SBD/Closing Bell

Quick Hits....

"We are not conflicted. We are rooting for the Cards" – Yum! Brands spokesperson Jonathan Blum, whose company owns Wichita, Kan.-based Pizza Hut and provides naming rights to the Univ. of Louisville's basketball arena, on the Wichita State-Louisville Final Four matchup (COURIER-JOURNAL.com, 4/5).

"I don't anticipate you're going to see the United States return to where we were in the '70s and '80s, where we have 30-40 players in the top 100. The game is so international. … It's a much more popular sport overseas. A lot of the best athletes gravitate toward tennis" – U.S. Davis Cup team captain Jim Courier (IDAHOSTATESMAN.com, 4/5).

"This is not going to be like that deal over there" – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, comparing the deal for Marlins Park, which can be seen from his office, to negotiations with the Dolphins for upgrades to Sun Life Stadium (MIAMI.CBSLOCAL.com, 4/5).

"There's a danger that if we have matches replayed or if we punish clubs on the sporting front, it will open the door to hooligan groups who will come to deliberately cause trouble" – FIFA President Sepp Platter, on issues faced by int'l soccer's governing body in trying to curtail racism during matches (London TELEGRAPH, 4/5).
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