Of injuries sustained in a car accident near Miami, Matthew Gribble, 41, an Olympic swimmer and former world-record holder in the 100-meter butterfly. In 1982 Gribble upset heavily favored Michael Gross of Germany in the World Games, then set a world record the next year that stood for 11 months. At the '84 Olympics, though, a back injury slowed Gribble, who didn't advance past his preliminary heat in his final competitive race. "Matt was the type of guy who was always real quiet," said Kurt Wienants, Gribble's teammate at Miami, where Gribble's 100-meter-butterfly record still stands. "Then he would just show up on the block and be amazing."
Of lung cancer, Bill Braucher, 77, the sportswriter who helped lure Don Shula to the Dolphins from the Colts. In 1970 Miami owner Joe Robbie wanted to talk to Shula about his coaching vacancy but was forbidden to under the NFL's tampering rules. So Robbie had Braucher, a Miami Herald columnist who like Shula was a graduate of John Carroll University, make the contact. (Despite the ruse the Dolphins were docked a first-round draft pick when Shula took the job.) "He was instrumental in me coming here, and that's something that changed my life," Shula said.
That the University of Maryland could institute a policy of prohibiting fans from chanting obscenities at sporting events, Maryland assistant attorney general John Anderson. During a Terrapins-Duke game in January, students at the Comcast Center—many wearing shirts that read F—- DUKE AND SADDAM—chanted "F—- you, J.J." at Duke guard J.J. Reddick and were loud enough to be heard on ESPN's broadcast. Since the school is run by the state, university officials asked Anderson what kind of latitude they would have in establishing a policy that banned obscene speech and signs. Anderson concluded that restricting offensive language in a captive setting was legal. "I do not conclude that the First Amendment condemns any such effort to failure," he wrote. School officials will now meet with student groups to finalize the policy.
By former Rangers City Skaters captain Courtney Prince, a discrimination complaint alleging sexual harassment with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, against Madison Square Garden and its owner Cablevision. According to the New York Post, Prince, 25, claimed a Garden executive "put his open mouth on top of my mouth" and tried to engage her in a conversation about sex. Prince also alleged that executives pressured some of the skaters, who perform between periods at Rangers games, to get breast implants and lose weight, even going so far as to cut off the women's sandwich and cookie supply. MSG spokesman Barry Watkins said the complaint is without merit.