To the list of garments NBA players are now forbidden to wear, tights. Before
the season commissioner David Stern instituted a dress code for players off the
court; next he'll reportedly address their on-court looks. According to
ESPN.com, Stern has decided that next season players will not be permitted to
wear tights, even for medical reasons. Earlier this year LeBron James wore
full-length hose (above) for eight games to keep his sore knee warm. "I
don't see a reason [for the ban]," James told the Akron Beacon Journal.
"Guys are not just wearing them just because they're trying to make a
fashion statement, because they're not cute at all."
The WBO heavyweight title, by Sergei Liakhovich of Belarus in an upset decision
over Lamon Brewster. The 29-year-old Liakhovich (23-1) was considered a weaker
puncher than Brewster, 32, but the challenger had the upper hand for most of a
grueling fight, even though he was knocked down twice. "Lamon hit very
hard," said Liakhovich, who won on all three judges' cards. "Then he
felt my power." Brewster agreed with the decision, telling the Belarusian,
"You earned it, baby. We both deserve to be at the top, but you
By former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, his bid to become mayor of
Kiev. The Ukrainian native, 34, who retired from boxing in November because of
a knee injury, had never before run for public office, and he conceded the
election to Leonid Chernovetskiy before the polls closed in Ukraine's capital
city on March 27. "I tried to be the leader," said Klitschko, who won
22% of the vote. "But it is important to know how to win and how to
By at least two Phillies season-ticket holders who thought they were getting a
team highlight DVD, a Spanish-language cockfighting video. ProAction Media of
Phoenix, the DVD's manufacturer, said that the scenes of battling chickens were
incorrectly labeled. The Phillies sent the highlight video to 4,000 fans as
part of a promotional package designed to encourage season-ticket renewals.
At age 89, former 49ers head coach Howard (Red) Hickey, the inventor of the
shotgun formation. Hickey (above) played for the Cleveland Rams' 1945 NFL
championship team and went 27-27-1 as San Francisco's coach from '59 to '63.
But he made his mark on the NFL in a '60 game against the Colts: He spread his
receivers and moved his quarterback a few yards behind center, calling the set
the shotgun because it sprayed receivers all over the field. The 49ers dropped
the formation after Hickey quit, but it became a staple of NFL game plans after
Cowboys coach Tom Landry revived it in the '70s.
For defamation by former Austrian ski coach Walter Mayer, IOC president Jacques
Rogge and World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound. Mayer was banned from the
Olympics after he was accused of doping his athletes at the 2002 Games, but he
was spotted in the Olympic Village in Turin; he fled when police raided the
apartments of Austria's cross-country and biathlon teams, crashed his car into
a police blockade and was apprehended. Pound later told reporters that doping
equipment had been found in the raids, and Rogge added that Mayer
"organized" Austria's doping efforts. Said Mayer's lawyer, Herwig
Hasslacher, who filed the suits in Vienna, "It is not true."
By former pro wrestler Nikolai Volkoff, a run for a seat in the Maryland state
legislature in September. A popular villain during the 1970 and '80s who wore
Soviet-themed costumes and sang the U.S.S.R.'s national anthem before matches,
the 6'3", 300-pound Volkoff (right) is actually a Yugoslavian native and
became a U.S. citizen in '70. He has been a code inspector in Baltimore for 10
years and will seek a spot in the House of Delegates as a Republican in the
state's Seventh District. Volkoff, 59, has not outlined his platform, though
he's upset with taxes and the cost of living. He lamented to the Associated
Press that he used to spend "Two dollars for 20 cans of sardines, and now
five dollars will get you only six cans."
And charged with taking part in a drug ring, Daniel Green, the father of North
Carolina basketball player Danny Green. Last Thursday, New York state police
seized 462 pounds of cocaine valued at $40 million; police say Green, 39, was
allegedly "attempting to negotiate the delivery of a significant quantity
of cocaine from Mexico." Green, who was one of three people arrested, was
charged with conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, possession of
marijuana and criminal use of drug paraphernalia and is being held on $7.5
million bail. The younger Green was a 2005 McDonald's All-America at St. Mary's
High School in Manhasset, N.Y. As a freshman with the Tar Heels this season, he
averaged 7.5 points in 15.3 minutes per game.