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Vuvuzelas banned by FIBA for basketball world championships

After being pooh-poohed for a month of World Cup play, vuvuzelas are being banned.

FIBA, basketball's governing body, said Monday that vuvuzelas will be banned at the world championship tournament that begins Aug. 18 in Turkey.

The reason cited by FIBA isn't annoyance; the organization fears that fans could suffer hearing damage if the horns are used indoors.

Vuvuzelas are "smiply not appropriate in a confined space such as a basketball arena," FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told the Associated Press.

Coachspeak: Inside the mind of Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions head coach and holder of a degree in economics from Georgetown, as revealed on Twitter (@jschwartzlions):

#nowplaying on my iPod: The Scorpions. Animal Magnetism's "Falling in Love".

Been on a Scorps kick since hearing "Loving You Sunday Morning" on Sirius Hair Nation. Love that Klaus+ the boys have been rockin for 45 yrs

But I hardly listen to anything but "Lovedrive", "Animal Magnetism", "Blackout" and "Love at First Sting"

Important day of practice.Yesterday & today are the only sched back-to-back 2-a-days of camp.Need to push through & have 2 quality practices

Hair grows. What can I say? A regular on Tracee Hamilton's First Things First chat apparently is too shy to ask me in the comments here, so I'll make like Ms. Helpful and answer...

Q: Happiness is...clicking on the sports section, looking at the week ahead in chats, and seeing five straight days of FSF (or, as we call it in my house, Hamiltime!) on the schedule. Woohoo! But I also noticed the announcement of Cindy's new blog. I love a new blog, of course -- doesn't everybody? -- but is it wrong that I was mostly interested to see that she's grown her hair out, and that it made me wonder what kind of shampoo she uses?

Tracee's A: You should ask Cindy on her new blog; I'm sure she'd tell you!

My answer: Shampoo is for losers.

Farrar at 1: Doug Farrar of Football Outsiders joins The Washington Post for a chat at 1 p.m. EDT today.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 2, 2010; 11:47 AM ET
Categories:  Nationals  
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