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MORNING BRIEFING

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September 26, 2008|Jim Peltz | Times Staff Writer

If you think driving a Formula One race car is challenging enough, imagine doing it at night and while you're possibly groggy.

That's the scenario for Sunday's race in Singapore, where F1 will hold its first ever grand prix under the lights. There's also a strong chance of rain.

With the race starting at 8 p.m. local time, the issue for F1's mostly European drivers is how to get their bodies ready for racing at night.

How late should they stay up and when should they sleep?

Red Bull driver David Coulthard told the Associated Press he has the solution:

"I am staying up late at night, I am going out to nightclubs and I'm eating a lot of carrots because they apparently help you see better in the dark."

Trivia time

Who was the last non-European driver to win the Formula One championship?

Century mark

When the Angels beat Seattle, 6-5, Wednesday at Safeco Field, the Mariners were handed their 100th loss -- and the dubious honor of being the first major league team to reach that mark this season.

Seattle had not lost 100 games since 1983.

"Six months in the making, the Mariners finally received their reward for their terrible season," the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported, noting that the AL West team's payroll is $117 million.

The newspaper also ran a photo of a glum fan in the grandstands holding a banner that read simply: "100."

Philly fuse

Before Philadelphia played the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, three suspicious items wrapped in duct tape were spotted outside the Phillies' ballpark.

Employees were evacuated, the bomb squad was called in and the suspicious items were blown up.

Turns out they were heavily wrapped hot dogs that the "Phillie Phanatic" team mascot had shot from a launcher as part of a commercial filmed that day.

Said Phillies reliever Chad Durbin:

"I'd rather them blow up some hot dogs or some ketchup and mustard and relish than have it be a real bomb. Better safe than sorry."

Trivia answer

Jacques Villeneuve of Canada, in 1997.

And finally

The New York Jets' 1-2 record, including the team's 48-29 drubbing Monday night by the San Diego Chargers, has ended Brett Favre's honeymoon in the Big Apple.

Wrote Steve Serby of the New York Post: "Favre's offense is a helter-skelter operation," and the San Diego game "was a night to 4-get."

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james.peltz@latimes.com

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