That he will not play this season and may retire, Jets running back Curtis Martin (above). The NFL's fourth-leading career rusher (14,101 yards), Martin, 33, who hasn't played since Week 12 of the 2005 season, had surgery to remove torn cartilage from his right knee last December. He has been trying to rehabilitate it, but said, "this is something beyond my threshold of pain." Martin didn't say he was definitely retiring but acknowledged, "It doesn't look like it's too bright as far as me having a further career."
By a federal grand jury, track coach Trevor Graham, on three counts of lying to federal agents in the BALCO investigation. Graham—who coached Tim Montgomery, Justin Gatlin and Marion Jones—helped launch the probe in 2003 when he anonymously sent the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency a syringe containing a previously undetectable steroid sold by BALCO founder Victor Conte. Graham had immunity during his interviews with agents, but it did not cover false statements. He faces 15 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.
With killing former heavyweight champ Trevor Berbick, his 20-year-old nephew, Harold Berbick, and an 18-year-old accomplice. Berbick, who beat Muhammad Ali in Ali's final fight and held the WBC belt in 1986, was found dead in Jamaica on Oct. 28 with wounds to the back of his head (SCORECARD, NOV. 6). Berbick, who authorities believe was 51 when he was killed, had reportedly been in a long-running land dispute with his nephew.
By the NCAA, quarterback Rhett Bomar, who was kicked off the Oklahoma football team in August for accepting payment from a Norman car dealership for work he didn't do. The NCAA said last week that Bomar, who transferred to Sam Houston State, must sit out the rest of the current season and donate $7,406.88—the amount he earned in violation of NCAA rules—to charity. Bomar, 21, will have two seasons of eligibility left beginning next year. "The first day I met him, he admitted he made a bad mistake," says Sam Houston coach Todd Whitten. "We knew he'd have to pay a penalty, and he's doing that."
By former baseball analyst Harold Reynolds, ESPN, for wrongful termination. Reynolds, who worked for the network for 11 years, signed a six-year, $6 million contract with ESPN last March. He was fired four months later amid reports that he had been accused of sexual harassment, but in his suit Reynolds claims he was told he was let go "for cause" but wasn't told what the cause was. The complaint does mention an "innocuous hug" Reynolds gave a female intern, who apparently filed a complaint with the network three weeks later. "At the end of the day," Reynolds says, "my integrity, reputation and family are my top priorities, and for those reasons I need to set the record straight." He is seeking $5 million.
For 50 games for violating baseball's substance abuse policy, free-agent reliever Guillermo Mota (above). The righthander, who went 4--3 with a 4.53 ERA for the Indians and the Mets this season, tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug; he's the first active player to receive the 50 game ban that was instituted this season for first-time offenders. "I used extremely poor judgement," said Mota. Under the policy Mota would be suspended for 100 games for a second offense and banned for life for a third.
For six games by MLS, FC Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala, who attacked Colorado Rapids players after a playoff loss on Oct. 28. After Pablo Mastroeni scored on a penalty kick to beat Dallas 5--4, Sala punched Colorado's Hunter Freeman and Jovan Kirovski while they celebrated on the field. "He punched me from the back—coward," said Kirovski. "I was minding my own business. It's a disgrace." Sala (right), who was fined $3,500, will serve the ban next season.
The left leg of Penn State coach Joe Paterno, during a sideline collision during a loss to Wisconsin last Saturday. During the third quarter Paterno, 79, was bowled over by Badgers linebacker DeAndre Levy and Nittany Lions tight end Andrew Quarless, who had just caught a pass and was being forced out of bounds. Paterno spent most of the third quarter seated on the bench before being carted off the field; defensive coordinator Tom Bradley filled in for him after he left the game. Paterno had surgery to repair a fractured left tibia and torn knee ligaments. As of Monday, Paterno planned to coach at Penn State's home game against Temple this Saturday.
Guilty to federal wire fraud, J. Todd Stirling, the former coach of the now-defunct Danbury Trashers of the United Hockey League. Stirling, 34, is one of 29 people charged in connection with an investigation of team owner James Galante, who allegedly attracted players by giving them or their wives no show jobs in his companies, which included a trash hauling business (SCORECARD, JUNE 19). Stirling admitted that he signed and faxed fraudulent salary reports. The added compensation allowed the Trashers to skirt the league's $275,000 annual salary cap by $475,000.
That he will miss the final Champ Car race of the season, this Sunday in Mexico City, driver Paul Tracy, who broke his right shoulder blade in a boozy ATV joyride on Oct. 28. Tracy, 37, who is fifth in the series point standings, was at a party near Las Vegas when he and some friends decided to jump sand dunes in a cart. On one jump Tracy's cart flipped over and landed on top of him. "I was at a party and had a little too much to drink," said Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car World Series winner. "It sounded like a good idea at the time, but it didn't pan out that way."