By twin brothers Jose and Ozzie Canseco, 38, a plea bargain on charges relating to a fight last fall. On Nov. 4 the Canseco brothers will stand trial in Miami on charges of aggravated battery for allegedly fighting with two men at a nightclub last October. Under the agreement Jose would have received five years' probation and Ozzie three years' probation. If convicted, Jose and Ozzie could face up to 31 and 17 years in prison, respectively.
Of heart failure, Hoyt Wilhelm, 79, the renowned knuckleballer and the first reliever elected to the Hall of Fame. Even as a kid Wilhelm was fascinated with the darting, dipping pitch and, practicing his grip, would wear the fuzz off tennis balls. Drafted into World War II, he earned a Purple Heart at the Battle of the Bulge, then spent nine years in the minors before joining the Giants at age 28. Known as the Johnny Appleseed of knuckleballers, Wilhelm preached the benefits of his pitch to young hurlers during his years with the Giants, Orioles, White Sox and six other teams. Because Wilhelm's knuckler frustrated catchers, Baltimore manager Paul Richards ordered oversized mitts for his receivers in 1960, an imperfect solution that is still in use. Wilhelm finished his career in 1972 with a 143-122 record and 227 saves; he remains the last pitcher to no-hit the Yankees, beating them 1-0 on Sept. 20, 1958, while with the Orioles. "He had," said former White Sox teammate Tom McCraw, "the best damn knuckleball I've ever seen."
?After his Mercedes crashed outside Kansas City, Mo., Wayne Simmons, 32, former NFL linebacker and a starter on Green Bay's 1996 Super Bowl championship team. Simmons played for Green Bay between '93 and '97 before moving on to Kansas City and, briefly, Buffalo.
That she plans to join the Winston Cup racing circuit as a driver, Tonya Harding, 31. The former skater made the announcement as she checked into the Clark County Jail in Vancouver, Wash., on Aug. 20, to serve 10 days for DUI while on probation.