Hey, that’s how Babe Ruth became a Hall of Famer

Iowa’s midgame hot dog-eating contest proved an unusual strategy to win baseball games.

Batter … urp?

Iowa’s fun-loving baseball team staged a midgame hot-dog eating contest in the dugout — and went on to win the Big Ten tournament.

“I’ve never been prouder,” said Hawkeyes strength and conditioning coach Joey Chestnut.

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Next up: a crappie meal

Matthew McNellis and his girlfriend, fishing at Lake Bardwell in Ennis, Texas, reeled in a 2½-foot bass using a McDonald’s chicken McNugget for bait.

Imagine what they could’ve caught using a Whopper.

Sorry he asked

Speaking of fishing, Charles Barkley was looking for a compliment when he crashed a Wayne Gretzky/Paul Coffey news conference before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Barkley: “Who is your favorite black athlete of all time?”

Gretzky, without blinking: “Grant Fuhr.”

Sports quiz

The Mariners — with shortstop Jean Segura (. 341), right fielder Mitch Haniger (. 342) and three of their top four starting pitchers all sidelined — boast the best team in the:

a) AL

b) NL

c) DL

Stretch play

This just in: The end zones are getting bigger!

At least, what other reason could there possibly be for Nebraska announcing it will widen some seats in the north end of Memorial Stadium?

Chaminade lives!

Unsung Singapore eliminated top-seeded Scotland with a stunning 5-2 opening-round win at the World Cup of Darts.

The first congratulatory phone call, we assume, came from Buster Douglas.

Neigh-saying

Australian steed Horsey McHorseface, who collected his first win in just his fourth race, told horse whisperers his biggest regret…

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