?Rockets guard Steve Francis, of jewelry, by armed assailants while he was getting a haircut in a Harlem barber shop. Francis is the latest NBA star to be held up this off-season, joining the Nets' Stephon Marbury, the 76ers' Nazr Mohammed and the Celtics' Antoine Walker.
? Wild, the Canadian Wildlife Federation's magazine for kids, by NHL Entertainment and the expansion Minnesota Wild. The NHL fears its ability to market Wild jerseys and other merchandise will be threatened by the trademark the Canadian government granted the magazine last year.
?Army's traditional logo, a kicking mule with the letter A, by a new one showing a sword-wielding knight astride a horse; the nickname of the Military Academy's sports teams has been changed from Cadets to Black Knights.
?Russian president Vladimir Putin, to commission lyrics for his country's wordless national anthem, by members of Russian soccer champion Spartak Moscow who wrote to tell Putin, "We don't want to hang our heads any longer when our country's anthem is played in international arenas."
?Jonathan Kiser, 22, America's top steeplechase rider, from head injuries suffered when he fell off a swing at his sister's home in Maryland.
?The heads of players on a boys' soccer team from Chaman, Pakistan, while they were in Kandahar, Afghanistan, for a series of matches. Local officials of the Taliban, the hard-line Muslim movement that rules Afghanistan, arrested the players during a game and buzz-cut them as punishment for violating its strictures against wearing shorts.