Of an apparent heart attack at age 56, poker player Chip Reese (below). Though
he was a three-time World Series of Poker winner, Reese was better known for
his acumen in high-stakes cash games. (The great Doyle Brunson called him
"arguably the greatest poker player who ever lived.") In 1974 he
stopped in Vegas on his way to Stanford Law School. He turned $400 into $66,000
and never made it to Stanford. In 1991 he became the youngest player inducted
into the Poker Hall of Fame.
At age 45, surfer Peter Davi. The 6'3", 240-pound big-wave man drowned at
Ghost Trees, a surf break off the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey, Calif.
Davi helped popularize the spot, and he also made a name for himself on
Hawaii's North Shore and at the treacherous Mavericks, a spot about 100 miles
north of Monterey. "Everybody knew him," surfer Tyler Smith told the
San Francisco Chronicle. "He was kind of like the godfather."
In both elbows in an incident involving Jamaal Tinsley, Joey Qatato, the
Indiana Pacers equipment manager. Qatato was with Tinsley in the player's
Rolls-Royce outside an Indianapolis hotel around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday when the
car came under fire. Earlier, Tinsley had been in an altercation outside a club
with several people who police said were giving him a hard time about his
expensive cars. Tinsley was not injured in the shooting. Qatato, 48, was
treated and released; police are looking for the gunmen.
For 15 games each for violating baseball's drug policy, Baltimore outfielder
Jay Gibbons (below) and Royals outfielder Jose Guillen. Both were named in
media reports as having received human growth hormone and steroids, but neither
player failed a drug test. Their punishments coincide with the more lenient
penalties in place at the time that their violations are believed to have
occurred. Guillen, who signed a three-year, $36 million deal with Kansas City
the day the suspension was announced, will file a grievance. Gibbons will not
appeal. "I am deeply sorry for the mistakes that I have made," he said.
"I have no excuses and bear sole responsibility for my decisions."
As Florida State's "head coach in waiting" by school president T.K.
Wetherell, Seminoles offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher. Wetherell also
announced that coach Bobby Bowden will be back for a 33rd year; Bowden said
he'd keep his options open after this season. Under his new deal Fisher will
reportedly receive a raise that will bring his salary up from $425,000 to
$700,000. When Bowden, who has won more games (373) than any Division I coach,
decides to step down, his job will go to the 42-year-old. "This gives me
some peace," said Fisher. "I'm content to wait for it."
To the Division I-AA championship game, Appalachian State. The Mountaineers
made waves in September when they upset then No. 5 Michigan. Since then, they
have won 11 of 13 games, including a 55--35 win over Richmond in last Friday's
semifinal. Their opponent in this Friday's final is Delaware, which got 243
passing yards from QB Joe Flacco (above) against Southern Illinois. That might
be a good omen for the Mountaineers. The Blue Hens' helmets are virtually
identical to Michigan's iconic headgear.
To a one-year contract with the Brewers that will pay him $10 million, reliever
Eric Gagne, 31. The 2003 NL Cy Young winner had a 6.75 ERA last season for
Boston and was so bad down the stretch he was only used in blowouts in the
playoffs The Brewers lost closer Francisco Cordero to free agency, but G.M.
Doug Melvin said Gagne wouldn't necessarily inherit the job. "We're just
adding depth," he said.
To a one-year deal with the Rangers, Milton Bradley, 29. The temperamental
outfielder saw his 2007 season end bizarrely. On Sept. 23 he accidentally
stepped on the thumb of Padres teammate Mike Cameron, who was only able to play
one more game. The next inning, Bradley—who hit 11 homers in just 144 at
bats—tore his ACL when Padres manager Bud Black tried to restrain him from
arguing with umpire Mike Winters. San Diego wound up missing the playoffs by
one game; Winters was suspended for five games for baiting Bradley.