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Sun-Up: Joakim Noah says Kevin Garnett is mean and ugly; One of the worst fouls you'll ever see; Bets are off in Auburn-Georgia game; Tiger Woods, Brett Favre made CMA Award appearance

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Garnett-Noah.jpgJoakim Noah used to have a picture of Kevin Garnett in his room. The big man was someone the future Bull looked up to.

But those days are gone.

Speaking on ESPN Radio yesterday, Noah said that the trash-talking Boston Celtics stalwart wouldn't be getting any Christmas gifts from him this year.

"I don't like him," he added. He's a very mean guy. Where's the love? None at all. Ugly, too."

Garnett, of course, was recently accused of calling Detroit Pistons' Charlie Villanueva a "cancer patient." Garnett denied the claim, instead saying he told Villanueva that the youngster was cancerous to his team.

Even so, there's been plenty of debate about Garnett's "bully" act.

Noah seemed to echo sentiments that the veteran goes after those, well let's just say, more apt to be intimidated.

"He was very mean to me my rookie year. And he's only mean to the young guys and the [European players], for some reason. I don't know why, but that's who he doesn't like. He's not nice. I talk a lot of trash out there, but c'mon, be a little sensitive. Be sweet."
So this is like a 12-shot foul, right?



There are hard fouls, intentional fouls and technical fouls. Then there's what Mike Batiste of European basketball's Panathinaikos did.

Apparently so upset that he lost all shreds of human decency, Baptiste intentionally stomped on an opponent's head.

Bets are off
For what it's worth, a couple of online betting websites have pulled bets for Saturday's Auburn-Georgia game. Such a move is usually reserved for when setting a line is particularly difficult, whether it be due to a questionable injury to a team's star player or some other factor.

Tigers quarterback Cam Newton has been at the center of story after story questioning his past this week, so the possibility of a team-imposed punishment is in play. Obviously, that's speculation, but apparently enough of a possibility for BoDog.com and Intertops.com from taking the game off the board.

Niehaus passes away



Legendary Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus died of a heart attack at the age of 75.

The Hall of Famer had called games since 1977 -- the team's first season in Seattle -- and was the only remaining team employee.

His importance to the city is perhaps best illustrated with this quote from longtime Mariners outfielder Jay Buhner.

"Words can't describe what I am feeling right now. This is the saddest day of my life. It is like I am losing a Dad, someone that was a father-figure to me."

And finally ...
Country music stars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley poked fun at Brett Favre and Tiger Woods during last night's CMA Awards.

It's now official. Every person on the planet has now completed at least one Favre and one Woods jab.

During an in-between-awards segment focusing on a year full of infidelity, the two sang:

"She caught Tiger with some tail, it's plain to see. And Brett Favre has taken up photography," Paisley sang, of golf giant Tiger Woods and the star quarterback.

"Is it me or has pro sports gone straight to hell. Ever since they caught poor Tiger with some tail."

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