Phil Mickelson told me paleontologist Jack Horner inspired his British Open win by sharing the story of how he found the first-ever dinosaur embryo: "People had found eggs before, but nobody had the guts to break the egg to find the embryo. He did.... It got me thinking, I'm playing some of my best golf, but I have to think outside the box and refocus." ... Dodgers utilityman Skip Schumaker explained why he's been outspoken about suspended Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. "He kicked our butt a lot of years," Schumaker said. "Wins and losses were changed because of what he did. That's what's frustrating." ... Falcons QB Matt Ryan on throwing an incomplete pass to Roddy White on the final play of the NFC title game, when Tony Gonzalez appeared to be open: "When you watch it, yeah, definitely [I would have gone to Gonzalez]. But from the presnap look, I think I went to the right side."