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Rock On: A sleepover at Hayward's house

Published: Tuesday, July 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

FILE - This July 19, 2008, file photo, former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman poses before the Ed Hardy swimwear runway show in Miami Beach, Fla. The Florida Highway Patrol says Rodman and another passenger weren't injured in the single-vehicle crash on Saturday, July 31, 2010, on Interstate 95 near Fort Lauderdale.  (Lynne Sladky, AP) FILE - This July 19, 2008, file photo, former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman poses before the Ed Hardy swimwear runway show in Miami Beach, Fla. The Florida Highway Patrol says Rodman and another passenger weren't injured in the single-vehicle crash on Saturday, July 31, 2010, on Interstate 95 near Fort Lauderdale. (Lynne Sladky, AP)

BRIDGE BUILDER

July is a patriotic month, so naturally Rock On pauses to honor some of the great statesmen in American history: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and, of course, Rodman.

Dennis Rodman is saying that, considering his recent “diplomatic” work with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, he deserves to be honored.

“I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong,” he told Sports Illustrated.

Come to think of it, shouldn’t he get a Pulitzer for writing “Dennis the Wild Bull”?

KIDS’ STUFF

The Boston Celtics hired 36-year-old Brad Stevens away from Butler University, last week.

Baby-faced Jazzman Gordon Hayward welcomed him to the NBA by inviting him to a sleepover and Skittles-scarfing contest after their homework is done.

LOVE AT HOME

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks allegedly struck teammate Lamar Divens in the head with a beer bottle a month ago.

Hot off the presses: “Forty-Niners family declares itself all on same page and ready to greet new season.”

LIVING SMALL

There are countless stories of pro athletes who ended up bankrupt.

That’s not going to happen to Tavon Austin.

The St. Louis Rams rookie signed a $12.75 million contract this year and immediately turned the finances over to his mom.

Sources say Austin gets a bump in his allowance if he regularly makes his bed and takes out the trash.

SAFETY FIRST

When the Jazz season ended in April, Al Jefferson was asked about free agency, to which he told reporters, “I love the city of Salt Lake. It’s a great place. I love to stay out of trouble.”

Isn’t that a bit like saying you love avoiding heart disease?

UNEXCUSED

Heralded Jazz rookie Trey Burke punctuated his first NBA game by going 1-for-12 from the field at the Orlando Summer League.

Said Burke: “There’s no excuse for that.”

Just so Jazz fans don’t start saying the same thing about acquiring him.

BRAIN FOOD

Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi said last month that it’s easy to name the worst food he ever tasted.

“I ate about 15 pounds of cow brains,” he said. “That was awful.”

On the bright side, he could always donate the leftover gray matter to the 34 NFL players who have been arrested this offseason.

RUFF TREATMENT

Omaha World-Herald columnist Brad Dickson on the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest: “Did anyone ever stop to wonder about this dog’s self-esteem?”

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