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HALL TO CHARLOTTE? Atlanta and Daytona Beach still like their chances to land NASCAR's Hall of Fame, though the Charlotte Observer reported that the North Carolina city has locked up a deal to build the stock car shrine. "Almost three weeks ago we got calls from all over that Atlanta was getting the nod, and that proved to be not true. Two weeks later we're hearing Charlotte got the nod. Maybe two weeks from now the rumor will be Daytona," said George Mirabal, who's leading Daytona Beach's effort to bring the hall to NASCAR's birthplace. The Associated Press reported that a deal with Charlotte isn't complete.

OUT OF BOUNDS

HIGH EXPECTORATIONS: Two years ahead of hosting the Olympics, the Chinese government is teaching citizens "the right way to spit." Zhang Huiguang, director of Beijing's Capital Ethical and Cultural Development Office, is leading a behavioral training campaign that has made spitting the top issue. "You have to spit into a tissue or a bag, and then put it into a dustbin to complete the process," she said. A small army of volunteers is handing out "spit bags" and wearing orange uniforms with the Chinese character for "mucus" emblazoned in yellow on the back.

PLEASE, NO MORE DRAG: Barry Bonds' reality show chronicling his pursuit of Hank Aaron's home run record will debut April 4 on ESPN2. The show, titled Bonds on Bonds, will offer a weekly behind-the-scenes look at Bonds and the Giants throughout the season.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax was the 1963 NL MVP. Who was the AL MVP and what was his connection to Koufax?

Answer below.

QUOTABLE

"Not even Mrs. Eric Wedge would wear a "Mrs. Eric Wedge' T-shirt.' "

- ERIC WEDGE, Indians manager on the "Mrs. Sizemore" T-shirts, a tribute to centerfielder/hunk Grady Sizemore, selling out in Cleveland

ANSWER

Yankees catcher Elston Howard. Both wore No. 32.

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