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Pittsburgh is able to overcome the Pirates

The home of the reigning NFL and NHL champions is ranked the best sports city by the Sporting News.

October 09, 2009|Mike Penner

With reigning champions in the NFL and the NHL, Pittsburgh was named best sports city by the Sporting News in its annual rankings.

The state of Pennsylvania fared well, with Philadelphia coming in second, ahead of No. 3 Boston, No. 4 Chicago and No. 5 Los Angeles.

"I don't know how we don't win this every year," Mayor Luke Ravenstahl told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Here's how: The Pittsburgh Pirates.

Trivia time

Honus Wagner had 825 of these in this career, including 60 in 1905. What are they?

Big in China

Having already conquered America and Europe, replica Kobe Bryant jerseys are again the No. 1 sellers in China. This is the third time in as many years Bryant has topped the China list.

Predictably, LeBron James is No. 2, followed in order by Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady and Dwyane Wade.

Why is the Bryant jersey so popular in China?

An hour after buying one, a fan feels like buying another.

What about the shirt?

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards, described by the Associated Press as "talented but troubled," arrived at the New York Jets' practice facility just in time to join the group pose for the annual team photo.

Traded by the Cleveland Browns to the Jets earlier this week, Edwards said his new teammates welcomed him by ribbing him.

"A couple of guys cracked on the pants I had on," said Edwards, who already knows several of the Jets players. "I took that as a good sign."

So far so good. But then Edwards has yet to play his first game and drop his first pass for the Jets.

Trivia answer

Errors.

And finally

From Gary Loewen of the Toronto Sun, on Manny Ramirez's quest to move up on the list of all-time home-run hitters: "An exercise in fertility."

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mike.penner@latimes.com

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