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WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 1995

That dirty Dawg

The beneficiary was to be Washington State University, so it seemed weird that of the 25 current and former quarterbacks who accepted invitations to play in last weekend’s Bank of America Quarterback Classic golf tournament in Coeur d’Alene, four were former University of Washington Huskies.

Maybe Tom Flick thought so, too. So when participants were asked to autograph four Wazzu helmets, Flick signed his, “Go Dawgs! Tom Flick.”

Dodger Blue vs. Rocky Purple

The Dodgers and Rockies don’t much care for each other, with managers Tom Lasorda and Don Baylor going word-for-word in the press, and players going toe-to-toe in an ugly 1993 brawl.

The feud bottomed out (?) during the weekend, when an anonymous Dodger told Bob Nightengale of the Los Angeles Times, “Hey, we know there are teams out there who don’t like us, but who are those guys to talk? Some of their players have been popping off, too. Tell those guys to get a tradition before they pop off. What have they been around, three years? Yeah, like we care what guys in purple uniforms have to say.”

Baylor, who learned to hate the Dodgers during his playing days with the Angels, riled Lasorda & Co. with his comments after Friday night’s win in L.A. “We know they should be the class of this division,” Baylor told reporters. “They keep saying they are. But you have to prove it on the field.

“I remember beating them four straight here (in 1993), and they have four different excuses why they shouldn’t have lost.”

Daughters to spare

Colorado center fielder Mike Kingery, who has four daughters, was eagerly awaiting a call from his pregnant wife late Saturday. She was due Sunday.

“Hey, I’ve got to lead the league in something,” Kingery said. “I don’t know anyone else in the big leagues who has five daughters.”

Thirty grand in just 7 1/2 years

An Indiana disc jockey needs just $29,833 to pay off the $30,000 fine imposed on Bob Knight for the IU basketball coach’s NCAA Tournament outburst.

The day after it became known the NCAA had fined Knight for his harangue against Rance Pugmire, a tournament news conference moderator and former Idaho sports information director, disc jockey Adam Smasher urged WNAP-FM listeners to send a dollar to help pay the fine.

Smasher hoped to raise the money in 30 days. The response has been underwhelming - past the halfway point on Friday, the coffers held a mere $167.

Karate Kid

Veteran NFL QBJim McMahon, 36, is reportedly in top shape (for him). In fact, McMahon recently earned a black belt in karate after three years of study.

Will the belt read, “Rozelle” or “Tagliabue”?

Oh, that does make a difference

South Africa’s Simon Hobday, 1984 U.S. Senior Open champion, after Hale Irwin complained about the condition of the greens at the ‘95 tourney: “Greens never bother me as long as they have a hole in them.”

The last word …

“I wouldn’t want him to fall on you.”

- Clippers coach Bill Fitch, confirming rumors center Stanley Roberts has again become romantically linked to the buffet table

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