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Allen Huddleston takes a long shot, and cashes in


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So what does he do for an encore?

Fresno State senior Allen Huddleston hit a 40-footer at the overtime buzzer to give the Bulldogs a 98-97 season-opening basketball win over UC Irvine on Friday night.

“It’s the first game of the year and we walk off, get a buzzer-beater,” Huddleston told the Fresno Bee. “That doesn’t happen every day.”

Headlines

• At SportsPickle.com: “Nation excited to see which Duke players it will despise as college basketball season tips off.”

• At TheOnion.com: “Salivating Andy Reid still chasing perfect seasoning.”

Tune that name

There’s a move afoot to change the name of Lake City, Tenn., to Rocky Top — as in the title of the University of Tennessee fight song.

So what’s next, changing New Haven, Conn., to “Boola Boola”?

Hit and miss

So which feat is more difficult, converting a third down in football or making a free throw in basketball? Thursday night’s empirical evidence:

• Stanford, 14 for 21 on third downs — 67 percent — in a 26-20 win over unbeaten Oregon.

• Rockets center Dwight Howard, 5 for 16 at the foul line — 31 percent — in a one-point loss to the Lakers.

Rebel with a cause

A Brazilian soccer goalie came up with quite the jersey idea — an image of the Cuban flag alongside Marxist rebel Che Guevara.

Or, as Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post put it: “Truly a revolutionary design.”

Wrong place, right time

“Pamela Anderson finished the New York City Marathon in 5 hours, 41 minutes and 3 seconds,” noted Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald. “All the men who finished in 5 hours, 41 minutes and 4 seconds have some explaining to do to their wives.”

Talko time

• CBS’s David Letterman, with the latest New York City Marathon news: “Today, Donald Trump accused the runner from Kenya of actually being born in the United States.”

• Times reader Bill Littlejohn, on heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko running for president of Ukraine: “His campaign slogan is ‘A Tomato in Every Pot.’ “

• RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, on a sure sign your favorite team is having a bad season: “The gift shop sells brown paper bags.”

• Blogger TC Chong, on the Red Sox’s top offseason targets: “Free agents Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and the two guitarists from ZZ Top.”

Diaper dandy

The biggest baby in America this year — 14 pounds — was born in Utah in May, and he’s quite the kid.

He’s already cut his first tooth and signed a letter of intent with Alabama.

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



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About Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

Times night-desk editor Dwight Perry uses Sideline Chatter as a not-so-safe haven for the humorous, offbeat and bizarre events and characters that color the sports landscape. His Page 2 column runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in Sports.
dperry@seattletimes.com | 206-464-8250

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