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Did you know that Mark McGwire hit nine more home runs than he hit singles in last year’s slugging binge?

Or that his 70 homers traveled an estimated 29,598 feet, which is higher than Mt. Everest?

Or that he hit 70 in 509 at-bats, 31 fewer than Babe Ruth needed to hit 60 in 1927, and 81 fewer than Roger Maris had when he hit 61 in 1961?

These facts, and more, can be found in the book “Celebrating 70.”

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Trivia time: Who are the only players to have won more than $8 million on the Senior PGA Tour?

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Fast forward: Indianapolis has a Formula One racing date, so why not Tula, a run-down Russian industrial city about 125 miles south of Moscow?

Tula has no existing track and none of the necessary infrastructure, but city administrators said they have an investor to pay for a $300-million track and they plan to renovate the airport, according to the Moscow Times.

What more could F1 czar Bernie Ecclestone want?

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Happy days: Only 39 days until spring training.

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The man knows: In Ann Liguori’s entertaining book, “A Passion for Golf: Celebrity Musings About the Game,” she got this passage from Sylvester Stallone:

“I thought marriage was tough. That’s a walk in the park. Believe me, golf is like going over Niagara in a barrel.”

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Clip and save: Chris Webber, cleared of charges of drug possession and sexual misconduct, claims he’s going to be a new man when he joins the Sacramento Kings after being traded by the Washington Wizards.

“It’s time to move on and I am trying not to be bitter, not to be jaded,” he said. “I realize how blessed I am. I am real excited about my future, as a basketball player and as a person.”

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Fan favorites: Sign seen at the last Baltimore Raven game: “Hey, Cleveland, We’d Rather Have the Expansion Team.”

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Checkered flag: A.J. Foyt is the No. 1 American race driver of the century, according to Sport magazine. Rated behind Super Tex, in order, are Mario Andretti, Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Al Unser, Phil Hill, Don Garlits, Ted Horn and Ralph DePalma.

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Paid in full: A hot rumor in Pittsburgh has NHL superstar Mario Lemieux buying into the Penguins in a partnership with current co-owner Roger Marino. If it happens, Lemieux will be in the position of having to pay himself all the millions he has coming in deferred salary.

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Trivia answer: Lee Trevino and Jim Colbert.

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And finally: Outfielder Larry Walker of the Colorado Rockies has been named Canada’s top athlete after losing out to Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve a year ago.

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“It’s really nice to be honored in your own country for excelling at an American pastime,” Walker told the Toronto Star.


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