The English Channel, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner, flying with carbon fiber wings and a parachute strapped to his back. Last Friday morning the 34-year-old from Salzburg jumped out of a plane over Dover, England, at 30,000 feet and traveled 22 miles in 14 minutes before his parachute-landing in Calais, France. Baumgartner, an elite B.A.S.E jumper who designed his six-foot, 26-pound wings, plans to double his distance within a year and to increase the challenge by adding aerobatics, such as barrel roles and loops. "In 10 years someone will land without a parachute," he predicted.
The face of David Beckham on their paper money, by 37% of Britons. English currency features portraits of historical figures such as composer Edward Elgar and scientist Charles Darwin, who recently replaced Charles Dickens on the �10 note. In a poll by the English financial company Virgin Money, Beckham was the most popular choice, beating out Winston Churchill (29%), Princess Diana (21%) and William Shakespeare (13%).
By Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil, that the Vikings "should shoot [ Minnesota rookie Rushen Jones] in the head." Vermeil made his recommendation after a scrimmage in which Jones, a cornerback, drilled Kansas City receiver Dameane Douglas, spraining the medial collateral ligament in Douglas's left knee. "I wasn't trying to hurt him," said Jones, who said he was sorry about what appeared to be a clean but aggressive hit. "You wouldn't think a coach would say something like that about a player."
That former German national team striker Jurgen Klinsmann has been using the alias Jay Goppingen, while playing with the Orange County ( Calif.) Blue Stars of the Premier Development League. Klinsmann, 39, who led Germany to the World Cup title in 1990, started playing for the Blue Stars shortly after he retired to California in '98. Though his identity had been known around the league, Klinsmann only fessed up to the public last week. "Playing with [the Blue Stars] keeps me young," said Klinsmann, who has scored five goals in eight games this season. "I took the false name as I didn't want a big fuss to be made."
Into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in Quantico, Va., former major leaguers Roberto Clemente and Tom Seaver and former pro golfer Patty Berg. The ceremony was attended by the late Clemente's wife, Vera, his son Luis, and the 85-year-old Berg, who says she's in so many halls of fame that she "couldn't count them. This one is special, though." Berg, who cofounded the LPGA, served as a Stateside procurement officer from 1943-45. Seaver was on active duty as a batteryman in 1962 and '63, and Clemente was a rifleman in the reserves for six years.
The Florida Gators' 2003 football media guide. Alas, the book's front cover features a photograph of a crocodile—despite the pronounced differences in the appearance of the two reptiles. (American crocodiles are lighter in color and have narrower snouts.) "Trust me, everyone in our office knows the difference between a crocodile and an alligator now," said Florida spokesperson Mary Howard. The snafu comes after a season in which Florida was 8-5, its worst record in 14 years. When the daily paper Florida Today asked readers for comments on the mistake, one responded: "I think the picture is perfect. After all, the Gators are a croc."