Oddities

Ryan Kaczor, left, and Jordan Michaud, right, remove the Hinkle Tree on the golf course at the Inverness Club Friday, March 6, 2020 in Toledo. The Black Hills spruce known as “The Hinkle Tree” was uprooted by a gust of wind this week. The tree dated to the 79th Open, when a journeyman pro named Lon Hinkle came up with a way to outsmart the course during the first round. (Amy E. Voigt/The Blade via AP)
March 06, 2020 - 2:46 pm
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A tree that appeared overnight during the 1979 U.S. Open to become a part of golf lore has met its end. The Black Hills spruce known as “The Hinkle Tree” was partially uprooted by a gust of wind this week at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, and was cut down. The tree dated to the...
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February 25, 2020 - 5:21 pm
LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — An Englishwoman barely squeaked out a victory over a competitor across the pond in Kansas in Tuesday's annual pancake race between their British and American hometowns. Katie Godor, from Olney, in Buckinghamshire, ran the 71st International Pancake Day race with a time of 1:06...
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A competitor battles gale force winds during the Dutch Headwind Cycling Championships on the storm barrier Oosterscheldekering near Neeltje Jans, south-western Netherlands, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
February 09, 2020 - 10:10 am
NEELTJE JANS, Netherlands (AP) — Call them riders in the storm. While much of northern Europe hunkered down Sunday and hoped that Storm Ciara would blow over quickly with its hurricane-force winds, an intrepid band of cyclists made the most of the conditions to take part in the Dutch Headwind...
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February 02, 2020 - 5:33 pm
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish player has been shown two red cards in a soccer rarity where he was sent off, brought back after a VAR reprieve, and dismissed again before play had resumed. Fuenlabrada’s Cristóbal Márquez initially saw red for a high challenge on Girona’s Àlex Granell in the 68th minute of...
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February 01, 2020 - 10:34 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bettors looking for an edge in picking Sunday's Super Bowl winner may (or may not) want to consider the selection thrown up by Fiona, the hippopotamus heartthrob at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Zoo keepers on Thursday placed two “enrichment” toys in front of her,...
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Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya celebrates under the clock after crossing the finish line of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge after 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. He is the first human ever to run a marathon under two hours. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
October 12, 2019 - 4:29 pm
VIENNA (AP) — Roger Bannister, 1954. Eliud Kipchoge, 2019? Like the sub-four minute mile, running a marathon in less than two hours had seemed impossible — until Saturday. But this time there's an asterisk: Olympic champion Kipchoge performed his feat under conditions so tightly controlled to...
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September 27, 2019 - 7:15 pm
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A bettor at Gulfstream Park turned a 20-cent, six-race wager into more than $2.2 million Friday. Someone hit Gulfstream's Rainbow 6 on Friday, the first time that the total jackpot had been claimed for that wager since July 6. To win the entire jackpot, someone must...
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FILE - In this July 25, 1990, file photo, comedienne Roseanne Barr holds her fingers in her ears as she screams the National Anthem between games of the San Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds doubleheader in San Diego, Calif. A Delaware school district played a parody version of the national anthem before a volleyball match, surprising spectators with Barr’s screeching 1990s rendition. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the Seaford School District apologized Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, for the shock at its Tuesday game with Milford High. Superintendent David Perrington says pre-game proceedings will be improved. Officials didn’t say how Barr’s version, performed before a San Diego Padres game, came to be used. (AP Photo/Joan Fahrenthold, File)
September 27, 2019 - 3:46 am
SEAFORD, Del. (AP) — "The Star-Spangled Banner" isn't an unusual feature of high school pregame festivities, but Roseanne Barr's screeching 1990s rendition surprised spectators at one Delaware volleyball game. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the Seaford School District apologized Wednesday...
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September 21, 2019 - 5:06 pm
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman thought she was signing up to run a half marathon near her home, not across the Atlantic Ocean. Sheila Pereira learned too late that the Worcester City Half Marathon was actually being held in Worcester, England, and not Worcester, Massachusetts, on...
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September 03, 2019 - 5:36 pm
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A female moose looked like she was trying out for running back as she loped across a football practice field at the University of North Dakota. University spokesman David Dodds says the moose wandered into Grand Forks overnight and found its way onto old Memorial Stadium on...
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