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January 10, 2000
Killed?Former Stanford wrestler Tod Surmon, 26, an Olympic hopeful who climbed a light pole above 300,000 revelers on the Las Vegas Strip just after midnight on Jan. I only to fall to his death. "I said to him, 'People are going to be doing crazy things. Be careful,' " Cardinal coach Chris Horpel recalls of a Dec. 31 chat with Surmon. "He smiled and said, 'You know I won't.' "
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January 10, 2000

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Killed
?Former Stanford wrestler Tod Surmon, 26, an Olympic hopeful who climbed a light pole above 300,000 revelers on the Las Vegas Strip just after midnight on Jan. I only to fall to his death. "I said to him, 'People are going to be doing crazy things. Be careful,' " Cardinal coach Chris Horpel recalls of a Dec. 31 chat with Surmon. "He smiled and said, 'You know I won't.' "

Accused
?Boxing golden boy Oscar De La Hoya, of sexual assault, by a woman who attended a Dec. 26 party at his house. Las Vegas police are investigating the claim, which De La Hoya's lawyer says is untrue.

Linked
?Panthers hockey star Pavel Bure, 28, and tennis siren Anna Kournikova, 18, whose heart was thought to belong to the Red Wings' Sergei Fedorov, 30.

Earned
The NCAA Award of Valor, to defensive back John Berry Jr. of Williams, who quit football to donate a kidney to his brother, DeAngelo, a 26-year-old father of three. Berry hopes to run track this year.

Fired Up
? President Clinton, who phoned Arkansas coach Houston Nutt after the Razorbacks crunched Texas 27-6 in the Cotton Bowl. The former Arkansas governor said he'd predicted a stop-and-go pass play that went for 47 yards in the third quarter. "You should have phoned earlier," Nutt said. "I needed you throughout the first half."

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