RADNOR, Pa. (AP) -- Legendary slugger Hank Aaron thinks Ken Griffey Jr. has a better chance than Mark McGwire to break his major league home-run record of 755 dingers.
''If I had to make a bet on who'll break my record -- and I'm not a betting man -- I'd bet on Griffey, simply because he's 30,'' Aaron says in Monday's issue of TV Guide. ''McGwire, at 36, is getting up there, and it'll get tough, being the kind of hitter he is.''
When his record is broken, Aaron says it won't bother him.
''I've held it long enough,'' he says. ''I don't even know if I'll be at the park when the record is broken. I don't want to get back in the hooray and hoo-ha.''
Aaron was scheduled to throw out the first pitch prior to the All-Star Game July 11 at Turner Field in Atlanta.
As of Sunday, McGwire had hit 552 career homers, while Griffey had smacked 424.
Loren pays return visit to resort
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Gondoliers and minstrels sang Italian tunes and thousands of tourists gawked as actress Sophia Loren paid a return visit to the $1.5 billion Venetian resort.
Loren christened the Venice-themed complex in May 1999, and returned over the weekend for a first anniversary celebration.
''It's incredible what they have done,'' Loren said. ''They're making reality out of a dream.''
Construction delays left the resort unfinished when she visited in 1999, and Loren said she was amazed at the changes since then.
''When I was here for the opening, not everything was ready,'' she said Saturday in a room overlooking a replica of St. Mark's Square. ''Now it is really great.''
Loren said she doesn't like to gamble, but added the city has more to offer, including entertainment, fine dining and upscale shopping. Of the wide array of Venice icons that are replicated at the Venetian, Loren said the gondolas are her favorite.
''They are so nice, so silent, so romantic,'' she said.
De Havilland helps memorialize cousin
HATFIELD, England (AP) -- Actress Olivia de Havilland was the guest of honor at a ceremony marking the start of construction on a new university campus named for her cousin, a pioneer of the aviation industry.
De Havilland, who played Melanie Wilkes in the 1939 film ''Gone With the Wind,'' cut a cake in the shape of an Academy Award during the Sunday ceremony at the University of Hertford, north of London. The actress, who turned 84 over the weekend, has been nominated for an Oscar five times.
The new campus is named for Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, whose company built the world's first jet airliner, the Comet, at Hatfield. It's scheduled to open in 2003 on land near the factory that produced the aircraft.
''I knew Sir Geoffrey well and he was a brilliant man and a very human one,'' de Havilland said. ''I think that he would have welcomed with enthusiasm the concept of a campus rising on the land from which his airplanes flew.''
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