For those tracking the Stephon Marbury Crazymeter, the latest is that Steph won't start practicing with his old high school team after all. Now on to the LTLs:
• New York City says that the Yankees improperly deducted more than $11 million from their annual rent bill on Yankee Stadium. The team quickly shipped Carl Pavano to City Hall and tried to call it even.
• Because the financial crisis has dampened bids, the Tribune Co. might end up holding on to 50 percent or more of the Cubs. Hey, you certainly wouldn’t want to tinker with a winning formula.
• Both the Lions and Raiders will be blacked out in their local TV markets this weekend. Thank heavens. Haven’t those people suffered enough?
• Boston College will today unveil a life-sized statue of Doug Flutie. Come on, they couldn’t spot the little fella a few inches before casting him in bronze? That’s cold.
• A Florida Gators fan was charged with domestic battery after she allegedly bit her husband, a Georgia fan, on the thigh after some taunting got out of control during the Gators’ big win over the Bulldogs last weekend. Then to rub things in even more, she called two timeouts before dialing for help.
• South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says that any player caught riding a scooter without a helmet will be suspended for a game. And if they’re caught riding a scooter with a visor, it’s five games.
• Lock of the Week: The LOW will look to rebound from last week’s setback with the Cardinals laying a healthy 9 ½ points against the 49ers at home on Monday Night Football. The Cards don’t get many chances to play in prime time, and with a suddenly spry QB Kurt Warner, new RB Tim Hightower and a flotilla of receivers, they have the weapons to put on a show. That show might not be as entertaining as whatever new San Fran coach Mike Singletary does, but you don’t get extra points for dropping your pants or ranting to reporters. Which is a shame, really. (Season record: 6-3)