By 63-year-old Jack Nicklaus, three of his four sons—Jackie, 41; Gary, 34; and Michael, 29-at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greenville, S.C. Never have so many members of a family played in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, and Papa Bear one-putted his last 10 greens in the second round to shoot a 67; he was the only Nicklaus to make the cut and went on to finish 45th at four-under. While the hordes following the elder Nicklaus were awed by his performance, his progeny were unmoved. "You knew my dad was going to play well," said Jackie, a pro I golfer himself. "To be low Nicklaus in a family outing, well, he's done that a few times before."
By 33-year-old center Alonzo Mourning, his intention to return to the NBA next season. In October 2000 the seven-time All-Star was found to have the incurable kidney disease focal glomerulosclerosis. He played the '01-02 season for the Heat in partial remission but suffered a relapse and sat out last season, the final year of a seven-year, $105 million deal. Said Mourning last week, "Until September, they'll continue to monitor my body chemistry to see if I will be able at that time to play. But right now they're giving me the thumbs-up." Gerald Appel, his nephrologist, says Mourning "feels good and has been practicing daily." Mourning says he would like to play for Miami but may test free agency.
To the Premiership's team of the year, goalkeeper Brad Friedel, the first U.S. player ever to earn a spot on the English soccer all-pro team. Friedel, who led the U.S. to the World Cup quarterfinals last year, has had 14 shutouts for Blackburn Rovers this season. He has attracted attention from English giants Arsenal and Manchester United, but Blackburn manager Graeme Souness, who got Friedel on a free transfer three seasons ago, is unlikely to sell his star. "I couldn't put a price on his head," he said. "He has to be the best signing I've ever made."
Of undetermined causes, Sue Sally Hale, 65, the first woman member of the U.S. Polo Association, of whom it was said, "She could ride a horse like a Comanche and hit a ball like a Mack truck." Before the polo association let her join, in 1972, Hale played tournaments pretending to be a man. She tucked her hair under her helmet, taped her bosom, wore a fake mustache and went by the name "A. Jones." Hale played polo until a week before her death; she also painted and wrote poetry, including this verse: "The ultimate goal in which to believe/Is to pass from this life out where we achieve/On the field of honor, that's covered with grass/On top of a horse with a ball to thrash."
?Of brain cancer, Charlie Tolar, 65, a star fullback for the AFL's Houston Oilers from 1960 to '66. At 5'6", 210 pounds he was nicknamed the Human Bowling Ball while rushing for 3,288 yards and playing on three All-Star teams. Said Oilers founder Bud Adams, "Defensive players couldn't see him half the time because he ran so low to the ground."
By I.M. Chait Galleries in Beverly Hills, Calif., the "home plate meteorite." The 18-by-18-inch space-rock, speckled with peridot and olivine and cemented in a nickel-iron matrix, fell in a meteorite shower 1,000 years ago in Chile and is expected to fetch $65,000-$80,000 at auction this Sunday. Its owner, Darryl Pitt of New York City, acquired the piece from London's Natural History Museum partly because it looked like home plate. "That hadn't occurred to the cricket-playing British," says Pitt, who hopes a big league team enters the bidding. "The Houston Astros would be a natural," he says.