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Race loser runs again against Zippy Chippy

Saturday, August 17, 2002

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A minor league baseball player will get the chance to redeem himself in a rematch race against Zippy Chippy, the losingest thoroughbred in horse racing history.

Rochester Red Wings outfielder Darnell McDonald lost a 50-yard race against Zippy at Frontier Field on Aug. 8, 2001, suffering the humiliation of becoming the only being, human or equine, to lose a race to the 11-year-old gelding.

The Triple-A Red Wings have announced "Man vs. Beast III," a rematch race next Thursday between McDonald and the lovable-loser horse. The 45-yard race will be at 6:55 p.m., 10 minutes before Rochester plays the Buffalo Bisons in the International League.

"I'm glad that Zippy is giving me another shot," McDonald said. "It's been tough to sleep the last year knowing that I'm the only man or horse or any other animal that has lost to Zippy Chippy."

Zippy Chippy, who has lost all 93 races against his own species, lost a 40-yard race to Red Wings outfielder Jose Herrera in 2000.

Crowd forgets lyrics to Motley Crue song

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. -- Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil yelled obscenities and walked off a nightclub stage when fans couldn't sing the lyrics to one of his songs, the club manager said.

Jim Turczynski, manager of Levelz nightclub, said Neil became angry shortly after midnight Thursday while performing here with a backup band during his solo tour.

Neil played a few Motley Crue songs and then started playing one of his own compositions. When the crowd of about 250 didn't know the lyrics, "He said the crowd was a bunch of losers, among other things," Turczynski said. "Then he got on his bus and just left."

Turczynski said Neil was on stage for less than 10 minutes. He said the crowd was upset but not violent.

Neil's manager, Burt Stein, wasn't immediately available for comment Friday.

Sutherland plays CIA agent in cable show

LOS ANGELES -- Kiefer Sutherland's "24" sleuth will put in a full day's work over the Labor Day weekend.

All 24 hour-long episodes of the show will air on cable's FX channel beginning at midnight Saturday, Aug. 31, and continuing through Sept. 1, the Fox Television Entertainment Group reported Wednesday.

"This marathon is a great example of synergy, which is only a theory until you see it implemented effectively to increase ratings and revenues," said Fox Television Entertainment Group Chairman Sandy Grushow.

"24," which airs on FX's sister network Fox, is a "real-time" show in which the events contained in each episode take place over a one-hour period. The marathon will allow viewers to experience what Sutherland's CIA agent Jack Bauer has called "the longest day of my life."

"FX and Fox have received thousands of calls requesting a "24' marathon and I'm thrilled we could make it happen," FX Networks President Peter Liguori said.

The second season begins with a commercial-free episode Oct. 29 on Fox.

Country singer Carter pleads guilty to DWI

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country music singer Deana Carter has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.

The charge, which was reduced from driving under the influence, carries a $500 fine.

She also pleaded guilty on Thursday to an implied consent charge, which will be dropped after 16 hours of community service.

"It was in the best interest to put it behind me," she said after her General Sessions court appearance.

Carter was stopped last December for driving 48 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to the arrest report. The officer said he smelled alcohol on Carter's breath.

The 36-year-old singer failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test, the report said.

Her first album, "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" sold more than 4 million copies. The Country Music Association named her song "Strawberry Wine" single of the year in 1997.

Prince Charles supported by public in marriage

LONDON -- Public support for Prince Charles to become king and marry his longtime consort, Camilla Parker Bowles, is holding steady, a published survey suggests.

The YouGov poll, released Thursday, found that 51 percent of the people surveyed believe Charles should become king and be allowed to wed Camilla -- and 60 percent of those in favor of the marriage said the ceremony should be in church.

It is the second time a YouGov poll has found that a majority of respondents want the pair to wed. In February, the company found 55 percent in favor of a marriage.

Other polls have found less support for a marriage, though public acceptance has grown since the death of Princess Diana five years ago. The couple have also been increasingly open about their relationship, appearing together at events.

Lennon memorial placed at village in Scotland

LONDON -- A memorial to John Lennon is on display in the remote Scottish village where the former Beatle spent his childhood summers.

From ages 7 to 15, Lennon spent his annual vacation in the tiny village of Durness in the Scottish Highlands.

He returned to the village in 1969 with Yoko Ono, his son, Julian, and her daughter, Kyoko, to show them around.

Locals have marked his association with the area with a set of three standing stones inscribed with lyrics from the Beatles' track "In My Life," including the words "there are places I remember."

--From wire reports


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