With a 16-minute appearance as a substitute against Chelsea, David Beckham. The
Los Angeles Galaxy's newest player began the friendly on the bench against the
English giants due to an ankle injury, but he came on as a sub in the 78th
minute. "The objective was just for him to be on the pitch and give the
people the dessert they were looking for," Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho
said. It worked. A sellout crowd of 27,000 exploded when Beckham took his place
in midfield. Beckham, who absorbed a nasty hit from Chelsea's Steve Sidwell,
finished the game—which Chelsea won 1-0—without aggravating the injury that has
kept him out of practice. "I'm not fit," the 32-year-old said. "I
haven't trained since I got here. But it's nice to be out there."
By Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira, Mark Spitz's 40-year-old record for the
most gold medals won at one Pan Am Games. Swimming in front of his home fans in
Rio, the 21-year-old won six golds, a silver and a bronze and set four Games
records. In 1967 Spitz, then 17, won five golds in Winnipeg. (Five years later
he won seven gold medals at the Olympics.) Pereira (above) said he hoped the
attention his exploits generated would lead to more opportunities for swimmers
in his homeland. "I hope there's an increase in support, especially in the
developing categories of younger swimmers, where it's needed the most," he
said. "Some kids just stop when they're halfway there, at 15."
By Bernard Hopkins, the seven-year unbeaten streak of Winky Wright. Hopkins
(below, left) won a unanimous decision in their light heavyweight bout last
Saturday. Most observers expected a boring fight between the two cautious,
defensive boxers, but there was plenty of action—beginning at Friday's
weigh-in. After some trash-talking, Hopkins, 42, shoved Wright, 35, in the
face, and their entourages exchanged punches. ( Nevada officials are withholding
10% of Hopkins's $3 million purse pending a hearing.) Wright (51-4-1) came out
the more aggressive fighter, but he slowed a bit after an accidental head butt
opened a gash over his left eye. "It was a tough fight, a very close
fight," Hopkins (48-4-1) said. "Winky is tough, and he kept coming. He
knows that I respect him a lot. I had no ill intent. It was all good for both
gentlemen, and boxing is back."
After getting into a fight with police officers, Marlins pitcher Scott Olsen.
Officers in Aventura, Fla., tried to pull Olsen over for speeding, but Olsen
drove to his house, sat down in a plastic chair in his yard and refused to get
up. When officers tried to arrest the 6'5", 215-pound 23-year-old, he
allegedly kicked at them. He was then shot in the leg with a stun gun. Olsen
was charged with DUI, resisting an officer with violence and fleeing and
eluding a police officer. Earlier last week Olsen was suspended for two games
by the Marlins after he got into a dugout confrontation with teammate Sergio
Mitre. Olsen was released on bail and was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday.
His intention to say arrivederci to basketball in the U.S., Knicks guard
Stephon Marbury. The 30-year-old said he will play in Italy when his contract
expires in two years. Marbury, who will make $42 million over the final two
seasons of his current contract, recently visited Italy with his wife. "I'm
not just thinking of doing it, I'm going to do it," Marbury told the New
York Post. "My wife loved it there. It's like a Beckham thing."
By Cuba, its 10th straight Pan Am Games baseball gold medal, with a 3-1 victory
over the U.S. Using a team of college players, the U.S. went 4-0 to reach the
finals in Rio, but they were unable to figure out Cuba's 36-year-old Adiel
Palma, who struck out nine and allowed just four hits in last Saturday's gold
Briefly by Toronto police, all 21 members of Chile's under-20 soccer team.
After Chile lost to Argentina in a hotly contested match at the U-20 World Cup,
Chilean players and police clashed outside the stadium. The players claimed
they were trying to greet their fans; the police said the players were damaging
their bus and refused to stop. Police used Tasers and pepper spray to subdue
the players, several of whom were bruised and bloodied. No one was arrested,
but FIFA has launched an investigation. "The incident is especially serious
because, in our opinion, the Chilean delegation suffered unjustified
aggression," Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet, said.
After he was struck by a line drive during a game, Tulsa Drillers coach Mike
Coolbaugh (left). The 35-year-old former major leaguer was coaching first base
on Sunday night when a foul ball hit him in the head. Paramedics performed CPR
on the field, but Coolbaugh died en route to the hospital. Coolbaugh played 44
games in two seasons for the Brewers and the Cardinals. He joined the staff of
the Drillers, the Double A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, earlier this