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Auto racing’s Unsers and Andrettis? Pittooee!

No family dominates its sport like the Krause clan, which boasts 26 titles in the 41-year history of the International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship at the Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, Mich.

Brian “Young Gun” Krause, 36, added the latest chapter to the family lore with an 80-foot, 8-inch spit on July 5, though it was well short of his record spit of 93-6½ in 2003.

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“You get here and it’s kind of a family thing,” Brian’s father Rick, the runner-up at 77-7½, told the St. Joseph (Mich.) Herald-Palladium. “You see teens spitting with their parents, the old standbys.

“We know what we’re doing every first Saturday of July. This is my 35th year in a row.”


• At “NFL releases new study on dangers of concussions in youth soccer.”

• In London’s Metro Sport, on Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil: “Das Booted.”

Why, of course

The Toledo Mud Hens plan to turn their ballpark into a miniature golf course after the season ends.

The toughest hole, analysts predict, will be the one at short.

Soccer 101

Q: What’s last thing an FC Barcelona player wants to hear from new teammate Luis Suarez?

A: “I’ve got your back.”

Nobel Gesture Dept.

If LeBron and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert can kiss and make up, giddy pundits say, there’s suddenly hope for peace everywhere.

Between Middle East factions … Republicans and President Obama … Donald and Shelly Sterling …

He’s a cut above

Dr. James Andrews, surgeon to the sports stars, is getting his own Topps baseball card.

Plus a stick of bubble gum in the shape of a knee ligament.

Talko time

• Natalie Punto, via Twitter, after her husband, A’s infielder Nick, was called out on a disputed third strike to end Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Mariners: “Ball was higher than my boobs, and not my old boobs.”

• Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post, on champion hot-dog eater Joey Chestnut proposing to his girlfriend: “She obviously passed mustard.”

0-2 on the road

Mets minor-leaguers Wuilmer Becerra and Vicente Lupo were arrested and charged with drag racing at speeds of 107 and 104 mph in Kingsport, Tenn.

In keeping with the theme, police clocked them with a Jugs gun.

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