After 14 seasons with four teams, Cardinals righthander Andy Benes. Drafted first overall by the Padres in 1988, Benes, 35, had a 155-139 record with a 3.97 ERA. Benes weighed retirement in April after he struggled to a 10.80 ERA in his first three starts and was suffering from an arthritic right knee. After rehabbing for three months, the 6'6" power pitcher went 5-2 with a 1.86 ERA after the All-Star break. His final win was over the Cubs and his younger brother, Alan, also a righthanded starter. Andy, who got his 2,000th career strikeout by fanning the last batter he faced, the Brewers' Ryan Christenson, said he retired to be with his wife and four children: "I've got a pretty good offer from my crew at home."
Of a heart attack, Bobby Joe Hill, 59, the top scorer on the 1966 NCAA champion Texas Western basketball team. Hill, a 5'10" guard, was one of five black starters for the Miners, who beat an all-white Kentucky team for the Title. The win is credited with opening the doors for African-Americans in collegiate basketball. "It was just business," Hill told SI in '91. "We weren't on a crusade."
On drug trafficking charges, Arizona junior tight end Justin Levasseur, after an Illinois state trooper stopped him for speeding and allegedly found 87 pounds of marijuana in the truck Levasseur was driving. Levasseur, who was expected to enter a plea on Tuesday, could face 30 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. He was at the center of last month's Arizona controversy in which 41 football players met with university president Peter Likins to protest coach John Mackovic's harsh style. The players specifically complained that Mackovic, upset at Levasseur's play during a 37-7 loss to UCLA on Nov. 9, had berated him as "a disgrace to your family."
By the London-based human rights group Indict, the expulsion of Iraq from the Olympics. Indict, which is partially funded by the U.S. State Department, filed a complaint with the IOC charging that Uday Saddam Hussein, the eldest son of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and the chief of Iraq's Olympic committee, tortured and jailed athletes. The complaint alleges that Hussein ran a 30-cell prison in Baghdad for athletes who had displeased him and accuses him of beating a group of track athletes with a cable.
The Kentucky Class 4A football championship game, by two Louisville quarterbacks featured in the Nov. 18 SI (The Vanishing Three-Sport Star), Trinity High junior Brian Brohm and Male High senior Michael Bush. Brohm passed for 552 yards and seven touchdowns and ran for another score as Trinity won 59-56 before 20,511 fans at Old Cardinal Stadium. Bush, who also played linebacker and returned kicks, threw for 468 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown. "I'm dead tired," Bush said after Saturday's game. "I'm going to go home and sleep. I start basketball on Monday."