For The San Angelo ( Texas) Colts of the independent Central League, newlyweds Jake and Kendall Burnham, the first husband-and-wife duo to play pro baseball. In an 8-1 loss to Amarillo on May 14, Jake started at third base and Kendall struck out as a pinch hitter. Kendall, 28, who starred in the Women's Professional Softball League and was an assistant Softball coach at UNLV, was visiting Jake, 26, a Colts regular, in the clubhouse on May 14 when manager Steve Maddock offered her a job as a utility infielder "She took batting practice and played that night," says Jake. Kendall and Jake, who tied the knot last month, share a locker as well as a room. "She had been talking about traveling with me," said Jake. "Now we just won't have to pay for gas and hotel rooms."
Her goal of reaching the NCAA women's lacrosse Final Four, Loyola coach Diane Geppi-Aikens. In the April 28 SI, Geppi-Aikens, 40, wrote about having terminal brain cancer, which confines her to a wheelchair. "I have two goals: getting to the Final Four and to my son Michael's graduation," she wrote. The top-ranked Greyhounds reached the semis with a win over Yale, then lost 5-3 to Princeton. With their season over, the team gathered in a circle in the locker room. "We talked about the adversity we overcame all year," says Geppi-Aikens. "I told them I was proud of them. There were a lot of tears and laughter." Michael's high school graduation is on May 31.
In a cola war, Rockets center Yao Ming. In February, Yao signed an exclusive international deal with PepsiCo. But Coca-Cola, which has a marketing contract with the Chinese government agency that runs the men's national team, has begun using images of Yao in his national team jersey on bottles in China. (Yao is playing for the national team this summer.) Coke says its deal allows it to use Yao's image; Yao's lawyers have threatened to sue.
In the first pro soccer match since the war in Iraq, the rivalry between the country's best and most popular clubs, Zawra and Police. After Zawra scored its only goal in a 2-1 loss at Zawra Stadium in Baghdad, a few thousand fans erupted in cheers and songs. Said Zawra manager Karim Badr Muhammad, "The important thing is that it is the first free match after sports in Iraq were liberated from Saddam."
By the ruling religious alliance in the North-West Frontier province of Pakistan, male spectators from women's sporting events, male coaches from training female athletes and male journalists from covering women's games. The province's information minister, Asif Iqbal Daudzai, says the ruling, which will affect thousands of female athletes, is meant to enforce a strict version of Islam.
A moving speech at a black-tie benefit for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, former big leaguer Tug McGraw. Wearing a cap emblazoned With YOU GOTTA BELIEVE—the slogan he coined as the Mets' closer during the 1973 pennant race—McGraw, 59, spoke about having a tumor removed from his brain on March 18. McGraw relied on his catchphrase as a theme. "He even danced with me," said Moffitt Foundation vice president Patricia Goldsmith. "His speech was so inspirational. He had 800 people on their feet and in tears." Doctors for McGraw, who was a Phillies instructor when his tumor was discovered, have said his chances for a recovery are excellent.