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Originally published Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM

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Don't count out the upper-upper-upper classmen

Redshirt seniors? No kidding. Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn mingled with residents of the Azalea Place Assisted Living Facility as part...

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Redshirt seniors? No kidding.

Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn mingled with residents of the Azalea Place Assisted Living Facility as part of the athletic department's fifth annual Tigers Give Back Day.

"I tested them a little bit," Malzahn joked to "We ran the hurry-up, no-huddle bingo today, and they did a good job keeping up with it."

Azalea Place marketing director Sybil Haughery wasn't surprised.

"They have a little age on them," she said, "but they still have that competitive edge."

NBA headlines

• At "Cavaliers impressed with Mike Brown's willingness to coach Cavaliers."

• At "Heat surprised it took 4 games to beat Bucks."

Do As I Say Dept.

Just plunk down $100,000 on eBay, and an autographed Barry Bonds 1987 Donruss rookie card — which sells for just $2.99 unsigned — is all yours.

What sets this one apart are the four words Bonds scrawled next to his signature: "Say No To Drugs."

Pass the

Icy Hot

What's this — Penguins star Evgeni Malkin reportedly missed a game because of a sunburn?

"How frustrating is that for a coach?" asked Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald. "One guy in Pittsburgh gets a sunburn this spring, and he plays for you."

Plenty of depth here

The minor-league Norfolk (Va.) Tides set an International League record last season by using 75 different players — 25 of them starting pitchers.

No big deal, newly arriving players say, once you get used to the turnstiles in the dugout.

Talko time

• Times reader Bill Littlejohn, on reports that Beyoncé will only drink from a $900 titanium straw on tour: "But not as expensive as the one that once stirred the Yankee drink."

• Blogger TC Chong, after the Canucks stumbled out of the gate in the NHL playoffs: "Even the rioters have made alternate plans for the Stanley Cup Final this year."

• Mike Bianchi of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, with his Kentucky Derby pick: "The brown one."

• RJ Currie of, after Floyd Mayweather said having multiple girlfriends is no different than owning several cars: "You'd think a boxer would have more respect for the ring."

Midseason form

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to resume baseball activities Monday in Tampa, Fla., and he can't wait to do some soft-tossing.

But enough about the baseballs sporting his phone number for the female fans.

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