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Leading Off


Going Against the Groin
Hull City forward Daniel Cousin (25) had practiced headers for years, but nothing prepared him for the over-the-top arrival of Manchester United defender Patrice Evra last Saturday during a Premier League match in Manchester. United won 4--3.

Read Between the Lines
Nuggets center Nenê (31) got a peek at the hoop on the way up despite the block attempt by Clippers center Chris Kaman last Friday in Los Angeles. Denver won 113--103, then traded Allen Iverson to the Pistons on Monday for three players, including Chauncey Billups (page 21).

Late finishers at the Beijing Olympics? No, entrants in the three-man 100-meter dash at the sixth National Peasants Games in Quanzhou on Oct. 28. The weeklong competition among Chinese farmers also included pond-fishing, rolling large truck tires 100 meters and an event in which contestants ride three-wheel cargo bikes down a track, load them with sandbags and pedal back to the start-finish line.


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