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Gardner ends goal of making Olympic team

Sat., April 21, 2012

WRESTLING: Heavyweight Rulon Gardner (pictured) ended his comeback bid a day before the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Coralville, Iowa.

Gardner didn’t show up to weigh in on Friday, ending his quest. USA Wrestling did not disclose details or a reason.

Gardner won the gold medal in Sydney in 2000 and bronze in Athens eight years ago.

He added nearly 200 pounds after retiring from wrestling. But a stint on the NBC reality show “The Biggest Loser” convinced him to give wrestling one final shot.

Gardner told the AP two weeks ago that he was roughly 25 pounds heavier than the 264.5 pound limit for his weight class. Gardner said then that it might be difficult to make weight by Friday.

Associated Press

Wagner card tops $1 million

Collectibles: A New Jersey man paid $1.2 million for a rare 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card in an online auction that brought interest from many potential buyers who had never owned a card before, the sale organizer said.

The buyer hasn’t decided whether to come forward publicly, and the seller, a Houston businessman, wants to remain anonymous, said Bill Goodwin, the suburban St. Louis collectibles dealer who ran the auction. The buyer’s bid was the highest of 14 made since the auction began last month.

“We’re thrilled with the outcome,” Goodwin said. “There’s been so much media attention surrounding this card, and the final price proved this card was worth watching.”

Associated Press

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