That he used steroids, Jason Giambi. Last Friday in a USA Today interview the Yankees DH fessed up to one of baseball's worst-kept secrets; reports that Giambi admitted using steroids to the BALCO grand jury began appearing shortly after he testified in 2003. "I was wrong for doing that stuff," Giambi said. While not startling, Giambi's confession could have repercussions. The commissioner's office said it will investigate his remarks, and the Yankees could conceivably look into voiding the remainder of his contract. Giambi, who is hitting .268 with five homers, is signed through 2008, when he is due to make $21 million.
From the Louis Vuitton Cup, BMW Oracle, the lone American team. Oracle lost its best-of-nine semifinal to Italy's Luna Rossa (below) on Sunday. The winner of the Vuitton Cup, which ends on June 11, will face Switzerland's Alinghi, the reigning champion, in the America's Cup final beginning on June 23. ( New Zealand led Spain 4--2 in the other Vuitton semifinal heading into their race on Tuesday.) Oracle's loss means that there will be no American entry in the America's Cup final for the third straight time. "It certainly wasn't the outcome we planned for or expected," said Oracle team owner Larry Ellison. "Luna Rossa raised their game and deserve a lot of credit."
At 81 matches, Rafael Nadal's record winning streak on clay, with his loss to Roger Federer in the Hamburg Masters final on Sunday. The victory also ended a streak for Federer, who had been struggling—by his standards—in recent weeks. The Swiss had gone four tournaments without a title, his longest championship drought since he became the world's No. 1 player in February 2004. It was also Federer's first win on clay against Nadal in six tries and a potential confidence booster heading into next week's French Open, the only Grand Slam event Federer (above) has never won. Said Nadal, whose last loss on clay was in April '05, "If I have to lose against anyone, then he is the man."
Unanimously by major league owners, the sale of the Braves by Time Warner Inc. to Liberty Media Corp. Time Warner (the parent company of SI), which had owned the team since 1996, and Liberty agreed to the $450 million deal in February, and it became official last week. Liberty said it would make one major change in the Braves' hierarchy: Hank Aaron, a member of the team's board of directors, will play a larger role in the front office. Last Friday, Aaron said one of his duties will be trying to increase interest in baseball among African-American youth.
By Marcus Camby, an invitation to participate in USA Basketball's pre-Olympic camp in Las Vegas this summer. Managing director Jerry Colangelo has plenty of offensive firepower—including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Glibert Arenas—and hoped that Camby, the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, would bolster his D. But Camby, who led the league with 3.3 blocks per game this season, is skipping the camp because of an unspecified family matter. (The 2008 Olympic team will be chosen from players who attend this year's camp.) "He would love to have played for Team USA," said Camby's agent, Rick Kaplan. "It was a gut-wrenching decision but the one he had to make."
Of head injuries suffered in a car accident on May 12, Winthrop guard DeAndre Adams. The 20-year-old, who played in all 35 games last season and helped the Eagles score the school's first NCAA tournament victory in March, was returning to his Austell, Ga., home from a late-night summer-league game in Atlanta when he swerved to avoid a tree that had fallen across the road; Adams's car flipped and hit another tree. Doctors immediately put him in an induced coma in an attempt to reduce brain swelling, but he died four days later. Said Winthrop coach Randy Peele, "My life and our program has been blessed to have been part of DeAndre's life."
At age 80, pioneering sportswriter George Kiseda. Kiseda wrote for the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Bulletin in the 1950s and '60s and worked as a copy editor for the Los Angeles Times before retiring in 1984. Nicknamed the Silver Quill, Kiseda was witty and uncompromising ( The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan called him the best NBA writer ever) and an early crusader for civil rights in sports. In 1957 he wrote a column criticizing the scheduling of an Army-Tulane football game for the Sugar Bowl, where the stands were segregated; after the piece was read on the floor of the House of Representatives, the game was moved to West Point. "George was the most idealistic of all sports writers," says SI senior contributing writer Frank Deford, "and his example influenced many of us who came after him."
Of breast cancer at age 65, skier Jean Saubert, who won two medals for the U.S. at the 1964 Olympics. Saubert (left) shared a silver in the giant slalom and took the bronze in the slalom. The U.S. won only four other medals at the Innsbruck Games. Saubert, who was elected to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1976, was a teacher after her skiing career ended. "I wish that pro athletes would see they've been given this God-given gift—then come back into the world and become one of us," she said in 2002.