douglas and snowboarder Chole Kim.

What, no Tonya Harding action set complete with a lead-pipe Ken?

Traveling trophy

Frances McDormand’s Academy Award was stolen during an Oscars after party.

No truth to the rumor that the perp was wearing a Tom Brady jersey.

Feud for thought

The free-spirited promotions staff for the St. Paul Saints independent-league baseball team is considering a ballpark-wide food fight to commemorate the 40th anniversary of “Animal House,” the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

So what’s next, fans get free power-tool pedicures on “Dumb and Dumber” Night?

He’s on the clock

Loquacious NFL referee Ed Hochuli has announced his retirement after 28 seasons.

So which took longer to finish — Super Bowl LII or Ed’s retirement speech?

You make the call

The Arizona Diamondbacks are bringing back an MLB staple of the 1970s — the bullpen cart.

Now for the tough part: Lyft or Uber?

He’s on the air

J.R. Smith? Now there’s one Chunky Soup commercial we’d pay to see!

What, no slide show?

U.S. Olympic curler Matt Hamilton posted a video explaining his sport using Legos.

Which certainly puts a whole new spin on “house of bricks.”

Too easy

An MIT student and a software engineer designed a robot that can solve a Rubik’s cube puzzle in just 38-hundredths of a second.

So now it’s on to solving much tougher challenges, like Democrats vs. Republicans and the Mariners’ 16-year playoff drought.

No way

Norwegian mushers were a surprising 1-2 when this year’s Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska reached the halfway point.

Race-watchers say they’d never seen dogs trained to cross-country ski before.

Get in the cup

Johnny Manziel tweeted he would play football for free.

Guess who’ll be the first one called to take a drug test?

Talking the talk

• Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight, as quoted in The Indianapolis Star, on the sad state of the college game: “Coaches aren’t dealing with the NBA, they’re dealing with the FBI. Which is a little bit different than the NBA. I’m all for the FBI.”

• Comedy writer Jerry Perisho, on last Sunday’s Oscars telecast: “Michael Strahan is to red-carpet interviews what Ryan Seacrest is to rushing the quarterback.”

Pass the barf bag

Nearly every passenger vomited on a turbulent flight from Charlottesville, Va., to Washington, D.C.

That’s what they get for making the Browns’ 2017 highlight video the in-flight movie.

Why, of course

From the Sometimes These Items Just Write Themselves file comes word that a group of fired Cleveland Browns coaches — whose former team has gone 1-31 the past two seasons — met up during the NFL combine in Indianapolis at a place called the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery.

Oscars headlines

• At “Kobe Bryant shoots 95 times to get one scene right in new movie.”

• At “Opinion: Kobe’s film wouldn’t have beaten MJ’s ’96-’98 animated shorts.”

Final Pitt stop

Pitt basketball coach Kevin Stallings got fired after the Panthers went 0-18 in ACC play this season.

Reactions ranged from rival coaches’ best wishes to a pick-me-up bouquet from the 2008 Detroit Lions.

Quote marks

• Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., after Warriors coach Steve Kerr said undrafted college basketball players should be allowed to return to school: “Which is different than the 1960s, when students enrolled in school mainly to avoid being drafted.”

• Janice Hough of, on the death of Roger Bannister, the first to run a mile in less than 4 minutes: “If anyone was sure to be in heaven before the devil knew he was dead …”

• Dan Murphy of, on what looks to be a wide-open NCAA tournament: “This season’s Goliaths all have visible flaws, and the rest of the sport has been rife with slingshots.”

• David Feherty of the Golf Channel, on his clumsiness: “I invented a new skating jump: the Triple Klutz. That’s when you fall down once and fall down twice more trying to get up.”

Flying with the Eagles

What Super Bowl hangover in Philadelphia?

In the first 20 days since the Eagles beat the Patriots to win SB LII, pointed out Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, the NHL Flyers went 10-1-1 and the NBA 76ers 9-2.

Stats of the Week

The Cincinnati Bearcats women’s basketball team shot 2 for 23, went scoreless in the second quarter and trailed UConn 43-5 at halftime of their American Athletic Conference tournament semifinal. UConn held on to win, 75-21.

Still talking

• NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, on the U.S. gold-medal women’s hockey team visiting his show: “They’ll be out in a few minutes, but until then, they’re downstairs in the 30 Rock ice rink slamming tourists into the boards.”

• Comedian Argus Hamilton, on fired Trump aide Sam Nunberg’s bizarre behavior while doing six bizarre TV interviews in one day: “If history is any guide, the Cleveland Browns will select him with their first draft pick.”

• ESPN’s Adam Schefter, on the Cowboys being forced to pay the NFL’s legal fees in the Ezekiel Elliott case: “I think fining Jerry Jones $2 million is, to steal his own phrase, like circumcising the mosquito.”

• Comedy writer Tim Hunter, after the Cavaliers suspended J.R. Smith for throwing a bowl of soup at a coach: “They told him it was MMM-MMM-bad.”

• RJ Currie of, on Smith’s soup-throwing incident: “And people wonder why the NHL scrapped the Campbell Conference?”

• Chris Bosh, to ESPN, on the blood clots that derailed his NBA career at age 32 two years ago: “It’s pretty much like cruising along, going 150 miles an hour in your Porsche — and then you fall into a hole.”