Thirty-five miles off the coast of Louisiana, a 1,152-pound bluefin tuna, the biggest fish ever caught on a rod and reel in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing in a blue marlin tournament with three pals, Ron Roland, a 39-year-old software salesman from Piano, Texas, hooked the mammoth fish at 3:45 p.m. and didn't stop battling it until 9. "Imagine doing squats with 300-pound weights on your back for five hours," the 5'8", 190-pound Roland says. When the fish finally quit, it was too big to fit aboard the 50-foot sport fishing vessel, Miss Cathy. The men tied a rope through each gill and, much like Santiago in The Old Man and the Sea, towed the tuna to shore, where it was carved up for whomever felt like taking home a steak.
By a police informant of killing Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy, Carlton Dotson, Dennehy's former teammate and roommate. According to an affidavit filed to obtain a search warrant, Dotson told a cousin that he and Dennehy, 21, had an argument while shooting guns near Waco, Texas. When Dennehy raised his gun at Dotson, Dotson allegedly shot him in the head with a 9-mm pistol. According to the affidavit, Dotson then drove to his home in Hurlock, Md., disposing of both guns along the way. (A body has not been found.) Dotson was questioned by police last Saturday. SI's attempts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful. He averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds as a junior last year but was no longer on the team. Dennehy, a 6'10" forward, transferred from New Mexico in 2002, after his sophomore season, then sat out last year. He was last seen on June 11 and his family reported him missing eight days later. His car was found abandoned and without license plates at a strip mall in Virginia Beach last Thursday.
By former Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, good news in his battle with bladder cancer. "We really are encouraged that the cancer regressed," said Tomjanovich's urologist, Rick Goldfarb. "Rudy is going to be fine." Tomjanovich, 54, coached Houston for 12 seasons before resigning in May because of his illness.
Of undetermined causes during the semifinals of the FIFA Confederations Cup, 28-year-old Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe. Foe collapsed in the 71st minute of Cameroon's 1-0 win over Colombia, shortly after refusing to be substituted off the pitch. Doctors determined that his heart had stopped and tried to revive him for 45 minutes on the sidelines. Foe was a mainstay for the Indomitable Lions, playing every minute of their 2002 World Cup run, and he scored eight goals last year for the Premier League's Manchester City, which is retiring his number 23 jersey. "At halftime his last words were, 'Boys, even if it means dying on the pitch, we must win,' " said Cameroon captain Rigobert Song. "And he was the victim. It's terrible." Cameroon lost to France 1-0 in the final.
As part of Japan Airlines' Go Go Matsui marketing campaign, a Boeing 747 with a 22-by-27-foot head shot of Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui. The plane, which will be used in Japan for domestic flights, is also adorned with a giant picture of Matsui's first major league home run ball. "It's a pleasant experience, one that not everyone experiences, I guess," said Matsui. The arrangement with the airline has not gone unnoticed by Matsui's teammates. "I saw the picture," said shortstop Derek Jeter, "and the first thing I asked him was if he was going to fly me for free."