After a yearlong battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, Bruce Edwards, 49, who caddied for Tom Watson for nearly 30 years. Edwards and Watson met at a tournament in St. Louis in 1973, and except for a three-year stint Edwards spent with Greg Norman in the 1980s, they were together until last year, when Edwards became too ill to carry Watson's bag. At one of their final tournaments together, the 2003 U.S. Open, Watson shot a 65 in the first round. As the two walked up the 18th fairway, tears welled in their eyes and the gallery cheered wildly. On April 7, the eve of the Masters, the Golf Writers Association of America presented Edwards with the Ben Hogan Award for remaining active in the game despite his illness. The next morning Edwards passed away. Watson played on, shooting a 76 with Edwards's yardage book in his pocket. "He was with me out there," Watson said.
A $1.47 million jury award to former high school basketball player Jennifer Besler, who claimed that verbal abuse from her coach led to her developing an eating disorder (SI, April 5). Judge Paulette Sapp-Peterson ruled that evidence at the trial did not show that Besler, 25, had been permanently harmed by the actions of coach Daniel Hussong, who allegedly told her to lose 10 pounds in 1995 when she played for Windsor-Plainsboro High in Princeton Junction, N.J. "I was a demanding coach," says Hussong, who is no longer a coach at the school. "When you care about kids you can demand a lot from them. I cared about Jennifer as well, just like all the other players that I've coached."
A successful liver transplant, broadcaster and former NFL kicker Pat Summerall, 73. A recovering alcoholic who has been sober for 12 years, Summerall had been on the waiting list at St. Luke's hospital in Jacksonville since April 2. After anonymous blood tests found a match, Summerall, who has worked 16 Super Bowls, underwent a 2�-hour procedure last Saturday. "While our prayers have been answered, we also know another family is grieving over the loss of a loved one," Summerall's wife, Cheri, said.
Himself as a Milwaukee Brewer for the team's season opener, Secret Service agent Brian Piersall. Taking a page from Lieut. Frank Drebin, the bumbling cop played by Leslie Nielsen who impersonated an umpire in The Naked Gun, Piersall donned a Milwaukee uniform and stood in the team's dugout as part of the security detail for President Bush, who threw out the first pitch before the Brewers-Cardinals game at Busch Stadium on April 5. When Piersall—who said, "I'm not even a baseball fan"—asked one of his "teammates" what he should do if someone asked him for an autograph, he was told to sign away. As for the President, his pitch was a sinker that arguably caught the plate. Said Cardinals lefthander Ray King, who walked two of the three batters he faced, " President Bush threw one more strike than I did."