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Cheap Shots: NBA cracks down on tweets

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For more sports commentary, follow Reggie Hayes via Twitter at www.twitter.com/reggiehayes1

Stephen Jackson gets hostile in 140 characters

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 7:23 am

San Antonio Spurs guard Stephen Jackson was fined $25,000 for a hostile statement to Serge Ibabka on Twitter. The NBA's policy is if a player has a beef with another player, he needs to be a man and address it Facebook to Facebook.

Not in the Cards

Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald's father wrote on Twitter that the team has quit after a 58-0 loss to the Seahawks. Technically, I'm not sure you can quit if you don't actually show up.

Boy wonders

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, easily beating Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o in the voting. “I've been dreaming about this since I was a kid,” Manziel said.

So, yeah, he's been dreaming for nearly six months now.

Fatherly advice: Hit the road

The Charlotte Bobcats cut Cory Higgins, son of Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins. So now we know the opposite of nepotism.

Hard line to nowhere

The NHL and the players' association could return to the bargaining table again this week in an attempt to end the lockout. The NHL is apparently intent on maintaining a hard line until it gets what it wants: total irrelevancy.

Is this a fade route?

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, is not expected to receive an invitation to the Senior Bowl because of doubts about his abilities to become a pro quarterback. On a positive note, he's expected to be given the go-ahead to change his name to Tim Tebow II.

A-Rod under a knife

Alex Rodriguez will have surgery on his left hip in January and it could sideline him until after the All-Star break. “I'm not concerned,” Rodriguez said. “I'm actually, in many ways, relieved that there's something tangible that we can go fix.”

A-Rod was also relieved that doctors said his surgery should in no way hamper his ability to date singers or actresses.

Follow the money

Bret Bielema left Wisconsin to take the football coaching job at Arkansas. Everyone was surprised except his accountant.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Reggie Hayes at rhayes@news-sentinel.com