At age 42 after a four-year battle with cancer, Kelly Jo Dowd, the mother of
golfer Dakoda Dowd. Last summer Kelly Jo got to see her daughter play in an
LPGA event when Dakoda—then 13—received an invitation to the Ginn Open
(SCORECARD, May 8, 2006). She shot a 74 in the first round but struggled in the
second and missed the cut with an 82. "I feel great," Kelly Jo said as
she and Dakoda (below) were presented by tournament officials with a replica of
the glass bowl given to the winner. "I saw my girl play with these amazing
women. My dream came true." Last month a clearly distracted Dakoda failed
to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open.
In a jetski accident, Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill. The 24-year-old was
on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans on Sunday when he and a female companion
were thrown into the water, which had a strong current. Neither was wearing a
life preserver. The woman, who has not been identified, was able to make it to
a pylon and was rescued. Hill's body was found by rescuers on Monday afternoon.
Hill played on LSU's national championship team in 2003 and was a second-round
draft pick of the Patriots in 2004. He played sparingly in the NFL. According
to his agent, the New Orleans native spent much of his time since Hurricane
Katrina hit helping family members rebuild their homes.
Guilty to running a sports-gambling ring, Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet.
The 43-year-old, who played 22 seasons in the NHL, was arrested in February
2006 for his role in an operation that allegedly took in $1.7 million in wagers
on college bowl games and the Super Bowl in a 40-day stretch. Tocchet, who has
been on indefinite leave from the Coyotes since his arrest, pleaded guilty to
promoting gambling and conspiracy and will likely avoid jail time when he is
sentenced on Aug. 17. Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky—whose wife allegedly placed
bets but was not charged with a crime—has said he wants Tocchet to return to
the bench with him, a move that would require the NHL's approval.
To doping when he won the Tour de France in 1996, Bjarne Riis (below). The
retired Danish cyclist said he took EPO from 1993 to '98 and also used HGH and
steroids at unspecified times. Riis's admission, which came at a news
conference in Copenhagen, means the top three finishers in the '96 Tour have
been linked to performance-enhancing drugs: Last week a former massage
therapist told a German newspaper he once gave runner-up Jan Ullrich an EPO
shot, and in 2000 third-place finisher Richard Virenque admitted he doped
during his career. Riis said he no longer considers himself a Tour champion.
"My [yellow] jersey is at home in a cardboard box," he said. "They
are welcome to come and get it."
By Dean Hancock, the father of former Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock, a
lawsuit against the St. Louis restaurant where the pitcher was drinking before
his fatal car crash last month. Authorities say that the 29-year-old had a
blood-alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit and was speeding and talking
on his cellphone when he crashed into the back of a tow truck that had stopped
to help a stalled driver. The suit charges that Mike Shannon's Restaurant
served Hancock drinks after he was intoxicated; the truck driver and the driver
of the stalled car are also listed as defendants. The suit does not specify
To a $2 million settlement, the family of former Miami defensive lineman Bryan
Pata and the insurance companies of the apartment complex where he was murdered
last November. Pata, 22, was shot outside the complex in Kendall, Fla., by an
unidentified gunman shortly after arriving home from practice. Attorneys for
his family said that the apartment's owners failed to provide the 24-hour
security they advertised and that several outdoor lights were not working,
leaving the area in which Pata was shot nearly pitch-black.
After 11 years in the NFL, Keyshawn Johnson, one of 16 players in league
history with 800 career receptions. Johnson, 34, was released by the Panthers
last month but had offers from several other teams to keep playing. The
outspoken receiver decided to pursue a career in television instead. He signed
a deal to appear on ESPN's Sunday and Monday pregame shows and will also do
radio work. "I've done everything I wanted to do in my career," said
Johnson. "I just couldn't find one thing that could drive me back to
After an 18-year NHL career, 10-time All-Star Brian Leetch (left). One of only
seven defensemen in league history with 1,000 career points, Leetch, 39, spent
17 seasons with the Rangers and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP
when New York won the Stanley Cup in 1994. He also played for the Maple Leafs
and the Bruins before sitting out last season as a free agent. "I missed
being in the NHL this past season," he said, "but believe it was the
right time for me to stop playing."