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Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for January 22, 2013 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.

1. Quick Hits

  • The Lakers free fall continues. They lost their ninth game out of 11 last night in Chicago. Halfway through the season they are equally as close to a playoff spot as last place in the Western Conference.
  • The owners of the NBA Sacramento Kings agree to sell the team paving the way for a move to Seattle.
  • Novak Djokovic, bidding for a record third straight Australian Open title, has reached the semis. He'll face David Ferrer.
  • Maria Sharapova has advanced to the semi-finals having only lost nine games along the way, an Australian Open record. She'll face Li Na.
  • Joe Paterno's supporters plan a vigil today on the one year anniversary of his death.


2. Revisionist History

Jets owner Woody Johnson, while at last summer's Republican National Convention, said "You can never have too much Tebow." Johnson loved the idea of Tim Tebow. It certainly stole some headlines from the Super Bowl champion Giants, and it might even sell a few personal seat licenses. Well, we all know how that all worked out. And now Johnson is saying Tebow wasn't his idea it was "forced" on him. Let's say for argument's sake it's true. I'm sure season ticket holders who had PSLs forced on them will be real sympathetic.

3. Behind Every Good Man

Last year, when the Patriots lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen angrily ripped the team's wide receivers by complaining, "My husband cannot f***ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times." And then after Sunday's loss to Baltimore, Wes Welker's wife Anna Burns Welker ripped Ray Lewis on Facebook saying, "If anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis' Wikipedia page. Six kids, four wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay! What a hall of fame player! A true role model!" She has since apologized, but maybe the Patriots should just let their wives do the competing. Who would want to mess with them?

4. He's Had his Phil

Golf star Phil Mickelson says he plans to make "drastic changes" because of increases in California and Federal taxes. He says if you add up all of the taxes he's paying 62 or 63 percent. He didn't hint what those changes would be. He's expected to give more details in the next couple of days, although late last night he issued a statement apologizing for going public about taxes. Speculation has ranged from moving out of California (likely) or retiring from golf (why?). Maybe he's been following the exploits of French actor Gerard Depardieu. Fed up with taxes in France he's building a house in Russia and he wants to become a Russian citizen. Can't you just see Phil bolting sunny San Diego for Moscow?

5. It's Not Whether You Win or Lose...

Last month in Spain during a cross country race a Kenyan runner was in the lead, Abel Mutai mistakenly pulled up 10 meters before the end of the race. Ivan Fernandez Anaya of Spain caught him, but instead of capitalizing on Mutai's blunder he guided him to the finish line and allowed him to finish first. Said Fernandez Anaya, "He was the rightful winner. I didn't deserve to win." Kind of refreshing in our current cheating/hoaxing era, no?

Happy Birthday: Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl running back Ray Rice. 26.

Bonus Birthday: Actress Diane Lane (I sat next to her on the Tonight Show... don't you love name droppers?) 48.

Today in Sports: Down goes Frazier! 40-years ago today, George Foreman knocks out undefeated Joe Frazier to win the heavyweight title. 1973.

Bonus Event: The debut of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In on NBC. 1968.

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