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By United Press International  |  Oct. 11, 2005 at 6:30 AM
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Sumo wrestlers hit Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Japanese sumo wrestlers, in Las Vegas for an unusual Grand Sumo Championship, have been entranced by the joys of gambling and all-you-can-eat buffets.

The New York Times reports that the gambling mecca allows the wrestlers a break from their training regimen at home where they get up at 5 a.m. and put in five hours of practice before the midday meal. The wrestlers, or rikishi, live communally.

Iwakiyama, who weighs 395 pounds, won $100 at the roulette tables and liked the Coca-Cola store.

"I didn't do any training here," he told the Times. "I got Coca-Cola underwear -- the largest one."

The three-day event was also a serious exhibition by men who are tops in their sport and attracted 25,000 spectators to the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort.

France honors 'Goddess'

PARIS, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Hundreds of owners of Citroen DS -- AKA the "Goddess" -- drove to Paris during the weekend for the 50th anniversary of the icon of French auto industry.

The celebrations included driving the DS saloon cars, or Deesse (French for Goddess) in procession past the Arc de Triomphe, the BBC reported.

The vehicle with its sleek body styling tapering near the window, designed by Italy's Flaminio Bertoni, was in an instant hit when it first appeared in 1955.

In addition to its futuristic dashboard and the extraordinary single-spoke steering wheel, the technology of the DS also was well ahead of its time, notably its hydro-pneumatic suspension.

It was the car's ability to stay on the road at high speed despite two shot-out tires that saved the life of President Charles de Gaulle in an assassination bid outside Paris in 1962, the report said.

Delirious White Sox fans show big wallets

CHICAGO, Oct. 11, (UPI) -- Demand for American League Championship Series tickets among long-suffering Chicago White Sox fans is so high, one has offered to swap a Mercedes for a pair.

Whether the White Sox will face the New York Yankees or L.A. Angels of Anaheim, fans are offering some creative arrangements to secure seats.

On the Web site called Craigslist.org many fans offered trades of Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks tickets, but one posting offered a 1985 Mercedes for a set of tickets, while others offered coupons for airline tickets or theater tickets, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday.

On eBay, four lower deck box tickets sold for $1,400, and many other sets were for sale at similar prices.

Thursday, after clinching the AL Central title, more than 40,000 White Sox ALCS tickets were sold in less than an hour.

Doctor's report describes Napoleon's death

CARLISLE, England, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A document apparently written by a British Army doctor who attended Napoleon Bonaparte in his last days has been sold at auction.

A telephone bidder placed the winning bid of 550 pounds ($964) in an auction at the Thomson, Roddick and Medcalf in Carlisle, the News & Star reported.

The handwritten manuscript was discovered when the owner of a house in Scotland turned over a miscellaneous lot of belongings to the auction house.

Steve Lees, the auction house's military specialist, said that the document should put an end to the theory that Napoleon died of arsenic poisoning during his exile on the remote Atlantic island of St. Helena. The paper is unsigned but appears to be an eyewitness account by one of six military doctors who attended the former emperor in his last days.

"He is extremely explicit in his report that there was a large growth in Napoleon's stomach which must have caused him considerable pain," Lees told The Scotsman.

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