?The NBA careers of Benoit Benjamin, 34, and John Salley, 35, who between them have played for the Bucks, Bulls, Clippers, Grizzlies, Heat, Lakers, Nets, Pistons, Raptors, Sonics and 76ers. Both signed with the Lakers last week.
? Casey Martin, who ranks 15th on the Nike tour money list with two events to go. The top 15 go on to golf's big show, the PGA Tour, in 2000.
Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman, who says the NBA told him it would consider giving Vegas a team only if its casinos quit taking bets on league games.
? Nike, which can no longer use its name on clothes in Spain. The country's supreme court recently ruled that the brand name has been registered in Spain since 1932 and legally belongs to Cidesport, a company that claims it also owns the Nike name in Andorra, Cameroon, Cuba, Poland and Tunisia.
? Russia's Alina Kabaeva, who bent over backward and forward to win four golds—one in the ball event—and two silvers at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships last week in Osaka.