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MORNING BRIEFING

But what was the over/under line?

September 10, 2008|Grahame L. Jones | Times Staff Writer

There is one question on many minds today: How bad is the backup goaltender on the Bulgaria women's ice hockey team?

The answer has to be truly eye-opening because Bulgaria's starter, Lyubomira Shosheva, gave up 77 goals to Slovakia in a qualifying game for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver before she was replaced.

Her backup, 16-year-old Kameliya Drazheva, gave up five goals in 1 minute 25 seconds as Slovakia won, 82-0, averaging a goal every 43.9 seconds, and outshooting its opponent, 139-0.

Slovakia led, 19-0, after 10 minutes in Sunday's game at Liepaja, Latvia, and 31-0 after the first period. Fourteen players scored and 12 had hat tricks.

More ice

In its four qualifying games, Bulgaria was outscored, 192-1.

One other statistic of note: There were 37 spectators in the 1,200-seat Liepaja Arena to see the rout -- or 2.2 goals for every spectator.

Trivia time

The Kentucky team that lost to Texas Western in the 1966 NCAA basketball final had one starter who went on to achieve quite a bit as a coach. Who is he?

Third and furlong

Deadspin.com had some fun with this, but whether it will sit well with New England Patriots fans or with the horsy set is debatable.

"A spectacular day of racing/football turned catastrophic when Barbaro/Tom Brady, a 3-year-old colt/31-year-old quarterback with a seemingly clear path to the Triple Crown/Super Bowl, broke down in the first furlong/quarter of the 131st Preakness Stakes/Patriots-Chiefs game yesterday and was fighting for his life/career last night."

Tomb with a view

Hamburg SV has not yet been left for dead and buried in the Bundesliga, but the German soccer club does have its fans' long-term future in mind.

The club has given supporters their own cemetery, built within sight of the team's stadium and complete with an entranceway in the shape of a soccer goal. Each of the maximum 500 graves will be covered with grass from the stadium's playing surface.

"We will have the first funeral here in the next few days," board member Christian Reichert said.

Trivia answer

Pat Riley.

And finally

Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson has his 14,000-square-foot, six-bedroom home on four acres in Villanova, Pa., up for sale at $3.99 million -- or about $1 million less than he paid for it in 2003.

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grahame.jones@latimes.com

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