By Bernard Lagat, the 1,500 and the 5,000 meters at the U.S. track and field
championships in Indianapolis (page 148), making him the first to sweep the
events at the nationals. This was the first U.S. championships for Lagat, 31, a
Kenyan who became a U.S. citizen in 2004. He won the 5,000 last Friday, and on
Sunday he outsprinted Gabe Jennings on the final lap to take the 1,500 in
3:39.29. Now Lagat (above), who holds the U.S. record in the 1,500, will turn
his attention to the '07 world championships, where he will compete as an
American for the first time. "I got a really warm reception here," he
said. "I feel like there's a connection with the people ... they're saying,
'You're a part of us.'"
By the Big Ten, plans for a 24-hour cable network. The Big Ten Channel is
expected to launch in August 2007 and carry live events and highlight shows,
including football and basketball games and 170 contests in lower-profile
sports such as baseball, tennis and gymnastics. It will also reserve time for
member schools to broadcast nonsports and academic programming. "Parents
want to see their kids play," said Wisconsin athletic director Barry
Alvarez. "Now they'll be able to."
By a group of current and former NFL players, the league and the NFL Players
Association, for endorsing an Atlanta-based investment firm run by an allegedly
crooked money manager. Last month Kirk Wright, 35, was arrested in Miami and
charged with mail fraud; he allegedly bilked clients, including former Broncos
Steve Atwater, Ray Crockett and Terrell Davis, out of as much as $185 million
(SI, April 3). Wright was registered as a financial adviser by the union and
subjected to a background check by the league's security department. Said
Atwater, whose group is seeking unspecified damages, "The NFL and the
players association failed us."
By Anaheim's NHL franchise, the word Mighty from its name. The former Mighty
Ducks of Anaheim will now be known simply as the Anaheim Ducks. The team was
named after the Disney film The Mighty Ducks, but with new owner Henry Samueli
having taken over from Disney in June 2005, an image overhaul is under way.
"It's time we separate ourselves from Disney," said G.M. Brian Burke.
"Without them, there's no team here. But it's time."
By University of Portland soccer star Christine Sinclair, the Honda-Broderick
Cup as the NCAA's top female athlete. Sinclair (above) set a single-season NCAA
record with 39 goals as a senior and led the Pilots to the national
championship, and she finished her career as one of just six players in NCAA
history to have 100 goals and 30 assists. The other finalists were LSU's
Seimone Augustus, the basketball national player of the year; Texas pitcher Cat
Osterman; Georgia swimmer Mary DeScenza; and Alabama gymnast Ashley Miles.
By Lance Armstrong, new allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs.
Last Friday the French newspaper Le Monde reported that it had obtained sworn
statements made to an arbitration panel by Betsy Andreu, the wife of
Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service teammate Frankie Andreu, which
implicated Armstrong. Andreu reportedly said that on Oct. 28, 1996, three days
after Armstrong underwent surgery to treat the testicular cancer that had
spread to his brain, she heard Armstrong tell a doctor that he had used EPO,
growth hormones and steroids. ( Andreu testified last January in the arbitration
case over Armstrong's prize money for winning the 2004 Tour de France, which
was withheld after doping allegations were made against the cyclist.) Armstrong
released a two-page denial last Friday, calling the report "stale,
unfounded and untrue."
In a court filing by federal authorities investigating the leaks of secret
testimony given by Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and others in 2004, that BALCO
founder Victor Conte told San Francisco Chronicle reporter Mark Fainaru-Wada in
an e-mail of an admission by Giambi to the grand jury that he used steroids.
Conte (above), who was provided the grand jury testimony so he could prepare a
defense against steroid distribution charges--he pleaded guilty last year and
served four months in jail--joked in another e-mail exchange that he should be
placed on the newspaper's payroll in exchange for information about athletes'
testimony. His lawyer, Mary McNamara, said last week that " Mr. Conte did
not leak grand jury transcripts." Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, the
authors of the book Game of Shadows, are fighting subpoenas that would force
them to testify in the government probe.
By the Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series, a preliminary ownership
sharing agreement that could lead to a merger of the rival racing circuits. In
the 1980s and '90s open-wheel racing flourished under the management of
Championship Auto Racing Teams, but in '96 Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony
George split from CART and founded the IRL. The ensuing feud between CART and
the IRL coincided with a decline in the popularity of both circuits. (CART went
bankrupt in 2004 and was replaced by the Champ series.) According to The
Indianapolis Star, the first step toward a merger could be having drivers from
both series compete at next year's Indianapolis 500, an IRL event. "We've
agreed conceptually," George told the paper. "Now we have to agree on
how we would go about resolving differences that might come up."