On a local radio show that he smokes marijuana in the off-season, Mavericks
forward Josh Howard (above). Appearing on Michael Irvin's program hours before
Dallas played New Orleans in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series, Howard
said, "Most of the players in the league use marijuana, and I have and do
partake in smoking weed in the off-season sometimes." At the time of the
interview Howard was averaging 13.5 points in the playoffs, down from 19.9 in
the regular season, but said pot had nothing to do with that. "I'm still in
season," he said. "I'm not smoking nothing." Mavs owner Mark Cuban
said that Howard would be dealt with internally, and he could face punishment
from the league as well.
At 87, Cecilia Colledge (right), whose appearance in the figure skating
competition at the 1932 Winter Games made her the youngest Winter Olympian
ever. As an 11-year-old, Colledge finished eighth for Great Britain. Five years
later she won the world championship and was considered a favorite for the gold
at the 1940 Games, but they were canceled because of World War II. (Colledge
drove a civilian ambulance in London during the Blitz.) Colledge—the first
woman to do a double jump in competition and the inventor of the camel and
layback spins—skated professionally in the U.S. and coached skaters in Boston
for 25 years.
At age 76, Darrell Garretson, one of the NBA's most recognizable referees.
During a career that lasted from 1967 to '94, Garretson called more than 2,000
games, and for 17 years he served as the league's chief of officiating
John McDonnell, 69, who, in his 36-year career at Arkansas, was the most
successful track and field coach in U.S. history. A native of County Mayo,
Ireland, McDonnell moved to the U.S. as a young man. "I carried a four-leaf
clover in my pocket all the time," he said. It worked: His Razorbacks won
42 national championships and 83 conference titles. McDonnell, who coached 23
Olympians, will step down at the end of the season.
By a New York newspaper of having an affair with an underage woman, Roger
Clemens. Citing several unnamed sources, Monday's Daily News alleged that
Clemens began a romantic relationship with country singer Mindy McCready
(below) in the early 1990s, when the pitcher was 28 (and married, with two
children) and McCready was 15. According to the News, the affair began after
Clemens saw McCready singing karaoke in a bar and lasted for at least 10 years.
Clemens's lawyer acknowledged that McCready was a family friend but stated,
"[ Clemens] has never had a sexual relationship with her." Clemens is
suing his former trainer Brian McNamee for defamation, and the pitcher's case
could be weakened if the story in the News is true. "When you sue for
defamation, you put your whole reputation in the community at issue,"
Richard Emery, one of McNamee's lawyers, told the paper. "Anything is fair
game, including his claim of sanctimonious purity."
Lawyers, by the parents of two Hawaiian boys who are disputing ownership of a
jersey worn by David Beckham. According to the Honolulu Advertiser, at a
February Los Angeles Galaxy exhibition game in Hawaii, Beckham handed his
jersey to the nine- and 10-year-olds, who weren't named and are teammates on a
youth soccer team. The kids were unable to decide who should get to keep it. (A
game of rock-paper-scissors failed to settle the matter.) Their parents then
got involved, and after failing to come up with a suitable compromise, both
families hired lawyers and have sent each other letters threatening lawsuits.
Said Galaxy G.M. Alexi Lalas, "Even David Beckham isn't worth ruining a
friendship that could possibly last a lifetime."