By former Denver defenseman Matt Carle (above left), the Hobey Baker Award as
college hockey's best player. To pick up his hardware at the Frozen Four in
Milwaukee last Friday, he needed permission from his new employers--the San
Jose Sharks, who signed him to a three-year, $2.8 million contract on March 19,
the day Denver was left out of the NCAA tournament. (The Sharks drafted him in
the second round in 2003.) Carle scored in his NHL debut six days later.
"It's almost like a storybook," he said.
By the Minnesota Lynx with the first pick in the WNBA draft, Seimone Augustus.
Lynx coach Suzie McConnell Serio went to scout Augustus after the team won the
draft lottery and was sold immediately. "On my evaluation form, I didn't
fill out any numbers," she said. "I just wrote, 'Number 1 pick.
No-brainer.'" Three days after she was picked, Augustus won her second
consecutive Wooden Award; Ralph Sampson is the only other player to win the
To one year and one day in prison for violating his probation by using cocaine,
Dwight Gooden. The former pitcher was given the choice of incarceration or a
stint in rehab followed by probation. Last week he chose prison apparently
because he feared he wouldn't be able to stay away from cocaine, and a further
relapse would mean a five-year sentence. " Dwight Gooden needed to stay
clean, and he admitted that today," his lawyer, Peter Hobson, said.
"This is not a case of a pampered athlete. He took it like a man."
By Brett Favre, a press conference to announce ... nothing. The Packers'
quarterback, who at press time had yet to decide if he will play next year or
retire, hosted his annual golf tournament in Mississippi last Saturday and
agreed to speak with the press beforehand. A spokeswoman for the family said a
"scoop" was expected, but when Favre, 36, showed up at the golf course,
he had no news. "The fact that we're sitting here today at this press
conference, to me, is a joke because I don't have anything to tell you,"
Favre said. "Somebody assumed that I would."
The career hits record at Wesleyan University, by Jeffrey Maier. Ten years ago
Maier, then 12, notoriously reached over the rightfield wall at Yankee Stadium
and snagged a Derek Jeter fly ball in an ALCS game against the Orioles (above).
Though it was obviously fan interference, the umps blew the call and awarded
Jeter a homer, helping the Yankees win. Maier, now a lefthanded-hitting third
baseman who goes by Jeff (inset), returned to the news on Sunday, when he
picked up his 168th hit, against Middlebury. "People seem to be noticing
that I'm a pretty good ballplayer," he told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
"What happened when I was 12 is finally just a sidebar."
By the Rockies, the entrance music of closer Brian Fuentes. The team's only
2005 All-Star normally enters home games to the rocking strains of For You by
Staind. But an Opening Day snafu led to his being greeted with the Village
People's disco anthem YMCA. "Oh, I heard it," said Fuentes, who pitched
11/3 scoreless innings in a 3--2 win over Arizona. "It was
By their own fans for being eliminated from the European Champions League,
several Inter Milan players. The team was bounced from the competition on April
4 with a surprise loss to Villareal. Inter then beat Ascoli 2--1 last Saturday
in an Italian league game. When the team arrived at Malpensa Airport that
night, players were greeted by fans who shouted insults and turned violent. Two
policemen who tried to defend the players were injured, and Inter midfielder
Cristiano Zanetti suffered a bruise on his head.
While driving on a Denver interstate, Nuggets guard Julius Hodge, 22. The
rookie had just left a club just before 2 a.m. last Saturday when someone fired
several shots into his car. Hodge pulled over, and a passenger in his car
flagged down help. Hodge was released from the hospital on Sunday and could be
back in action in three weeks. Police had no suspects and no motive.
"Apparently, Julius did nothing to provoke this at all," Nuggets
general manager Kiki Vandeweghe said.
With a U.S. postage stamp, Sugar Ray Robinson. The former welterweight champ,
who died in 1989, joins Joe Louis as the only fighters to appear on a U.S.
stamp. The 39-cent stamp (left), which was unveiled last week during the Golden
Gloves at Madison Square Garden and went on sale last Friday, resembles a
1940s-era boxing poster.
At age 89, Billy Hitchcock, a former major league player and manager and
two-sport star at Auburn. During his college days Hitchcock led the Tigers to
their first bowl game (the 1937 Havana Bowl) and their first SEC baseball
title. He was an infielder on five big league teams between 1942 and '53,
hitting .306 for the Philadelphia A's in 1951. He also managed three teams.