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NINE STRAIGHT STRIKEOUTS ONE SHY OF MLB MARK

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Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco, above, struck out nine consecutive Braves on Wednesday, one short of the major-league record, and set a team record with 16 in 72/3 innings during a 5-4 victory. The streak ended with a leadoff double by Adam LaRoche in the sixth. The Mets' Tom Seaver struck out the final 10 Padres on April 22, 1970, to finish with 19. The record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game is 20, by Roger Clemens (twice) and Kerry Wood. Randy Johnson had 20 in the first nine innings of an 11-inning game May 8, 2001.

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Outback tickets on sale this morning

Tickets to the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium go on sale at 10 this morning. Cost is $70 plus Ticketmaster service charge. Order by calling toll-free 1-800-745-3000, online at ticketmaster.com or at Ticketmaster outlets.

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Ch. 44 to show six Lightning games

The Lightning announced Ch. 44 will broadcast six Saturday games, beginning with the Oct. 24 matchup with the Sabres. That means as many as 75 of the team's 82 games will be on local television. Sun Sports will telecast 65 games, Versus two, and two games are part of NBC's planned schedule.

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OUT OF BOUNDS

After two years, Vick rejoins Nike

Michael Vick is back with Nike two years after the company severed ties over the quarterback's involvement in a dogfighting ring. In his first endorsement deal since his return to the NFL, Vick reportedly will wear Nike shoes and apparel but will have no signature shoe. "Mike has a long-standing, great relationship with Nike, and he looks forward to continuing that relationship," said his agent, Joel Segal. Nike declined comment. Meanwhile, Kori Martin, 32, of Broomall, Del., said she had to turn a T-shirt critical of Vick inside out before being allowed into Sunday's Eagles home game. The shirt said "Losers fight pitbulls" and "You don't deserve a second chance." The team said there is no policy banning such shirts.

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QUOTABLE

"I don't plan on being physical. I ain't gonna choke nobody. I do my wrestling on Sunday.''

Willie Colon, Steelers tackle, who with other offensive linemen will join QBBen Roethlisberger when Roethlisberger is the guest host for the televised WWE Raw show Monday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

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