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Racing has its Andrettis, football has its Mannings -- and pit-spitting has its Krauses.

Matt "BB Gun" Krause, 30, captured his first title at the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship in Eau Claire, Mich., with a 41-foot, 61/2-inch effort, giving the Krause family 25 top finishes in the event's 40-year history.

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-- At SportsPickle.com: "Rockets lose Dwight Howard sweepstakes, sign Dwight Howard."

-- At Fark.com: "Andy Murray is now officially British."

Love-30 for Hingis

Former tennis star Martina Hingis, 30, married French show jumper Thibault Hutin, 24, last Friday.

There wasn't a dry eye in the place, witnesses say, when they heard the words: "Do you take this man to be your lawfully-wedded doubles partner?"

Tweetle dumb

Well, that was fun while it lasted.

"Three strippers followed me (on social media), I (followed) them back," Rams rookie receiver Tavon Austin told a group of high-schoolers. "Next thing I know I'm in the GM's office. Now I'm off Twitter."

Ayes of Texas

Harv and Heather Willis are such Texas A&M football fans, CBSsports.com reported, that their wedding featured the groom in a 12th Man jersey, the officiant wore a referee's shirt and the cake was a replica of Kyle Field.

No word on whether Harv immediately took Heather as his lawfully wedded wife--or chose to defer until the second half.

True Brit

So much for the forecasts that hell would freeze over.

When Andy Murray won at Wimbledon--becoming the first Brit in 77 years to win the men's singles title there--it happened on England's hottest day of the year.

Talking the talk

-- Comedian Argus Hamilton, on California Gov. Jerry Brown seeking $1 billion to relieve prison overcrowding: "All signs indicate that Los Angeles is about to get an NFL team."

-- Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops (B.C.) Daily News, on 25 NHL coaches getting fired the past two seasons: "The Kardashians don't go through men that quickly."

-- Blogger TC Chong, on Samoa Air now charging passengers by body weight: "In related news, nine out of 10 jockeys prefer Samoa Air."

-- RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, on Bears QB Jay Cutler getting married in Nashville, then jetting off for an Italian honeymoon: "In short, it was the ole hitch and go."

Need a shower?

The six dirtiest jobs, according to U.S. News & World Report: oil-rig worker, slaughterhouse worker, crime-scene cleanup technician, dairy farmer, plumber and gastroenterologist.

Early-line favorite to top next year's list: Aaron Hernandez publicist.

-- The Seattle Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 14, 2013 ??65535

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