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Croatian coach Josip Gaspar probably should have just stuck with juice boxes

That's the team spirits! Croatian soccer legend Josip Gaspar was sacked as coach of the Precko first-division team after he allegedly used...

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That's the team spirits!

Croatian soccer legend Josip Gaspar was sacked as coach of the Precko first-division team after he allegedly used a credit card stolen from one of his players to buy 36 bottles of Jagermeister.

Security cameras in the locker room and at a shop in Zagreb captured both ends of the dirty deed, the Croatian news site Jutarnji.hr reported.

Headlines

• At ProFootballMock.com: "Aaron Rodgers: Pay me like Tony Romo, or I'll start playing like him.' "

• At SportsPickle.com: "Lakers make push for first-round playoff elimination."

Scooting on out

And in business news, the Scooter Store has filed for bankruptcy.

Apparently the company's last-ditch marketing slogan — "Faster than O.J.'s white Bronco" — didn't catch on.

Sports quiz

"Keep shoveling" is good advice if you're:

a) getting Coors Field ready for a Rockies game.

b) looking for the unvarnished truth at a boxing news conference.

Worming his way in

"Dennis Rodman claims the FBI wants to hire him as an informant," noted TBS's Conan O'Brien. "That makes sense, because the first thing you want to do is to tell everyone you're an FBI informant."

No hot corner here

The Mets and Rockies played in 28-degree weather in Denver on Thursday.

How cold was it? All the players wore No. 99 in honor of Wayne Gretzky.

Whiff of infamy

Batters in the Tigers' 2-1, 14-inning win over the Mariners on Wednesday night struck out a combined 40 times — just three shy of the major-league record for a game.

On the bright side, though, they hit .310 when they did manage to make contact.

Talking the talk

• Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com, on why Giants hurler Barry Zito won't ever get the Carlos Quentin treatment: "No hitter would risk the embarrassment of charging the mound after being hit by a 50-mph fastball."

• RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, after a pet hamster in England, supposedly dead and buried, dug its way back from the dead: "They renamed it Alex Ovechkin."

• Comedy writer Alan Ray, on the Atlanta Braves' hot start: "They've touched the plate more often than Chris Christie."

• Comedy writer Alan Ray, on Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo's DUI arrest: "He's got terrific stuff: forkballs, fastballs, but mostly highballs."

Whistle stop

Rasheed Wallace, the NBA record-holder for technical fouls in a season (41) and career (304), retired from the league for the second time on Wednesday.

No wonder he likes the word "retirement" — it has two T's in it.

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

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