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Originally published May 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified May 28, 2007 at 11:47 PM

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Information in this article, originally published May 28, 2007, was corrected May 28, 2007. Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander agreed to give his friend a 0.1 percent share of his signing bonus. Sideline Chatter on Monday incorrectly listed the number as 1 percent.

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Milk does a body — and a pocket book — good

If you think the cost of gasoline is through the roof, you ought to see what Justin Verlander might be paying for moo juice. And all because of...

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If you think the cost of gasoline is through the roof, you ought to see what Justin Verlander might be paying for moo juice.

And all because of a deal the Tigers pitcher struck with friend Daniel Hicks in the 10th grade. "I wanted a chocolate milk that cost 50 cents, and I didn't have the money," Verlander, 24, told Sports Illustrated. "So I said, 'How about I give you 0.1 percent of my pro signing bonus if you give me 50 cents now?' He found a napkin, wrote it up, and I signed it.

"I forgot about it, but after I signed [with the Tigers], he comes over and whips out this old napkin. I'm like, oh my God! My bonus was 3-point-something million.

"Was a chocolate milk worth $3,000? I want to say yes. I was parched."

Trophy life

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on the top two reasons his school became the first to win 100 NCAA championships:

• "John Wooden went west, young man.

• "We were the first school to win 99."

Tigers' mane man

Tigers manager Jim Leyland likes the looks of Magglio Ordonez's hitting a lot more than he does the outfielder's overflowing locks.

"Do I think it looks good? No. Do I care? No," Leyland told the Detroit News before the season. "If he hits .300, I'll shampoo it for him."

Talko time


• Comedian Argus Hamilton, on ABC's on-air dust-up between "The View" co-hosts Rosie O'Donnell and Elizabeth Hasselbeck: "After the show, Barbara Walters and Michael Vick were arrested for arranging catfights."

• Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, after four Milwaukee Brewers players made a cameo appearance on "The Young and Restless" soap opera: "Meanwhile, the injury-plagued Toronto Blue Jays will send a delegation to 'General Hospital.' "

• Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post, on predictions that Rick Tocchet will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to running a sports betting ring: "Apparently the judge felt coaching the Phoenix Coyotes was punishment enough."

• TNT's Charles Barkley, on his daughter Christiana's pending high-school graduation: "I don't know why she is going to go to college. She's going to go for four years, waste her time and then ask me to hire her."

She fits the bill

Fatemeh Harkness, a 31-year-old former stripper, was sentenced to nearly 3 ½ years in prison for embezzling more than $1 million from an Austin, Texas, bank to start up her own stock-car team, The Associated Press reported.

And she might have gotten away with it too, CSI experts say, if she'd just taken something besides all the $1 bills.

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