A six-mile stretch of Route 28 in Loudon County, Va., Darrell Green Boulevard, in honor of the Redskins cornerback who wore number 28 for Washington for 20 seasons before his recent retirement. Green, 43, was once widely regarded as the fastest man in football. He played in three Super Bowls and is the Redskins' leader in interceptions, with 54. In January, Green (right) was a guest of Senate majority leader Bill Frist (R., Tenn.) at the State of the Union address and two days later President Bush appointed Green, whose foundation has been running programs for disadvantaged children for 15 years, chairman of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. In the nonpaying post Green will oversee an awards program that recognizes extraordinary volunteers.
By five-time Canadian Tour winner Brian Kontak, 31, that he will attempt to qualify for the July 3 U.S. Women's Open in North Plains, Ore. Kontak, who plays on the Nationwide Tour, has not revealed how he plans to gender-bend the tour entry rules, which state that players "must be female at birth." Though PGA Tour rookie Chris Anderson called his friend's crusade a cry for publicity, Kontak, who has failed to make the PGA Tour at Q school, says he's on a quest to expose the double standard that he feels has been set by Annika Sorenstam's entry in the PGA's Colonial tournament on May 22. "If we're going to be equal, then let's be equal," says Kontak.
Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson, by a man who claims Gibson assaulted him during an altercation at a highway gas station in Nebraska last year. Truck driver Miguel Sanchez is seeking $4,711 for lost wages, bloodied clothes and medical bills as a result of the February 2002 fight. Each man claims self-defense and says the other threw the first punch. Sanchez, 46, says he passed Gibson, 67, on the highway and that Gibson followed him to the gas station where he hit Sanchez without provocation. Gibson says he followed Sanchez seeking reimbursement for his eyeglasses, which were broken after Sanchez's car allegedly cut him off. Gibson slammed on his brakes and banged his head on the windshield. In the fight, Sanchez suffered a cut over his eye that needed five stitches; Gibson reported no injuries.
From entering the ring at Japan's Spring Grand Sumo Tournament for the fourth straight year, Osaka's Fusae Ota, Japan's first female governor. The tournament trophy is customarily presented by the governor of Osaka, but since Ota was elected in 2000, that tradition has been trumped by a much older one holding that under no circumstances are women to enter the dohyo, sumo's ring. Ota has convinced the Japanese Sumo Association to conduct a nationwide survey on the issue. "It is a big step forward that fans will be consulted on the matter," said Ota, who has not contacted Martha Burk for assistance. "What with sumo having a long history and tradition, this kind of problem will not go away at once."
Pro snowboarder Jeff Anderson, 23, after falling 50 feet while attempting to slide down the banister of a winding five-story staircase in a Nagano hotel early on Sunday morning. He fell from the fourth floor to the first, landed on his head and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at about 3 a.m. Anderson, of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., was in Japan for the Nippon Open.