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A New York Yankees fan cheers on his team with other fans Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, during a World Series rally in New York's Bryant Park. The Subway Series between the Yankee' and the New York Mets begins Saturday at Yankee Stadium. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser)


Yankee fans not big on rings

The Subway Series is traditionally a great time for baseball in New York City, with the Mets and Yankees squaring off Friday at Citi Field. But while you would think the fans of both teams would be as different as chalk and cheese, it's not quite that simple. According to a recent Wall Street Journal poll, Mets fans are 43 per cent more likely to drink beer and more likely to own guns (11 per cent to 5 per cent). Still, they apparently make better spouses, with the majority of Bronx Bomber fans unmarried. The reason? "The Yankees are more like that because they really don't care, they just care about winning," one Mets fan said.

More history in Europe

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When Europe's finest square off in the Champions League final each year, it's a chance to be crowned the continent's best. On Saturday, however, with Bayern Munich and Internazionale duking it out at Madrid's Santiago Bernabau stadium, there's more than Big Ears - as the Spanish nicknamed the trophy - up for grabs. For both the German and Italian champions, a win in the biggest club soccer game of the season will clinch the mythical "Treble," with both sides having already won the domestic double of cup and league titles. The winner will become the first from its country to achieve the feat.

Zen Master indeed

There hasn't been this much controversy over carrying a ball since William Webb Ellis accidentally created rugby during a soccer game. Still, when so-called offender - according to coach Phil Jackson - Steve Nash takes to the floor against the Los Angeles Lakers Monday night, Jackson's mind games will be put to one side with a berth in the NBA Finals on the line. Besides, the Canadian Phoenix Suns guard has already returned fire, claiming that the "best coach in the league Gregg Popovich," of the San Antonio Spurs, the team Phoenix vanquished in the previous round, didn't have a problem with it. Game on.

Spitfires take aim at repeat

With highly rated draft prospect Taylor Hall leading the way, the Windsor Spitfires have high hopes in this week's Memorial Cup, aiming to become the first team to repeat as champs since the powerhouse Kamloops Blazers did it in the mid-90s. After getting off to a roaring start with a 9-4 win over the host Brandon Wheat Kings, the Spitfires face a crucial round-robin matchup with the Calgary Hitmen Tuesday, with the winner almost certainly guaranteed a spot in Sunday's final. Still, after becoming the first team to lose its opening two games before going on to win last year, Windsor knows nothing is set in stone.

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