Of doping, by a French sports newspaper, Mariano Puerta, who reached the finals of the 2005 French Open two years after serving a nine-month suspension for failing a drug test. If the Argentinean (above) has in fact tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs a second time, he faces a lifetime ban. L'Equipe, the paper that in August accused Lance Armstrong of doping during the 1999 Tour de France, reported last week that Puerta tested positive for the stimulant etilefrine following his loss to Rafael Nadal in Paris in June. "I have not taken any illegal substances as reported," said Puerta, the world's No. 10 player. "I was suspended two years ago and would never do anything like that again."
His position as Rams head coach indefinitely to receive treatment for a heart condition, Mike Martz. The 54-year-old missed two practices last week while being treated for endocarditis--an infection of the heart's lining or a valve--but appeared in good spirits when he returned Friday. He joked that when he got back to his office, the nameplate on his door read JOE VITT, the assistant head coach who ran practice in his absence. "Everything's fine," Martz said. But after Sunday's 37-31 loss to the Seahawks, he said he wished he had stayed at home. He will be admitted to the hospital for treatment, and Vitt will run the team in his absence.
From prison 11 years into a 43-year sentence for killing Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar, Humberto Munoz. Escobar accidentally deflected the ball into his own net in a 2-1 loss to the United States in the 1994 World Cup, knocking Colombia out of the competition. Ten days later he was shot six times in the parking lot of a Medell�n nightclub by Munoz, who was working as a bodyguard for two men who had been jeering Escobar with taunts of "Own goal! Own goal!" Last week Munoz was freed by a judge who cited his good behavior and prison study habits. "Frankly, there is no justice in Colombia," Escobar's father, Dario, told a radio station.
By a television cameraman who was hospitalized after a pregame altercation, Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers. On June 29 Rogers shoved two cameramen; Larry Rodriguez, who works for KDFW in Dallas- Fort Worth, was removed from the field in an ambulance with a neck injury. His suit, which asks for undisclosed damages, also names the Rangers as a defendant. Rodriguez, 45, alleges the team was negligent because it ignored Rogers's history of anger toward the media. "This was not the first outburst on his part or action on his part," Rodriguez's lawyer, Stephen Pipkin, told KDFW. Neither the team nor Rogers commented.
Deena Kastor (above), the Chicago Marathon, which was last won by an American woman in 1994. Kastor, a 32-year-old from Mammoth Lakes, Calif., held off defending champ Constantina Tomescu-Dita of Romania, winning by five seconds. Kastor endured pain in her feet, hamstrings, glutes and lower back as she approached the finish line. "These marathons are unkind," said Kastor, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist. "When they're unkind, they're extraordinarily harsh. And this was a harsh one. The fact that I won makes it a little sweeter." The men's race was won by Felix Limo, who led a brigade of Kenyans that took the top 10 spots.