Talking Points: Bracketing isn't exact

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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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We had to laugh when we read the line, "Did any team in the bracket get a worse deal than UCLA?"

The Associated Press felt that Pac-12 Conference regular season champ UCLA was given a bad deal with a No. 6 seed.

Well, we offer up Pac-12 tournament champion Oregon getting a No. 12 seed as just as questionable.

Afterall, the Ducks beat UCLA at Pauley Pavilion in the regular season and in the title game of the Pac-12 Tournament. Maybe the Ducks aren't deserving higher than 12, but UCLA certainly isn't a 6.

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You probably have already filled out one or two brackets by now.

If not, Sports Illustrated's Steve Rushin had a great piece in a recent commemorative edition of the magazine sent to subscribers about how to tackle the bracket madness.

Among his recommendations for success:

• Never look ahead to the next matchup and never pick your champion first and work backward.

• Be untrue to your school. "Love clouds your judgment."

• Go with your gut. First instincts are always the best.

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She inspired a novel and a movie starring Robert Redford when in 1949 she lured a major league ballplayer she'd never met into a hotel room with a cryptic note and shot him, nearly killing him.

After the headlines faded, Ruth Ann Steinhagen did something else just as surprising: She disappeared into obscurity, living a quiet life unnoticed in Chicago until now, more than a half century later, when news broke that she had died three months earlier.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Friday that Steinhagen passed away of natural causes on Dec. 29, at the age of 83. First reported by the Chicago Tribune last week, her identity was a surprise even to the morgue employees who knew about the 1984 movie "The Natural," in which she was portrayed by actress Barbara Hershey."

She chose to live in the shadows and she did a good job of it," John Theodore, an author who wrote a 2002 nonfiction book about the crime, wrote in an email Sunday.

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