To the United States, Cuba's top young slugger, Kendry Morales. The 21-year-old outfielder and first baseman fled Cuba on June 5 aboard a boat with 17 others. After 28 hours at sea, Morales (above) arrived in Key West; he was taken into custody at Miami's Krome Detention Center and released a few hours later. Whether Morales will be subject to the draft or will be a free agent has yet to be determined, but either way he should be a hot commodity. The switch-hitter batted .324 with 21 homers for the Havana Industrials last season and was a star on the Cuban national team until being suspended last December on suspicion that he was planning to defect.
In the head by an unknown assailant, Ronald Peters, a former bookie whose testimony helped lead to Pete Rose's being banned for life from baseball. On the afternoon of June 6 Dayton police were called to a grocery store parking lot, where they found two women attending to Peters, 47 who had a gunshot wound behind his left ear. Peters, who has been in prison three times on charges ranging from cocaine distribution to owing child support, told federal prosecutors in 1989 that he took more than $1 million worth of bets from Rose—including wagers on the Reds when Rose was the team's manager. As of Monday, Peters remained in critical but stable condition and the case remained under investigation.
By the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists: If you're going to yell while watching the European soccer championship in Portugal, do so with a smile. According to a study released by the London organization, fans who scream consistently are prone to long-term vocal cord damage. But, notes speech therapist Jayne Comins, "happy yelling is less likely to cause voice damage. When you're angry and frustrated you tend to tighten up and cause more injury." The RCSLT also strongly advises fans against smoking marijuana, but law enforcement authorities at Euro 2004 are not echoing that call. On the theory that stoned fans are less likely to cause trouble than drunk ones, Lisbon's police have been instructed to turn a blind eye to recreational pot use. "Unless people are causing a problem, we are not expecting our officers to take action," a police spokeswoman said.
By the University of Cincinnati, basketball coach Bob Huggins, who was arrested on June 8 for drunken driving. Saying a leave would allow Huggins to "reflect reenergize and update his life priorities," Bearcats athletic director Bob Goin placed the coach on indefinite suspension four days after he failed a field sobriety test in a Cincinnati suburb. (According to the arrest report there was vomit on the driver's door.) "When I feel comfortable that he's ready to resume his responsibilities," said Goin, "Then I'll make that recommendation."
Of heart failure, Ralph Wiley, 52. During his nine years as a writer at SI, Wiley wrote more than 20 cover stories, marked by aggressive reporting and astute observation. But Wiley—who also wrote books and plays and was a contributor on ESPN's the Sports Reporters—was best known for his boxing profiles, enriched by his lifelong love of the sport and his keen political awareness.