?Former Raiders All-Pro Lester Hayes's Super Bowl XVIII ring, which went to a bidder on eBay for $18,200. According to The Boston Globe Hayes hocked the ring for $800 last April to pay for emergency dental work. When he didn't reclaim it, the pawnbroker put it up for bid. Hayes offered the seller $16,000, but she refused.
?The Marlins' and Dolphins' arena, with the name Pro Player Stadium for six years or until a court rules on the matter. Despite Fruit of the Loom's decision to liquidate its unprofitable Pro Player line, the parent company is on the hook for $2 million a year for the venue's naming rights through 2006.
?Mets spring training invitee Garth Brooks, from a foul tip off his left foot. Said Brooks, "It was the hardest ball I hit all day." No word on whether he'd be replaced in the lineup by Chris Gaines.
?Three-time U.S. Olympic pentathlete Mike Gostigian, 37, and three-time U.S. Olympic fencer Sharon Monplaisir, 39, on Feb. 29 in New York City. They chose Leap Day to honor the Games' quadrennial tradition. Says Gostigian, "We'll train for our anniversary every four years."
?The Braves' John Rocker by FantasySports net.com, whose press release calls the move "a blatantly transparent attempt to gain publicity."