White House press secretary Ari Fleischer's daily briefing, by Diamondbacks pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. The pitchers, who with their teammates were in the White House to be congratulated by President Bush for having won the World Series, burst in unannounced to tease Fleischer, a die-hard Yankees fan. Announced Fleischer, "These are the world champion Arizona Diamondbacks, I'm chagrined to report."
Off the pitch, an unnamed Kosovar soccer player on the Belgian club Hasselt VV who saw a police car pull up and feared, erroneously, that he was about to be deported. Said the opposing coach, "We were gaining the play when a player on Hasselt VV started to run, jumped over the fences and disappeared into the woods." The player later returned to the game.
Into God's hands, Kent Harvey, the former Indiana student, who was verbally assaulted last year by then Hoosiers basketball coach Bob Knight, after Harvey greeted him with, "What's up, Knight?" Harvey says the ensuing controversy, which led to Knight's dismissal and Harvey's receiving death threats, prompted him to swear off alcohol, cursing and sex. Says Harvey, "I guess meeting Bob Knight has brought me to the Lord."
From the helmets of a peewee hockey team in Ottawa, stickers of the Canadian and U.S. flags that had been affixed in memory of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Canadian Hockey Association officials believe the glue from the stickers could weaken the headgear.
By the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a Top Fuel dragster that will bear the MADD logo while competing on the NHRA circuit, which is funded in part by alcohol sponsors.