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MARK McGWIRE became the first National League player in 49 years to hit 54 home runs in a season when he sent a pitch from Justin Speier over the centre-field wall in the eighth inning of the St Louis Cardinals' 7-6 home defeat by the Floria Marlins on Wednesday night.

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Bill Clinton has to choose between being pious and presidential. It is his attempt to have it both ways that has got him into such a mess

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Baseball: Wells swells with pride at his perfect pitch

IT WAS already a good season for the New York Yankees. But things got even better on Sunday when David Wells, their left-handed pitcher, threw a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins in front of 50,000 fans at the Yankee Stadium. He pitched to 27 batters, and got 27 outs: no errors, no hits and no walks, an unmarred record.

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Playing fastball with Fidel's field of dreams

JOE CUBAS does not scare easily. But he admits he felt very spooky when he hid behind a tombstone in a Mexican cemetery one November night last year. The lure of 5 per cent, though, kept him from fleeing.

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IN A time before blanket television coverage, player power and salaries to dwarf what some people get for running countries, baseball stood at the centre of American life.

Rupert strikes out Ted

Murdoch wanted one of baseball's mightiest teams. His media - and sporting - rival Ted Turner said: `I'll squish him like a bug.' He didn't, of course. By Rupert Cornwell

Design: Massive attack

Forget Bill Posters, meet Peter Arnell. He started the rage for the giant `vertical surface' wall-ads that are fast covering swathes of Manhattan.

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SWEARING in football documentaries has become a bit of as cliche, but it must be said that managers really are masters of the art. John Sitton, then Leyton Orient's co-manager, gave a magnificent, peerless performance a couple of years ago, but Peter Reid, in charge at Sunderland, isn't very far behind, as he demonstrated in Premier Passions (BBC2), the first of a five-parter following the Wearsiders through an anguished 1996-97 season.

Theatre: Good, better or best?

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The best-selling author Tom Clancy (estimated gross income for 1996-97 $50m) is trying to buy the Minnesota Vikings football team. Rupert Cornwell asks why the fabulously rich and famous do such crazy things.

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Chuck the aspirin bottle and make way in the bathroom cupboard for magnets. It sounds like quackery, but, as David Usborne finds out, the American medical establishment is beginning to give magnet therapy a closer look.

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The news that Harold Evans was leaving the biggest book publishing job in New York, prompted a flood of gossip, vindictiveness and media obituaries. But Evans told a different story: he was off to the `Daily News'. But, asks Peter Pringle, what is the real news?
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