By Philadelphia police, the copy of the Eagles' defensive playbook that was stolen from linebacker Shawn Barber's car last week. The playbook was in a leather bag, along with Barber's cellphone, $20,000 worth of jewelry and other items. After tracing a signal from the phone, police found the bag in a sewer. The jewelry hasn't been recovered, but police have arrested a suspect.
After heaving an octopus, Tigers closer Matt Anderson. The pitcher entered a May 20 octopus-throwing contest at Comerica Park hoping to win tickets to a Red Wings playoff game. Anderson didn't win the contest, and that night he was unable to pitch due to a torn muscle in his right shoulder. He'll be out for up to three months.
Onto the roof of Seattle's Safeco Field from a low-flying Cessna, a container filled with the cremated remains of an undisclosed Mariners fan. The container, which was supposed to open and disperse the ashes, malfunctioned and, after bouncing off the roof, was found outside the stadium. Several people who saw the incident—which did not occur during a game—feared a terrorist attack; one witness dialed 911.
By China's men's soccer team, an open letter urging fans to keep expectations low even though China is in the World Cup for the first time. "Our deficits in strength and skill seem to dictate that we won't get too far," the letter said.
With driving under the influence, former UCLA hoops star JaRon Rush, whose once promising career has hit on such hard times that he was waived from the ABA and the NBA Developmental League (SI, Feb. 18). When Rush was stopped, his blood alcohol level tested at .31, nearly four times the legal limit.
Of a heart attack, Paul Giel, 69, the Minnesota halfback who finished second in the 1953 Heisman race and later pitched in 102 games for four major league teams. As Minnesota's athletic director from '71 to '88 Giel hired coaches Herb Brooks and Lou Holtz.