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Published Sep. 29, 2005

"Ballplayers don't last forever. Neither do the ballparks they play in."

_ TED WILLIAMS

On the prospect of the Red Sox abandoning Fenway Park

Question of the day

Who was the first harness driver to win 10,000 races?

Answer

Herve Filion, when he drove Commander Bond to victory May 25, 1987, at Yonkers Raceway.

Ask us

Q: What happens to the fines paid to the NBA by players, coaches, etc.?

Eddie Castro,

St. Petersburg

A: The league donates the money to various charities. It does not identify them.

Q: How many times did Rocky Marciano fight Jersey Joe Walcott?

Ray McGuire, Clearwater

A: According to Nat Fleischer's The Ring Record Book and Encyclopedia, they fought twice. Marciano won the heavyweight title with a 13th-round knockout Sept. 23, 1952 in Philadelphia and defended it with a first-round knockout May 15, 1953 in Chicago.

_ BRUCE LOWITT

Armstrong loves N.Y.,

and feeling is mutual

as Tour winner honored

Lance Armstrong has barely paused since his inspiring victory in the Tour de France. On Thursday, when he saw the size of the crowds welcoming him home, he finally was stopped in his tracks.

A clearly startled Armstrong was greeted by raucous, cheering New Yorkers four days after winning the grueling race.

"I had no idea how much America, how much the communities around America were following the Tour de France," he said. "To see the turnout and the response in the sports world and in the media, it makes my day."

Armstrong, who overcame an advanced form of testicular cancer two years ago, was interviewed on talk shows, toured the New York Stock Exchange and made a promotional visit to a Nike store.

Since winning the Tour, Armstrong has ridden in races in Europe on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then he flew to New York for Thursday's appearances at the Today show, Good Morning America, the stock exchange, the Nike store and a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman.

New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani proclaimed July 29 "Lance Armstrong Day" in New York.

And the impact of his victory still hasn't sunk in.

"We have to try and do this every year," Armstrong said. "I still can hardly believe I won the race.

"You have to believe," he said of battling cancer. "You have to want to live."

_ ASSOCIATED PRESS

_ Compiled by John Strickhouser.