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May 05, 2008
Admitted 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.
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May 05, 2008

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Admitted
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.

Died
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.

Died
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 staff.

Retired
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.

Accused
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."

Retained
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."

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