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September 18, 2000
In a Pickle
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September 18, 2000


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In a Pickle

? NFL trainers, who say it's unnecessary to consume pickle juice before and during games to boost sodium levels in the body, as the Eagles and some college teams are doing. "Ninety-nine percent of athletes get the amount of electrolytes they need to perform their best through proper diet and fluids like Gatorade," says a press release issued by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society.

? NCAA bylaw—which bans student-athletes from using their athletic ability for financial gain—by Alabama- Huntsville sophomore tennis player Roseleena Blair. The NCAA declared Blair ineligible after she appeared in Playboys Sexy Girls in Sports pictorial in its August issue. Blair was 0-12 as the Chargers' No. 5 singles player last spring.

?A request by Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman that Adelaide scrap its plans to rename the road to its airport after him. Bradman, 92, is upset that numerous businesses on the thoroughfare have registered for name changes that include his moniker, such as Bradman's Cafe on the Drive and Erotica on Bradman.

?The tip of Spanish cyclist Mikel Zarrabeitia's right ring finger, by the spokes of his front wheel as he attempted to fix his distance counter during the 11th stage of the Tour of Spain.

?A request by O.J. Simpson's lawyers for an injunction to stop the filming of a CBS miniseries based on the book American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense, by Lawrence Schiller. Los Angeles Superior Court judge David Yaffe ruled that Simpson would not suffer "irreparable harm" from the show, because the material had already appeared in the book.