Oddities

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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August 31, 2019 - 10:00 am
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A 76-year-old Connecticut man is walking from Yankee Stadium to Fenway Park in an effort to promote peace and not just between the two fan bases. Al Forte, of Stamford, Connecticut, tells the Providence Journal , he's asking people along the way to pray for peace on earth,...
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FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2008, file photo, President-elect Barack Obama greets well-wishers after playing basketball at Punahou School in Honolulu. Bidding was drawing to a close Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, for a basketball No. 23 Punahou School jersey believed to have been worn by Obama. Obama the wore that number during the 1978-79 school year in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)
August 16, 2019 - 2:23 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Bidding was drawing to a close Friday for a basketball jersey believed to have been worn by President Barack Obama. Peter Noble was a student at a prestigious and elite Honolulu prep school when he grabbed a basketball jersey that was destined for the trash. Years later he saw an...
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August 16, 2019 - 1:00 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Bidding is under way for a basketball jersey believed to have been worn by President Barack Obama when he was in high school. As of Wednesday, thebid was $43,000 for the No. 23 Punahou School jersey. Obama wore that number during the 1978-79 school year. Peter Noble, who was three...
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This Sept. 18, 2015 photo shows fans arrive at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, Calif., for a minor-league baseball game between the Fresno Grizzlies and the Round Rock Express. Fresno authorities say a man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a Grizzlies game. Fresno Sheriff spokesman Tony Botti says 41-year-old Dana Hutchings, of Fresno, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 shortly after arriving at a hospital. Botti says an autopsy on Hutchings will be done Thursday to determine a cause of death. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)
August 14, 2019 - 7:56 pm
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game in California, authorities said Wednesday. Dana Hutchings, 41, of Fresno, died Tuesday night shortly after arriving at a hospital, Fresno Sheriff spokesman Tony Botti said. An autopsy...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2019 file photo, pedestrians pass through Ohio State University's student union in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State University wants to trademark the word “The” when used as part of the school’s name on university merchandise. The school submitted a trademark application this month to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application requests a standard character trademark for the title “The Ohio State University” that would cover various items including T-shirts, baseball caps and hats. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
August 14, 2019 - 1:45 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University wants to trademark the word "The" when used as part of the school's name on university merchandise. The Columbus Dispatch reports the school submitted a trademark application this month to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application requests a...
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