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Do They Have Water Stations at South Pole?

George Clardy, 44, of Camarillo plans to to run a marathon. Nothing unusual about that except it’s at the South Pole .

The event, which will be held next Sunday, is fittingly called “The Last Marathon.”

“I think he’s nuts,” said his wife, Marcia. “I think running a marathon alone is nuts, but to do it at the South Pole. . . .”

Add Clardy: “Most of the runners are people who are going through a mid-life crisis.”

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Obviously.

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Trivia time: Which player has been with three different winning Super Bowl teams?

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Super baggage: Fran Tarkenton, who played on three losing Super Bowl teams with the Minnesota Vikings, has carried the stigma of a “loser” for years.

“I don’t see any way the Chargers can win this one, and I hope for Steve Young’s sake that he wins,” Tarkenton told Glenn Dickey of the San Francisco Chronicle, “so he won’t have to carry that (stuff) around the way I have.”

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Unusual hazard: Robert Landers, a 51-year-old former farmer from Azle, Tex., who plays with homemade clubs and generally wears sneakers on the course, will make his debut on the Senior Tour this week in the Royal Caribbean Classic at Key Biscayne, Fla.

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His practice range has been a cow pasture.

And, from experience, he knows that cow manure kills golf shots, because, as he told Bob Green of the Associated Press, “If you hit a shot into the fresh stuff, the ball just sticks there, doesn’t run a bit.”

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Wait a minute: Donald Royal, Orlando Magic forward, before last Sunday’s game with the Phoenix Suns:

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“This is the most hyped game ever. I think after this game is over, the season should be over and done. It’s like a championship.”

If so, then the Suns, who won, 111-110, in overtime, are NBA champions at midseason.

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Just getting started: Margaret White plans to compete in the shotput today at the Sooner State Games in Oklahoma City. White got a late athletic start. She’s 100 -years-old.

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Her son, Wendell, also plans to compete. That worries White. “Wendell is getting of an age that I don’t think he ought to do it much longer,” she said.

He’s 62.

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New image: Tom Osborne, Nebraska’s football coach, who finally won a national championship after years of frustrating bowl losses, marvels at his new image.

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“A miracle has happened,” he said. “I am deemed now somewhat intelligent. It’s now smart to run up the middle. It’s now considered genius to change quarterbacks.”

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Trivia answer: Matt Millen, Raiders, 1981, 1984; 49ers, 1990, and Redskins, 1992.

Quotebook: Art Aragon, the “Golden Boy” of local boxing in the 1950s: “I never took a shower six months before a fight. I like to fight dirty.”

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