Without charges being filed, the case against Tank Johnson stemming from a
traffic stop last month in Arizona. On June 22, Johnson was pulled over for
speeding; police released him but sent a blood sample out for testing. The
Bears then released the troubled defensive lineman, who had already been
suspended for the first half of the 2007 season for violating the league's
personal conduct policy. Last week the tests came back and revealed that
Johnson had a blood-alcohol content of .072, just under the legal limit of .08.
Police said Johnson will not face any charges. "I am not surprised by this
decision, but I am relieved," Johnson, 25, said in a statement.
Of lung cancer at age 63, Jimmy Walker, who led the nation in scoring at
Providence in 1967. A 6'3" guard, Walker averaged 30.4 points for the
Friars and, following the season, was selected by the Pistons in the first
round of the NBA draft. In a nine-year NBA career Walker (right) averaged 16.7
points and was twice an All-Star. He was the father of longtime NBA player
Jalen Rose but had virtually no contact with Rose.
In what police are calling a suspicious death, former Florida football player
Avery Atkins, 20. Atkins was found dead in a car in the garage at his aunt's
home last Thursday. A cornerback, Atkins was released from the Gators by coach
Urban Meyer last summer after his arrest for domestic battery. He briefly
played at Bethune-Cookman before paying his own way at Florida and attempting
to rejoin the team this spring. ( Meyer would not take him back.) Atkins was
arrested on July 2 and charged with possession of crack, his third arrest since
By Funny Cide, a six-race losing streak that dated to last June. The 2003
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner (below) took the Wadsworth Memorial
Handicap at Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, N.Y., on July 4, before a
crowd of more than 12,000, the track's biggest in 45 years. Most horses with
Funny Cide's credentials would have been put out to stud by now, but since he's
a gelding, he is the first Derby winner in nearly 50 years to race as a
7-year-old. "He loves running," said assistant trainer Robin Smullen.
"He's healthy and happy, so let's have at it."
For violating baseball's new ban on stimulants, Tigers infielder Neifi Perez.
The 25-game ban will cost Perez approximately $400,000 in lost wages. Perez,
who is hitting just .172, received little compassion from his team. "The
rules are in the books," said shortstop Carlos Guillen. Added Tigers
manager Jim Leyland, "I'd be stretching it if I said [the loss of Perez]
On drugs and weapons charges, former defensive tackle and NFL broadcaster Bill
Maas. The two-time All-Pro with the Chiefs was pulled over in Peoria, Ill. A
search of his vehicle turned up a handgun and what police suspect are
marijuana, cocaine and Ecstasy. Maas, who began broadcasting for Fox in 1996,
will not return to the network this season.
After authorities discovered what they believe to be heroin in his SUV, NASCAR
driver Aaron Fike. Police said they observed the 24-year-old, who is currently
eighth in the Craftsman Truck Series standings, behaving in a suspicious manner
in an amusement park parking lot outside Cincinnati last Saturday. A search
turned up the substance, which was sent out for tests. NASCAR, which has shown
little leniency in drug-related matters, had yet to act as of Monday.
Out of the World Series of Poker Main Event on the first day, Jose Canseco and
boxer Antonio Tarver. Canseco (right) doubled up early on but was quickly sent
packing. Tarver, who is being mentored by pro Phil Ivey, lost when his pocket
sixes were beaten by three kings. The first day wasn't cruel to all
celebrities; at one point Montel Williams was the chip leader.
By federal agents investigating illegal dog fighting, property belonging to
Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Court documents filed last week allege that
property in Surry, Va., owned by Vick was used for housing and training
fighting pit bulls. Vick is not named in the documents, and he is not expected
to be indicted. Seven dog carcasses were reportedly discovered in shallow
graves during a June search. An April raid yielded more than 50 living dogs as
well as a "rape stand" (a device that holds aggressive dogs in place
during breeding), syringes and injectable diuretics and nutritional supplements
commonly given to fighting dogs (SI, June 4).
Following the IndyCar Watkins Glen Grand Prix, driver Tony Kanaan and the
father of driver Sam Hornish Jr. During the race, which was won by Scott Dixon,
Kanaan and Hornish bumped. As Kanaan exited his car, Hornish Sr. shoved him and
then was pushed to the ground by members of Kanaan's team. "He needs his
dad to defend him, which I think is totally wrong," said Kanaan. "What
happened on the track, we need to sort it out between me and him. I was not
going to fight. That's why dads should be in the grandstands."