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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Trending headlines: Tebow, Brady, Lakers

By Bill Speros
Special to ESPN.com

Five items you may have missed today that are worth a quick look:

• Game called due to … blazing fence? That’s what happened Wednesday as the Northwestern State-Louisiana Tech game was canceled due to a transformer explosion and fire that engulfed the right field wall at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches. The transformer blew at about 3:30 p.m. while several Demon baseball players were nearby taking batting practice. According to the school, nobody was injured and the game will not be rescheduled. (NESN.com)

• Tom Brady’s “faux-hawk” wasn’t the only NFL hair-doo causing a stir this week. Carolina Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen had a rough experience at a Supercuts and went on Twitter to vent. That triggered a series of snips across the twitterverse, including a quizzical response from fellow Notre Dame alum Brady Quinn wondering why Clausen was there in the first place and pitch from the folks at Great Clips. (Buzzfeed)

• Tim Tebow sat down with his competition, joining teammate and fellow Jets QB Mark Sanchez, along with several teammates and team owner Woody Johnson dining out at together in the New York meatpacking district. No word if Tebow brought the loaves and fishes for dinner. It was the first time Tebow and Sanchez appeared together socially and, sources say, the first time either quarterback had dined out with Johnson. (New York Daily News)

• Table tennis is the Olympic sport of choice for Ariel Hsing, who is going to London this summer as a member of the U.S. team. She often practices alone and doesn’t have any dreams of going pro as an adult. But she and her parents are so focused on her training that their artificial Christmas tree was still standing and decorated in the family’s San Jose, Calif., home in late April. (Los Angeles Times)


• There was one fan at Section 210 of Staples Center who kept screaming "We're going back to Denver, bay-bee!" after each dunk from JaVale McGee in Game 5 against the Lakers. Pamela McGee, JaVale’s outspoken and proud mother, stood and cheered often as her son scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds. After the final buzzer, JaVale corralled the game ball and heaved it toward her and she caught it. Pamela has become a fan-favorite in Denver, and should get some more major TV airtime during Game 6 tonight sitting a bit closer to the court. (Denver Post)

If you see any offbeat and fresh newsy links from your favorite sports site that might be of interest to others, pass them along to me at bsperos1@gmail.com.