From Toronto's Woodbine Racecourse and onto a major Canadian highway, Andover Hall, one of North America's top 3-year-old trotters. While in Toronto for a $542,500 race in last Saturday's Breeders Crown series, Andover Hall, who's won 11 of 22 lifetime starts, left the paddock, jumped a fence and galloped for 5� miles along the shoulder of Highway 401 near Milton, Ont. A British couple visiting Toronto spotted the horse, kept pace with him in their car and guided him onto a grassy patch near an exit. The couple then secured Hall by placing a blanket over him and holding his bloody right hind hoof. Hall, who also suffered front-leg cuts, was scratched from Saturday's race and won't run again this year.
For $40 million, by Knicks forward Latrell Sprewell, the New York Post and the paper's Knicks beat writer, Marc Berman. In the suit Sprewell says he was libeled by a Post story saying that he broke his right pinkie in a fistfight aboard his yacht.
With a felony count of false imprisonment and a gross misdemeanor count of criminal sexual conduct, baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, 41. According to the complaint, on Sept. 6, Puckett pulled a woman into the men's room of a Minnesota restaurant and groped her. "We will meet, and we will beat these allegations in court," said Chris Madel, one of Puckett's lawyers. Puckett, who works as executive vice president for the Twins, retired as a player in 1995.
After several years of failing health, Mel Harder, 93, who won 223 games in 20 seasons with the Indians. A righthander with a superior curveball and pinpoint control despite severe nearsightedness, Harder pitched in four All-Star games from 1934 to '37 and didn't allow an earned run in 13 innings, still a record. Harder threw the first pitch at Cleveland Municipal Stadium when it opened in 1932 (he lost 1-0 to Lefty Grove and the Athletics) and the ceremonial first pitch at the final game there in '93. Joe DiMaggio, who hit .180 against him, once called Harder "the pitcher I had the toughest time batting against."
?Of natural causes, swimmer and diver Aileen Riggin Soule, 96, who had been the oldest living female U.S. Olympic gold medalist. At the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Soule, then 14, won the springboard competition; four years later in Paris she won silver in the springboard and bronze in the 100-meter backstroke. After her Olympic triumphs Soule traveled the world putting on diving exhibitions and skated in Sonja Henie's 1936 film One in a Million.
?After a long illness, Bob Gregg, 82, an auto racing legend in the Pacific Northwest who was nicknamed Bullet Bob the Barefoot Boy for driving shoeless. He raced from 1938 to '86, competing in midget racing, sprint cars, modifieds and stock cars. In July 2002, Gregg was chosen as Driver of the Century by the Golden Wheels Fraternity.
By happenstance, with Monday Night Football analyst John Madden, Lindsy Kimple, 17, of Kearney, Neb. A Nov. 26, 1990, SI story on Madden's cross-country bus travels included a photo (above left) of Lindsy and her brother, Travis, with Madden when the Kimple kids sought his autograph at a Kearney steak house. This time, a TV crew working on a Madden documentary recorded the chance meeting—at a Kearney barbecue joint. "Had I known there'd be cameras, I'd have dressed up more and put on a little makeup," said Lindsy, who coincidentally wore a yellow shirt on both occasions.