To losing the 1983 Wimbledon final on purpose, Andrea Jaeger (above). In an
interview with Britain's Daily Mail, Jaeger, who became a nun in 2006, said
that the day before the match she had a fight with her father—over, among other
things, her consumption of potato chips—and she went to Martina Navratilova's
apartment to call a cab. After being let in, Jaeger said that she realized she
had "interrupted [ Navratilova's] preparation for the final." To make
amends, Jaeger, who was then 18 and ranked third, told the newspaper that she
missed shots on purpose and often hit the ball right at the No. 1 player in the
world. "I went on court in complete peace knowing that giving the match
away was the right thing to do," she said. "I had to look myself in the
mirror for the rest of my life. It meant more to Martina anyway."
German citizenship in time for a 2008 Olympic qualifying tournament, Chris
Kaman (right). The Clippers' center was born and raised in Michigan, but his
great-grandparents were German. (FIBA rules allow for one naturalized citizen
per team.) Kaman, 26, averaged 15.7 points and 12.7 rebounds last year.
"We'll be stronger under the baskets with Chris," said Mavericks
forward Dirk Nowitzki, who also plays for Germany, his home country.
By Joey Chestnut, his Nathan's Fourth of July International Hot Dog Contest
title. In front of 35,000 fans, Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi each downed 59
franks in the allotted 10 minutes, setting up a five-dog eat-off, which
Chestnut won. "He wanted it, but I needed it," said Chestnut, who in
2007 snapped Kobayashi's six-year winning streak.
Paramedics in the rescue of an accident victim, Brian Bosworth. The former NFL
linebacker was driving in the Winnipeg area when he saw rescue workers
converging around an SUV that had flipped over and come to rest upside down in
a ditch. Bosworth, 43, told the Winnipeg Free Press that he realized the
workers trying to free the female driver needed more manpower, so he helped
carry equipment to cut the woman out of her car and then helped load her into
an ambulance. "She was in shock and in pain, and we couldn't really move
her," said Bosworth, who was in the area fishing with his son. "She was
screaming every time we moved her. It took five or six guys to get her into the
ambulance." The driver is expected to recover.
By the NHRA, the distance that Funny Car races will cover. The change came
after the death last month of Scott Kalitta, 46, who was killed in a crash in
Englishtown, N.J. Races will now cover 1,000 feet instead of 1,320, which
should lower the top speeds that the cars reach from 330 mph to 310.
At age 82, Clay Felker, who was part of the editorial team that developed
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in 1954. Before his work on SI, Felker, whose father ran The
Sporting News, covered sports for Life. In 1968 Felker famously created New
York Magazine as the cradle of "new journalism." Last week New York's
Kurt Andersen wrote, "His founding inspiration was to cover the scrum and
spectacle of urban life as if it were sport of the most interesting possible
kind, the city ... as postmodern gladiatorial coliseum, complete with colorful
play-by-play and the latest stats and rankings."
At age 27 after the car he was driving hit a wall, former Chargers safety
Terrence Kiel. The accident happened last Friday night in San Diego after he
left a party. Friends reportedly tried to persuade Kiel not to drive; police
say they won't know if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol until
toxicology results come in. Kiel, who had several brushes with the law during
his four-year career, was arrested by DEA agents in the Chargers' locker room
in 2006 on charges that he shipped prescription cough syrup across state lines.
He was released by San Diego following his guilty plea.