At age 91, former Rangers winger Alex Shibicky, the first player to use the slap shot in the NHL. Shibicky, who scored 110 goals in his 11-year career, learned the shot from teammate Bun Cook in practice and unveiled it during a game in 1937. Three years later he helped the Rangers win the Stanley Cup; he also served as the vice president of the first NHL players' association, in 1942. He spent his later years in South Surrey, B.C., where he continued to be a student of the slapper. "I'm 90 years old, and I'll still go out there and demonstrate," he said last year. "I had it down to a science."
By the owners of the Kentucky Motor Speedway, NASCAR, for allegedly violating federal antitrust laws when choosing tracks to host Nextel Cup races. The Kentucky owners, led by Jerry Carroll, say NASCAR restricts races to tracks run by International Speedway Corporation--which is owned by the family of NASCAR founder Bill France. (ISC owns all or part of 12 of the 22 tracks on the Nextel Cup circuit this year.) Carroll's group, which opened the track in 2000, seeks $400 million in damages and a date on the 2006 Nextel Cup schedule. "[Carroll] was told years ago when he built the place there wasn't a Cup race in his future," said NASCAR vice chairman Bill France Jr. earlier this year. "Yet he's down there crying wolf."
For failing to show up at an Orange County ( Calif.) child support hearing last month, Roscoe Tanner, 53, a former tennis star with a lengthy history of sidestepping the law (SI, Nov. 29, 2004). With a warrant out for his arrest, Tanner left his job teaching at a Southern California tennis club--in a car he leased with the club's owner Cecil Spearman. (The car is still missing.) Tanner led a tennis clinic in his hometown of Chattanooga in late June, allegedly flew to Sardinia and then surfaced last week in the draw of a British club tournament. "I've never seen someone with such an ability to endear himself," Spearman says of Tanner. "But that's part of the problem." (Tanner could not be reached for comment.)
To 3 1/2 years in prison, top female Zimbabwean track and field athlete Samukeliso Sithole, who was convicted in the town of Kwekwe of impersonating a woman (SI, Feb. 21). The triple jumper and sprinter competed as a woman at several international meets, winning a gold medal at a regional tournament in Botswana last year and five medals at a youth championship in Mauritius. Earlier this year a male acquaintance accused Sithole of being a man, which a medical examination confirmed. Sithole claimed a tribal healer made his male genitalia disappear--then caused them to reappear as revenge for not being paid on time.
The dugouts at Jerry Uht Park, home of the Double A Erie (Pa.) SeaWolves, after a midgame downpour flooded them last Thursday. Shortstop Tony Giarratano (above, in uniform) and his mates ran for higher ground--the clubhouse--then a few returned to the field for the requisite rain-delay tarp sliding. (One paddled on a makeshift raft in an outfield lake.) "When I saw garbage cans floating in the dugout," says radio play-by-play man Justin Kutcher, "I knew we weren't going to play that night."