In an attack by a 12-to-15-foot shark, the left arm of 13-year-old surfer Bethany Hamilton. Last Friday, Bethany, a promising competitor who won a national open in August and also beat many older surfers to win an event in Oahu in May, was lying on her board while surfing with friends off her home island of Kauai when the shark attacked without warning. "She just yelled, 'A shark bit me!' " said her father, Tom. The fish took the arm above the elbow and disappeared into the deep. Another surfer—Holt Blanchard, the father of Bethany's best friend—quickly fashioned a tourniquet out of a surfing leash before taking Bethany to a nearby hospital, where she is listed in good condition. Speaking to the Honolulu TV station KGMB on Saturday, Bethany said the shark, which also took a 16-by-8-inch bite out of her surfboard, had pulled her around, "but I just held on to my board and then it let go." Bethany, who was to undergo a second surgery on Monday, has not said whether she will continue to surf competitively.
That his milestone 37-yard pass be erased from the record books, Springfield (Ill.) Southeast High senior quarterback Nate Haasis. Near the end of an Oct. 25 game against Cahokia High, the last game of the season, Haasis was 31 yards shy of 5,000 for his career—a mark only 11 Illinois high school quarterbacks have passed. The teams' coaches struck a deal: Southeast would let Cahokia—which led 36-20—score if Cahokia would let Haasis complete a pass to give him the mark. Haasis knew about the plan, but two days later upon reflection, he wrote to the commissioner of the Central State Eight conference, asking that the completion not count. "I didn't feel right," says Haasis, who has gotten letters from across the U.S. supporting his decision. "I wanted the record, but I didn't want it in the way I got it. So in that sense it wasn't a hard decision at all." Conference officials were to meet this week to rule on his request.
His intention to sign Sweden's Hanna Ljungberg as the first woman to play in a men's pro soccer league, Luciano Gaucci, president of Italian Serie A club Perugia. A 5'3", 128-pound striker, Ljungberg, 24, has 51 goals in 95 games for Sweden including three goals in six games at the 2003 Women's World Cup. Gaucci, who signed Libyan leader Mu'ammar Gadhafi's son, Saadi, last summer, said he would try to land Ljungberg this week. "We are in 2003," he said. "Men go to discotheques and go naked on the beach. I can't see why there would be a problem having a woman on the team."
WE'RE JUST LIVING IN IT
As papers across the U.K. and the Continent were pleased to report, Becks got the bill for the first 80 days of his stay at the five-star Santo Mauro hotel in Madrid, where he, Posh and their two kids are living in a suite until they find a house. The damage: $732,000, including $92,000 for food and $125,000 for valet parking for his five cars. Meanwhile Turkish star Alpay remains jobless for the crime of dissing Beckham. Aston Villa, Alpay's English team, released him after he taunted Becks for missing a penalty kick in last month's England-Turkey game—leading outraged Aston fans to hang an effigy of Alpay. Club chairman Doug Ellis said life in England, "would have been...increasingly difficult for [Alpay] and his family."