Talking Points: Signing Day in a nutshell

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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Los Angeles Times writer Chris Dufresne sums up 2013 Signing Day:

The Southeastern Conference conducted its annual player draft Wednesday in advance of winning its eighth straight national title next season.

There's nothing like national SEC signing day, with other conferences participating the way the Washington Generals participate against the Globetrotters.

OK, that's an incredible, attention-grabbing, inflammatory, hyperbolic reach.

This reign of terror won't go on forever ... will it?

There were a few encouraging push-backs out there as Ohio State, which lured former Florida coach Urban Meyer out of retirement to make the Buckeyes into an SEC team, ended up battling Alabama and Florida for recruiting-day supremacy.

Two other schools, Notre Dame and Michigan, also finished in the consensus top 10. What these schools also have in common is both were blistered on the field last season by Alabama.

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The Seattle group that has a tentative agreement to purchase the Sacramento Kings, filed relocation documents with the NBA on Wednesday.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson still hopes to match the Seattle offer and build a new arena.

"I don't think it's a bidding war," NBA commissioner David Stern said. "One of the things that our board is mandated to consider is the support for the team in the prior city."

Is that a final horn sounding?

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The first outdoor Olympic rings were installed Wednesday in Sochi, Russia, a 60-by-30-foot reminder that today marks a year to go before the opening the 2014 Winter Games.

The temperature was 61.

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