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No grasp of issues? Send him to bay area

Dan Gable, onetime Iowa wrestling star, is considering a run for governor, but he seems a tad ill-prepared. Asked why he is thinking of running, Gable, 52, said, "Why? Well, that's what I'd like to know. Um, that's what I'm hoping to find out. Uh, I obviously know, you know, what the reason I'm getting pushed to do this. It's whether or not I would want to get involved with this and that's when I can answer the reason why. Right now, it's, I've been basically approached to try to look at this and I told them that I would look at this." Asked about his priorities and issues, Gable replied, "You're way ahead of me. That is somewhere down the road, where I would speak of those type of qualities." Come to think of it, Gable might be a refreshing candidate for bay area politics, with no preconceived notions of entitlement to immediate pay raises or an increase in ballgame snack expenses.

Hamm to divorce

After six years of marriage, Mia Hamm and Christiaan Corry, a Marine helicopter pilot, have begun proceedings toward an amicable divorce, Hamm said. With their careers keeping them apart for long periods, they separated in October. Meanwhile, Hamm's endorsement deal with Nike expires next month and her agent, David Bober, has begun negotiations for a richer deal, according to SportsBusiness Journal. How rich? Bober is using Venus Williams' five-year, $40-million deal with Reebok as a barometer.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Who is baseball's all-time at-bats leader?

Answer below.

QUOTABLE

"What did I learn? That my wife wants me to have a job."

_ KEVIN McHALE

Timberwolves VP of operations on a seven-month "leave of absence" imposed by the NBA as a penalty for salary-cap circumvention involving Joe Smith. McHale returned Wednesday.

ANSWER

Pete Rose, 14,053. Second: Hank Aaron, 12,364.

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