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Rush Limbaugh is telling the world that he has auditioned for the vacant Monday Night Football color commentating role/roles. Not surprisingly, ABC isn't admitting such a thing took place. Also not surprisingly, Limbaugh says his audition was "excellent." He says he recently traveled to Los Angeles and called a prerecorded game with play-by-play holdover Al Michaels. "I surprised myself," Limbaugh said. (We doubt that.) "I had not seen the game we did. And I didn't try to study up on the game because who knows how the real game's going to play out?" There's an insightful comment. ABC says it will announce the new hire/hires next month.

Women who love

too much

Tonya Harding is out of jail after serving three days for disorderly conduct _ the legal charge for throwing a hubcap at her boyfriend, Darren Silver, and hitting him. The sometimes figure skater pleaded guilty last week. After her Sunday release, Harding, 29, issued a statement in which she said, "I want you all to know that I still love Darren very much." Silver, 28, told Inside Edition, "I just want her to be happy and not harmed."

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Alpo Suhonen, hired by the Blackhawks, is the second European-born NHL coach. Who was the first?

Answer below.

QUOTABLE

"I don't mind. It's free advertising."

_ LATRELL SPREWELL

on being mentioned in the same breath as Bob Knight when talk turns to choking people during practice

ANSWER

On a technicality, it was Johnny Gottselig, born in Russia but raised in the United States, who coached the Blackhawks from 1944-48.

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