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COLLEGE FOOTBALL DOWN UNDER ATTRACTS 61,000 FANS AT SYDNEY

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SYDNEY (AP) — The beer ran out in some sections of the Olympic stadium, but most of the 61,247 spectators at Saturday’s U.S. college football opener in Sydney between California and Hawaii appeared to be enjoying their American “gridiron” experience.

The favored Pac 12 conference’s California Golden Bears from Berkeley across the bay from San Francisco were 51-31 winners. It was a midday start so that the game could be televised back to the U.S. in prime time on Friday night, and was played under sunny skies and with light winds.

Tailgate parties weren’t a big part of the day – there aren’t a lot of ground-level parking lots close to the 83,500-seat stadium – but fans feasted on two-foot-long hotdogs and copious amounts of French fries and nachos. Asian and middle Eastern food from nearby catering kiosks also featured, reflecting the multicultural makeup of the neighborhoods around the former Olympic precinct of Homebush in western Sydney. – READ MORE

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