Leafs looking for sweet tones

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

The Maple Leafs are looking for the next Kate Smith or Roger Doucet.

So, if you think you can sing, the team is holding anthem auditions on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre (registration at 9 a.m., gate 1).

Selected vocalists may be given the opportunity to belt out the anthems at a Leafs home game.

Imagine that — singing in front of the true Canadian idols!

While the Leafs say no experience is necessary, here are a few tips from someone who has witnessed a few too many botched anthems:

a) Unless you’re the second coming of Jimi Hendrix and can do an explosive guitar version of O Canada, stick to the traditional route;

b) Know all the words — it’s important to get them in the right order, too;

c) Don’t do a Roseanne Barr and scratch your privates.

Nets assets

Russia’s richest man, Mikhail Prokhorov, is set to help the New Jersey Nets build a new arena and could become a part-owner.

As part of the $700-million deal, the team will agree to become the New Jersey Nyets.

Booty call

Dunta Robinson has been fined $25,000 by the Houston Texans for printing “Pay me Rick” on his shoes.

Robinson, who wore the shoes during the season opener, wants general manager Rick Smith to give him a long-term contract.

I’m not saying Robinson is a heel but, given his $10-million salary, he’s not exactly living on a shoestring.

King of jungle

For a Detroit Lions fan, only one thing could possibly raise your dander more than a game against the evil Minnesota Vikings empire.

A game against the evil Minnesota Vikings empire with Brett Favre at quarterback.

Will the Lions defeat the visiting Vikings on Sunday, their first victory since Dec. 23, 2007?

Let’s not get carried away.

However, Peter King of Sports Illustrated is picking Detroit to win 23-21, with coach Jim Schwartz unleashing the Lions and forcing Favre into mistakes.

Lions fans, prepare your parade floats. Or, if this is going to be anything like last season, your arks.

Say what?

Carolina receiver Steve Smith to quarterback Jake Delhomme, while both were on the bench during the Panthers’ 38-10 loss last Sunday:

“I never really liked you as a quarterback. But as a person ... I love you as a person.”

Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Mark Reynolds, who has struck out 200 times and is closing in on the single-season strikeout record (204) that he set in 2008:

“You know, if I was hitting a buck-fifty and driving in 20 runs and striking out 200 times ... but I’m being productive. So whatever.”

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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