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England's motto: Stick it to the rest of the world | Sideline Chatter

British athletes could be tough to lick at this year's Olympic Games, in more ways than one. The host country's gold medalists will be honored...

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British athletes could be tough to lick at this year's Olympic Games, in more ways than one.

The host country's gold medalists will be honored with commemorate postage stamps available at 500 outlets the very next day, Royal Mail announced.

Channeling Jeanne Dixon

Experts predict this year's first "hit for the cycle" will be credited to:

a) Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes.

b) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun.

c) Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino.

Shucking tradition

Even staid old Nebraska is joining the Nike uniform craze and will wear futuristic-looking football duds at a home game this season.

"This makes no sense," wrote Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald. "The Huskers just got new uniforms in 1923."

Set your DVRs

"One thing Canadians do better than Americans is broadcast the Olympics," wrote Bruce Dowbiggin of Toronto's Globe and Mail. "If proof were needed, it was offered by reports that NBC will be employing 'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest during this summer's London Games.

"No word yet if Steven Tyler or Randy Jackson will be judges for synchronized swimming."

Here's the skinny

For the first time, women beach volleyball players have the choice to wear shorts and sleeved tops instead of those skimpy bikinis at this year's Summer Olympics in London.

As marketing types are quick to remind us, it's not the bad decisions that kill TV ratings, it's the cover-up.

Returning the favor

Ray Lewis, the fiery Baltimore linebacker, gave Stanford's basketball team a pregame pep talk before the Cardinal beat Minnesota for the NIT title.

What's next — flying in the president of the Stanford Frisbee club for the Ravens' season opener?

Headline

• At SportsPickle.com: "Piano music sales spike as Masters begins."

Tapped Out Dept.

Set to compete in this year's World Series of Poker: UFC fighter Georges St. Pierre.

Pundits predict a lot of busted hands.

Talking the talk

• Drew Curtis of Fark.com, after ex-NFL receiver Cris Carter said Gregg Williams' bounty tactics calls for a lifetime ban: "Cris obviously learned respect for the well-being of his opponents during all those years he played for Buddy Ryan."

• ABC's Jimmy Kimmel, on why he's happy for the start of baseball season: "I was getting sick of paying only $2 for a beer."

• Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com, on the Red Sox's 0-2 start: "Who knew beer and fried chicken are performance-enhancing drugs?"

• Greg Cote of the Miami Herald, after LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne reportedly scored a 4 on the NFL's Wonderlic intelligence test: "Apparently things went downhill after he misspelled 'L-S-U.' "

That's your Bald game

The Indians' Ubaldo Jiminez, unrepentant after plunking ex-teammate Troy Tulowitzki with a spring-training pitch, is serving a five-game suspension without pay.

Even worse, his bounty check from the Saints bounced.

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

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