By Johns Hopkins, its 43rd men's lacrosse championship. On Monday, in front of a record 44,920 fans, the top-ranked Blue Jays put the capper on a 16--0 season with a 9--8 win over Duke, which entered the game with the nation's most potent offense (13.63 goals per game). Hopkins goalie Jesse Schwartzman, the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, had 12 saves, and the Blue Jays held the Blue Devils without a goal for the final 27:43. For the past three years the Blue Jays failed to win the title after finishing the regular season ranked No. 1. "I thought we were cursed," said coach Dave Pietramala, a member of the '87 championship team and the first man to win the Division I title as a player and a coach. "I'm not a guy that believes in destiny. I believe in hard work, and this group worked their tails off."
By Illinois fisherman Tim Pruitt, a 124-pound blue catfish--believed to be the largest of its kind ever caught. Pruitt was fishing with his wife and a friend on the Mississippi just south of Alton, Ill., last weekend when he hooked the fish using the head of a mooneye fish for bait. After a 45-minute fight Pruitt, a 33-year-old plant worker who is also an amateur powerlifter, pulled the 58-inch fish onto his boat. Pruitt planned to put the fish on display at a sporting goods store, but it died en route.