?The Screen Actors Guild picket lines, by Tiger Woods and Nomar Garciaparra. Woods, a SAG member by dint of his numerous TV ads, balked at filming a Nike spot in Orlando, and Garciaparra, who joined the union when he appeared in the sitcom Two Guys and a Girl, put off doing a Dunkin' Donuts spot in Boston.
?Controversial Braves reliever John Rocker, by Andrew Teller of Bellflower, Calif., on the field at Dodger Stadium. Said Teller, "Everyone should be allowed to speak their mind, and that's what I did."
?The Dorchester Gladiators, a British over-40 rugby team, which, because of a translation error, found itself pitted against Steaua Bucharest, Romania's best club, in a game carried live on Romanian TV. "It frightened us to death," said fullback Dave Scaddon. "We had been out for a few beers the night before and were all feeling a bit fragile." Dorchester lost 61-17.
?Elon College's new nickname (SCORECARD, May 1). The school's sports teams, which had been the Fightin' Christians, will now be the Phoenix.
? Bill Stewart, coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts, from traveling with his team to the U.S. for Game 2 of the league championship series against the Plymouth ( Mich.) Whalers. Stewart was stripped of his general manager job for twice smuggling Ukrainian-born defenseman Vladimir Chernenko into the U.S. in the team bus's baggage compartment.