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Wrestling champ says it's rough trying to apply a headlock in a pit of shredded cabbage and vegetable oil

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What, you think it's easy being a coleslaw-wrestling champion?

Heather Spears, 27, has emerged the winner nine straight times from the pit of vegetable oil and shredded cabbage at Sopotnick's Cabbage Patch Bar in Samsula, Fla.

"It is rough," Spears told the Orlando Sentinel. "It is a double-elimination tournament, so we have to compete in several rounds and keep going until it's over. I've had crater marks on me from all the girls digging in their nails and tearing my shirt and skin off. It is slimy, too... After you do it, for the next couple of days you're so sore, you can't do anything else."

Talk about a triple threat: She's also won tournaments wrestling in pits of pudding and creamed corn.

Numbers racket

CAVALIERS star LeBron James has filed paperwork with the NBA to change his jersey number from 23 to 6 next season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, not to be upstaged, immediately demanded his No. 13 be changed to the "$" symbol.

Laughing to the bank

HISTORY'S biggest money-making DVD collection is projected to be:

"Ø Warner Bros.' Harry Potter, years 1-6.

"Ø Fox TV's The Simpsons, seasons 1-20.

"Ø Stand-up comics' "Tiger Woods Joke Collection," volumes 1-100.

Was his flight delayed?

THE Vikings' Brad Childress, the latest NFL coach to inherit the Brett Favre off-season soap opera, paid the indecisive QB a social visit last week at his Mississippi home.

Veteran NFL watchers were stunned -- that Favre didn't want to meet in the waiting area of the Hattiesburg Waffle House.

LaboUr Days

YE Li, the 6-foot-2 wife of 7-foot-6 Rockets center Yao Ming, is expecting the couple's first child this summer.

Doctors predict the girl will be born July 22, 23 and 24.

Combine accidents

SPORTS quiz question, from Chris Ferrell of the San Antonio Express-News:

"NFL draft prospects can do the most potential damage to themselves at the league's scouting combine by:

a) Failing a drug test.

b) Botching individual team interviews.

c) Scoring low on the Wonderlic test.

d) Making a poor showing in position-specific drills.

e) Running too fast in the 40-yard dash and catching Al Davis' eye."

Who Dat paid $6,000?

INDIANA Gov. Mitch Daniels has auctioned off the Saints flag he was forced to display outside his office for losing a Super Bowl bet -- a Saints fan bought it, of course -- and donated the $6,852 proceeds to an Indianapolis inner-city youth sports program.

With one stipulation, New Orleans' WWL Radio reported: "That all youth football participants must learn to recover an onside kick."

Talko time

"Ø Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre, to The Boston Globe, on why he refuses to wear a protective cup despite a bad-hop grounder that inflicted major pain last season: "If the ball's (only) going to hit me there every 11 1/2 years, I'll take my chances."

"Ø Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post, on the anticipated slogan if Canada ever hosts the Senior Citizen Olympics: "Own the Immodium."

"Ø ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla, to the Dallas Morning News, on how many words he got in during his last conversation with Dick Vitale: "A precious few. I just wait until he comes up for air."

-- The Seattle Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 7, 2010 A38

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