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Australian Andrew McFarlane earned the nickname "Sharky" for stalking the leader in his motocross dirt bike races until the very last lap, when he'd make his move and snag the win.

Mr. McFarlane died at the MX National Motocross championships in Bradford, Australia, after he crashed his bike during a practice lap. He was 33 and in 2005 was the second ranked motocross racer in the world. He was expected to retire after this season.

Soap Opera doyenne Helen Wagner, who for more than 50 years played Nancy Hughes on the CBS show, "As The World Turns," died Saturday. She was 91 and held the Guinness World Record for playing a single character over a period of time.

"As The World Turns," was the top rated daytime show during the 1970s. While dramas often need a stable of writers to keep the program interesting, Mrs. Wagner said her character was part of the show's bedrock.

She said: "It has been fun to keep the character true to herself, no matter who is writing it at the moment."

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By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 3, 2010; 8:32 AM ET
 | Tags: Andrew McFarlane, Australia, CBS, Guinness World Record, Helen Wagner, Nancy Hughes, Soap Opera, World Turns  
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