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Originally published Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

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And you thought soccer fans were tough on the opposition

Even diehard soccer fans are blushing. Police wielding tear gas broke up brawling fans and abruptly ended a game in Istanbul, Turkey ...

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Even diehard soccer fans are blushing.

Police wielding tear gas broke up brawling fans and abruptly ended a game in Istanbul, Turkey — a wheelchair basketball game.

Several players were attacked and numerous wheelchairs damaged in the melee, which broke out with Galatasaray leading rival Beikta, 31-26, in the second quarter.

"Who will pay the price for the injured athletes and supporters?" Galatasaray coach Sedat Ýncesu told "If hooligans are now seen in wheelchair basketball, then we have nothing to say, it is over."


• At "Seahawks limit Cardinals to 154 yards on flight home from Seattle."

• At "RG Knee."

Job security

Portland set an NBA record for three-point futility — shooting 0 for 20 — in Monday's 92-74 win over Toronto.

On the bright side, though, the Blazers show promise as future weathermen or political pundits.

Search party

Among the least-Googled sports terms of 2012, from

• "Astros playoff tickets" (did you mean: "Triple-A baseball"?)

• "Notre Dame football jokes" (did you mean: "USC football jokes"?)

• "Tim Tebow highlights" (did you mean: "2011"?)

Appeals court

Ex-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue threw out the suspensions of the four players in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.

So now it's your call, Santa — naughty or nice?

Johnny Punchline

Among the top perks of winning the Heisman Trophy, as presented by Johnny Manziel on the David Letterman show:

• "This Saturday, guess who's driving the team bus?

• "I no longer have to go to practice.

• "Maybe mom will stop nagging me to go to dental school."

Talking the talk

• BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall, to the Deseret News, on reports linking him to the Colorado vacancy: "I didn't express any interest, haven't been contacted, didn't interview and didn't know I was a candidate. Other than that, I guess I'm a finalist, from what I've been told."

• Blogger Chad Picasner, after a recent survey declared Boston to be the smartest U.S. city: "If so, then how do you explain hiring Bobby Valentine?"

• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, after Notre Dame's Brian Kelly was named college football's coach of the year: "Technically, 'Anybody but Urban Meyer' received the most votes."

Stop the presses

ESPN president John Skipper, in a startling turnabout, says the cable giant went way overboard on its Tim Tebow coverage and needs to cut back on it.

Egads, the Mayans were right — the end IS near!

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