By Kenya's Robert Cheruiyot, a new Boston Marathon course record. Cheruiyot
(above) crossed the finish line in 2:07:14, one second faster than his
countryman Cosmas Ndeti ran the race in 1994. Kenyans dominated the afternoon.
Benjamin Maiyo finished second, and Rita Jeptoo won the women's race. But the
U.S. had a strong showing as well: Meb Keflezighi, Brian Sell and Alan
Culpepper came in third, fourth and fifth. The Yanks kept Cheruiyot and Maiyo
in sight for the first 20 1/2 miles but began to fade at the aptly named
Heartbreak Hill. The Kenyans pulled away on the hilliest part of the course;
then Cheruiyot separated himself from his compatriot. "I thought maybe I
was going to slow down, but I was very strong," said Cheruiyot.
By Yankee Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard, his first Yankees home
opener in 56 years. Sheppard, who debuted at the Stadium on April 17, 1951,
missed the opener because of a hip injury but expects to be healthy enough to
announce when the Yankees return home to play the Orioles on April 21. (He
refuses to give his age, but it is believed to be 95.) "If he ever
retires," said Yankees captain Derek Jeter, "I would like to have his
recorded voice so every time I come up, they [can] play it."
By officials in San Antonio, a May 15 deadline for the Florida Marlins to
commit to relocating to their city. Nelson Wolff, a Bexar County judge who is
the point man in discussions with the team, told the San Antonio Express-News
on Monday that he was faxing a letter to the team telling them, "We need to
fish or cut bait by May 15." Wolff said he needs an answer soon because
he's facing a deadline for getting a proposed tax measure to fund a new stadium
on the ballot.
As the prosecutor in the aggravated-assault case against Redskins safety Sean
Taylor, Florida assistant state attorney Mike Grieco. Lawyers for Taylor, who
is accused of waving a gun at several people during an argument in Miami last
June, complained that Grieco was using the case to promote his side business as
a deejay in Miami Beach clubs. Grieco, who has permission to moonlight, added
links to articles about the case to a website that promotes his deejay work.
Said Richard Sharpstein, one of Taylor's lawyers, "He's exploiting his job
as a prosecutor for private gain." Grieco recused himself; Taylor's trial,
which was to begin on Monday, was delayed until May 8.
After 18 years on the WTA tour, former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez
(above), because of a heel injury. Martinez, 34, won 33 singles titles and
three Olympic medals for Spain and was ranked in the world top 15 from 1989 to
2000. She won her lone Grand Slam championship in 1994, when she defeated
Martina Navratilova in the Wimbledon final.
From the Trail Blazers' road trip last week, forward Darius Miles. After
watching the first half of Portland's April 12 loss to the Clippers from the
bench, Miles figured he wasn't going to play, changed out of his uniform at
halftime and returned to the sideline in street clothes for the second half.
"That's not what basketball players do," coach Nate McMillan said.
"We just won't allow that." The Blazers sent Miles home for the rest of
the trip but allowed him to suit up against the Warriors at home last Saturday.
He scored eight points in an 86-81 loss.
In connection with allegations that an exotic dancer was sexually assaulted at
a Duke lacrosse party, two team members, according to a defense attorney.
Robert Ekstrand, who represents several players, revealed the indictments
(which were sealed) on Monday but did not name the players or specify the
charges. DNA tests on 46 players who gave samples failed to yield a match, but
Durham district attorney Mike Nifong (right) has said he still believes an
assault took place at the March 13 party. "Today, two young men have been
charged with crimes they did not commit," Ekstrand said in a statement. The
players' identities can be kept secret until they are arrested or appear in
By the National Federation of State High School Associations football rules
committee, the fumblerooski. The trick play--the ball is laid on the ground
after the snap so an offensive lineman can pick it up and run--was outlawed by
the NCAA in 1993. The ban "eliminates confusion in a ball game," says
Jerry Diehl, assistant director of the NFHS.
At age 65 of injuries suffered in a fall at his Memphis home, disgraced Alabama
booster Logan Young. Police launched a homicide investigation when Young, who
was convicted last year of federal money laundering and conspiracy charges for
paying a Memphis high school coach to send a football recruit to Alabama, was
found dead on April 11. The volume of blood splattered in his home suggested
that he had been the victim of foul play. But authorities now say Young gashed
his head on an iron stair post and staggered through the house before
collapsing. Young had been sentenced to six months in prison and was free on
At age 77 after a long illness, Poker Hall of Famer Walter Clyde (Puggy)
Pearson. Even by the standards of professional poker, Pearson was a character;
in the 1970s and '80s he often showed up for tournaments dressed as a cowboy,
an American Indian or a Viking. But he was also an influential figure. Pearson
was a fixture at the World Series of Poker since its inception in 1970 (he won
it in '73, pocketing $130,000), and he created the freeze-out tournament, in
which players start out with the same number of chips and play until someone
accumulates them all. It's now the standard format at all major events.