By Sweden, the world hockey championship, with a 4-0 victory over the defending
champion Czech Republic in Riga, Latvia, on Sunday. It's the second major
international title in three months for the Swedes: They took the gold medal at
the Turin Games and are the first country to win the worlds and the Olympics in
the same year. Eight members of the team were also on the Olympic squad,
including Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (above), the tournament's MVP.
"It's fun to be part of hockey history," coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson
said. "I think we played more or less a perfect game today."
After 36 years of pacing NCAA sidelines, Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie
Sutton, who will step down on June 30. Sutton, 70, was already an accomplished
coach when he returned to Oklahoma State, his alma mater, in 1990: He led
Arkansas to the Final Four in 1978. He won 368 games with the Cowboys--his 798
career victories ranks fifth alltime--and took them to 13 NCAA tournaments and
two Final Fours ('95 and 2004). In February, Sutton, who will be succeeded by
his son and assistant, Sean, 37, took a medical leave after an arrest for DUI;
since then he has undergone back surgery and treatment for alcoholism.
"This has been a real honeymoon," he said of the last 16 years.
"There's no one who loves this institution more than I do."
By the Saints, a season-ticket-sales record, even though the population of New
Orleans is still less than half of what it was before Hurricane Katrina. With
the Superdome severely damaged by the storm last August, the Saints played
their 2005 home schedule in Baton Rouge, San Antonio and New Jersey. In January
the team said the Dome would be ready for the 2006 home opener. That
announcement, plus the off-season additions of quarterback Drew Brees and
rookie running back Reggie Bush, sparked a season-ticket rush. As of Monday
55,569 had been sold, 1,841 more than the previous high, in 2003.
Dutch sailor Hans Horrevoets, who was swept overboard in stormy North Atlantic
seas last Thursday during the Volvo Ocean Race. It was the first fatality in
the 32,700-mile around-the-world yacht race since 1989. Horrevoets, 32, was
trimming the spinnaker on the ABN AMRO TWO when a wave crashed over the vessel.
He was found after a 60-minute search and was pulled aboard unconscious;
attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. On Monday the ABN AMRO TWO finished
the seventh leg of the race, in Portsmouth, England, in fifth place.
At age 49, Dan Ross, former Bengals tight end and the NFL-record holder for
most catches in a Super Bowl. After starring at Northeastern, Ross (above) was
drafted by Cincinnati in 1979 and played nine pro seasons, mostly with the
Bengals. His best year was 1981, when he caught 71 passes for 910 yards and set
a record with 11 receptions in a loss to the 49ers in Super Bowl XVI. Ross
collapsed at home in Atkinson, N.H., after a jog on May 16 and died later that
After three months in hiding, Kirk Wright, an Atlanta money manager who
allegedly defrauded several current and retired NFL players out of millions of
dollars (SI, April 3). In February, Wright went missing along with as much as
$185 million that his firm, International Management Associates, had collected
since 1997. Fifteen million of that total belonged to a group that included
former Broncos cornerback Ray Crockett; Wright also had former Denver running
back Terrell Davis and Wizards forward Antawn Jamison as clients. On May 17
federal agents found him lounging poolside at a Miami Beach hotel; he was
arrested and will likely be charged with mail fraud. He was scheduled to appear
in court on Tuesday.
Former Indians, White Sox and Orioles slugger Albert Belle, for stalking an
ex-girlfriend. In February, Belle, 39, was arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz., after
the woman, whose name was not released, told police that he had threatened her
and attached a GPS tracking device to her car. The former All-Star was released
on bail and is awaiting trial, but on May 17 he was taken into custody again
after the woman reported that she was receiving hang-up calls and phone records
indicated that they were coming from Belle.
Across San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz Island to the city's Aquatic Park,
Braxton Bilbrey, 7, a second-grader from Glendale, Ariz. On Monday, Braxton
(below) covered the 1.4-mile stretch in 47 minutes; he's believed to be the
youngest person to make the swim. Braxton said his next goal is to swim the
English Channel, an idea his mother, Stacey, may be warming to. She originally
was against Braxton's Alcatraz effort but got behind the idea after watching
him train two hours a day, four days a week. "Anytime a seven-year-old has
that strong of a desire ... you should support it," she said. "He's
worked hard for it."
From a display case at Walter Payton's Roundhouse, an entertainment complex in
Aurora, Ill., two rings that belonged to the late running back. Last Friday
police in Aurora charged Jeremy J. Sherman, 18, with theft for allegedly taking
Payton's Hall of Fame ring and a replica of his Super Bowl XX ring in March.
The rings, valued at $4,100, were sold at a Chicago pawnshop for $165. Last
month an anonymous tip led police to Sherman, who was already being held on
unrelated armed-robbery charges.
By Green Bay native Jay DeMerit (above), the go-ahead goal in Watford's 3-0
victory over Leeds on Sunday, clinching a spot in English soccer's Premier
League for the Hornets next season. The goal completes a fairy tale for
DeMerit, 26. Four years ago the Illinois-Chicago graduate was stagnating with
an MLS feeder team in Chicago. He bolted to England to pursue a pro career, and
after a semipro stint he hooked on as a defender with Watford in August 2004.
Now, he'll play in the world's top league next season. Said Watford manager
Aidy Boothroyd, "He will put his head where other people are not even
prepared to put their feet."