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Quote of the day

"Almost every week, I'm playing against an old coach of mine. I've been around long enough not to get caught up in all of that."

_ STEVE BEUERLEIN

Panthers QB on playing against Dom Capers, the Jaguars' new defensive coordinator

Question of the day

Which three tennis players born in Germany have been ranked No. 1 and won at least six Grand Slam titles?

Answer

Boris Becker, Steffi Graf and John McEnroe, who was born in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Local swimmer wins gold

Clearwater swimmer Robert Margalis won his first major national title last weekend, taking home gold in the 400-meter individual medley at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Minneapolis.

Margalis, 17, beat Eric Donnelly, the 1999 Pan American Games silver medalist, with a time of 4:19.70.

"The whole race felt really good, except for the last freestyle turn," Margalis said. "My goggles filled up with water, and I almost completely missed the turn, but I felt really strong and in control."

It was Margalis' best meet; he also finished fourth in the 400 freestyle and seventh in the 200 IM. Highlights from the championships will be broadcast at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on Ch. 8.

_ SHARON GINN

Gator finds faith

after losing ring

Truck driver Joe Herndon didn't hesitate after finding a 1991 SEC championship ring in a gas station restroom. He set out to find its owner. "It's the next best thing to a Super Bowl ring," Herndon said. "I wanted to see the hand that ring fit on."

With help, he found former Florida guard Jim Watson.

"This restores my faith in humanity," Watson said. "Of all the people in the world who could have found it, I'm glad it was Joe."

_ ASSOCIATED PRESS

_ Compiled by Chris Wright.

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