Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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GOOD RETURN ON $1

A bettor has won $1.97 million after placing a wager for just $1, according to a Reuters report.

The man placed the bet in bookmakers William Hill's shop in Thirsk, northern England, on Friday, predicting the winners of eight races in an accumulator wager at total odds of 2 million-to-1.

His first winner was an 8-1 chance called Isn't That Lucky, the last a 5-2 shot named A Dream Come True. The others were priced at 10-1, 15-2, 11-2 (twice), 4-1 and 7-2.

The man only learned of his good fortune when he called in at another William Hill shop to place five $1 accumulator bets on Saturday's racing.

JUICED UP CHEERLEADERS?

From the Los Angeles Times:

Performance-enhancing drugs have been in the news with baseball, football and track and field getting most of the headlines, but author Lisa Torgovnick says the drugs have popped up where least expected: In cheerleading.

Torgovnick has written a book entitled Cheer! which chronicles three teams on the way to the annual National Cheerleaders Association finals. In it, she writes that male cheerleaders bulk up on steroids so they can lift more weight, according to the Wilmington (N.C.) Star-News.

And the substance abuse in cheerleading is not limited to males.

"Flyers, under pressure to stay light -- and maintain the usual unrealistic Barbie standards of beauty -- take a pharmacy of drugs including, occasionally, cocaine," the Star-News report said. "Except for the cocaine, though, almost all this abuse is perfectly legitimate, since the NCAA rates cheerleading as an activity rather than a sport."

MARLINS LOOKING FOR DIFFERENT KIND OF CHEERLEADER

From the Associated Press:

The Florida Marlins are looking for some footloose fat men.

The National League team is creating an all-male, plus-size cheerleading squad to be dubbed the Manatees. Tryouts were scheduled for today.

The team hopes to recruit seven to 10 tubby men to dance, cheer and jiggle during Friday and Saturday home games this season.

Real manatees, 1,200-pound mammals sometimes referred to as "sea cows," are not considered the most agile of creatures and often get caught in boat propellers. …

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