Less than one month into his 19th season, Blue Jackets forward Kevin Dineen, 39, one of only eight players in NHL history with 300 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes. Dineen, who played for four teams, built his reputation as a power forward with the Hartford Whalers in the late 1980s; he netted 45 goals in '88-89, the season after he'd been the first Whaler to start in an All-Star Game. A member of a revered hockey family—his older brothers, Gord and Peter, were NHL defensemen, and their father, Bill, won two Stanley Cups as a right wing with the Red Wings—Dineen played most of his career with Crohn's disease, a chronic intestinal ailment that he was diagnosed with in 1987. "In 20 years of playing hockey," says Blue Jackets coach Dave King, "he never really changed much in terms of his intensity."
By Arizona police, a claim by Bellingham, Wash., resident Harjeet Singh, 35, that the unsolved murder of a golfer in Tucson last spring was carried out by John Allen Muhammad, 41, and John Lee Malvo, 17, the men accused in the serial sniper killings last month. Jerry Taylor, 60, was shot while practicing chipping at the Fred Enke Golf Course last March, a time when Muhammad and Malvo were in Arizona visiting Muhammad's sister. Last week Singh, who said he met Malvo at a YMCA in Bellingham, told The Seattle Times that Malvo had boasted to him about killing and robbing Arizona golfers.
Of unknown causes, Bowling Green women's soccer player Leslie Dawley, 18. The freshman midfielder collapsed five minutes into the Falcons' Nov. 5 Mid-American tournament quarterfinal home game against Buffalo. Trainers ran out to treat her, but Dawley, who suffered from asthma, died that day at a nearby hospital. Officials suspended the game after Dawley's collapse, but at her parents' request the Falcons played the next day; wearing black armbands bearing Dawley's number 18, they beat the Bulls 2-1.
By O.J. Simpson, a Miami court appearance to contest the $65 ticket he received for allegedly exceeding the speed limit in a powerboat while traveling through a manatee zone in Biscayne Bay in July. Simpson's absence led Judge Ana Maria Pando to issue a warrant for his arrest, but the warrant was withdrawn after Simpson's lawyer rescheduled the hearing for Nov. 22.
By an English coroner, that former West Bromwich Albion and English national team striker Jeff Astle died from a degenerative brain disease caused by the repeated heading of soccer balls. Astle, who was 59 when he collapsed and died last January, played for Albion between 1964 and 74, when balls, made of leather and prone to sop up moisture, were much heavier than today's nonabsorbent, synthetic models. Astle scored 174 goals and was known for his powerful headers. "The family have believed that heading footballs caused his brain damage," said his daughter Dawn. "We just wanted the truth to be known."
Commissioner of the new United States Professional Softball League, Hall of Fame Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt, 53. The slo-pitch league, which expects to begin play on April 5, has teams slotted for Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A. and 17 other cities and hopes to sell four more franchises at $275,000 apiece. "We don't want this to be a beer league where they hit 10 home runs in a row," says Schmidt. Games will be played in minor league and NCAA parks and will use baseball field measurements. Pete Rose Jr. and Jose Canseco have been discussed as potential managers.