Padres’ Bell Rings Out Anger Over ESPN Choices

• Sick of ESPN’s baseball coverage only showcasing the Yankees, Red Sox & Mets? Padres pitcher Heath Bell feels the same sourness.

Heath Bell ESPN Baseball Tonight

• Fights, stabbings, gunplay - just another Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.

John Calipari greets the Memphis faithful one more time - but not without some bodyguards.

• Former Duke basketball star Greg Paulus gets a pro tryout - with the Green Bay Packers?

• Dallas would be happy to take the College Football Hall of Fame off South Bend’s hands.

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Nutt’s Ballplayer Had “Dreaded Ruptured Testicle”

Orson attunes his ruptured testicle antenna to this Ole Miss football injury report from David Brandt of the JACKSON (MS) CLARION-LEDGER:

Andrew Harris suffers dreaded ruptured testicle

(Or as they call it in Oxford: “D.R.T.”)

Receiver Shay Hodge missed practice because of sore knees and heels. He should be back soon. Receiver Andrew Harris (who had the dreaded ruptured testicle) was back at practice and made a few nice plays. Cornerback Marcus Temple dislocated his shoulder during Saturday’s scrimmage and will miss the rest of spring practice. The injury will not require surgery and he should be back in a few weeks for workouts.

Harris suffered the injury during a scrimmage last Saturday, so to come back this soon seems like nothing short of a miracle.

But really, would you expect anything less from one of Houston Nutt’s ballplayers?

Blog-O-Rama: Ivanovic’s Great Visit To Great Wall

• WTA TENNIS BLOG serves up Ana Ivanovic telling us all about her great visit to the Great Wall of China.

Ana Ivanovic Great Wall of China

• BUSTED COVERAGE could be flagged for illegal contact, as a couple of college refs aren’t going to turn down a photo op with Erin Andrews.

• While Florida fans are fuming over the Gators’ 31-30 loss to the Rebels, ESPN THE MAGAZINE finds Ole Miss alum Shepard Smith happy with the result - and he better be, since the Fox News anchor has given the school “an a**-load of money“.

• But Urban Meyer may have Dan Patrick to blame, as the ex-ESPN anchor’s radio show is becoming quite a curse on college coaches.

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Is Ole Miss PAT Block This Year’s Bush Push?

As far as Urban Meyer is concerned, Florida’s game-tying PAT attempt in the fourth quarter of their 31-30 upset loss to Ole Miss on Saturday wasn’t the result of a poor kick or a mix-up in the line. He’s pointing the finger at Kentrell Lockett, the Rebels player who blocked the kick, saying he used an illegal move to make the play.

Kentrell Lockett

Meyer told the GAINESVILLE SUN that Lockett “hurdled” the line to get to the kicker, a play that is technically illegal. Shades of the Bush Push, anyone? Video of the play after the jump. The blocked PAT is about 50 seconds in (after jump): Read more…