The search for Bobby Fischer. The 61-year-old grand master has been on the lam from U.S. authorities since 1992, when he traveled to Yugoslavia for a rematch with Boris Spassky in violation of United Nations sanctions against that country. His passport was revoked by the State Department last December, and on July 13 he was detained at Narita Airport outside Tokyo when he attempted to board a flight to the Philippines. Japanese immigration officials are still deciding whether to deport Fischer to the U.S.
At age 28, due to a recurring back injury, Marcelo Rios, the only man to gain tennis's top ranking without winning a Grand Slam title. A diminutive Chilean lefty, Rios topped the charts in 1998, becoming the first South American to be ranked No. 1. Though he could be legendarily surly—he allegedly once told Monica Seles to move her "fat butt" out of a Wimbledon lunch line and was designated "the most hated man in tennis" by SI—Rios seemed mellowed by his marriage in 2000 and the birth of his daughter. "It is very sad for me to accept that I must leave tennis," he said last week. "It has been the passion of my life."
By Buenos Aires provincial police, a special 16-person security detail to protect the family of Spurs guard and Argentine Olympic team member Manu Ginobili (left), who became the country's highest-paid athlete when he signed a reported six-year, $52 million contract extension last Thursday. Two days earlier authorities—acting on a tip from a prison inmate—intercepted a phone call in which a plot to kidnap Ginobili's relatives was discussed. Abduction threats are an occupational hazard for athletes and celebrities in Argentina, which has been racked with crime since its 2001 economic collapse. In March soccer star Juan Jos� Serrizuela was held by kidnappers overnight, and last fall the father of another famed futbolista, Christian Traverse spent two weeks in captivity.
David Webb Chaney, 88, who, as head of the team that invented Astroturf, was responsible for indoor major league baseball and millions of welcome mats. A research chemist, Chaney was dean of North Carolina State's textile school from 1967 to '81. His legacy, however, is the work he did in the early 1960s for the Chemstrand Company, a synthetic textiles firm. To satisfy a Ford Foundation request for the perfect urban playing surface, Chaney's team, after years of tinkering to gain proper traction and drainage, developed Chemgrass in 1964. Two years later it was laid down in the Astrodome, where real grass had withered in the sunless environment, and renamed Astroturf. Within a decade the sports landscape was covered with the stuff—much to the chagrin of purists and turf-toe sufferers. Though artificial turf's popularity has declined, Astroturf is still a leader in the crowded synthetic surface market.
Joe Gold, 82, founder of Gold's Gym and World Gym and, as mentor and trainer of such bodybuilders as Lou Ferrigno and the governor of the Golden State, one of the fathers of the fitness revolution. His original beachside gym in Venice, Calif., which opened in 1965, became a mecca for serious weightlifters—notably a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Joe looked after me and encouraged me," Schwarzenegger said last week. "He was a trusted friend and father figure."