For 20 minutes, an April 29 Triple A game between the Indianapolis Indians and the Louisville Bats after Indians third baseman Jeff Liefer got stuck inside a dugout bathroom. Liefer—who's had major league stints with the White Sox, Devil Rays and Expos—went to the restroom before the start of the fourth inning, which he later insisted was "a perfectly normal thing to do during the game." Alas, said Liefer, "when I went to leave, the handle didn't want to work on the door, so I was stuck." Maintenance workers opened a vent over the door and tossed tools to Liefer, who eventually freed himself by hammering the hinges off the door.
With murder and aggravated robbery, Raymond Williams, Ohio's 2003 Mr. Football. Williams, 18, ran for 2,099 yards and 27 touchdowns in leading Benedictine High of Cleveland to the Division III state championship and had accepted a scholarship to play for West Virginia next season. But on April 16 he and two teammates, Jon Huddleston, 18, and Lorenzo Hunter, 16, confronted a man on a Cleveland street, and Hunter allegedly tried to rob him using a plastic gun. The man, Rodney Roberts, pulled out a real gun and fatally shot Hunter while Williams and Huddleston fled. Huddleston, an All-Ohio defensive back, faces the same murder and aggravated-robbery charges, which carry a possible prison sentence of 15 years to life. West Virginia withdrew Williams's scholarship offer.
The top goalkeeper in the English Premier League by the Professional Footballers Association, Tim Howard. The 25-year-old from New Brunswick, N.J., was a relative unknown on the international scene when Manchester United purchased him from the MetroStars last summer, but he immediately displaced 2000 World Cup winner Fabien Barthez as the team's starter. Howard has 11 shutouts in 29 Premier League games.
Of complications from a stroke, the Reverend Edmund Joyce, who served as chairman of the board of athletics at Notre Dame from 1952 to '87. During his tenure Joyce oversaw a successful program—the Irish won three national football championships and went to the 1978 Final Four—but he was also influential outside of South Bend. In 1977 he was awarded the Distinguished American Award by the College Football Hall of Fame, and he regularly spoke at NCAA conventions. "Every delegate would be in that hall, and you could hear a pin drop," said former Irish basketball coach Digger Phelps of Joyce's speeches. "And his messages were always...student first, athlete second. He never deviated from that."
Following a long illness, Sid Smith, 78, a former Maple Leafs captain who led the team to three Stanley Cups. Smith, whose 12-year career ended in 1958, twice won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most gentlemanly player. But he was also a scoring threat. In Game 2 of The 1949 Stanley Cup finals he had a hat trick in a 3-1 win over Detroit, and upon his retirement, only three active players—Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard and Ted Lindsay—had scored more than his 186 goals.