Eight times since embarking on an 847-mile trek from Land's End in the south of England to John o'Groat's in northern Scotland, the 44-year-old nudist Gump, Steve Gough. A truck driver with two children, Gough began his walk on June 16 and has traveled 600 miles despite his busts for "offending public decency" and despite being beaten up by a gang of youths along the way. Gough, who is separated from his wife and lives in a motor home outside his mother's house in Eastleigh, England, does wear clothing at night, when he camps out. "I didn't do this because I wanted to be famous, or to get on TV or anything like that, but I do have a message," said Gough, whom the British press has dubbed the Naked Rambler. "What I am saying to people is that they are free to be themselves."
By the NBAer formerly known as Nene Hilario, his surname. The Nuggets' power forward, 20, a member of the league's All-Rookie team last season, legally changed his name to a single word, Nene (pronounced Nuh-NAY). Like many big-name Brazilian athletes—Pel�, Ronaldo and Rivaldo—Nene was a mononomic star in his homeland. But the NBA requires players to wear their legal last names on their uniforms, and Nuggets jerseys emblazoned with NENE are expected to be even more popular in Brazil. "I did it to stop the confusion," the erstwhile Senhor Hilario says, "and to infuse a little bit of Brazilian culture into the NBA."
To federal prosecutors to face charges of conspiracy and money laundering, Sherrie Miller, 27, the wife of golfer John Daly, 37 Miller, her father and her mother are accused of conspiracy to buy and sell cocaine, marijuana and metham-phetamine. The three allegedly concealed the drug proceeds and those from an illegal gambling operation with a variety of shady property deals and complicated bank deposits. In all, prosecutors say, the Millers laundered more than $1.2 million. Daly's wife faces up to 40 years in prison. Daly, who is 19lst on the world golf ranking, married Sherrie, his fourth wife, in 2001, just seven weeks after meeting her at a tournament in Memphis, and last month she gave birth to the couple's first child, a son. Prosecutors—and Daly-say he had no knowledge of his wife's alleged misdeeds, which are said to have occurred between 1996 and 2002. Daly could not be reached, but in a statement released by his agent, he said he "remains supportive of his wife during this trying period."
In Cremona, Italy, a Haflinger named Promotea, the first genetically copied horse. Scientists have hyped Promotea as a breakthrough for the thoroughbred breeding industry, but Kentucky Derby champ Funny Cide, a gelding, shouldn't head for the lab just yet. The Jockey Club, the breed registry for all North American thoroughbreds, only recognizes horses conceived the old-fashioned way. There are no breeding guidelines for show horses, however, so theoretically a man-made animal could compete in an Olympic equestrian event. "No rule says you can't bring a clone of [legendary show jumper] Gem Twist into the ring," says Denny Emerson, chairman of the breeding committee at USA Equestrian. "I don't see how you can prevent it from happening."
Jermaine Bruner, 30, often hears about his resemblance to Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams. "All the time," says the assistant manager of a Food 4 Less store in L.A. "At work, on the street. People don't believe I'm not him." He hasn't capitalized on his visage, but, Bruner says, "some celebrities use a double to throw off the paparazzi. I could be that double." By the way, that's Bruner on the left.