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SIDE­LINE CHAT­TER: There was some­thing fishy about his pay­cheque

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Talk about a bad swim move. NFL line­backer Bran­don Spikes got his pay­cheque gar­nished this past sea­son, the Buf­falo News re­ported, be­cause he didn’t pay a com­pany called The Fish Guy $4,045 for haul­ing his aquar­ium and trop­i­cal fish from Rhode Is­land to Buf­falo in 2014 af­ter he signed with the Bills.

HEAD­LINES

• At TheOnion.com: “NFL adds pass­ing concussion pro­to­col to Pro Bowl Skills Com­pe­ti­tion.” • At TheKicker.com: “Re­port: Usain Bolt still has re­lay gold be­cause IOC can’t catch him.”

THAT’S SNOW BIZ

Three-time X-Games gold medal­list Daniel Bodin, 31, achieved a global first — a dou­ble back flip on a snow­mo­bile — near his home in Malung, Swe­den. On the downside, the Rus­sian judge docked him a 10th of a point for a slight wob­ble on the land­ing.

HOW BIG OF THEM

The 49ers an­nounced they will hold the line on sea­son-ticket prices for the next two sea­sons. Hey, it’s bet­ter than freez­ing their won-lost record.

BREAK A LEG

Mar­got Robbie has been cast in the role of dis­graced fig­ure skater Tonya Harding in the up­com­ing biopic “I, Tonya.” Giddy crit­ics are al­ready pre­dict­ing they’ll give it get two clubs up.

TALK­ING THE TALK

• Brad Dick­son of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Her­ald, on the wife of Fal­cons guard Andy Le­vitre go­ing into labour but stay­ing for the en­tire play­off game against the Sea­hawks: “I think we have our first fe­male cap­tain of the All-Madden Team.” • Pa­tri­ots tight end Martel­lus Ben­nett, to Ya­hoo.com, on NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell fail­ing to at­tend a game in Foxborough the past two sea­sons since De­flate­gate: “Where is he? He’s like ‘Where’s Waldo?’ right now.” • Trainer He­len Smith, to the London Sun, on a side ben­e­fit of the nude ex­er­cise class she runs in Southamp­ton: “You don’t have to think about wash­ing sweaty gym clothes.”

GOOD NEWS BARES

Sev­eral L.A. County busi­nesses stepped for­ward to help bail out the strug­gling Len­nox Lit­tle League, in­clud­ing a $1,200 do­na­tion from the Jet Strip club. What, you’ve never seen a base­ball field with brass foul poles be­fore?

JET­TING TO THE UK?

Pres­i­dent Trump has nom­i­nated Jets owner Woody John­son to be his am­bas­sador to the United King­dom. As for John­son’s odds of get­ting con­firmed by the Se­nate, pre­dic­tions widely ranged from “as good as a Joe Na­math guar­an­tee” to “as bad as a Mark Sanchez butt-fum­ble.”

MORE HEAD­LINES

• Posted on Com­mu­nity Bap­tist Church’s reader­board in Fall­brook, Calif.: “God will never for­sake you — un­like the Charg­ers.” • At Fark.com: “Adrian Peter­son says he’s down to three teams whose IR he’d like to be on next sea­son.”

QUOTE MARKS

• Kevin Clark of TheRinger.com, on how in­juries to QBs Derek Carr and Ryan Tan­nehill, among oth­ers, af­fected this year’s NFL play­offs: “By the time the play­offs started, they had only a frac­tion of their usual star power. Think Saved by the Bell: The Col­lege Years.” • RJ Cur­rie of Sport­sDeke.com, on four 30-some­things reach­ing the fi­nals at the Aus­tralian Open: “On dis­play were tennis’ greatest fore­hands, back­hands and old hands.” • Jan­ice Hough of LeftCoastS­port­sBabe.com, on Sea­hawks as­sis­tant coach Rocky Seto leav­ing the NFL to en­ter the min­istry: “If he re­ally wants to be around a lot of peo­ple pray­ing ev­ery Sun­day, he should join the 49ers.”

EVEN MORE HEAD­LINES

• At TheKicker.com: “Raiders file pa­per­work to leave Con­nor Cook in Oak­land.” • At Sport­sPickle.com: “NFL ge­neti­cists work­ing on de­vel­op­ing lig­a­ment-free player.”

THE WRITE STUFF

• Comic Tor­ben Rolf­sen, on Tim Raines and Joan Baez both get­ting Hall of Fame calls: “There’s more rock in Coop­er­stown’s 2017 in­ductees than Cleve­land’s.” • Bob Moli­naro, in the Hamp­ton Roads Vir­ginian-Pilot, look­ing for­ward to the next nine-week run of “Curl­ing Night in Amer­ica” on NBCSN: “Canada’s finest ex­port to Amer­ica since Neil Young. Or if you pre­fer, Wil­liam Shat­ner.” • Blog­ger TC Chong, on Johnny Manziel’s au­to­graph booth dur­ing Su­per Bowl week: “He is charg­ing $99 to sign items peo­ple bring. So far no NFL teams plan to bring a con­tract.” • Brown Univer­sity bas­ket­ball player Steven Spi­eth — the younger brother of golf star Jor­dan — when ESPN asked what he hears from the stands when he launches a shot on the road: “Fore!”

RICHARD LAUTENS, TORONTO STAR

Usain Bolt is will­ing to give up that re­lay gold medal, if the IOC can catch him.

FRAZER HAR­RI­SON, GETTY IM­AGES

Look who’s play­ing Tonya Harding in the movie, ’I, Tonya.’

FILE PHOTO

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