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"Our players speak to 100 kids at Special Olympics, and it gets very little attention. Those kids will remember it all their lives, but all fans remember is, "Who'd you beat?' "

_ PETE BABCOCK

Atlanta Hawks general manager, analyzing the trade of good-guy Steve Smith to Portland for the often-suspended Isaiah Rider

Question of the day

What major-leaguer got hits for two teams in two cities on the same day?

Answer

Joel Youngblood. On Aug. 4, 1982, his hit during a matinee at Wrigley Field drove in the winning run for the New York Mets. He was traded to Montreal after the game, flew to Philadelphia, where the Expos were playing a night game, entered the game in the fourth inning and later got a single.

Boy bites Shark

Greg Norman launched his own Internet site last week, being careful to note that www.shark.com is devoted to matters of lifestyle _ fitness, travel, cars, fashion, etc. _ and not simply to golf.

Maybe it should also cover family issues. One "gate crasher" as Norman spoke with reporters in unveiling the site was his son, who left quickly enough, just not quietly.

"Bye dad," Greg Jr. said. "Nice Web site for a beginner."

_ LOS ANGELES TIMES

A novel way to find bad luck

First, horror novelist Stephen King was seriously injured when he was hit by a minivan in June.

Then Boston Red Sox pitcher Tom Gordon was lost for the season because of an elbow injury.

And the latest novel by King, a Red Sox fan, is The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

Coincidence, asks Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe?

You be the judge.

"Why couldn't King have done us all a favor and written The Girl Who Loved Mark Portgual or The Girl Who Loved John Wasdin?" Shaughnessy wrote.

_ LOS ANGELES TIMES

_ Compiled by Lawrence Hollyfield.

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