Of cancer, British runner Chris Brasher, 74, who paced the first half mile when Roger Bannister broke the four-minute barrier (3:59.4) in 1954. Brasher, who got his countryman to the mid-point in 1:58.2, later won Olympic gold in the steeplechase at the 1956 Melbourne Games. That was his final race. He later became the sports editor of the London Observer, and he was once thrown into the Thames by a group of Cambridge oarsmen who took umbrage at his writings. Brasher also organized the first London Marathon, in 1981. Chris Chataway, who paced Bannister for the second half of his historic run, once said of Brasher: "He is five percent ability and 95 percent guts."
A place in an April Fool's Day runoff for alderman in Chicago's 15th Ward, former Bulls All-Star forward Bob Love. On Feb. 25 Love, 60, received 28% of the vote to finish second in a field of seven behind incumbent Theodore Thomas, who received 38%. Since Thomas didn't win a majority of the total vote, he now faces Love—who overcame a severe stutter to become the Bulls' director of community affairs (SI, Feb. 24)—in a one-on-one election.
By Colorado's Johnny Spillane, the Nordic combined sprint at the world championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Spillane, 22, the first U.S. Nordic skier to win gold at the world championships or Olympics, triumphed by jumping 124 meters on the 120-meter hill, then finishing the 7.5-km cross-country race in 18:19.8 to edge Germany's Ronny Ackerman. "With about 100 meters left, I was pretty sure I had it," Spillane said. "I had so much adrenaline flowing, I just had to make sure I didn't put a pole between my legs."
U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Lloyd Ward, after 16 months on the $550,000-per-year job, amid multiplying charges of ethics violations and mismanagement. Ward, a former CEO of Maytag and iMotors, was the USOC's fourth CEO since 2000. His problems began last year when the USOC executive committee learned he had tried to help a company with ties to his brother land a lucrative contract to provide backup energy sources for the Pan Am Games. Ward also drew criticism for his extravagantly remodeled office and excessive travel expenses, including a trip to watch a heavyweight fight in Atlantic City and unauthorized trips for his wife. Ward fought to keep his job but gave up after two U.S. senators suggested there may be criminal charges as a result of their investigation of USOC activities. No successor has been named.