From the board of a liquor store less than a mile from the University of Colorado campus, Buffaloes athletic director Dick Tharp. Citing an "appearance of impropriety," Tharp—who last week found out he would keep his job in the wake of allegations that the Colorado football team used alcohol and sex to lure recruits—decided to scale back his role at Liquor Mart. He will, however, retain his minority ownership stake in the store.
For the only U.S. men's taekwondo berth in the 2004 Olympics, Steven Lopez. For the first family of U.S. taekwondo, however, last Saturday night's Olympic trials ended in a split decision. Before Steven (right, in blue vest), a gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Games, defeated Tony Graf 4-0 in the men's welterweight final, his sister Diana, 20, dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Nia Abdallah in the women's featherweight final. "Honestly, I'm more disappointed for Diana than I am happy for myself," said Steven, 25, who grew up with Diana in Sugar Land, Texas. Four years ago Diana was corralled by security when she ran onto the mat in Sydney screaming deliriously after Steven won his gold. "I couldn't stop shaking after that match, I was so excited for my brother," said Diana, a former world junior champion. "I told myself I'd do the same thing. Now I have to wait four more years."
By NBA director of officiating Ed T. Rush, a position as a volunteer special teams football coach for Division II Bloomsburg (Pa.) University. "I've wanted to be a college coach my entire life, so I'm living my dream right now," says Rush, who was a high school defensive coordinator before his 31-year career as an ABA and NBA referee. The 62-year-old will spend the season living with his wife, Trudy, in their 33-foot Winnebago on a mountaintop overlooking the campus. He will remain with the NBA as a consultant.
By the Yankees, Cracker Jack. On May 19 the team announced that it was replacing the caramel-coated popcorn and peanut mix that is sold at every major league park in the U.S. with Crunch 'n Munch because Frito Lay, which makes Cracker Jack, began packaging it in bags instead of boxes. But fans complained, and the snack made its return to Yankee Stadium on June 2. Says Robert McKay, a Yankee Stadium vendor since 1977, "A lot of fans asked me what happened to their Cracker Jack. They were unhappy because they don't want things to change. Plus, Crunch 'n Munch doesn't have a prize."
To serve as the riderless horse escorting the body of President Ronald Reagan (tribute, page 109) to the Capitol, Sgt. York. The 13-year-old standardbred had a modest career as a harness racehorse named Allaboard Jules, winning five of 23 races and $14,881 at New York and New Jersey tracks in the '90s. When his career ended, an employee of the New Jersey Racing Commission who had a son in the Army got him a job at Fort Myer, an Army base near Arlington National Cemetery. He was rechristened Sgt. York and made a caparisoned horse, which trails the caisson without a rider as a tribute to a fallen hero.