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Published Sep. 21, 2009


Tyson Gay, left, and Carmelita Jeter became the second-fastest at their respective 100 meters at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in China. In the men's 100, Gay won in 9.69 seconds, matching Usain Bolt's winning time, and then-world record, in last year's Olympics. Bolt eclipsed that mark with 9.58 to win at last month's world championships. Jeter won in 10.64, second all time to the late Florence Griffith-Joyner, whoseworld-record 10.49 was set in 1988.

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Feel-good watch

Sports really can build character

Two freshman football teams in Missouri are being toasted for having their priorities straight after they arranged for a running back with Down syndrome to score in their game. Maryville led St. Joseph Benton 46-0 with about 10 seconds left recently when Benton coach Dan McCamy asked Maryville if it would give up the shutout to help a cause. Maryville agreed, and on the final play, 5-foot-3, 110-pound Matt Ziesel chugged down the right sideline 65 yards for a touchdown. "It's just amazing how one play can mean so much to one kid and then to a team and then to a community," McCamy said.

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Out of bounds

It's un-Canadian!

That's how a U.S. Winter Olympic hopeful describes (jokingly, she says) measures that Canadians are taking to get a competitive advantage next year in Vancouver. Mainly, they are severely limiting non-Canadians' access to competition sites for practices. At the least, that's considered against the Olympic spirit. The Canadians aren't apologizing. "We're the only country to host two (Olympics, 1976 Summer, 1988 Winter) and never have won a gold medal at our Games," says Cathy Priestner Allinger, a Vancouver organizer. "It's not a record we're proud of."

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"It's happened four or five times. Most of the time I just dive out of the picture."

Tim Tebow, Florida QB, about a recent shopping trip during which a woman asked to have her picture taken with him, and just before her mother - yes, her mother - snapped the photo, the woman tried to take off her shirt