?The phone lines of the Jacksonville office of investment company Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, after a fan at Safeco Field hung a banner during Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez's April 16 return to Seattle that read NEED A LOAN? CALL 1-800-252-ALEX. The phone number, a cheeky reference to Rodriguez's $252 million contract with Texas, happened to be the same as that of the investment house.
?By 2001 Hall of Fame inductee Dave Winfield, that on his plaque in Cooperstown he'll be depicted wearing the cap of the Padres, for whom he played eight seasons, rather than that of the Yankees, for whom he played an equal span, or the Blue Jays, with whom he won a World Series. "I went with the team that gave me my first opportunity," said Winfield. The Padres also recently gave Winfield, who's on their board of directors, a new Mercedes.
? Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc., by Gator Rebhan, 34, coach of the two-time national Midget Division champion Suniland ( Fla.) Sundevils. Pop Warner suspended Rebhan, claiming he had his players run up the score in a 56-6 win over the Marshall Heights Bison of Washington, D.C., in this year's Pop Warner Super Bowl. Says Rebhan, "They're trying to break up the team by getting rid of the coaching staff."
?In anticipation of a bankruptcy filing, Quokka Sports, the San Francisco company that ran SaltLake2002.com, NBCOlympics.com, FinalFour.net, Golf.com and CART.com. The Salt Lake Organizing Committee is using its own resources to run the website of the 2002 Games until another partner can be found.
?The stadium of English Unibond League soccer club Witton Albion. Thanks to a sponsorship deal the team recently signed with a beverage-store chain, the venue will now be called Bargain Booze Stadium.