Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing upon Further Review

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing upon Further Review

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Chicago Bulls sideshow DENNIS RODMAN has long found odd ways to express himself. The kick at a cameraman. The bawdy hot tub scene on his MTV show. That wedding dress worn to a book signing.

That Sport magazine cover in a bathing suit. Those tattoos commemorating everything short of Arbor Day. The head butt on a referee.

More recently, his ANDREW GOLOTTA-like low blow on rival forward JOE WOLF got him suspended by the National Basketball Association. Again. But at least his alleged backside pinch of a Delta Center usher back in 1994 won't cost him any money. The incident supposedly occurred when Rodman, then a San Antonio Spur, scrambled out of bounds after a loose ball. Usher LAVON P. ANKERS claimed he came up with much more than leather with his desperate lunge. But her lawsuit was ultimately dismissed by a U.S. District Judge in Salt Lake City. Judge DAVID SAM didn't dispute the pinch, but wrote in his 20-page decision that it did not rise to the "level such that a reasonable jury could find it outrageous, atrocious, or utterly intolerable in civilized society." Not in a country that elected BILL CLINTON president. Twice. Elsewhere in the disturbing world of sports: Champion thoroughbred CIGAR may have to go back to racing. After retiring to a cushy new vocation as a stud, Cigar got to, uh, date 36 mares and counting. The fee? $75,000 a pop. (Write your own FABIO joke here.) But Cigar went a Billiken-like 0-for-36 trying to plant a viable seed and his new owners - who paid $25 million for the pointy-eared carrot muncher - are crushed. He was supposed to sire a whole army of new champions, but, if he is sterile, he will have to get back onto the track and earn his living the hard way - by hauling tail. Four dogs have already died at the Iditarod sled dog race, which makes your (you) wonder if organizers laid down some land minds to enliven this year's tundra trot. How long before Congressional do-gooders get all over this sport? Some athletic career changes make sense, like former hockey goon PAUL STEWART becoming a referee and former big-league pitcher MICKEY LOLICH opening a doughnut shop. But how about whacky GERT WEIL? …

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