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Volume 26 No. 44
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Quick Hits....

"All of the memories are really hitting me. It's kind of weird closing everything down" – U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, who is expected to retire after the London Games, on competing in his last events at the Jamail Texas Swim Center, which hosted the Austin Grand Prix last week (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 1/16).

"I think what we're beginning to see is the return of the level of energy around attendance at the race tracks, viewership, (things) that contribute to the interest level of sponsors and other partners to be involved in a sport" – NASCAR President Mike Helton, on the potential for the upcoming Sprint Cup season (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/15).

"Whether it's fair I don't know, but they do it. You would think I ran the show here" – Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who was considered the face of the university during his 61-year tenure, on some people assigning him greater responsibility than other officials (WASHINGTON POST, 1/14).

“If you're watching, Aaron Rodgers, call me" – Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, when being introduced Saturday during the Miss America pageant. Kaeppeler ended up winning the Miss America crown (“2012 Miss America,” ABC, 1/14).