? Pope John Paul II, as an honorary Harlem Globetrotter. In a ceremony that took place in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, the team presented the pope with an autographed ball and a framed jersey with JOHN PAUL II on it. Other honorary Globetrotters include Nelson Mandela, Henry Kissinger and Whoopi Goldberg.
?Rockies reliever Bobby Chouinard, to one year in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for hitting his wife, Erica, and pointing a gun at her head last Christmas. He'll serve the sentence in four three-month stretches during baseball's off-seasons so that his career won't be interrupted.
?By the USOC's board of directors at its quadrennial meeting, a resolution making either George W. Bush or Al Gore its honorary president and Dick Cheney or Joe Lieberman its honorary vice chairman. Presidential elections previously had been settled by the time the USOC handed out these ceremonial honors.
?After 122 years, varsity football at Swarthmore (Pa.) College. The school's board of managers voted to cut the program, as well as men's wrestling and women's badminton, to try to limit recruited athletes to 10% to 15% of each entering freshman class.
?Tradecade.com, by two Bears fans who want the team to dump second-year QB Cade McNown. The site suggests Chicago use McNown's $2.35 million salary next season to hire more beer vendors, bring back the Honey Bears cheerleaders and clone linebacker Brian Urlacher.