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Quote of the day

"The only bad thing that can happen to me (on a mound) is that I die. And if I die, I'm supposed to die that day, because it's meant to be."

_ PEDRO MARTINEZ

Boston Red Sox pitcher

Question of the day

What event on Sept. 7, 1979, has had an unanticipated impact on the world of sports?

Answer

The debut of the all-sports channel ESPN on cable.

She's a lady

An American mother of two had to prove to officials she was female before being allowed to compete in the World Veterans' Athletics Championships in Newcastle, England. She then proved her ability by breaking a world record.

Kathy Jager of Phoenix underwent an examination before setting a world mark for her age in the 200 meters Tuesday with a time of 28.32 seconds.

The 56-year-old mom had been accused of being a man over the weekend in a protest lodged by southern hemisphere competitors.

"People are trying to make trouble with these ridiculous allegations," Jager said. "I am a mother of two."

Torsten Carlius, president of the World Association of Veteran Athletes, said tests had verified the athlete's sex.

_ ASSOCIATED PRESS

A living legend

Ted Williams was named the greatest living player in a poll conducted in June 1999 among members of the Society for American Baseball Research.

In their Century Survey, which chose the top 100 batters and pitchers since 1900, Williams finished third behind Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

Finishing behind Williams as greatest living player were all-time home run king Hank Aaron (fourth), Stan Musial (fifth) and Willie Mays (eighth).

_ ASSOCIATED PRESS

_ Compiled by Gary Mangum.

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