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MORNING BRIEFING

Side Dishes Really Should Be More Filling

November 28, 1998|MAL FLORENCE

According to Bob Kravitz of the Rocky Mountain News, NFL sideline reporters have the second-best job in the world, just behind third-string quarterbacks.

As Kravitz sees it, here's the drill: "Wear nice suits, make lots of scratch, show up every quarter-and-a-half with stuff like:

" 'The trainers tell me Smith's leg has been severed at the knee, so he's highly doubtful in the second half,' and 'Coach Jones just came out of the locker room and he told me his team has to do a better job of scoring points if they're going to overcome this 41-0 deficit.' "

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Trivia time: Who was the substitute Notre Dame quarterback who came off the bench in 1926 to throw the winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to beat USC, 13-12, at the Coliseum?

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Too fast, too rough: If ballroom dancing makes it to the Olympics, the medics should be ready for action. There might be casualties.

Donna Shingler was taken to a hospital with a concussion and a dislocated jawbone after colliding with an opponent at the British national pro dance sport championships in London.

She and husband Alan collided with another couple during a high-speed spin.

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Frightening: Steve Rosenbloom in the Chicago Tribune: "Phoenix Coyote captain Keith Tkachuk to winger Dallas Drake, who has sacrificed many teeth and much of his face, before a TV interview:

" 'Don't smile in front of the cameras. There are kids at home watching this.' "

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Screen test next? Dallas Cowboy lineman Nate Newton often talks about how handsome he is. Last week, somebody put a fake cover of People magazine in Newton's locker, with a picture of the huge Newton superimposed on the cover under the headline "America's Sexiest Man Alive, 1998."

Joked Newton: "A lot of the Hollywood guys called me. The little guy from 'Titanic' [Leonardo DiCaprio], it sunk his ship. He went under after he saw that picture, man."

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Looking back: On this day in 1964, USC rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat No. 1 Notre Dame, 20-17, on a touchdown pass from Craig Fertig to Rod Sherman.

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Looking back again: On this day in 1906, Tommy Burns fought to a 20-round draw with Jack O'Brien in a world heavyweight title bout in Los Angeles.

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Trivia answer: Art Parisien.

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And finally: Miami Coach Jimmy Johnson, on New England's late drive to beat the Dolphins, 26-23, on Monday night:

"I'd go out today and bet my week's paycheck that they couldn't take it 80 yards on us."

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