Lost in translation?
Clemson officials agreed to take only female cheerleaders to Tokyo for this week's game against Duke because, they say, that's what Japanese promoters wanted.
"They don't care a thing about male cheerleaders," athletic director Bobby Robinson said. "They want dancing girls is how they put it."
Lee Gough, an associate athletic director at Clemson who is organizing the trip, said the Tigers' dancing girls will be made up of cheerleaders and members of the Rally Cats, an all-female revue that performs at basketball games.
Sally Behrhorst, a spokeswoman for Teleplanning, said Houston and Arizona State brought male cheerleaders last year.
"This year we requested a dance team," she said. "I guess that, by definition, implies all females. But we've had male cheerleaders before, and we'll probably have them again."
Open (golf) season on rabbits
Every golfer knows about the "rabbit killer" -- the low shot that is ideal when playing in strong headwind.
But did you know there's a real rabbit killer at Royal Dornoch in Scotland, one of the world's oldest and most famous courses that is enjoying cult status these days?
He is John Muir, who roams over this course in the remote corner of the Scottish highlands with a shotgun six days a week. Since being employed by the club in 1989, he has killed an estimated 5,500 rabbits.
"The rabbits were all over the fairways. It was horrific!" recalls Ian Walker, club secretary at Royal Dornoch. "They did a lot of damage to the course, so we hired John."
Muir, who is believed to be the only full-time rabbit killer in Scottish golf, says he shoots between 30 and 40 rabbits every day. He usually goes out in the dark, using a big light on the top of his rifle.
An American golfer recently killed a rabbit by accident with his tee shot on the eighth hole.
"It saved me a bullet," says Muir, who witnessed the incident. "No. 8 is the best hole for killing rabbits on this course."
AL Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens on baseball cards sent to him for autographs: "They want you to make sure you don't bend the corners. I get a full page on exactly how to slide the card out, where to sign it and how to put it back in. I'm still not sure if they're worth more if they're signed or not signed."
Super Bowl beats the gold
Tight end Keith Jackson says he'd choose a Super Bowl ring as a Philadelphia Eagle over a gold record as his alter ego -- rapper K-Jack.
"To get a gold record is an individual achievement, while for the Super Bowl, it means 47 guys came together for one goal," Jackson told the Philadelphia Daily News last week.
Jackson, 26, held a party last week to celebrate the release of his first rap album, "K-Jack-N-America."
People coming together is the underlying theme of the album released locally by City Block Records.
Jackson says his brand of rap differs from some of the hard-core offerings of groups like 2 Live Crew and N.W.A.
"I don't agree with that style of rap because it's a negative image for our youth," he said. "That is not what life is about."