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RAYS FAN FEST COMES TODAY AT TROPICANA FIELD

Published Feb. 24, 2014

MAKING NEWS

The Rays host their Fan Fest today, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Tropicana Field, with admission and parking free. Players and coaches will engage in several interactive activities, kids can run the bases and try their baseball skill, there will be a "Yard Sale" of game-used items, clubhouse tours and Q-and-A sessions, plus autograph opportunities.See tampabay.com/blogs/rays for more.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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Koufax okay after being hit in head

Dodgers great Sandy Koufax was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Andre Ethier during Friday's batting practice in Glendale, Ariz. Koufax, 78, in camp as a special adviser, was standing in the bullpen down the third-base line when he was hit in the forehead. The Hall of Famer told reporters as he walked off the field that he was fine.

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THE KING AND I

Petty on challenge: 'When is this?'

We're not sure how serious he is but seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, 76, said he would accept rival team owner Tony Stewart's offer to race Danica Patrick in the wake of Petty's recent criticism of Patrick. Petty, appearing on Fox and Friends, said, "Oh yeah. When is this going to happen?" Stewart, who co-owns the team Patrick drives for, said this week he would prepare cars for both drivers if Petty wanted to challenge her.

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GRACIOUS OR GOOFY?

Bees spur Sergio to concede putt

Rickie Fowler was lining up an 18-foot par putt on the seventh hole in the WGCMatch Play Championship when Sergio Garcia interrupted him. "He goes, 'You want a halve?'" Fowler said. "I'm like, 'What? What is he saying?' He goes, 'You want a halve? ... Halve the hole?'" Fowler took the halve, also conceding the Spaniard's 7-footer, and went on to rally for a 1-up win. "I'm thinking in my head that, 'I kind of want to just play it out there, but I'd be stupid not to take a halve," Fowler said. Garcia made the gesture after feeling guilty about taking a long time to make two drops away from bees on the previous hole. "This is a gentleman's game, and lately it hasn't felt like it's been like that," Garcia said. "This is the way I was brought up by my dad. ... I felt like my drop on 6 took too much time."

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NUMBERS OF THE DAY

1-2-3-4

Associated Press preseason college basketball rankings for Kentucky, Michigan State, Louisville and Duke, who all have lost to unranked North Carolina this season, the first time a team has beaten the preseason top four in a season, according to ESPN Stats and Information

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QUOTABLE

"Oh do shut up, Jelena."

British TV tennis announcer David Mercer, scolding Jelena Jankovic on air after she stopped to argue with the chair umpire and opponent Serena Williams in Thursday's quarterfinal at the Dubai Championships; Williams won the match moments later

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