To donate a kidney to former teammate Ron Springs, 50, ex-- Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls, 46. Springs (inset, in 1983), who lost his right foot to diabetes, is confined to a wheelchair and in need of a kidney transplant. His son, Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs, offered to donate one of his kidneys, but his father didn't want him to jeopardize his career. When Walls (above, in 1982)—the only man to lead the NFL in interceptions three times—found out he was a match, he made his offer to Springs, who rushed for 2,519 yards in eight NFL seasons. "If you saw your friend wasting away, what would you do?" Walls told the New York Daily News. "Are you going to ignore it?"
To the estate of deceased NFL center Mike Webster, more than $1.5 million in disability benefits because football left him brain damaged and unable to work. The Hall of Famer retired in 1991 after playing 245 games, the most by a center. A federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that the NFL board responsible for doling out benefits ignored "unanimous medical evidence" that Webster left the game disabled. Webster, who was at times homeless after his career, died of a heart attack at age 50 in 2002.
By the German Olympic committee, to compensate former athletes who were victims of East Germany's systematic doping program in the 1970s and '80s. A total of 167 athletes will receive one-time payments of approximately $12,200. The athletes said they had been given the drugs often without their knowledge, in some cases when they were still teens. Many became ill, and several females said they became infertile. The head of the Olympic committee, Michael Vesper, said he had a "moral responsibility" to compensate the victims.
By the wife of South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier, a secondary recruiting violation. For years Jerri Spurrier has sent handwritten notes to the families of players who signed to play for her husband—a violation of NCAA rules. South Carolina self-reported the violation, which is not expected to result in any punishment. Spurrier said he didn't know who called the school's attention to the infraction. "Anybody can turn anybody in just like anybody can sue anybody in America," he said.
After 23 seasons as the football coach at Air Force, Fisher DeBerry (above). Only two coaches have been at the same school longer: Penn State's Joe Paterno (41 years) and Florida State's Bobby Bowden (31 years). DeBerry led the Falcons to a 169-109-1 record and three WAC titles, but Air Force hasn't had a winning season since 2003. School officials reportedly wanted him to shake up his staff, so DeBerry, 68, decided to retire instead. "There comes a time in every man's life when I think you have to look at the big picture and decide what's the best thing for your family," DeBerry said.
In the face of Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall, Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens. In last Saturday night's game, which the Cowboys won 38--28, Owens had five catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns. He also spent a lot of time jawing with Hall, and at one point spat at him. "I got frustrated, and I apologize for that," Owens, who was fined $35,000, told the NFL Network. "He kept bugging me and getting in my face." Said Hall, "I lost all respect for him."
For $6.35 million for sexual battery upon a minor and other charges, Dolphins rookie wide receiver Marcus Vick. In the lawsuit a 17-year-old girl alleges that she and Vick had a sexual relationship in 2004 and '05. (In 2004 Vick pleaded no contest to contributing to the delinquency of a minor for giving liquor to the girl, who is not named in the suit.) According to the complaint, Vick "made repeated misrepresentations to plaintiff Jane Doe, including that defendant Marcus Vick was in love with her" and "that a sexual relationship between an adult male of his age and a female child of her age was acceptable."
After losing the Division I (formerly I-AA) championship game, several hundred UMass students. The Minutemen lost 28--17 to Appalachian State last Friday in Chattanooga. Shortly after the game ended, 1,800 UMass students took to the streets on campus, and some began lighting fires, smashing windows and throwing objects—including a bike—at police, who dispersed the crowd with tear gas and pellet guns. Eleven people, including 10 students, were arrested, and two police officers suffered minor injuries.
That he was present when his bodyguard was killed in a fight at a Chicago club, troubled Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson. Early last Saturday morning, less than 12 hours after he apologized for being a "deterrent" following an arrest on gun charges, Johnson (left) reportedly was bumped by a man on the dance floor at the Ice Bar. When Willie B. Posey, 26—a childhood friend of Johnson's—intervened, he was allegedly shot by the other man. Police are still looking for the shooter. After Johnson's Thursday arrest (his third arrest in 18 months), G.M. Jerry Angelo issued a warning: "At some point a player has to be held accountable for his actions." Johnson was inactive for Sunday's win over the Buccaneers.
By Indiana University of Pennsylvania, its new nickname: the Crimson Hawks. The school has been without a mascot since September, when it dropped Indians in response to an NCAA rule banning teams with mascots offensive to Native Americans from postseason competition.