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Compiled from staff and wire reports
Published November 13, 2005


THUMBS UP

Former NBA star Karl Malone volunteered millions of dollars in manpower and equipment from a Haynesville, La., company he owns to help in Pascagoula, Miss., a city struck hard by Hurricane Katrina. Said Malone in a radio interview: "I wasn't going to just write a check, and I didn't want to go to New Orleans where all the celebrities were going (to grandstand). I wanted to go where no one was, and that's why we went to Pascagoula."

THUMBS DOWN

Two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders who were arrested in Tampa were kicked off the squad to protect the organization's sacred image. But players who had, ahem, legal issues (Todd Sauerbrun pleaded guilty to DUI; Chris Terry was charged with domestic violence; Police say they found a bag of marijuana and a gun in Muhsin Muhammad's car) received no such punishment. Apparently, sports' eight-strikes-and-you're-out policy only applies to athletes.

WEEKLY MEMO

To the PGA Tour: You want attention in November? Here's a thought: How about moving a real major to the season's end. Just because you tell us an event is important doesn't mean we believe you.

VOICES CARRY

It takes a lot to nauseate a sports agent. But Drew Rosenhaus' outrageous curbside performance at the Terrell Owens news conference Tuesday had a lot of his colleagues reaching for a barf bag.

"The most pathetic show I've ever seen in all my years in the business," said North Jersey-based Mark Lepselter, whose clients include Giants running back Tiki Barber and his brother, Bucs cornerback Ronde. "It was grandstanding and self-gratification at its worst. It was the Drew Rosenhaus press conference with T.O. as a guest star."

Cherry Hill-based agent Everette Scott said: "(As an agent) you've got to know when to shut up. If you're going to have a press conference, let (your client) put it all out there and then wrap it up. There was no need for him to speak."

But Rosenhaus did speak. And when he was done, any sympathy Owens had managed to muster with his earlier mea culpa to Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid and Co. had evaporated.

Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Inquirer

FINAL THOUGHT

Did Stanley get a tan or a third-degree burn?

- Compiled by Times staff writer Keith Niebuhr.