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Sports: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

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Boom and bust: This fishing trip was Ruskie business

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Fishing net? Check. Fish creel? Check. Dynamite? Check.

Three Russian fishermen's decision to take the train to their fishing hole backfired in a big way, reported, when their TNT exploded aboard the Vladivostok-to-Ussurisk run. Seems dynamite fishing — the explosives are detonated in the water, floating stunned fish to the surface — is illegal but nonetheless very popular there.

No one was injured in the blast, which destroyed part of the rail car, but police did make the catch of the day: Three Russian fishermen.

Drunk as a Fox

Looks like Terry Bradshaw might have better odds of growing hair than sliding over one seat to replace James Brown, who is off to CBS, as host of Fox's "NFL Sunday."

As Ed Goren, Fox Sports executive producer, told Sirius Satellite Radio: "I love Terry. He is the old straw that stirs the drink. But there isn't enough alcohol in Los Angeles for me to consume if I had to produce a show with Terry being the band leader."

Thrill the umpire

For you leather-lunged baseball fans who had to forgo spring training, offers up some prime ribbing for the men in blue:

• "Hey, ump, I thought only horses slept standing up."

• "I've got Internet stocks in better shape than you."

• "Hey, ump, is this your cellphone? It's got three missed calls."

• "Now I know why there's only one 'i' in umpire."

Talking the talk

• Brian Hayward, NHL goaltender-turned-Mighty Ducks broadcaster, after Kings forward Sean Avery called him a lousy player during a heated confrontation: "How would you know? When I played, you were in your third year of eighth grade."

• Ex-NBA star Charles Barkley, to the Washington Post, on his enduring popularity: "Every short, fat guy who plays, they'll say is like Barkley. That's not a bad legacy. There's always going to be short, fat guys."

• Headline from "MLB steroids investigation concludes Bud Selig is a great commissioner."

• Times reader Bill Littlejohn, after 82-year-old Mayvis Coyle was given a $114 ticket in Los Angeles for crossing a street too slowly: "I believe it happened on Maurice Clarett Boulevard."


Q: What do you call a 37-40 Indiana Pacers team that would be the Eastern Conference's No. 6 seed if the NBA playoffs opened today?

A: The Indy Sub-.500.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or

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