By John McEnroe, 47, the SAP Open doubles championship in San Jose, making him
the oldest player to win an ATP Tour title in 30 years. In the final McEnroe
and partner Jonas Bjorkman beat Paul Goldstein and Jim Thomas. McEnroe (above)
last entered an ATP tournament in 1994, but he played with the quickness and
touch that made him one of the world's top doubles players in his prime. "I
felt like I had it in me, but I didn't know quite what was going to
happen," he said. He overshadowed a somewhat younger star: Britain's Andy
Murray, 18, who upset former world No. 1s Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick to
win his first ATP singles title.
That he plans to retire, Barry Bonds. On Monday, USA Today quoted the Giants
slugger, who played in just 14 games last year because of a knee injury, as
saying 2006 would be his last season: "I want to play this year out,
hopefully win, and once the season is over go home and be with my family."
But then Bonds, 41, backed away from his comments. "If I can play [in
2007], I'm going to play," he told MLB.com on Monday. "I'm playing
psychological games with myself right now. I don't want to set myself up for
disappointment if things don't work out this season." Bonds is 47 home runs
shy of Hank Aaron's career record of 755.
According to reports, by the Dolphins' Ricky Williams, the NFL's drug policy.
Williams, 28, who had tested positive for marijuana three times and served a
four-game suspension last season, tested positive for a banned substance
according to ESPN.com. (It was not known what the substance was.) A fourth
failed test would result in a one-year NFL suspension for Williams, who,
according to his mother, Sandy Williams, was in India on Monday. "I'll bet
my life he's not smoking marijuana," she told the Palm Beach Post.
At age 80, former Steelers defensive lineman Ernie Stautner, of Alzheimer's
disease. A nine-time Pro Bowler who played 14 NFL seasons before retiring in
1963, the 6'1", 230-pound Stautner (above) was known for playing with
intensity and toughness that compensated for his relative lack of size.
("That man ain't human," Hall of Fame guard Jim Parker once said.)
Stautner was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969 and was an NFL assistant
for three decades, mostly as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator.
Roy Chapman and Bob Lewis, two of horse racing's most prominent owners.
Chapman, who was 79 and died of emphysema, was a small-time owner from outside
Philadelphia who nearly struck Triple Crown gold with Smarty Jones, the winner
of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 2004. By contrast Lewis, who died of
heart failure at age 81, ran a powerful stable, winning races all over the
world and coming agonizingly close to two Triple Crowns, with Silver Charm in
1997 and Charismatic in '99.
An undisclosed amount by the Trail Blazers, guard Sebastian Telfair, after a
loaded handgun was found in a pillowcase on the team's private jet. The weapon
was discovered by a flight attendant before the Blazers' Feb. 11 flight from
Hanscom Field, outside Boston, to Toronto. Telfair said it belonged to his
girlfriend, Samantha Rodriguez, and that he had grabbed the wrong bag when he
left home for Portland's five-game road trip on Feb. 7; when he realized he had
the gun with him he hid it inside a pillow. (The gun was properly licensed to
Rodriguez, and no charges were filed.) "It was smart of him not to carry
the thing around," said coach Nate McMillan. "[But] we do have security
with us, and he should make them aware of situations like that."
On charges that he stalked his ex-girlfriend, former Indians, White Sox and
Orioles slugger Albert Belle. Last month the unidentified woman discovered a
GPS tracking device when it fell off her car and, believing Belle, 39, was
responsible, notified police in Scottsdale, Ariz. According to police, the
woman alleges that Belle has been following her for months, and she says he
admitted using a GPS to keep track of her movements. He also allegedly
threatened her and said she should hire a bodyguard because "she would
never know what hit her." Belle, a five-time All-Star who retired in 2000,
declined to comment. He was released on bail and ordered to stay away from the
woman; his next court appearance is on Feb. 24.
By Houston's MLS franchise, the name Houston 1836. Announced last month after
the San Jose Earthquakes relocated to Houston, the logo (left) was inspired by
the year the city was founded. But many in Houston's Mexican-American community
thought it offensive because it evoked Texas's secession from Mexico, the
Battle of the Alamo and Sam Houston's defeat of the Mexican army at the Battle
of San Jacinto. A new name has not yet been chosen. "We believed ... that
1836 was a great name," team president Oliver Luck told the Houston
Chronicle. "But obviously we hit a bit of a raw nerve."
As the Stanford Tree, Erin Lashnits, after UC Berkeley police said they
observed her drinking in the mascot uniform during Stanford's basketball game
at Cal on Feb. 9. Lashnits, 22, a fifth-year biology undergrad who had been
wearing the Tree for a year, had her blood-alcohol level measured at 0.15,
nearly twice the legal limit for driving."She was taking drinks inside the
tree," Bears assistant AD Kevin Klintworth told the San Francisco
Chronicle. "The officers [saw] the flask through the costume." Lashnits
was cited for public drunkenness and relieved of Tree duty by the Stanford
band. "I apologize," said Lashnits, who admitted she was drunk but
denied drinking during the game. "I made a bad decision."