Moments after he re-signed with the Panthers, quarterback Steve Beuerlein, 39, who also played with the Raiders, Cowboys, Cardinals, Jaguars and Broncos during his 17 NFL seasons. Beuerlein had his best years with Carolina (1996-2000), making the Pro Bowl in '99 after passing for a career-best 4,436 yards and 36 touchdowns. Known for his fast reads—and slow gait—the Notre Dame grad (he was the Raiders' fourth-round pick in 1987) finished with 24,046 career yards and 147 touchdowns and holds every major passing record for the Panthers. After being released by Denver in May, Beuerlein weighed retirement, then called the Panthers to set up last week's sign-and-quit. "My heart has always been here with this organization," Beuerlein said, even though he was released by then coach George Seifert before the 2001 season. Cutting Beuerlein was a highly unpopular move with fans, and after the team went 1-15 that year, Seifert was fired.
In Oxnard, Calif., the city where the Cowboys hold training camp, wearing the team's trademark blue star. Oxnard police recently served court papers to 40 members of the Colonia Chiques street gang, prohibiting them from wearing paraphernalia bearing the Cowboys' blue-star symbol, which the gang adopted two decades ago. The court order—which is meant to curb gang violence—subjects violators to a $1,000 fine or six months in jail. It does not apply to the roughly 125,000 Dallas fans who flock to the area during training camp.
By Russian president Vladimir Putin, the country's national soccer team after Putin saw players chewing gum during the Russian national anthem at a recent game. Putin reportedly called the head of the Russian Olympic Committee and ordered a stop to the public mastication.
The breadth of Mongolia, by Andr� Tolm�, a 35-year-old civil engineer from New Hampshire. Traveling by Jeep and sleeping in a tent, Tolm� and his caddie, a native Mongolian named Khatanbaatar, covered 1,234 miles in a 180-day trek through winds of up to 40 mph. Tolm�, who claims he shot a 12,170, or 290 over his estimated par, said he undertook the journey to raise awareness of extreme golf.
WE'RE JUST CYCLING THROUGH IT
Three days after Lance took France, he was pumping the pedals in the Netherlands and winning a 62-mile race. About then speculation arose that he was engaged to Sheryl Crow. (The evidence: He didn't correct a hotel staffer who referred to Crow as Armstrong's fianc�e!) Meanwhile, the Lance Armstrong Foundation has sold close to six million yellow Live Strong bracelets to benefit cancer research this summer. ( John Kerry, Serena Williams and Matt Damon were all seen wearing them last week.) But not all was harmonious, as Armstrong's feud with Italian cyclist Filippo Simeoni spun into high gear. Simeoni has a libel suit against Armstrong for allegedly calling him a liar, and Simeoni alleges that during this year's Tour de France, Armstrong threatened him, saying, "I have lots of money and time and lots of lawyers. I can destroy you." Armstrong hasn't confirmed he said those words, but if he did, it could lead to his being charged with intimidating a witness.