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May 09, 1998|MAL FLORENCE

There are some benefits minor leaguers have over major leaguers, however (excuse the pun) minor they may be.

Gary Varsho, manager of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Class-A Midwest League, told Paul Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

"In the minor leagues, when you get off the bus at the hotel after a game, there's always a convenience store you can walk to to buy beer.

"In the major leagues, it takes some searching."

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Trivia time: Who holds the Laker playoff record for most three-point shots in a game without a miss?

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Where are the windmills? Dan Gadzuric, the 6-foot-11 center from Holland who attended a prep school in Massachusetts, is bound for UCLA.

Said Gadzuric: "UCLA reminds me of home."

Comment from Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle: "L.A. reminds him of The Hague? Maybe things look different from that altitude."

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Was Wilt there? It has been reported that a Mayan basketball-like court has been discovered in Chiapas, Mexico, which reportedly dates back to 1400 BC.

Said Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "The key clue was the unearthed carvings of Robert Parish shooting a turn-around jumper."

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Limited range: Dixon Ward, Buffalo Sabre forward, on goaltender Dominik Hasek: "He's the best athlete in any sport. He's better than Michael Jordan in basketball. He's better than Tiger Woods in golf. What else can you say?"

OK, but can he dunk?

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False 40: In a recent Morning Briefing, it was mentioned that sports attorney Leigh Steinberg said on the radio that his client, Nebraska running back Ahman Green, had run 4.18 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

That's excessively fast. Steinberg's information came from several NFL scouts who hand-timed Green, usually an inaccurate reading.

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Boring: Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan on players who insist on making plays by themselves: "One-on-one is like watching corn grow. It's not very exciting. This is a five-on-five game."

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Who's laughing now? Headline in the New York Daily News on the eve of the Knicks-Pacers series: "Knicks versus Hicks."

The country bumpkins from Indiana now hold a 2-0 lead in the NBA playoff series.

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Looking back: On this day in 1993, the Phoenix Suns defeated the Lakers, 112-104 in overtime, becoming the first NBA team to lose two playoff games at home, then come back to win three in a row.

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Is that all? Primo Nebiolo, the head of track and field's governing body, was turned down by the organizing committee at Sydney, Australia, on his request for 16,000 free tickets to the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Said Michael Ventre of MSNBC: "So if you spot a man standing outside the track stadium with a sign that says, 'I need 16,000,' you'll know who it is."

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Trivia answer: Robert Horry, seven against Utah on May 6, 1997.

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And finally: Philadelphia Flyer captain Eric Lindros was asked, if he were in baseball, how would he pitch to Mark McGwire:

"First off, I'd move the pitcher's mound back further, to about three feet in front of second base. Then I'd pitch and get out of the way."

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