?A spot on the U.S. Olympic taekwondo team, by Esther Kim, 21, who at the start of the flyweight final at the Olympic trials in Colorado Springs conceded the match by bowing out, allowing her best friend and training partner, Kay Poe, to win. Poe, 18, top-ranked in the world, had injured her left knee in the semifinal and couldn't continue.
? Colombia, by Robert Garside, 33, on his 3�-year jog around the world. The globetrotter ventured about 15 miles into the violence-ravaged country before hightailing it back to Venezuela to plot another route.
?From the ring, sumo wrestler Asanokiri, whose mawashi unraveled, allowing his privates to slip out during a nationally televised bout in Japan. The humiliated fighter became the first in 83 years to be disqualified for overexposure.
? Kobe Bryant, to Vanessa Laine, 18, a senior at Marina High in Huntington Beach, Calif., whom he met while shooting a video. Bryant was a big hit on a recent visit to the school. Gushed junior Erika McWilliams, "I saw his forehead when he came to pick [Laine] up at school. I was all, 'Whoa,' and I ran up to the car, and I was all, 'Ohmigod!' and he was all, 'Hi,'and I was all, 'It's all about Kobe.' I was shaking."