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NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., interviewed by Mike Wallace for tonight’s edition of CBS’ “60 Minutes,” talks about his escape from a burning Corvette at Sonoma this summer.
Earnhardt says he doesn’t remember what happened during the 14 seconds it took him to get out of the car, but he swears there was someone there helping him, even though there wasn’t.
“I swear somebody ... had me underneath ... my arms and was carrying me out of the car,” he tells Wallace. “I mean, swear to God.”
Says Wallace: “And that was your dad?”
Earnhardt: “Yeah, I don’t know. You tell me. It freaks me out today just talking about it. It just gives me chills.”
Trivia time: Who is the only pitcher to have hit two grand slams in one game?
It was always fishy: Ronnie Lynn Robinson, 51, finally confessed. As part of a plea agreement, he admitted he’d cheated when he won $1,915.20 in a Florida bass-fishing tournament two years ago.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that the evidence -- a thawed-out fish with a belly full of weights -- was as convincing as a corked bat.
On the outs: Richie Incognito, former starting center on the Nebraska football team, has left school and reportedly will enroll at Oregon.
Said reader R. Bruce Magee of Colorado Springs, “Husker fans now refer to him as Outcognito.”
A definite certainty: Jim Armstrong of AOL.com wasn’t surprised when the San Francisco Giants announced they had picked up their option on Barry Bonds, ensuring that he would remain with the team for at least two more seasons.
“And they added the sky would remain blue and the Pacific Ocean would remain wet,” he wrote.
Looking back: On this day in 1954, Willie Mays made his over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz’s long drive to center field and pinch-hitter Dusty Rhodes homered off Bob Lemon in the 10th inning, leading the New York Giants to a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the World Series.
Boat lovers’ delight: According to a recent survey in a boating magazine, a married boat owner is more likely to carry a wallet photograph of his boat than one of his spouse or children.
Boat owners will have plenty to swoon over at the Lido Yacht Expo at the Lido Village Marina in Newport Beach Thursday through Sunday. There will be more than 250 boats on display in the water.
Trivia answer: Tony Cloninger of the Atlanta Braves did it on July 3, 1966, against the San Francisco Giants. He had nine RBIs in that game.
And finally: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, commenting on a spate of controversial calls by Southeastern Conference football officials: “A wise old coach once said, ‘Refs are the only guys who can rob you and then get a police escort out of the stadium.’ ”
Larry Stewart can be reached at email@example.com.