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At halftime of the Jazz game on Wednesday, the 1997 team that reached the NBA Finals will be honored. Many of the players are expected to attend, though it was unclear on Monday whether Karl Malone is coming.

If anyone is giving out autographs, here's hoping the first goes to Copper Hills star Stockton Malone Shorts. Either that or the first person who walks in claiming his name is Ostertag Tooth.

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Malone told ESPN’s Sage Steele he has no sympathy for players resting for the playoffs.

“If you don’t have at least 10 years experience, get your (expletive) playing,” he said. “It’s not work. It’s called playing.”

Mailman, it’s been too long.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Seinfeld” star and mother of Northwestern forward Charlie Hall, was the big celebrity during this year’s NCAA Tournament.

But the Wildcats couldn’t get past Gonzaga on Saturday. They cut a 22-point deficit to five before falling.

No soup for you! Come back one year! Next!

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Asked if he secretly wishes “you guys could face more teams from the Big Ten or the Pac-12,” Gonzaga’s Silas Melson said, “Honest answer, yeah. But I mean we’re totally fine with the competition we play. But watching on TV, the Big Ten games, Pac-12, we want to be among the best like that.”

BYU: “Tell us about it.”

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Melson was also quizzed about playing in the Vivint Arena, where Stockton spent his pro career.

“We see John Stockton every day,” Melson said. “We have the pleasure of talking to him.”

“How does that happen?” said every media person ever.

A NEW SIGNAL

Radio station 1320-KFAN went dark three weeks ago after ownership sold the land the tower sits on to a developer.

No truth to the rumor the builder is naming its new subdivision “The Wasatch Whip Around.”

FOOD CHAIN PAIN

Nebraska’s men’s basketball team hasn’t won an outright conference championship in 101 years.

This season finally gives Northwestern fans the chance to say, “Ha-ha! You’re pathetic!”

TALL TALE

Playing in the World Baseball Classic for the Netherlands is 7-foot-1 pitcher Loek van Mil, who once played for the Salt Lake Bees.

The Dutch team became interested after seeing him tag out a runner without leaving the mound.

THE UNTOUCHABLES

Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Rosenbloom, after Northwestern’s first-round win over Vanderbilt: “And so, the Wildcats remain undefeated in the NCAA’s 79-year tournament history.”