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Crowds of up to 15,000 are common for major badminton tournaments in Malaysia.

Curling has been played in Canada since the mid-18th century when the game was introduced by Scottish soldiers. The first curling club in North America was established in Montreal in 1807.

Darryl Strawberry is the only baseball player ever to play for the Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Dodgers.

During an 18-hole round of golf, the ball is on the face of the club for less than half a second.

Eddie Arcaro, one of the greatest jockeys in horse race history, rode 250 losers before he won his first race. Ultimately, Arcaro won 4,779 races – including five Derby winners, six in the Preakness, and six in the Belmont Stakes, on such famous horses as Whirlaway, Citation, and Kelso.

Edward Kennedy, future politician, scored the only touchdown for Harvard when they played Yale in 1955.

Moses Malone became the first player to go from high school straight into pro basketball in 1974. The move made him the highest salaried teenage athlete in the United States at that time. Malone was signed by the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association.

Nearly one million women in the United States go hunting annually.

No high jumper has ever been able to stay off the ground for more than one second.

Not everyone believes that baseball originated in the United States. In 1962, the Soviet newspaper Izvestia asserted that "Beizbol" was an old Russian game.

Of the 192 countries on Earth, three of them – Kiribati, Marshall Islands, and the Vatican City – have no National Olympic Committees.

Officially, there are 70 winning moves in sumo wrestling, including twists, thrusts, flips, and shoves.

On February 27, 1977, Eric Heiden became the first person to win three world titles for speed skating in one year.

On July 29, 1939, Johnny Mize was the first ball player to have two three-homer games in one season.

On the professional golf tour, players are allotted 45 seconds per shot.

One out of every 400 Americans, or 600,000 Americans, are members of B.A.S.S., the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.

Famous personalities who play badminton include Paul Newman, Diego Maradonna, and Nick Faldo.

Foil, épée, and sabre are the three weapons used in the sport of fencing.

For golfing enthusiasts, Maricopa County in Arizona boasts the most golf courses in the country with a reported 168, followed by Palm Beach County in Florida with 150 and Riverside County in California with 145.

For many centuries, billiard balls were made out of ivory.

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