The Japanese media, by Mariners All-Stars Ichiro Suzuki and Kazuhiro Sasaki. After Suzuki nearly struck a group of photographers with his car while backing out of his driveway, the two decided the press entourage from their home country had gotten out of hand. Said their agent, Tony Attanasio, "They have a right to be left alone when they leave the field. It's that simple."
Construction on the Arizona Cardinals' new $335 million stadium in Tempe, until the state's Tourism and Sports Authority resolves concerns raised by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA is worried that the venue may be a hazard to planes flying in and out of Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport, two miles away. Flight paths take planes over the site of the planned 196-foot-tall stadium at 400 to 800 feet.
The Sammy Sosa Charitable Foundation, which the Cubs slugger founded in 1998. It came under scrutiny in the spring of 2000 after a FORTUNE magazine article depicted it as ineptly managed. The foundation's assets will be transferred to a child-care clinic in Sosa's native Dominican Republic.
New York Giants 2001 first-rounder Will Allen, of $150,000 in jewelry, in his Syracuse apartment building. He joins a jewelry-theft victims' Hall of Fame that in recent years has added Stephon Marbury of the Suns ($150,000 necklace ripped from his neck on a Manhattan street), the Broncos' Bill Romanowski (carry-on bag with $250,000 in jewelry pinched at Miami airport), Jalen Rose of the Pacers ($250,000 in jewelry stolen from Milwaukee's Bradley Center) and the Celtics' Antoine Walker ($55,000 watch stolen at gunpoint in Chicago).