As Penn State women's basketball coach, Rene Portland. In her 27 years at the
school, Portland won 606 games, but her success was overshadowed by accusations
that she discriminated against homosexual players. In 2006, after a former
player filed a complaint, the school conducted an investigation that found that
Portland created a "hostile, intimidating and offensive environment"
because of the player's perceived sexual orientation. Portland, who criticized
the findings, was fined $10,000. This season Penn State finished 15--16, its
second straight losing season. "This was obviously a difficult
decision," Portland said. "I am very appreciative of the opportunity to
coach at Penn State."
Of cancer at age 75, Ed Bailey, a five-time All-Star catcher. Bailey, who spent
most of his 14 year career with the Reds and the Giants, had his best season in
1956, when he hit .300 with 28 homers for Cincinnati. After he retired, Bailey
(left) served as a city councilman in Knoxville, Tenn.
At age 21 after being hit by a car, Jason Ray, who served as Rameses, the
mascot for the North Carolina basketball team. Ray, a senior from Concord,
N.C., was with the team at the East Regional in East Rutherford, N.J. He was
struck by an SUV last Friday afternoon as he was walking to his hotel from a
convenience store. (The driver of the SUV does not face charges.)