From the NBA for violating its substance-abuse policy, Hornets center Chris
Andersen (above). The league did not specify which drug was found in Andersen's
system, but under the collective bargaining agreement a player can be banned
after one positive test only if it is a "drug of abuse," such as
amphetamines, cocaine or heroin. ( Andersen, 27, has no prior suspensions.)
Andersen--who signed a four-year, $14 million extension last summer--has been a
fan favorite for his leaping ability, though he will be long remembered for
needing eight attempts to make his final slam at the 2005 dunk contest. He
cannot apply for reinstatement for two years. He is the first NBA player banned
for drugs since 1999.
As the name of the newest MLS team, Houston 1836, a nod to the year in which
the city was incorporated. But 1836 was also the year that Texas launched a
bloody war of secession from Mexico, a fact that has upset many Houston
Latinos, a community that the club, which played in San Jose for the past 10
years, does not want to alienate. Rumbo de Houston, a Spanish-language paper,
called the choice an "own goal." Team president (and former Houston
Oilers quarterback) Oliver Luck told The New York Times, "We were aware of
the possibility of the double entendre, but ... by no means was it intended as
Against Redskins safety Sean Taylor, two additional assault charges stemming
from an incident last summer in which he allegedly threatened three people with
a gun in a confrontation over an all-terrain vehicle. Taylor, 22, was
previously charged with one count of assault and one misdemeanor battery
charge. The new counts, which each carry a maximum of 15 years in prison, mean
that Taylor now faces up to 46 years. In the Redskins' playoff win over Tampa
Bay last month, Taylor returned a fumble for a touchdown before being ejected
for spitting at Buccaneers running back Michael Pittman. His trial is scheduled
to begin in March.
Of sexual harassment by former Knicks senior vice president for marketing and
business operations Anucha Browne Sanders, team president Isiah Thomas (above).
Browne Sanders (inset) was fired on Jan. 19 after five years on the job. She
says that Thomas made unwanted sexual advances and abused her verbally, and
that when she complained, she was let go. Browne Sanders, a 43-year-old married
mother of three, filed a lawsuit against the team last week; she reportedly
refused a $250,000 settlement. Thomas, 44, denied the charges, saying, "I
will not allow her or anybody, man or woman, to use me as a pawn for their
On charges of kidnapping and battery, former NBA player Isaiah Rider. The fifth
pick in the 1993 draft, Rider, who last played in 2001, for the Nuggets,
allegedly got into an argument with a female acquaintance in Marion ( Calif.)
County on Jan. 25 and drove off with her in his car against her will. The
woman, who was not injured, began screaming and attracted the attention of
police. Rider, who averaged 16.8 points per game in his career, was to have
appeared in court on Tuesday.
From next month's World Baseball Classic, Barry Bonds. The Giants' slugger, 41,
pulled out last week, raising concerns about the health of his right knee,
which sidelined him for most of the 2005 season. (In 14 games he hit five
homers, leaving him 47 short of Hank Aaron's career mark of 755.) "In the
end I decided that I can't take any chances that might jeopardize my
season," Bonds wrote on his website in announcing the news.
By Steelers fans, two petitions to have beloved radio analyst Myron Cope come
out of retirement to call Super Bowl XL. Cope, who broadcast Pittsburgh games
for 35 years and invented the Terrible Towel, retired after the 2004 season.
Two online petitions drew more than 2,400 signatures, but Cope, 77, who was
hospitalized recently with pneumonia, is unlikely to be able to attend the
To begin her five-month prison sentence, Sherrie Miller Daly (below), the wife
of golfer John Daly. In November 2004 Miller Daly, who became Daly's fourth
wife in 2001, pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge related to her
involvement in a drug ring and gambling operation. She was ordered to report to
prison in Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 25, just as Daly was preparing for the Buick
Invitational in La Jolla, Calif., and the golfer wasn't happy with the short
notice. "If I had known two or three weeks ago, I wouldn't be here,"
Daly said. "It was very tacky on the prosecuting attorney's part. Usually
you get two or three weeks so we can at least prepare." Daly shot an
opening-round 69 on Thursday en route to a 63rd-place finish.
At age 88 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, hall of fame boxing
writer Jack Fiske, who covered the sport for the San Francisco Chronicle for
more than 40 years. He'd chew on a toothpick as he watched a fight, then
dictate his stories into a pay phone from notes scribbled onto a single sheet
of paper. Fiske also wrote a column called Punching the Bag, in which his
phrases jabbed and hooked. "If he had to hurt somebody's feelings, he
didn't mind doing that," former trainer Emanuel Steward told the Chronicle.
"He told it like it was."