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The Answer for Kenseth Is Blowing in the Wind

September 19, 2003|Larry Stewart | Times Staff Writer

Hurricane Isabel is creating havoc on the East Coast, but race driver Matt Kenseth was one beneficiary. Because of the impending bad weather, qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR race in Dover, Del., was canceled and Kenseth, the circuit's points leader, was awarded the pole.

"The last thing you want to do is give Matt Kenseth an advantage, and the weather has done that," NBC's Bill Weber said. "Isabel must be a Matt Kenseth fan."

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Trivia time: During a 13-10 loss to Montreal on July 27, Marcus Giles of the Atlanta Braves doubled in his first four at-bats. Who was the last National League player to do that, in 1969?

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He's my brother: Reader Charles H. Hack said a recent Morning Briefing item about Lawrence McCutcheon and his brother Larry reminded him of a time in the fall of 1965 when he met Robert Bonds, then a running back at San Jose State, who was the brother of the late Bobby Bonds.

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Ouch: Former Ohio State and Minnesota Viking running back Robert Smith, a guest on "Best Damn Sports Show Period," had this to say about Maurice Clarett:

"Anyone who has Jim Brown as an advisor is definitely not the most mature guy on the planet. I think, if you want someone to advise you on making good decisions -- aside from leaving football early -- Jim Brown is probably not the guy."

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The first clue: When Dennis Rodman was arrested by Newport Beach police earlier this month, it wasn't the first time he'd been picked up for public drunkenness.

But this time, said Greg Cote of the Miami Herald, "Police became suspicious when he began acting normal."

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No support: The announced crowd at Seattle's 38-0 NFL victory over Arizona Sunday at Tempe, Ariz., was only 23,127.

"At the end of the game there were so few people there, it looked like a high school game," says Steve Rom of the Arizona Daily Star.

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A real handicap: Actor John Ingle of ABC's "General Hospital" shot well into triple figures in a recent golf tournament at San Dimas Canyon.

"I can't count that high," he said of his score. "I kept using the wrong club."

There was a reason for that. The tournament, sponsored by Pasadena's DeLacey Club 41 restaurant, had a "4+1" format, requiring all participants to use only five-irons.

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As pure as snow: San Francisco Chronicle reader Tracy Hickman offered this to Tom FitzGerald's "Open Season" column: "From a PR standpoint, I think Kelli White ought to marry J.T. Snow ASAP because no one, not even the IAAF, would dare ban Snow-White."

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Trivia answer: Billy Williams.

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And finally: Boston Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo's father named him after Charles Bronson, the late actor.

Says Bill Reynolds of the Providence (R.I.) Journal Bulletin: "Good thing his father didn't like Schwarzenegger."

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Larry Stewart can be reached at larry.stewart@latimes.com

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