Jackie Robinson's plaque in the Hall of Fame makes no mention of his breaking the color barrier in major league baseball, an oversight that will be corrected when a new plaque is unveiled Saturday at Cooperstown, N.Y. . . .
Noting that Robinson's induction in 1962 was "based on performance alone," President Jeff Idelson of the National Hall of Fame and Museum says, "Now, 46 years later . . . the time is right to recognize his contribution to history, not only as a Hall of Fame player, but also as a civil rights pioneer." . . .
Wording on the plaque should resonate more powerfully than lines there now such as, "Joint record holder for most double plays by a second baseman." . . .
Roger Clemens, who allegedly started a 10-year affair with Mindy McCready when the country singer was only 15 and the All-Star pitcher 28, is winner of the "Cy Really Young award," Jay Leno reports. . . .
Demetrius Bell of Northwestern State, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle taken by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the NFL draft, is a son of former Lakers and Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone. . . .
His mother, Gloria Bell, reportedly was only 13 and the Mailman a sophomore at Louisiana Tech when Gloria delivered Demetrius. . . .
Father and son, one of four Division I athletes to play football and basketball last season, did not meet until Demetrius was 18, the Buffalo News reports. . . .
Magic Johnson never played in Staples Center, Wayne Gretzky never played there and Oscar De La Hoya, who will be honored with a statue outside the arena near similar tributes to Johnson and Gretzky, fought there once. . . .
The "Golden Boy" lost a split decision to Shane Mosley in 2000. . . .
Ohio State and Pete Carroll's USC Trojans hold down the Nos. 2 and 3 spots in Sports Illustrated's spring power rankings behind No. 1 Georgia. . . .
Congratulations to Troy Aikman, voted into the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, but here's guessing the former UCLA quarterback would trade the honor for a victory over USC and a trip to the Rose Bowl during his two seasons in Westwood. . . .
Efficiency's not always boring. . . .
Luke Walton seems to have torn a page from Robert Horry's book, sleepwalking through the regular season before looming large in the playoffs. . . .
Speaking of Horry, the former Lakers forward averaged career lows in points, rebounds and minutes played this season but made a key steal late in the Spurs' series-clinching Game 5 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, staying on track for his eighth championship ring. . . .
Shaquille O'Neal did not make his free throws when they counted. . . .
Josh Howard is nothing if not blunt in addressing his marijuana use, but right before a playoff game probably wasn't the best time for the cold-shooting Dallas Mavericks forward to bring it up again. . . .
In putting together its ad featuring Kevin Garnett -- Be History or Make History -- Gatorade probably didn't expect the message to apply in the first round. . . .
Former Angels announcer Dick Enberg, sadly noting the passing of former Dodgers and Angels executive Buzzie Bavasi, "Another icon slides home." . . .
Safely, it's hoped. . . .
In a Sports Illustrated poll of 495 major league players, Angels center fielder Torii Hunter was named the best defensive player in the majors, carrying 16% of the vote to finish ahead of shortstop Omar Vizquel of the San Francisco Giants. . . .
Dodgers center fielder Andruw Jones finished fourth. . . .
Bart Simpson of "The Simpsons," disappointed to learn that a bull he'd fostered had been fed growth hormones: "I don't care how much of a freak you are, I still love you -- the way Barry Bonds' kids probably still love him." . . .