By Annika Sorenstam, a 39-yard bunker shot to win $175,000 in the Skins Game. Playing Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson and Mark O'Meara at the Trilogy Golf Club, in La Quinta, Calif., Sorenstam won five skins for $225,000, second to Couples's $605,000. After each player missed the green of the par-59th hole with their second shots, Sorenstam landed her bunker shot about 20 feet short of the hole and watched it trickle in for an eagle. "I've hit some great shots at major championships," she said, "but with all the people watching, against these guys...I'm pretty much in shock." Couples, who Sorenstam gave Sorenstam a congratulatory kiss on the cheek, said, "You have to have that shot to understand how hard it is. And to hole it, you could be down there until tomorrow's 8:00 tee time and not do it."
By Cal Ripken Jr., an alleged kidnapping victim who turned up on Ripken's porch after being shot. The Ironman responded to pounding on his front door at around 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving and saw 20-year-Dld Brian Holmes Robbins, naked old bleeding from a gunshot wound in his back. Robbins, who is unemployed, told police he'd been abducted that day near his downtown Baltimore apartment and was driven around while his kidnappers had him call friends to ask for money. Robbins said that after failing to raise any cash, he was taken to a field in Worthington Valley, an affluent suburb of Baltimore, stripped naked and told to start running. Shot in the back as he fled, he made his way to what turned out to be the former Orioles shortstop's home. Ripken called 911, and Robbins was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released. Police are investigating the case.
Still, as Auburn's football coach, Tommy Tuberville, who had endured rampant speculation about his job security. After the Tigers beat Alabama 28-23 on Nov. 22 to end a three-game conference losing streak, reports surfaced that Auburn president William Walker and athletic director David Housel met secretly on Nov. 20 with Louisville coach Bobby Petrino in Louisville about the Auburn job. Petrino had adamantly denied the meeting until a report in Louisville's Courier-Journal confirmed that it had occurred. Petrino then called the meeting a "mistake" while Louisville AD Tom Jurich complained about "how a university leader would come into my own backyard, behind my back." Alabama governor Bob Riley, who is also chairman of Auburn's board of trustees, said, "The manner in which this situation has been handled is embarrassing." Tuberville's job appeared to have been saved by his win over Alabama—which could send Auburn (7-5) to the Dec. 31 Music City Bowl in Nashville—and Walker issued an apology. After meeting with Walker and Housel on Monday, Tuberville, in his fifth season as coach, held an emotional press conference in which he said, "I'm looking forward to being around here for a longtime."