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Well, we got through an entire week without a famous female athlete opting for early retirement. First Annika Sorenstam, then Justine Henin … Who’ll be next to say she’s run out of gas, Danica Patrick?

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Not that it means anything, but:

Martina Navratilova was a month shy of her 50th birthday when she teamed with Bob Bryan to win the mixed doubles title at the 2006 U.S. Open.

And JoAnne Carner was 53 when she tied for second in the 1992 LPGA Championship (which was played right here at Bethesda Country Club).

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News item: Former NFL journeyman Ross Tucker says the Patriots flouted the rules in 2005, the year he was with them, by letting players on injured reserve practice with the team.

Comment: Boy, it’s open season on the Pats now. Someday soon, I expect, somebody will accuse Richard Seymour of concealing a Foreign Object.

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Rick Neuheisel’s contract as UCLA’s new football coach calls for him to receive a home loan of up to $1.5 million — at a well-below-market rate, too.

There’s only one condition: The house he buys can’t have a pool. After what happened at Washington, the school doesn’t want him associated with any kind of pool.

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Industry observer Todd Gray on the petering out of the golf boom (as quoted by the Des Moines Register): “Private clubs once ruled golf. Ozzie and Harriett wanted to join country clubs. Well, today, Ozzie and Harriett both work and health club memberships are outselling private golf club memberships 50-to-1.”

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