Just call it the mother of all foot faults. Belarusian tennis star Victoria Azarenka, 23, pulled out of the Brisbane International semifinals last week, citing an ingrown toenail from get this a bad pedicure.
"They cut a little bit too much, and it got infected," the world's top-ranked woman told the disappointed crowd. "The doctor said it happens a lot. It's never happened to me before, so it's something that I am definitely going to prevent for the next time."
Jacksonville circus? Bring it on
Another possible Tim Tebow circus in Jacksonville? So what? "The circus is fun, wrote Mike Bianchi of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel. "And that's more than you can say for the Jaguars during their last decade of mundane irrelevance. Give me a circus over a cemetery."
Grade school, not old school
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says Gamecocks star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was NFL-ready when he came out of high school. "That's such nonsense," retorted ESPN's Dan LeBatard. "He was ready after eighth grade."
Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press, on reports Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and supermodel girlfriend Kate Upton vacationed at a Caribbean resort: "Fortunately, there were no reports of Mark Sanchez tattoos on either of them."
Greg Cote of the Miami Herald, on Ray Lewis III son of the ex-Hurricanes great joining the Miami football team next season: "Not sure of his chances of making the NFL, but about 90 percent sure of the chances his nickname will become RL3."
Reality TV show idea seems all wet
Olympic champion swimmer Ryan Lochte is joining the world of reality television with a six-episode series debuting in April. Airing on E!, "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?" will follow the 28-year-old as he prepares for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games while developing his fashion line, making media appearances, dealing with his family and friends, and searching for a girlfriend.