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Count on a top seed missing Final Four

Q: When is the last time four No. 1 seeds reached the Final Four in the NCAA men's basketball tournament?

John Gentry, Clearwater

A: It has never happened since the NCAA began seeding the field in 1979. For the first time, three No. 1 seeds _ Kentucky, Minnesota and North Carolina _ made it in 1997. Kansas didn't. The only Final Four team that year that wasn't No. 1, Arizona, the Southeast's fourth seed, won the title.

Q: Who hit the first home run in a World Series?

Bob Lamelle, Clearwater

A: According to the Baseball Hall of Fame Research Library in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Oct. 1, 1903, Pittsburgh rightfielder Jim Sebring hit it in the seventh inning of the opening game in Boston off Cy Young.

Q: Who holds the major-league record for the most batting titles?

Mark Allen, St. Petersburg

A: Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers won 12 American League batting titles from 1907-15 and 1917-19. (Cleveland's Tris Speaker batted .386 to Cobb's second-best .371 in 1916.) Honus Wagner of Pittsburgh holds the National League record, eight.

Q: I see Tiger Woods was named the eighth permanent spokesman for Wheaties. Who are the other seven?

Greg Swisher, Largo

A: According to General Mills, the others are Bob Richards, Bruce Jenner and Mary Lou Retton (Olympics); Chris Evert Lloyd (tennis); Pete Rose (baseball); Walter Payton (football); and Michael Jordan (basketball).

_ BRUCE LOWITT

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