The Hall of Fame riding careers of Laffit Pincay Jr., 56, and Julie Krone, 39, who suffered separate falls at Santa Anita. Pincay, the winningest jockey in history with 9,531 victories, will be in a halo cast for eight weeks; he sustained two fractures to a bone in his neck when his mount, Trampus Too, clipped heels with another horse and went down on March 1. "I wouldn't count him out," says his agent, Bob Meldahl. "He heals better than anyone." Krone, the winningest female jockey ever, returned to riding in November after a 3�-year hiatus. She was thrown on March 8 when her horse, Sublet, stumbled and sent her tumbling over his head. She sustained two broken bones in her lower back and two fractured vertebrae, and is expected to be out for two to three months.
As coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, after using a racial slur to describe his team captain, former NHL goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck. The 1986 Vezina Trophy winner admits that during a tirade at the home of two Greyhounds players he used the n word "more than once" in talking about Trevor Daley, a 19-year-old defenseman. Daley, who is black, heard about the slurs and left the team on the advice of his agent, Bobby Orr. "This is an old wound with me," said Vanbiesbrouck, who is from Detroit. "I grew up with it. I'm as sorry as anybody that it's stuck with me."
The Premier Development League, the BYU men's soccer team, which purchased a franchise for $40,000 and this spring will become the first college team in any sport to play in a league with pro squads. After winning seven club championships in 10 years, BYU coach Chris Watkins said he wanted tougher competition, but because of Title IX restrictions the school wouldn't add a men's varsity sport. Joining the Premier League also allows players to travel internationally without being subjected to NCAA restrictions, which would have made it difficult for student athletes to follow the Mormon precepts about preaching the faith. "I'm not sure about other teams, but it fits BYU," Watkins told SI.
Mistakenly, by NCAA investigators looking into wire transfers received by Louisville center Marvin Stone, 53-year-old Marvin Stone, a project engineer in Atlanta. The elder Stone (no relation) received a $450 transfer from a relative in Louisville on Nov. 15, 2002, which prompted a call from NCAA representative Deana Garner. "I had a thousand things running through my head," said Stone. "All I do is watch college basketball. What did the NCAA want with me? You're not going to confuse us. He's 6'10", and I'm 5'7"." The younger Stone was held out of Louisville's 100-59 win over Charlotte last Saturday.