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Gym won't want Sharapova as member

Sharks spending too much time chasing the game
June 5, 2016 3:25 P.M.

“Former Toronto Argos running back Ricky Williams has opened up a marijuana-friendly gym,” reports Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif.-based correspondent. “I hear it's called Acapulco Gold's Gym.” . . . Littlejohn, again: “A three-year-old solved a Rubik's cube in 47 seconds. But she still can't figure out what happened to the Oklahoma City Thunder.” . . . Former New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford reportedly got the old heave-ho from a Planet Fitness gym for excessive grunting. As Littlejohn puts it: “Well, I think it's a safe bet we won't see Maria Sharapova there anytime soon.” . . . “Many UFC fighters were asked to comment on the passing of Muhammad Al” Littlejohn notes. “That’s like asking for comments on the passing of Enrico Caruso from ? and the Mysterians.” . . .

When the pooh-bahs at TRU starting looking for a replacement for athletic director Ken Olynyk, who is to retire at some point in 2017, they may look no further than Curtis Atkinson. He has been the interim AD at the U of Regina for 18 months, but is soon to move to Kamloops with his family because his wife, Heather, will be working at TRU. . . . There is news of a man who stood outside Gillette Stadium every day for a month in an attempt to get a tryout with the NFL’s New England Patriots. TC Chong, a blogger from Richmond, B.C., reports: “Finally, Bill Belichick stuck his head out the door and said, ‘Go home, Terrell Owens!’ ” . . . “Despite dating rumours, Khloe Kardashian said she was only flirting with Odell Beckham Jr.,” reports RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com. “Given the history of athletes with Kardashians, that’s a pass Beckham was wise to drop.” . . .

“Ahh for the good old days,” writes Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe, “when on Memorial Day weekend Americans who liked to watch complete wrecks could watch the Indy 500, instead of our Presidential race.” . . . In her other life, Hough is a travel agent, which qualifiers her to write: “A Seattle burlesque dancer returning home from a Boston performance was told by a JetBlue crew the shorts and thigh-highs she was wearing were ‘inappropriate.’ She had to buy pyjama pants to get on the plane. This would not have happened on United. They’d have let her board and just charged other passengers an entertainment fee.” . . . One from Hough: “In Switzerland, they just had the grand opening of a railway tunnel through the Alps dubbed ‘the longest tunnel in the world’ at 35.5 miles. And down in Mexico they’re just giggling.” . . . Hough is on a roll: “Bernard Marcus, the founder of Home Depot, has endorsed Donald Trump for president. Presumably because he hopes Trump will need to shop at Home Depot to built that wall.” . . .

“Looking forward to picking up The Tragically Hip's new album out June 17,” notes Torben Rolfsen, who hosts The Rolfsen Report on TSN 1040 Vancouver on Saturday mornings. “That is, if StubHub doesn't buy them all.” . . . Headline at TheOnion.com: Michael Phelps’ fiancée gives birth to healthy 6-pound tadpole. . . . Headline at SportsPickle.com: NHL player shot dead after child falls onto ice. . . . Game 4 of what has the promise of being an interesting Stanley Cup final is scheduled for Monday night in San Jose. The Sharks, who trail the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, in a best-of-seven affair, haven’t held the lead for even one second in this series. If they are going to continue to chase the game the way they have, it won’t end well for them. . . .

“A Louisiana state lawmaker proposed a measure that would impose maximum age (28) and weight (160 pounds) restrictions on strippers,” reports Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald. “It’s nice to see one politician in this nation who isn’t afraid to take on the major issues.” . . . Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has put his home on the market. As Jim Corrigan, a reader of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, suggested to the newspaper: “The home includes a three-car garage, 3½ bathrooms and a finished career.”

(Gregg Drinnan is a former sports editor of the Regina Leader-Post and the late Kamloops Daily News. He is at greggdrinnan@gmail.com and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears here on weekends, except when it doesn’t.)

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