?In a cable car fire in the Austrian Alps, Sandra Schmitt, 19, of Germany. She won the dual moguls title at the 1999 freestyle skiing world championships and finished second in the event in last season's World Cup standings. Her parents were also among the more than 155 people who died in the disaster near the town of Kaprun.
?By the Heat, Wes Lockard, who played mascot Burnie. Team owner Mickey Arison cited the "constant threat of a lawsuit" stemming from the antics of Lockard, who once dragged the wife of a Puerto Rico Supreme Court justice on court during a game, sparking a suit that cost the team $50,000. Lockard's salary was a reported $100,000. His replacement will earn $200 a game.
?Jazz center Olden Polynice, with impersonating a police officer. Prosecutors say that during a traffic dispute with a West Valley City, Utah, couple, the 7-foot Polynice flashed an honorary police badge, which the LAPD had given him. "I'm not going to defend myself because there's nothing to defend," says Polynice, who contends that the badge was merely visible when he opened his wallet.
?By AT&T Broadband, a breach-of-contract suit against NASCAR Busch Series driver Mike Borkowski, seeking the return of nearly $600,000 in sponsor money. AT&T says he "operated his car in a reckless manner, thereby endangering the safety of other drivers" and bringing unwanted criticism to the AT&T car.
?By Simon & Schuster, Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream, a kids' book about MJ's childhood, written by his mother, Deloris, and sister Roslyn. First line: "Michael loved to play basketball."