By Jeff Merron
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Used to be, "giving more" topped out somewhere around the 110 percent mark. But over the past few decades, many players and coaches have finally come clean -- 110 percent is simply not enough. Not nearly enough.

120 percent
Hall of Fame linebacker Bobby Bell, on his former coach, Hank Stram: "That's all he asked, to give him 120 percent out there." (The Kansas City Star, July 5, 2005)

Padres minor leaguer Ben Johnson, on football vs. baseball: "In football, you're going 120 percent. Baseball's different. In baseball, you can try too hard." (The San Diego Union-Tribune, March 7, 2005)

Central Maryland Youth Football League player Justin Wood, 12, on his coach, Larry Athen: "You taught us kids what it means to be a team player and try your hardest --120 percent." (The Baltimore Sun, Jan. 16, 2005)

Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora, on recovering from an injury: "I'm fine now. I'm 120 percent." (The Miami Herald, May 8, 2005)

120 or 130 percent
Heavyweight boxer Thomas Hearns, on his comeback attempt at age 46: "I'm going to have to give 120 or 130 percent to be successful." (Detroit News, June 30, 2005)

130 percent
Rangers reliever Ron Mahay, on recent pitching struggles: "I'm putting too much effort into every pitch. I'm going 130 percent for some reason, and I can't slow my body down." (Dallas Morning News, June 9, 2005)

140 percent
Rick Perez, head girls basketball coach at Incarnate Word in Houston: "Angelica is a gamer. She's a kid who gives you 140 percent." (Houston Chronicle, Dec. 4, 2003)

Here's the fight card for Page 2's Battle for the Soul of Sports:

Round 1: Pride vs. Humility
Pride beat Humility, 75 percent to 25 percent.

Round 2: Envy vs. Love
Love beat Envy, 54 to 46

Round 3: Anger vs. Kindness
Anger beat Kindness, 61 to 39

Round 4: Sloth vs. Diligence
Diligence beat Sloth, 77 to 23

Round 5: Greed vs. Charity
Greed beat Charity, 70 to 30

Tuesday, Aug. 9: Sports Gluttony vs. Sports Temperance
Wednesday, Aug. 10: Sports Lust vs. Sports Chastity
Thursday, Aug. 11: And the winner is ...

150 percent
Carlton Aaron, former University of Missouri at Kansas City hoops star, on trying out for the NFL: "Anything I try, I'm going to give 150 percent." (The Kansas City Star, April 12, 2005)

Giants manager Felipe Alou on Barry Bonds: "Nothing is going to upset Barry Bonds. Nothing. He's not going to let anything get in the way. He is 150 percent baseball." (San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 7, 2004)

Adrian McPherson, 2005 New Orleans Saints draft pick: "I owe it to the organization to come in and give 150 percent, and that's what I'm going to do." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 25, 2005)

B.C. Lions player personnel director Bob O'Billovich on former NFL defensive tackle Frank Ferrara: "He only knows how to do things at 150 percent." (The Vancouver Sun, May 31, 2005)

Nantucket (Mass.) High School football coach Vito Capizzo, on the New England Patriots: "They play as a team, and everybody gives 150 percent." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 20, 2005)

160 percent
Sarah Pack, forward on Madonna University's women's soccer team: "I hope people see me giving 160 percent out there and that inspires them to do the same." (Detroit Free Press, Sept. 18, 2003)

180 percent
Former Bears defensive lineman Richard Dent, shortly after being picked up by the 49ers: "A lot of guys play 110 percent, and that's fine. But then there's another 60-70 percent that's mental. Now you've got 180 percent, so what do you do?" (San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 9, 1994)

Sweet Home High School baseball coach Joe Caggiano: "Every player I have coached, without exception, has given 180 percent." (Buffalo News, May 19, 1998)

Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell: "All I wanted to do was give 180 percent in every game." (L.A. Times, May 22, 1989)

Mariners outfielder Kevin Mitchell: "I just want to get out there and give 180 percent to help the Mariners win." (Seattle Times, Jan. 10, 1992)

Mike Trainer, Sugar Ray Leonard's agent: "Every time out Ray gives 180 percent." (Washington Post, Dec. 2, 1979)

190 percent
Indians outfielder Glenallen Hill, on his transition to right field: "Me and Thomas Howard are busting our butts. We're giving 190 percent effort." (Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 24, 1993)

200 percent
Phillies infielder Placido Polanco, on the injured David Bell: "I just hope David comes back at 200 percent." (Philadelphia Inquirer, March 4, 2005)

Air Force defensive end Ryan Carter, on an upcoming game against Army: "You can never go into a service academy game half speed. It's 200 percent in service academy games." (Rocky Mountain News, Nov. 1, 2004)

Future basketball Hall of Famer Karl Malone, upon announcing his retirement: "I look at basketball as 100 percent physically and 100 percent mentally. And if I can't bring you 200 percent, from me, I can't bring you anything.'' (San Jose Mercury News, Feb. 14, 2005)

Cubs catcher Henry Blanco, on Mark Prior: "His stuff is always there, but you just wondered if the elbow would be 100 percent healthy. He showed he was 200 percent healthy." (June 27, 2005)