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Posted: Tuesday January 11, 2005 9:43AM; Updated: Tuesday January 11, 2005 4:34PM
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1. The NCAA will enlist the Cartoon Network in its anti-gambling ad campaign, hoping to reach future college athletes and students before they step foot on campus. It's a continuation of the partnership between the two organization that began when the Cartoon Network devised the BCS.

2. The Kings traded guard Doug Christie to the Magic on Monday for guard Cuttino Mobley and forward Michael Bradley. The last impediment to the deal was resolved earlier in the day when a no-trade clause was waived by Mrs. Christie.

3. Mets general manager Omar Minaya and his wife ate dinner at the White House on Monday night with President Bush. Sources in New York, though, said Minaya simply took the place turned down by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner despite the inducement of an extra T-bone steak.

4. Even with the Carlos Beltran signing, it's not easy to be a Mets fan in New York. On the day that the Mets made their splashiest acquisition in a decade, the back page of the New York Post carried a picture of Beltran with the headline: "Yankee Reject." Sources told the paper that before Beltran agreed to the seven-year, $117 million deal with the Mets, his agent Scott Boras offered Beltran to the Yanks for $99.6 million over six years. (That's $16.6 million a year, while the Mets' deal works out to $16.7 million a year for, obviously, one more season.) The Yanks declined, in part because the luxury tax seems to be catching up with them. Yet even while remaining on the sideline, the Yanks managed to steal some of the Mets' back-page thunder.

5. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has made a proposal to buy out the shares of its Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary that it does not already own in a transaction valued at approximately $6 billion. Murdoch celebrated the mega-deal by pretending to moon his board of directors.

6. Vikings receiver Randy Moss is facing an NFL fine, likely $5,000, for his mock-mooning of Green Bay fans after his fourth-quarter touchdown Sunday. The discipline would come under league rules against obscene gestures or other actions considered in "poor taste." The NFL still is determining whether the clause covers Moss's unruly Afro.

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7. The Dolphins have banned reporters from working in the media room at the team's practice facility until further notice, saying the move was part of an effort to "get accurate information to our fans." It seems the team would prefer to speak to fans directly through its Web site rather than through the distorting filter of the media. On Tuesday, for instance, the team posted a press release announcing how excited the Dolphins are to be hosting the Colts this Sunday.

8. In further Dolphins news, owner Wayne Huizenga announced that the name of Pro Player Stadium would be changed to Dolphins Stadium. He also unveiled a three-phase plan worth more than $300 million to renovate the 18-year-old facility. At least, that's the case if those media yahoos can be believed.

9. The Department of Homeland Security has unveiled a comprehensive online test to allow sports stadium managers to evaluate their security plans. The test is considered even more rigorous than the background check on Bernard Kerik.

10. If you don't watch 24, why not? It is by far the most exciting show on TV, and one of the most intense and suspenseful shows of all time. The most common complaint of non-converts is that the show demands too much of a commitment, since it's best viewed in order and in its entirety. The 10 Spot appreciates that qualm; we avoided the show until midway through the second season for just that reason. Even if you're too afraid to jump on board, why not rent the first few episodes of Season One? If you're hooked -- and you will be -- you can then step up to the full-season DVD set. The show is like an edge-of-your-seat movie, but for 24 hours (OK, a shade under 17 with commercials subtracted) rather than two. You can thank me later.

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