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Kobayashi says injury isn't a ploy against rival Chestnut

Updated: June 30, 2007, 12:57 AM ET
Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Takeru Kobayashi dismissed speculation Friday that his recent jaw ailment could be a ploy against his main rival at the Nathan's hot dog eating championship next week in New York.

"That's not even funny," the 29-year-old Japanese eating machine said. "I don't even have time to think about that."

After his disclosure this week that he has a creaky jaw and he is getting treatment, some, including ESPN host Tony Kornheiser, suggested that Kobayashi was ...

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