In Mexico City on July 19, Ruben Omar Romano, coach of Cruz Azul, one of Mexico's top professional soccer teams. The native of Argentina was leaving the team's practice facility in his BMW when several armed men stopped him and forced him into a waiting vehicle. Romano's family reportedly received a note demanding a $500,000 ransom; they have asked police not to investigate the matter while they negotiate with the kidnappers--standard procedure in Mexico City, where at least 70 kidnappings have been reported this year.
After former Steelers radio announcer Myron Cope, a newly hatched gentoo penguin (left) at the Pittsburgh Zoo, which decided to honor the beloved broadcaster after his retirement last month. (The bird's sex is still unknown; if it turns out to be a girl, she'll be called Myra.) "I am thrilled to have this penguin named after me," said Cope, who spent 35 years in the Steelers' booth. "It's almost like being knighted."
By NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus, Maurice Hill, a four-year-old Chicago boy who had been pulled from the bottom of the pool at the Grand Floridian Hotel at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Rosenhaus, who represents more than 90 NFL players, was at the pool with his girlfriend when he heard people crying for help. He rushed over to find the boy unconscious, not breathing and without a pulse. A part-time lifeguard when he was a student at Miami, Rosenhaus administered CPR on Maurice until he began breathing again. (Trained medical personnel arrived and administered further treatment.) "When he spat out the water [and began breathing], I felt like I had given birth," said Rosenhaus. "I've had some great feelings in my career, but winning a battle and negotiating a great deal just doesn't compare to saving someone's life." Maurice was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.
From a one-game suspension for tossing a tray of bubble gum onto the field, Lee Mazzilli. The Orioles' manager wasn't the first man to chuck something to show his displeasure with a call (in his case, a foul ball in a June 19 game). But as projectiles go, his choice was far from the most dangerous, which perhaps explains his lenient treatment. Last year Phillies reliever Billy Wagner got two games for throwing a stack of paper cups and attempting to heave a watercooler onto the field; Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley got four games for tossing a bag of balls; and Boston's David Ortiz was given five games for throwing two bats. In 2003 Devil Rays pitcher Jeremi Gonzalez tossed a more nutritious snack--a bucket of sunflower seeds--onto the diamond and didn't receive a suspension.