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November 03, 2003|John Weyler | Special to The Times

ESPN reporter Michelle Tafoya really knows how to rain on a guy's parade.

John Lewis, a Michigan fan, was cheering loudly for his teamduring a game against Minnesota at the Metrodome in Minneapolis when Tafoya thought it would be a good idea to dump beer on his head to cool him off.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday November 04, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 48 words Type of Material: Correction
Pro football -- It was incorrectly reported in a Morning Briefing item in Sports on Monday that Brett Perriman of the Detroit Lions alone holds the NFL record for most two-point conversions in a game. Todd Heap of the Baltimore Ravens tied the record Oct. 19 against Cincinnati.

Tafoya said she was trying to defuse a trash-talking bout between a group she was with and fans in the section below. Then the police showed up.

"As the one who was trying to calm the situation, I went and spoke to police," she told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

"I went back, lost my cool and dropped a beer on the guys below me.... I'm so regretful, I can't even tell you."

Lewis doesn't think she's that sorry. He says she threw two cups of brew at him.

Trivia time: Who holds the NFL record for most two-point conversions in a game?

Name game: Who, or what, is "America's Team"? The Dallas Cowboys? U.S. Olympic athletes? The Yankees?

Actually, Bryan Reichel is America's Team, or at least he owns the rights to the name. A federal trademark panel has awarded the name to the Minnesota businessman after a five-year legal battle with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

"This small company fought a long battle against a large entity that arrogantly thought it could just bully its way over someone's rights," attorney David Beehler said.

Reichel -- who bought the trademark rights to the name in 1998 from another small business in the state of Washington -- said he had been approached by Cowboy and Yankee officials in the past.

On the side: Anna Kournikova is talking about retirement from tennis and entertaining the idea of getting into television.

Think Lisa Guerrero is shaking in her "Monday Night Football" sideline-gig boots?

Got milk? A recently completed Mayo Clinic study found that broken forearms among children and adolescents, especially girls, have become significantly more common in the U.S. over the last three decades.

The rate of forearm fractures rose 52% for girls and 32% for boys from 1969 to 2001.

The study shows a clear link between the increase in competitive sports and the injuries, but the fact that no more than 20% of the nation's children get the recommended daily requirement of calcium also is a major factor.

Dr. Sundeep Khosla, who led the study, says growing children need 1,300 milligrams of calcium a day -- the equivalent of four eight-ounce glasses of milk.

Bling, bling: Florida Marlin owner Jeffrey Loria has promised his team the best championship ring ever.

"We'll see," third base coach Ozzie Guillen said. "He's talking all this smack about that ring. It better be good."

Trivia answer: Detroit's Brett Perriman, who scored two two-point conversions against Green Bay on Nov. 6, 1994.

And finally: Former 49er quarterback Steve Young, after listening to ex-Dallas receiver Michael Irvin discuss blocking on ESPN: "What do you know about blocking? You were a wide receiver. You were closer to the Gatorade than the action."

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