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Bill calls for helmets

for pole vaulters

A bill would require pole vaulters in New York high schools and colleges to wear helmets during competition, but the reigning Olympic champion says the measure would not save lives. "The real problem is mostly educating kids properly and proper coaching," said Nick Hysong, who won the gold in Sydney. The bill was prompted by the death last month of a Penn State pole vaulter. "We make kids wear helmets when they ride bikes, and these athletes go 10 feet in the air," said Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, sponsor of the bill. "Maybe they should wear some kind of head gear to prevent serious injuries." The bill does not have a sponsor in the state Senate.

It can't be the logo

What is it with the Indians and tennis players? Former Indians second baseman Roberto Alomar dates Mary Pierce. New Indians outfielder Brady Anderson dates Amanda Coetzer. Now LHP C.C. Sabathia has been seeing Serena Williams since meeting her at a Las Vegas boxing match last winter.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Who will make more money this baseball season: the Reds' projected starting rotation or their closer?

Answer below.

QUOTABLE

"Chocolate Thunder is still in effect. I'm still funking for Jamaica and enjoying life."

_ DARRYL DAWKINS

former NBA star

ANSWER

The closer. Danny Graves will make $5.525-million while Joey Hamilton, Jimmy Haynes, Elmer Dessens, Chris Reitsma and Jose Acevedo will combine to make $3.3-million.

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