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Baseball: McGwire's 70 surpasses his dreams

MARK McGWIRE yesterday admitted that he was confounded by his achievement in reaching the mark of 70 home runs in a season as he celebrated in style. "I can't believe I did it. It's absolutely amazing," McGwire said. "It blows me away. Reaching the 70 plateau - I never, ever thought about it."

Baseball: McGwire takes his record up to 70

MARK MCGWIRE swung his way into baseball history yesterday, racking up an astonishing 70 home runs to break the single season record. Indeed, he eclipsed it: Roger Maris managed 61 back in 1961, a record that took 37 years to break but which hardly troubled McGwire.

Baseball: McGwire homing in on run record

MARK McGWIRE, of the St Louis Cardinals, smashed two home runs on Saturday, almost guaranteeing himself ownership of baseball's hallowed single-season record of long balls.

Baseball: Sosa level in home run race

WITH JUST a handful of games left to play, the race for the record number of home runs in a season took a startling turn last night as Sammy Sosa drew level with Mark McGwire, writes Andrew Marshall in Washington.

Baseball: Sosa stays with the pace

SAMMY SOSA is matching Mark McGwire home run for home run in grand slammin' style as the contest that is holding America spellbound shows no sign of letting up.

Baseball: McGwire moves one up on Sosa

MARK McGWIRE, the St Louis Cardinals slugger, hit his 63rd home run of the season on Tuesday night, extending the all-time record and pulling one ahead of Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa.

Baseball: McGwire expands his record collection

MARK McGWIRE put his name in the record books yet again when the St Louis Cardinals scored seven times in the fifth innings to edge the Cincinnati Reds 8-7. McGwire drew two walks to match Barry Bonds' 1996 National League record of 151 in a season. But he also struck out twice and popped to first, finishing just 3 for 28 with a homer and two RBIs against Cincinnati pitching during this season.

BASEBALL: Homer unites America

WHEN IT came, the home run that broke the US record was hard, fast and so low that it seemed at first it might not make it over the fence. But, so much energy did Mark McGwire put into the shot, it would probably have punched a hole through in any case.

Baseball: Fan puts McGwire homer in $1m class

MIKE DAVIDSON of St Louis will not accept even $1 million (pounds 0.6m) for the ball that Cardinals' Mark McGwire equalled Roger Maris' single-season home run record in the 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on Monday.

Baseball: McGwire matches record

MARK MCGWIRE hit his 61st home run of the season yesterday to equal Roger Maris' all-time record for a season, set in 1961.

One man's obsession to beat the world of sport into submission

RUPERT MURDOCH'S pounds 575m bid for Manchester United, the world's most valuable sporting name, is confirmation that the tycoon's business plan has moved from owning the television rights to sport to controlling sport itself.

Baseball; McGwire and Sosa set to make history

THROUGHOUT THE season they have tracked each other. Tonight Mark McGwire, of the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa go head-to- head in a two-game series which could witness the demise of the most famous record in American sport.

BASEBALL: McGwire and Sosa to make history

THROUGHOUT THE season they have tracked each other. Tonight Mark McGwire, of the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa go head-to- head in a two-game series which could witness the demise of the most famous record in American sport.

Baseball: Record still on for slugger Sosa

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