Talking Points: Prices for Bama-Arkansas crash

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Not so long ago, Saturday's Alabama football game in Fayetteville, Ark., was going to be a hog-calling hootenanny, a launch to what the fans in Bill Clinton's old stomping grounds thought to be a run at a national championship.

Then Bobby Petrino got ahead of his skis and went over his handlebars.

Then John L. Smith came on from his tenure at Weber State -- about four months worth, hardly enough to order cable service -- to rescue the program.

Then Louisiana-Monroe came to town and beat the Razorbacks last week. And beat them up.

And now, here's top-ranked 'Bama, a three-touchdown favorite to quell the Hogs and sustain another march toward a BCS trophy that was once in the cross hairs of Arkansas.

In late summer, this is what's known as a hard fall. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Thursday that tickets going for as high as $2,200 on StubHub in July now carry a maximum price-tag of $290.

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Best wishes go out to former University of Washington center Jon Brockman.

Brockman, now a Houston Rockets forward, is expected to make a full recovery after he was hospitalized for a right eye injury sustained during a workout at the Toyota Center.

Brockman was hurt Monday while working with an elastic band used for stretching muscles. The band apparently slipped off his foot and the recoil hit Brockman's right eye.

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Remember the days when fans would rush the field to celebrate a big baseball win or moment? No? Then go ask your parents about it.

Those days are long gone.

A New York Mets fan who ran onto Citi Field following Johan Santana's no-hitter has pleaded guilty to interfering with a professional sporting event.

Prosecutors said Thursday a judge ordered 32-year-old Rafael Diaz of Massapequa to pay $4,000 in civil penalties to the Mets and $1,000 to the city. He also must perform 100 hours of community service and cannot visit Citi Field for year, although the Mets have already banned him for life.

Santana threw the Mets' first no-hitter June 1. Following the game, prosecutors say Diaz ran onto pitcher's mound where he mingled with several celebrating players before being apprehended.