By Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, surgery for a broken jaw, broken
nose and other facial injuries, after he was injured in a motorcycle accident
(above) on Monday. Roethlisberger, 24, who last season became the youngest QB
to win a Super Bowl, was riding in downtown Pittsburgh on Monday morning when
he collided at an intersection with a sedan, hitting its front fender; a pool
of blood could be seen on the pavement as police investigated. The driver of
the car was unhurt. Roethlisberger (inset) was reportedly not wearing a helmet,
which is not against Pennsylvania law and is in keeping with statements he's
made in the past. He doesn't like wearing a helmet, a stance he refused to
alter last year when Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher lectured him about riding
unprotected. "He talked about being a risk-taker, and I'm not really a
risk-taker," Roethlisberger said at the time. "I'll just continue to be
By Notre Dame safety Tommy Zbikowski, his professional boxing debut, with a
first-round knockout of Robert Bell at Madison Square Garden last Saturday.
Zbikowski, 21, of Arlington Heights, Ill., pocketed $25,000 for beating the
32-year-old Bell (2--2), who hit the canvas for good just 49 seconds into the
fight. Zbikowski, a third-team All-America last year who will return to Notre
Dame for his senior year this fall, is allowed to compete as a pro in one sport
and retain his NCAA eligibility in another as long as he doesn't accept
advertising or endorsement money. "I worked hard the last six, seven
weeks," he said. "I wanted to prove that I was more than just a
For conspiring to defraud the United Hockey League, James Galante, owner of the
minor league Danbury Trashers. The indictments--former Trashers coach J. Todd
Stirling was also charged--were handed down as part of a larger investigation
into organized-crime influence in Connecticut's trash-hauling industry.
Galante, 53, who owns several waste-disposal companies in the state, is accused
of violating the UHL's salary cap by giving five players or their wives no-show
jobs at his firms; with those improper payments, the Trashers' 2004--05 payroll
was nearly $750,000. (The UHL salary cap is $275,000.) Prosecutors did not
identify the players, but the Associated Press reported that one is Brent
Gretzky, 34, the brother of Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. Stirling, 33, the son
of former Islanders coach Steve Stirling, was charged with wire fraud and could
face 120 years in prison.
By U.S. cyclist Levi Leipheimer (above), the Dauphin� Lib�r�, one of the final
tune-ups before next month's Tour de France. The 32-year-old from Butte, Mont.,
is the first American to win the Dauphin�, a seven-stage, 680-mile grind that
ended in Grenoble, France, on Sunday, since Lance Armstrong in 2003. Leipheimer
is a former teammate of Armstrong's--they rode on the U.S. Postal Service team
from 2000 to '01--and he is one of the favorites to replace the Texan as the
U.S.'s top hope in the Tour de France. ( Floyd Landis, who has won three races
this year and finished 60th in the Dauphin�, is another favorite.) "With
this win, I'll be able to take it easier in June and come to the [Tour]
fresher," Leipheimer said. "It's up to the others to work."
By Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, the 100-meter world record he shares with
the U.S.'s Justin Gatlin. Powell (below), who set the mark of 9.77 seconds in
June 2005, ran the same time at the British Grand Prix in Gateshead, England,
on Sunday. Gatlin tied the record last month and had been scheduled to run at
Gateshead, but he withdrew because his agent said Gatlin's contract didn't
cover a head-to-head race against Powell. Last week the two runners announced
they will compete against each other at the London Grand Prix on July 28.
By Bridge Publications, the publishing arm of the Church of Scientology, a car
in the Dodge Weekly Series, a low-level NASCAR circuit. Bridge, which publishes
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's best-selling Dianetics, began sponsoring
the number 27 Ford driven by Kenton Gray last month. (DIANETICS is painted on
the hood of his car.) "Through Dianetics I've handled stress and increased
my performance and ability to compete--both on the track and in life," said
Gray, 35. NASCAR officials have no objections to mixing religion and racing.
"We would step in ... if we deemed it to be in bad taste or bad for the
sport," said spokesman Jim Hunter.
For the Nuggets, former Magic, Blazers, Cavaliers and Sonics forward Shawn
Kemp, who hasn't played in the NBA since 2003. The 36-year-old, a six-time
All-Star whose weight had ballooned to at least 320 pounds when he left the
league, pleaded guilty to attempted possession of marijuana last year and
served five days of house arrest and a year of probation. After losing 75
pounds, he showed up for Denver's free-agent camp last week and impressed the
staff. Guard Greg Buckner told The Denver Post that Kemp "looks good,"
and coach George Karl suggested that Kemp would be a good fit on the Nuggets'
roster. "I stepped to the side a couple years ago to get my focus back to
see if I really wanted to put the effort into basketball," said Kemp.
"I'm a well-rested 36-year-old."
By the U.S. Postal Service, 39-cent stamps featuring Hall of Famers Mickey
Mantle, Roy Campanella, Hank Greenberg and Mel Ott. The new postage is part of
the Baseball Sluggers series and was designed by North Carolina artist Lonnie
Busch. The stamps will be released on July 15.
At age 70, after a battle with multiple myeloma, Moe Drabowsky, who pitched for
eight teams in a 17-year big league career that ended in 1972. Used mostly as a
reliever, Drabowsky (above) was hardly a star--he was 88--105 with a career ERA
of 3.71--but his antics off the field made him one of his generation's most
memorable players. He was a master in the art of clubhouse tomfoolery: hiding
pythons in teammates' shoes and lockers, contaminating opposing teams'
air-conditioning systems with sneezing powder, slipping goldfish into their
watercoolers and making prank calls to their bullpen. "Players seem to be
more serious now," he said in 1987. "I would tend to believe they don't
have as much fun."