On his final step of the Chicago Marathon, winner Robert K. Cheruiyot of Kenya. Cheruiyot (above), who won in 2:07:35, raised his arms in victory just before he slipped on a sponsor decal on the ground. Cheruiyot fell back and banged his head on the street. (He spent the night in the hospital but wasn't seriously hurt.) For a moment it was unclear whether his body crossed the finish line because he never broke the tape, but officials declared him the winner. Runner-up Daniel Njenga, also of Kenya, ran past five seconds later and fleetingly thought he might have won. "I'm not the luckiest man," said Njenga, who earned $80,000—$60,000 less than the winner.
And charged with making a terrorist threat over the Internet, Jake J. Brahm. The 20-year-old grocery-store clerk from Wauwatosa, Wis., allegedly wrote on several sites last week that radioactive dirty bombs would be detonated at seven NFL stadiums on Sunday. Investigators traced the posts to Brahm and quickly determined that it was a hoax. "As I understand it, Mr. Brahm had put out this threat thinking it was so preposterous that no one would take it seriously," said Richard Ruminski of the FBI. "Unfortunately, he was wrong." Brahm faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
By a younger brother of former Cardinals safety and U.S. Ranger, Pat Tillman (SI, Sept. 11, 2006), an indictment of the war in Iraq. On the website truthdig.com, Kevin Tillman, 28, who enlisted with his brother in 2002 and was discharged in '05, wrote, "Somehow American leadership, whose only credit is lying to its people and illegally invading a nation, has been allowed to steal the courage, virtue and honor of its soldiers on the ground." He also called the war "an illegal invasion." Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire in 2004.
In connection with the shooting of two men in the Dominican Republic, White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe. Two men were shot and wounded, allegedly as they passed near his jeep on Oct. 13 in the city of Juan Baron. One of the men has claimed that he clearly saw Uribe (above), who has denied any part in the shooting. Uribe says that the allegations are an effort to extort money from him. Uribe's agent, Martin Arburua, says that "this stuff goes on a lot over there" because people recognize major leaguers and know they have money. "Hopefully once they get the ballistics report, it will all be over with."
With attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault, Mitchell Cozad, the Northern Colorado backup punter who allegedly stabbed starter Rafael Mendoza in his kicking leg last month (SCORECARD, Sept. 25). Mendoza, who returned to the team after missing one game, was attacked outside his apartment complex in Evans, Colo., on Sept. 11. Police say Cozad's motive was competition for the starting job; they are also still looking for an alleged accomplice.
By baseball owners and players, an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The deal, which contains no radical changes from the current agreement, ensures labor peace until 2011. This is the first time the sides have agreed to a new CBA before the existing one expired.
The missing head of Kansas State mascot Willie the Wildcat, nearly two years after it was stolen from a car. An anonymous tip helped the Riley County police department recover the head, which was in good condition. Unlike most mascots, Willie's head essentially is the costume (right); the rest of it is the team uniform. Kansas State always keeps an extra Willie head on hand, so with the return of the missing one the school now will have three.
By the Nets, Jay Williams, who was attempting to return to the NBA more than three years after breaking his leg in a motorcycle accident (SCORECARD, Sept. 26, 2005). "It's heartbreaking [to cut someone] regardless, and then to do it with a guy like him," said Nets coach Lawrence Frank, who said Williams could catch on elsewhere. "I think he's an NBA player."
By physicists at the University of Texas-- Arlington, a study that found significant differences between the new synthetic NBA basketballs and the old leather ones they are replacing. The scientists were asked to look at the new balls—which have been anything but a hit with players—by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Their preliminary findings were that the new balls don't bounce as high as the old ones, and the synthetic material doesn't absorb moisture as well as leather. "The results support [that] there is a definite difference," Cuban told The Dallas Morning News.
At age 87 of complications from a stroke, Marc Hodler, the International Olympic Committee member who exposed the IOC Salt Lake bribery scandal. Hodler was chairman of the IOC finance commission when, in 1998, he detailed the high stakes bidding scheme that purchased votes for Salt Lake City's successful bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics. "No revolution has been possible without scandal," Hodler said in 1999. "We have a great opportunity at this time. Let us make changes." Ten IOC members resigned or were dismissed, and the city selection process was reformed, including a ban on IOC members making visits to prospective host sites.