Of an apparent heart attack, at age 60, former Pro Bowl tight end Jim Mitchell (below). In 11 seasons with the Falcons, Mitchell caught 305 passes (which puts him fourth on the team's alltime list) and made the Pro Bowl following the 1969 and '72 seasons. He battled diabetes after he retired; he eventually lost his eyesight but still served as a volunteer coach at two high schools near his home in Shelbyville, Tenn. "He was the best blocking tight end, the best receiving tight end the Falcons have ever had," said former teammate Jeff Van Note, who is now a Falcons radio host.
Guilty to several charges stemming from a shooting that wounded five Duquesne basketball players last year, William Holmes, 19. Under the deal, Holmes was sentenced to 18 to 40 years in prison. He is the second man to plead guilty; Derek Lee, 19, was sentenced to seven to 14 years. The prosecutor said Holmes got a harsher sentence because the bullets that hit the players came from his gun. Officials said the wounded players—three of whom have resumed their playing careers—all signed off on Holmes's deal.
After 16 seasons in the NHL, winger Peter Bondra, a free agent who played for the Blackhawks last season. Bondra, 39, a two-time 50-goal scorer, scored 503 goals in 1,081 NHL games with the Capitals, Senators, Thrashers and Chicago, and scored the winning goal against Russia to give Slovakia the 2002 world championship. He will become the general manager of the Slovakian national team.
By NFL owners, to contribute $10 million to a fund for ailing former players. Earlier this year the league—along with the players' association, the Hall of Fame and the alumni association—pledged $7 million for retirees in the wake of numerous stories of disabled ex-players struggling to get by. Still, the additional funds (which are earmarked for joint replacement surgery, cardiovascular screenings and assisted living expenses) didn't satisfy all of the league's critics. Hall of Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure told the New York Daily News, "What's $10 million divided by 32 owners? That's nothing."
From the Georgia basketball team for an unspecified violation of team rules, Takais Brown (below). The senior forward, who averaged a team-best 14.2 points a game last year, had been suspended earlier this month for missing class. "He can continue as a student here at Georgia and will remain on scholarship," said coach Dennis Felton. "It is my hope that Takais continues his work toward earning his degree."
By the ATP for lack of his "best effort" in a loss at the St. Petersburg Open, Nikolay Davydenko (below). The top-seeded Russian was docked $2,000 after he dropped his second-round match to Marian Cilic 1--6, 7--5, 6--1 last Thursday. Davydenko double-faulted four times in the second set and six times in the third. He blamed his performance on a leg injury. "This is just outrageous," said Davydenko. "How does [the chair umpire] know what I was trying to do? I was so upset with the whole thing, I started crying." Earlier this year Davydenko retired from a match he was heavily favored to win. Later, it emerged that an online betting exchange had suspended action on the match because of irregular betting patterns. The ATP is still investigating that incident.
By the National Lacrosse League and its players' union, the 2008 season. The season had been canceled after the sides failed to agree on a collective bargaining agreement by the Oct. 15 deadline imposed by owners. But last week the sides finally hammered out a deal. "I wish I could say it was a great negotiating ploy, but I can't," Jim Jennings, the commissioner of the 20-year-old league said. "I know I was quoted as saying the season was impossible to get back, but I'm glad I was wrong."
By the Dallas Cowboys, their bid for the domain name cowboys.com. The team spent $499 to enter an auction for the name. Unbeknownst to the Cowboys, bidding was done in increments of $1,000, so what the team thought was its winning bid of $275 was really $275,000. The company putting on the auction, Moniker Online Services, allowed the Cowboys to back out of the deal, but perhaps the franchise (whose website resides at dallascowboys.com) should have flipped the domain name itself. Moniker sold it in a silent auction last week for $370,000.
Of two track and field national championships by the NCAA, the University of Arkansas. The Razorbacks reported violations committed by former assistant Lance Brauman, who gave improper benefits—transportation and lodging—to sprinter Justin Gay, who ran at the school in 2004 and '05. Arkansas said it will appeal. "We are disappointed with the penalties ... and believe they are disproportionate to the violations," said chancellor John White. Gay recently won three gold medals—in the 100- and 200-meters and the 4�100-meter relay—at the World Championships.
By major league executives and players, more than $267,000 to presidential candidates. According to USA Today, 59% of the money has gone to Republican candidates, with Rudy Giuliani (right) getting the most: more than $78,000, including $2,300 from third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Hillary Clinton received the most of any Democrat, with nearly $50,000.