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Speed dating? No kidding.

NHRA driver Courtney Force, 26, and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, 25, who’ve been an item since last year, are now engaged to be married, she tweeted from Venice, Italy, last week.

In lieu of rice, should well-wishers throw lug nuts?


• At “Doctors reveal Derrick Rose injuries leading to incredible new advancements in orthopedic surgery.”

• At “Coughlin admits concern that Giants will put him in a home.”

Name game

Jazz center Enes Kanter will wear a Santa hat and hang out with underprivileged kids in an event called “Kanter Klaus.”

The L.A. Angels, not to be outdone, are bringing back Bobby to host the Grich That Stole Christmas.

Stat of the Week

Washington State football coach Mike Leach — 12-25 with the Cougars — would need to go 54-2 over the next five seasons to match the 66-27 mark that got Bo Pelini fired at Nebraska.

Changes in gratitude

Among the things athletes are thankful for, from

• “My nine remaining fingers.” (Jose Canseco)

• “That I’m not paid by the hour.” (Derrick Rose)

• “How bad boys are at sports.” (Mo’ne Davis)

Strange, but true

Only in soccer: Seattle’s Sounders FC ties 0-0 in its final first-round MLS playoff game and advances. Then it wins its final second-round playoff game 2-1 and gets eliminated.

Tweet of the Week

From Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: “I will never try and hit @RobGronkowski up high again. #RESPECT #sore.”

Show of Hands Dept.

The NFL says it won’t discipline those five St. Louis Rams players who gestured “hands up / don’t shoot” in reference to nearby Ferguson, Mo., when they ran onto the field Sunday.

Luckily they weren’t wearing non-sanctioned gloves when they did it, or it would’ve been $10,000 fines for everybody.

Talking the talk

• Comedian Argus Hamilton, on gas prices in L.A. falling by more than $1.50 a gallon in just six months: “Hummers have resumed playing soccer on Sunset Boulevard, with Smart Cars as the ball.”

• Reader Terry Hart, to the San Francisco Chronicle: “Roger Goodell, to be on the safe side, has banned former Temple running back Bill Cosby from the NFL.”

• Comedy writer Alan Ray, on actor Mickey Rourke’s built-in advantage as a 62-year-old boxer: “Hitting him in the chest is considered below the belt.”

Blowout bash

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers turned 31 Tuesday, and let’s just say the party was a bit unusual.

When it came time to blow out the candles, Jordy Nelson ran a fly pattern past the cake.

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