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Rocky Balboa's place? Just take a straight right and you can't miss it. The South Philadelphia row house that filmmakers chose for the Italian...
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Rocky Balboa's place? Just take a straight right and you can't miss it.
The South Philadelphia row house that filmmakers chose for the Italian Stallion's residence in "Rocky II" is up for sale. It has three bedrooms, 1 ½ bathrooms, 1,036 square feet, maybe even a neutral corner in every room.
Asking price: $139,000 — but feel free to go a few rounds trying to knock the price down.
Charles Darwin, we thinks, would've been a big fan of Selection Sunday. Especially teams with carnivore mascots.
Elvis Dumervil, the Broncos' star defensive end, failed to get his signed contract faxed to team headquarters by the 1 p.m. deadline, so Denver released him.
Victim of a numbers game? No, this guy was the first paper cut in NFL history.
Right on the money
"I would naturally be offended by the Leafs raising ticket prices," wrote Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, "if I wasn't already offended by the prices they charge now."
Let's play "Jeopardy!"
"Answer: Snoop Dogg's son has a football scholarship to Duke," wrote Greg Cote of The Miami Herald. "Question: Who'll be the only Dad invited to the frat party?"
Stat of the day
The Raptors outrebounded the Heat by nearly double (51-26) on Sunday — en route to losing by 17 points. No word how they did on time of possession.
What, Saint Louis won the Atlantic 10 basketball tournament? Hey, why not — Nashville plays in the Pacific Coast League, doesn't it?
Talking the talk
• Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press, after NFL drug-testers tracked down Redskins QB Kirk Cousins at his grandmother's house: "The results are in, and he did test positive for apple pie, hard candy and a $5 bill for his birthday."
• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer and his wife expecting twins: "You have to admire a player who goes to that effort just for his team's promotional department."
• Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo, to ESPN, sizing up his 25-8 Spartans: "Good enough to beat anybody; unfortunately, average enough to lose to a lot of people, too."
• RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, after a brawl erupted on bingo night at a New Hampshire retirement home: "It was like a hockey fight, except with more teeth."
Elbowing in the hall
Dr. Frank Jobe and ex-pitcher Tommy John — who introduced "Tommy John surgery" to the sports lexicon in 1974 — will be honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony this season.
Fittingly, John will throw a speech together and Jobe gets to make the final cuts.
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