Legal by the NFL, hair pulling. A recent league officiating tape features footage of Dolphins running back Ricky Williams being tackled by his dreadlocks—as he has been on several occasions this year. According to NFL officiating director Mike Pereira, who narrated the tape, "You've got the hair being pulled, and the locks are like the shirt, I guess. If you pull the locks, it's O.K. If you're going to wear your locks out like that, you're the one that's at risk." Williams has said he doesn't plan to cut his locks or tuck them into his helmet.
After a long illness, Laszlo Papp, 77, the first boxer to win a gold medal at three Olympics. The Hungarian, who sported a Clark Gable mustache and had a brutal left hook, was an Olympic champ as a middleweight in London in 1948. After getting gold as a light middleweight in 1952 and '56—when he beat future world champion Jos� Torres—Papp turned pro and won the European middleweight championship while running his record to 27-0-2 with 15 KOs. Just as he was about to get a shot at world middleweight champ Joey Giardello in '65, Papp was summoned home by the Hungarian government, which revoked his passport on the grounds that boxing for financial gain was "incompatible with socialist principles." Papp went on to coach Hungary's Olympic team and later ran a boxing school. In 1989 the World Boxing Council named Papp an I honorary world champion, and two years later designated him the best middleweight of all time.
Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski by teammate Marcus Williams, whose left eye socket Romanowski broke during a practice in late August. Williams, 25, a reserve tight end, will miss the season because of the injury and is seeking what his lawyer termed "a large amount of damages" for what the suit calls "battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress." Romanowski allegedly tore off Williams's helmet before punching him. (Before the suit Romanowski, 37, acknowledged the attack and said, "It was a classless move by me.... I hold myself accountable.") Romanowski has also missed the past three games—the first missed games of his 16-year career—because of symptoms from multiple concussions. He said on ESPN last week that the concussions may lead him to retire.
With acute myelogenous leukemia, John Henry Williams, the only son of Ted Williams. John Henry, 35, recently returned to his home in L.A. after hitting .153 (11 for 72) for the independent Baton Rouge Riverbats this year. His illness was diagnosed at UCLA Medical Center, and he has begun chemotherapy. He and his younger sister, Claudia, have been in a legal battle with their half-sister, Bobby Jo Ferrell, over treatment of their father's remains (SI, Aug. 18). Claudia, who was tested last week to see if she was a match for a bone marrow transplant, said of her brother's situation, "It's not good, not good at all, considering his age."