Sideline Chatter: An elephant in the room in this relationshipAugust 6, 2017 8:46am

Aug. 04-- Lean to the left? Lean to the right? No kidding!

Ex-Dolphins cheerleader Lynn Aronberg-a staunch Donald Trump supporter-announced she has split from her Democratic-leaning husband, partly due to their political differences.

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Teeing off

Dustin Johnson uncorked the PGA Tour's longest drive since 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday-a whopping 439-yarder.

What, no launch angle and exit velocity?

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Sports quiz

The No. 1 threat to the Golden State Warriors juggernaut next season, according to ESPN's real plus-minus metric, are the:

a) Houston Rockets

b) San Antonio Spurs

c) 1992 Dream Team and Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine

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Looking out for No. 1

The annual preseason rankings are out, and to no one's surprise Alabama is No. 1 in the SEC, tops in the coaches' poll and second in the NFC South.

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Crayola payola

Last Wednesday, in case you missed it, was National Coloring Book Day.

Or as it's better known around college jock factories, National Textbook Day.

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He went deep

Falcons receiver Julio Jones lost a $150,000 earring while jet-skiing on a lake.

That's what you call a costly drop.

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Talking the talk

_Comedian Argus Hamilton, after the IOC ordered Los Angeles to upgrade its pistol-target venues for the 2028 Olympics: "What's wrong with the freeways we already have?"

_Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg, on Chicago experiencing a baby boom nine months after the Cubs' World Series win: "This explains why high schools are vacant in Cleveland."

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Political football

President Trump blasted maverick Republican senators "that were carried over the line on my back" in the 2016 election.

So forget Marshawn Lynch: The Seahawks should've handed No. 45 the ball at the 1-yard line.

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Out at home

Rockies closer Greg Holland, the MLB saves leader, sliced the index finger on his right throwing hand in a kitchen accident.

Or, as the PITCHf/x system described it for the injury report, a cutter on the outside part of the plate.

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Don't quoth a Raven

Ravens owner Steve Biscotti says he talked to Ray Lewis about the ramifications of signing controversial QB Colin Kaepernick.

What, Ray Rice wasn't available?

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Brown-and-out

Cleveland's NFL team hasn't won its season opener since 2004.

Browns fan to an Indians fan: "What's a quality start?"

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Headlines

_At TheOnion.com: "A-Rod donates $25 million to be displayed in glass case in Baseball Hall Of Fame."

_At TheKicker.com: "USPS inducts Karl Malone into Mailman Hall of Fame."

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All in the details

The Rays' Evan Longoria became the first player in major-league history to need a replay-review reversal (on a ninth-inning double) to hit for the cycle.

When others begin matching the feat, no doubt, MLB stat nuts will add the further distinction of "by a right-handed-hitting, California-born third baseman on natural grass on the road in a night game."

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Head games

If Adrian Beltre's future Hall of Fame plaque doesn't feature a cap it's because he doesn't want:

a) To slight any of the four teams he played for

b) Anything touching his head

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Beam Bite Dept.

Gold-medal gymnast Simone Biles posted a 27-second video clip on Twitter that shows her coming out of an anesthetic haze after having her wisdom teeth removed.

Talk about degree of difficulty: The oral surgeon described the procedure as a Khorkina II dismount with 2{ twists.

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Fasten your seat belts

Emergency rooms treat 30,000 annually for injuries from amusement-park accidents.

And you think the Mariners' annual roller-coaster adventure is a rough ride?

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He's going long

Chargers QB Philip Rivers-despite his team's move north to Los Angeles-says he's keeping his home in north San Diego and hire a driver to take him on his 80-minute commute to work.

After going 75 miles up and down I-5 each day, 90-yard scoring drives ought to be a snap.

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Subtracting himself

John Urschel, the Ravens' math-genius lineman, abruptly retired from the NFL after three seasons.

In other words: MIT > CTE.

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Hurting for cash

The hugely popular Web MD website has been sold for $2.8 billion.

The price tag was worth it, marketing analysts say, just to get the interactive Greg Oden diagnostic.

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Paging Wile E. Coyote

Adrian Beltre got ejected after an umpire ordered him to quit standing outside the on-deck circle-so Beltre dragged the circle to where he'd been standing instead.

On the bright side, however, Beltre landed a product endorsement for Acme's portable holes.

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More headlines

_At TheKicker.com: "Brady turns 40, eligible for NFL senior-citizen discount on next fine."

_At SportsPickle.com: "Dale Earnhardt Jr. submits paperwork for gas reimbursement."

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Quote marks

_Clippers forward Blake Griffin, via Twitter, after Rockets GM Daryl Morey says the NBA might be better off scrapping the MVP and other individual awards: "Honestly, we should do away with championships too. ... Participation trophies for everybody."

_Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, after Cowboys D-lineman David Irving lost a nipple ring during practice: "You think athletes feel stupid down on all fours looking for a lost contact lens?"

_Comedy writer Marc Ragovin, after ex-Giant Michael Strahan lost part of a finger in a recent accident: " 'Amateur,' said Jason Pierre-Paul."

_Mike Bianchi of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, on NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. heading to the NBC broadcast booth next year: "The way he's been driving this season, he better leave now if he wants to get there on time."

-RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, on Novak Djokovic announcing he is taking the rest of the tennis season off: " 'Way ahead of you,' said the Philadelphia Phillies."

_Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi, to MLB.com, after making three trade-deadline deals to bolster the pitching staff of a club that was already 74-31: "I think it will definitely be an emotional boost for the team, although it's hard to say they need it."

_Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com, on all the roster churn surrounding the Oval Office: "Did nobody tell Trump that the MLB trade deadline didn't apply to White House positions?"

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