Talking Points: Rian Lindell a class act

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Dustin Hopkins learned he won the Buffalo Bills kicker job from the guy he beat out, Rian Lindell.

"The first guy that I heard from today before I heard anything was Rian just saying he was wishing me luck and he wanted the best for me and he was happy for me," Hopkins said. "I think that's just an accurate representation of the kind of guy he is, just not bitter or anything like that but genuinely happy for a guy that he's only known a few weeks."

Lindell, a Mountain View grad, is an easy guy to root for, and Talking Points will continue to do so now that Lindell has signed with Tampa.

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Ichiro Suzuki got his 4,000th career hit between Japan and the major leagues Wednesday.

He has 2,722 hits in a 13-year major league career and 1,278 hits in nine seasons in Japan.

Pete Rose with 4,256 hits and Ty Cobb with 4,191 are the only two players that have reached the number solely in the majors.

According to STATS, Suzuki has the most hits through the first 13 seasons of a big-league career.

Though he now plays in New York, Mariners fans had the fortune of watching one of the best hitters in baseball history.

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Google has been holding talks with the National Football League, raising speculation that the Internet monolith is seeking new inroads into television.

With Google sitting on a cash pile of $48 billion, the league's Sunday Ticket package is easily within its reach.

The contract is currently held by DirecTV, which pays about $1 billion annually. That contract expires after the 2014 season.

Internet-based TV is the wave of the future, so it's easy to see why a NFL-Google partnership is intriguing to both sides.