?Into an Oakland seafood restaurant, a blimp emblazoned with the logo of the fledgling XFL. The dirigible was attempting to moor at Oakland International Airport when a gust caused a mechanical failure, forcing the two-man crew to jump to the ground. It then drifted aimlessly for about 20 minutes before coming down on the roof of the Oyster Reef. The pilot was slightly injured.
?Southern Cal senior basketball guard Jeff Trepagnier, to longtime girlfriend Malika Edmonson. Because Malika's mother, Barbara, is a volunteer USC track coach, the NCAA deemed that Trepagnier had received an improper benefit when Malika's father, Warren, co-signed a loan with which Trepagnier leased a $46,000 Cadillac SUV. Trepagnier then inquired whether he would retain his eligibility if he married Malika, and when the NCAA said yes—family members are permitted to co-sign loans—the two were wed in Las Vegas. Said Jeff, "We were going to get married this summer anyway."
?Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona, 40, by Italian tax police, upon his arrival in Rome to appear on television. Authorities told Maradona, who played six seasons in Italy's Serie A, that he owes nearly $25 million in back taxes and interest. "I told them I didn't bring the money with me," said Maradona, who was released after signing some paperwork.
?By the Jockey Club's registry, a slew of thoroughbred names inspired by the presidential election. Among the okayed monikers are All Four Chads, Chad, Chadsanddimples, Count The Chads, Dangling Chad, Don't Countess Out, Florida Recount, No More Chads, Palm Beach Ballot, Tooclosetocall and Win for Chad.