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May 6, 2013

Huntsville hockey player, brother win Amazing Race

— HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama pro hockey player and his brother have claimed the $1 million prize of TV's Amazing Race.

Huntsville Havoc player Anthony Battaglia and his brother Bates were shown winning the event in a two-hour finale that aired Sunday night, al.com reported (http://bit.ly/16Klp54 ).

Good note-taking skills turned out to be a key part of their victory after all the running, swimming and scrambling across the globe.

The finale took competitors from Edinburgh to Belfast to London to Washington, D.C., where they twice had to show a good memory for details of their voyage. At one point, their finishing positions in several past episodes translated into the combination to a briefcase containing a clue. At another, they had to line up countries in the order in which they had visited them.

At the finish line, members of the teams which had earlier been eliminated cheered the finalists as they arrived. For fans of Team Mullet, it was one last chance to see Chuck and Wynona McCall of Daphne. The couple had a good run, making past the halfway point.

As host Phil Keoghan welcomed the Battaglias at the finish, he teased a bit: "You made it all the way around the world with your false teeth."

"I can buy some new ones now," said Anthony Battaglia, who has joked in the past about the false front teeth he wears as a memento of his hockey career.

"I can't remember the last time I felt like this," said Bates Battaglia, a former NHL player. "It hasn't come from hockey in a long time."

 

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