By Glidemaster, the $1.5 million Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters, in a
stakes-record time of 1:51.1. The colt, driven by John Campbell, went off at
7--1 odds less than two weeks after stepping on a nail in his stall. The foot
injury threatened to sideline Glidemaster (above), but he recovered in time to
finish second to Mr. Pine Chip--who went off as the 4--5 favorite in the
Hambletonian--in his elimination heat on July 29. Last Saturday, Mr. Pine Chip
went off stride, but it was unlikely he would have been able to beat the
fast-closing Glidemaster, who won for the third time in seven starts this year.
"This is the ultimate," said Campbell, who won his sixth Hambo. (No
other driver has more than four.) "This is what we all strive for in this
From hosting international soccer matches because of violence in the region,
Israel. The governing body of European soccer, UEFA, said that all games
scheduled to be played in the country "shall be played outside of Israeli
territory" until further notice. Top Israeli club Maccabi Haifa was to host
Liverpool in a Champions League game on Aug. 22, which Liverpool manager Rafa
Benitez said was "totally unacceptable" given the fighting between the
Israeli army and Hezbollah. (The game has not yet been rescheduled.)
By Division II Bryant University as its lacrosse coach, former Duke coach Mike
Pressler. Pressler resigned in April after 16 seasons with the Blue Devils,
shortly after a dancer told police she was raped by three players at a team
party. That allegation was followed by the revelation that nearly one third of
Duke's 47 players had ever been arrested, many for alcohol-related offenses
(SI, June 26). "I am very grateful to Bryant University for this tremendous
opportunity," Pressler said in a statement.
By Kansas defensive tackle Eric Butler, a civil rights lawsuit alleging that
the NCAA violated Title IX. NCAA rules state that a player has five years to
complete four seasons of eligibility--but female students are allowed to take a
year off for "reasons of pregnancy." Butler claims he should have been
granted an extra year since he missed the 2001 season to help raise his newborn
daughter. The NCAA is expected to rule on an appeal from Butler in the next two
weeks; Butler has put the legal proceedings on hold until then. "Eric is a
good kid who did the right thing by taking some time off to live up to his
responsibilities," said KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony.
"We hope the NCAA feels the same way."
By Houston Dynamo midfielder Dwayne De Rosario (above), the only goal in the
MLS All-Star team's 1--0 upset of Chelsea. The game in suburban Chicago was the
final stop on a preseason tour of the U.S. for the English Premier League
champions. "They were faster than us, sharper than us, able to play uptempo
going against a team that was tired and slow," said Chelsea coach Jose
Mourinho. The last time an MLS All-Star side took on a European powerhouse was
last August, when Real Madrid won in a 5--0 rout.
Guilty to having a role in a gambling operation allegedly run by Phoenix
Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet, James Harney a former New Jersey state
trooper. Harney, 40, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, promoting gambling and
official misconduct. As part of his plea deal (which includes up to seven years
in prison), he agreed to help authorities build a case against Tocchet, a
friend since the 1990s. Tocchet's lawyer characterized Harney as a
"disgraced" lawman and vowed that Tocchet, who has been on an
indefinite leave from the Coyotes since last February, would be vindicated.
To eight years in prison for plotting to kidnap an 18-year-old girl, Wolfgang
Schwarz, who won the 1968 Olympic men's figure skating gold medal for Austria.
Schwarz, 59, confessed that he planned to ransom the daughter of a Romanian
businessman for $4 million. "I admit it was my idea to kidnap the
woman," Schwarz (right) told the court. "I cannot explain it."
And charged with assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he was
Tasered by Miami Beach police, Pistons center Dale Davis. Police were called
after the 15-year NBA vet refused to leave a hotel. Davis allegedly threatened
to beat up the officers and began walking toward them with clenched fists
before he was subdued with a stun gun. Davis's agent, Chubby Wells, said Davis
planned to file a lawsuit. "It was so ridiculous, it's unbelievable,"
Wells said. "We're going to take a stand."
His remarks about late Eagles defensive end Reggie White, Hall of Fame Eagles
linebacker Chuck Bednarik. Last week the 81-year-old was asked at training camp
if he was a fan of White's, who died in 2005 at age 43 and was inducted into
the Hall of Fame last Saturday. Bednarik said, "No, not really.... There
was something about him that I just despised. My memory is pretty bad, so I
don't remember those things." The next day Bednarik apologized profusely,
saying he had confused White with Terrell Owens, who was released by the team
in March. " Reggie White was a beautiful person," Bednarik said. "I
really confused him with T.O. That guy was a jerk."
At age 95 of congestive heart failure, Elden Auker, the last living pitcher to
have faced Babe Ruth. The Bambino was the first hitter Auker faced as a Tigers
rookie in 1933. Auker, a submariner, struck him out on four pitches then got
the next hitter, Lou Gehrig, to pop out. Auker was 130--101 in his 10-year
career. He was the losing pitcher--to Dizzy Dean of the Cardinals--in Game 7 of
the 1934 World Series. The next year, after the Tigers beat the Cubs in the
Series, Auker was interviewed by Ronald Reagan, then an up-and-coming young
broadcaster. According to Auker, Reagan later told him that interview was his
"first big break."