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Add this to list of bizarre spring-training injuries

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Talk about being put out at home.

Angels third baseman Ian Stewart added to baseball’s litany of bizarre injuries when he sat out a spring-training game last week because of a bruised nose.

Seems he was putting his 4-year-old daughter to bed — and she head-butted him.

QB headlines

• At “Peyton Manning passes neck exam right into Kam Chancellor’s hands.”

• At “Report: Packers not looking to trade or cut Aaron Rodgers.”

Going, going, gone

Hitting one into the hole, you have to figure, is a huge no-no for baseball players at Grand Canyon University.

Tough sledding

Iditarod racer Scott Janssen — who all in the same day crashed his sled, KO’d himself on a tree trunk and broke an ankle chasing an errant dog across slippery ice — answers to the nickname of:

a) The Mushing Mortician

b) Lucky

Hockey 1, Baseball 0

“Detroit Red Wing Daniel Alfredsson lost two teeth, plucked ‘em off the ice, took the teeth to the bench and did not miss a shift,” noted Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald.

“And in baseball news, Oakland’s Drew Pomeranz missed the first day of spring training with an ingrown leg hair.”

It’s not showtime

“The Walking Dead” is a TV series based on:

a) a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies

b) this year’s L.A. Lakers

Quote marks

• Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, on “Duck Dynasty” becoming the Independence Bowl’s new name sponsor: “Because it wasn’t bad enough your team was relegated to playing in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport.”

• Hawaii basketball coach Gib Arnold, to ESPN, after a UC Santa Barbara fan ran across the court to confront him during a game: “You can’t control crazy. That’s why they’re crazy.”

• Comedy writer Alan Ray, on how you can tell the Philadelphia 76ers are having a bad season: “Fans still wave foam fingers, but they’re a different finger.”

• Phil Mushnick of the New York Post, on hackneyed hoops lingo: “ ‘Score the basketball’ is ridiculous, which is why the phrase spread like a juicy rumor in a coed dorm.”

Watch your step

A soccer match in Argentina was delayed when a dog ran onto the field to do his business.

Bet there weren’t many takers when the coach suddenly asked, “So, who wants to play sweeper?”

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