Of complications from a brain tumor, at age 59, Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner. Last Saturday several thousand mourners gathered at Assembly Hall in Bloomington to remember the coach who came to the Hoosiers in 2004 from Miami ( Ohio). "I just don't know what to do without him," receiver James Hardy said. "He's been a father figure for me. It's the responsibility of the players on this team to make sure his legacy continues forever."
At age 38, former closer Rod Beck. He was found in his home outside of Phoenix last Saturday; foul play was not suspected, but cause of death had not been determined. With his bushy mustache, mullet and gut (he once pointed out that he'd "never heard of anyone going on the disabled list because of pulled fat"), Beck was one of the game's most recognizable relievers—and one of its best. In 13 seasons with four teams Beck saved 286 games, including five seasons of at least 30. During his last season, 2004, Beck (above) left the Padres for two months to go into rehab. "This is a bad day in baseball to lose a guy who did so much for the game," said Bruce Bochy, who managed Beck in San Diego.
On charges that he sexually assaulted two girls, former major leaguer Mel Hall, 46. The alleged incidents occurred in 1998 and '99 when Hall was coaching a girls' basketball team in Texas. Because of the age of one of the alleged victims—one was under 14—Hall, who hit 134 home runs in a 13-season career, faces life in prison if convicted.
To authorities in Las Vegas, on felony charges stemming from a melee in a strip club, Pacman Jones. The Titans' defensive back, who has been suspended for the 2007 season, was released on $20,000 bail. He is accused of threatening to kill employees of the Minxx club and biting a bouncer, charges that carry up to 12 years in prison. Jones faces a July 23 hearing and has said he will plead not guilty.
By the Chicago Bears, Tank Johnson. The embattled defensive tackle—who last month was suspended for the first half of the 2007 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy—was pulled over for speeding at 3:30 a.m. last Friday by police in suburban Phoenix. The officer who stopped him believed Johnson was impaired, so Johnson was taken to the police station and blood was drawn. A decision on whether to charge Johnson is not expected until results come back in two weeks. On Monday the team released Johnson, 25. "We are upset and embarrassed by Tank's actions last week," G.M. Jerry Angelo said in a statement. "We made it clear to him that he had no room for error."
After a scuffle with police led to his being tasered, Dolphins defensive tackle Fred Evans. The 6'4", 305-pound second-year player got into an argument with a taxi driver early last Saturday. Miami Beach police attempted to subdue Evans, who allegedly bit one officer. Another suffered scrapes on her knee. Evans was charged with battery on a law-enforcement officer and several other crimes.
The Ramblin' Wreck, the iconic 1930 Ford Model A that has led the Georgia Tech football team onto the field at home games since 1961. The car (left) was being hauled on a trailer when the driver hit a ditch near Forsyth, Ga., sending the car on its side. Spare parts for a 77-year-old car are hard to come by, but officials are confident they will get the car fixed. "It's gonna lead the team out on the field for that Sept. 8 football game [against Samford], that's for sure," associate athletic director Wayne Hogan said.