For practice at Division I-AA Florida International, 52-year-old former Dolphins quarterback and current Golden Panthers coach Don Strock. After starting quarterback Jamie Burke tore his right ACL, Strock stepped in to throw during some of the seven-on-seven drills. "I was very rusty, like an old vintage car," says Strock, who completed 13 of 16 passes at one practice. "The kids love it, though. They all want to get a pick off the old man."
Five days before the Women's World Cup, the WUSA. Formed two years after the U.S. won the 1999 Cup, the eight-team league was $16 million in the red. Several players took pay cuts, but that didn't make up for a shortfall in sponsorships, according to John Hendricks, chairman of the WUSA board of governors, which voted unanimously to disband. Games had a 0.1 rating on PAX this year, and average attendance was 6,667, a 4.2% decline from 2002 and an 18% drop from the inaugural season, making a fourth season unaffordable.
By the Trail Blazers, Bill Schonely, who called games from the team's inception in 1970 until 1998, when he was replaced at age 69. Famous for such phrases as rip city (for a swish), lickety brindle through the middle (a layup down the lane) and bingo, bango, bongo (a fast break with quick passes), Schonely was beloved in Portland, and the team's new management has brought him back to appeal to a fan base that is increasingly disenchanted. Though Schonely won't call games, he will work in community relations and host segments on TV and radio. Said Schonely, "I'm back...and I'm thrilled."
Yet another NCAA football attendance record, Michigan. The announced crowd for last Saturday's win over Notre Dame (page 48) was 111,726, which eclipsed by 151 the mark set by the Wolverines against Ohio State in 1999—despite the fact that Michigan Stadium has a capacity of 107,501. The record figure includes fans, ushers, working press and band members (approximately 250 of whom were moved onto the field to open up more seats). An extra row of standing room was added to the student section as well, and single tickets that often go unused were sold on the Internet.
Of a gunshot wound to the torso, Yetunde Price, a nurse, beauty salon owner and personal assistant to her younger sisters Venus and Serena Williams. Price, 31, was with a man in an SUV shortly after midnight on Sunday in Compton, Calif., when they became involved in a confrontation, according to the sheriff's department. Neighbors reported hearing up to 20 shots, and an assault rifle was found nearby. Aaron Michael Hammer, 24, of Compton, was arrested for investigation of murder, and two other suspects were sought. Price is one of five sisters, all of whom grew up in Compton before the family moved to Florida in 1993. "She was our nucleus," the family said in a statement. "Our grief is overwhelming."
Of natural causes at her home in Poecking, Germany, controversial filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, 101, a seminal figure in sports cinematography. In her innovative, two-part documentary of the 1936 Games in Berlin, Olympia, she placed cameras in the pits during jumping events and underwater during dives and used dramatic close-ups of Jesse Owens in his sprint races—techniques that are commonplace today. Considered by some to be the best female filmmaker of the 20th century, Riefenstahl's work was despised by many because it was funded by Adolf Hitler, for whom she made four movies, including Triumph of Will, a propaganda film of a 1934 Nazi rally in Nuremberg.