New Orleans to Atlanta, the 2006 Sugar Bowl. The game was to be played at the Superdome, but Hurricane Katrina made that impossible. Atlanta officials offered to host the game, which has been played in New Orleans since its inception 72 years ago, on Jan. 2. Georgia governor Sonny Perdue made it clear that the move was temporary. "We will make you feel good about this," he pledged to a Sugar Bowl delegation at a press conference last Friday. "Then it can return to its rightful place-- New Orleans."
From the Breeders' Cup, Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex. In July, Afleet Alex underwent surgery to repair a left leg fracture, but solid recent workouts encouraged trainer Tim Ritchey that the horse could race this season. On Monday, Ritchey announced that the injury wasn't healed enough for Alfeet Alex to compete in the Breeders' Cup on Oct. 29. "Although a disappointment for racing, it is only a temporary one," Ritchey said.
By Shaun Dean, two of the biggest home runs in Astros history. The 25-year-old comptroller for a construction company, who was sitting in the firm's seats and wearing a glove, snared Lance Berkman's grand slam in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS. About three hours later, in the 18th inning, Dean caught Chris Burke's walk-off shot. (Dean said he will probably give Burke his home run ball.) "Everyone was congratulating me, patting me on the back," Dean (left) told the Houston Chronicle. "I had several people say I should buy a lottery ticket or go to Vegas."
Of brain cancer at age 66, radio broadcaster Tom Cheek, who had called every game in Blue Jays history until last year. Cheek missed his first game on June 3, 2004, after his father's death--ending his streak at 4,347 games over 27 1/2 years. Not long afterward he was told he had a brain tumor and underwent surgery to remove it. He returned to the booth but suffered a relapse in spring training. Cheek is best remembered for his call of Joe Carter's World Series--clinching homer in 1992: "Touch 'em all, Joe, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life."