By Jeff Novitzky, a lead investigator in the BALCO case, that boxer Shane
Mosley (below) engaged in a doping regimen before his 2003 fight against Oscar
De La Hoya. As reported by SI.com, Novitzky told an international antidoping
conference last November that Mosley took the clear and the cream—steroids that
other BALCO clients, including Barry Bonds, have been accused of using—as well
as the blood-doping drug EPO. Mosley won a unanimous decision over De La Hoya
in '03; later that year he testified before the BALCO grand jury. "I'm
disappointed that this is coming out again, four years after I've been to the
Grand Jury and gave my truthful testimony," Mosley, who denied knowingly
taking the drugs, said in a statement.
At age 77 of cancer, Blackhawks owner William Wirtz. The team was purchased by
Wirtz's father, Arthur, in 1954, and 12 years later the younger Wirtz became
team president. Wirtz was one of the NHL's most influential owners—he helped
negotiate the NHL-WHA merger in 1979—but Chicago fans came to resent some of
his tactics. He balked at spending on player salaries and rarely televised home
games in an attempt to spur attendance. Wirtz never produced a championship—the
Blackhawks last won the Stanley Cup in 1961.
After being shot while driving near campus on Sunday, Memphis defensive lineman
Taylor Bradford. Police believe that the 21-year-old Bradford, a junior who had
yet to play in a game this year, was the victim of a planned attack. He was
driving near a university housing complex around 9:45 p.m. when he was struck;
he then crashed his car into a nearby tree and was pronounced dead at a Memphis
hospital. Classes at Memphis were canceled on Monday as a precaution.
At age 71, four-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Al Oerter (below, center), of
heart failure. Oerter won the discus gold at the 1956, '60, '64 and '68 Games;
he and Carl Lewis (long jump) are the only athletes to take gold in the same
event in four straight Olympics. After he retired, Oerter became an abstract
artist, sometimes using a discus to paint (SI, July 2). He had a history of
high blood pressure, and in 2003 doctors recommended a heart transplant, but
Oerter demurred. "I've had an interesting life," he told SI last
summer. "I'm going out with what I have."
Chairman of Yankee Global Enterprises, the umbrella company of the team and the
YES Network, Hal Steinbrenner, 38, son of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
The post was previously held by Steve Swindal, the elder Steinbrenner's
son-in-law. Hal is now the likely successor when his father, 77, cedes
From the Florida State athletic department, a learning specialist and an
academic tutor implicated in a cheating scandal involving 23 athletes. Florida
State ordered an internal investigation in March after an unidentified athlete
reported that the learning specialist directed him to take a quiz for another
athlete. (The school has not named the learning specialist or the tutor.) The
school determined that several athletes were given test and quiz answers, or
had papers written for them.
As a presidential candidate by a coalition opposed to Russian president
Vladimir Putin, former chess champion Garry Kasparov (above). Kasparov has been
one of Putin's harshest critics, accusing him of corruption and retarding the
growth of democracy. Still, Kasparov is expected to have little chance of
defeating the candidate Putin backs next March. "Chess has rules,"
Kasparov said on 60 Minutes on Sept. 23. "In Russian politics there are no
rules at all. Except one rule: the Kremlin ... changing rules at their
From the Louisville football team, linebacker Willie Williams, after his Sept.
26 arrest for marijuana possession. Louisville police stopped Williams because
he was playing his car stereo too loudly; he allegedly tried to hide marijuana
in his mouth, and more was found in his car. Williams, 22, a senior, was the
nation's top high school linebacker when he came to Miami as a freshman in
2004, but he had already been arrested 11 times. He left Miami after the '05
season, and after a year of community college he transferred to Louisville. He
played in three games this season.