By Marco Andretti, the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. Marco, 19, the grandson of
Indy legend Mario Andretti and the son of Andretti Green Racing co-owner
Michael Andretti (above left, with Marco and Mario), is the youngest driver to
win a U.S. open-wheel racing event. Making his 13th IndyCar series start, he
drove with a swashbuckling style, gambling on fuel when most cars pitted on Lap
51 and then ignoring his father's advice to conserve gas on the final 10 laps.
Aided by a late caution flag, he held off Dario Franchitti to win by 0.66 of a
second. "He was so smart and so patient," said his grandfather.
"Marco drove like a true champion today."
To three months in jail, former slugger Albert Belle, who pleaded guilty in
July to stalking an ex-girlfriend. Belle, 39, who was arrested last February
after the woman told Phoenix police that he had attached a GPS tracking device
to her car and threatened her, was taken into custody in May after again
threatening the woman. Belle has been jailed since the second arrest but was
credited for time served only since his plea.
To pay the Broncos a reported $982,000, Falcons receiver Ashley Lelie, who was
traded from Denver to Atlanta on Aug. 23 after a 23-day holdout. At $14,000 a
day, Lelie's contract dispute with the Broncos cost him $322,000 in fines, and
the team also demanded that he refund $660,000, a prorated portion of the $3.3
million signing bonus he was given in 2002. Lelie's contract calls for him to
make $600,000 this season--which means he will play this season in the red.
Said Denver coach Mike Shanahan, "We would not have released him unless he
agreed to [the payback] and signed a contract to do it."
With theft by deception, Brian Jackson, a Pittsburgh man who allegedly stole
$3,200 from an unidentified woman by pretending to be Steelers tight end Jerame
Tuman. It wasn't Jackson's first turn as a fake Steeler: Last year he was
charged with pretending to be quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his backup,
Brian St. Pierre, to get dates with women. (Jackson, 32, was sentenced to 30
days in jail for disorderly conduct and ordered to undergo counseling in the
earlier case.) According to Pittsburgh police, he introduced himself as Tuman
to a woman last March. Over the next several weeks, "Tuman" borrowed
money from her by saying he had lost his wallet or had his bank account frozen
in a child-support dispute. Jackson faces seven years in prison if
Positive for the steroid nandrolone, sprinter LaTasha Jenkins (above), the 11th
athlete to be caught doping while working with coach Trevor Graham. Jenkins,
28, the 2001 world indoor championships silver medalist in the 200 meters,
faces a two-year ban if the B sample of a urine test she took in July also is
positive. Last week former 100-meter world-record co-holder Justin Gatlin,
another Graham client, received an eight-year ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping
Agency for failing a drug test in April. Last Thursday, Nike ended its
sponsorship of Graham. Graham, however, may seek a settlement with the company.
Said his lawyer, Joseph Zeszotarski, "The contract cannot be terminated
based upon innuendo and suspicion."
For another season as coach of the NBA champion Heat, Pat Riley, who ended
speculation that he would retire at age 61. Riley, who added coaching to his
duties as team president after Stan Van Gundy resigned last December, made no
secret of how exhausted he was after the season. But on Aug. 23, Riley released
a statement announcing he was coming back, saying, "Winning the
championship showed me that I am definitely in the right place, at the right
time, with the right people. I can't wait to get started."
By a Nevada judge, half of former Hollywood agent Jamie Gold's $12 million
prize for winning the World Series of Poker. On Aug. 21 Bruce Crispin Leyser, a
TV development executive, filed suit against Gold, alleging that the champ
agreed in July to split his winnings if Leyser helped him find celebrities to
endorse gambling site Bodog.com at the WSOP's main event. ( Bodog paid Gold's
$10,000 entry fee.) Leyser says he held up his end by delivering actor Matthew
Lillard ( Scooby-Doo) and comedian Dax Shepard, but Gold has refused to pay him.
The judge prohibited the Rio casino in Las Vegas from disbursing $6 million of
Gold's winnings for 15 days.
By Ann Iverson (below), mother of 76ers star Allen Iverson, the Richmond
Warriors, an expansion ABA team. Ann, 46, a former Virginia resident who
attends many of her son's games in Philadelphia, paid $20,000 for the
franchise, and most ABA teams require around $400,000 for operating costs. The
Warriors, who will be coached by former Virginia Tech guard Michael Davis, open
their 36-game season on Nov. 10.
With sexually exploiting teenagers in Ontario between 1995 and 2001, former
hockey agent David Frost, who in '04 was the target of a murder-for-hire plot
by one of his clients, former Blues center Mike Danton. ( Danton, who pleaded
guilty to murder conspiracy, is serving a 7 1/2-year sentence in New Jersey.)
Frost, 39, a former youth hockey coach in Toronto, was the target of a two-year
investigation and is accused of "exploiting" four boys and three girls
between the ages of 14 and 16. None were identified, and police would not say
if Danton was an alleged victim. Frost, who told reporters he is
"innocent" after being released on bail, is due at a court hearing in
Napanee, Ont., on Sept. 19.