With three goals in his first two games for Everton, the English soccer career of Brian McBride, a striker for the U.S. national team and the Columbus Crew of MLS. McBride, 30, scored 10 minutes into his Premiership debut on Jan. 11, shooting the ball past Tottenham keeper (and fellow American) Kasey Keller. Last Saturday, McBride scored twice in the Toffees' 2—1 win over Sunderland, once on an overhead kick. McBride is the first U.S. nongoalie to sign with a European team since the World Cup. "I think people are starting to take the U.S. players more seriously," he said after Saturday's game. He will return to Columbus for its April 5 season opener.
To 18 months in prison for interstate domestic violence, former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe. On Feb. 25, 1998, Bowe abducted his estranged wife, Judy, and their five children from her home in Cornelius, N.C., and set out toward Fort Washington, Md., where they had formerly lived. According to reports, Bowe showed his wife a knife, handcuffs, pepper spray and duct tape and told her he "came ready." Judy Bowe used a cellphone to call a relative from the bathroom of a Virginia fast-food restaurant, and authorities were alerted. Bowe, 35, who said during the trial that he suffered from brain damage, retired in '97 with a 40-1-1 record and more than $75 million in earnings.
For induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Pete Rose. He will be evaluated with 45 other nominees, including former Blue Jay Joe Carter; inductees, who must be chosen by 12 of the Hall's 16 voters, will be announced Feb. 24. Rose's eligibility is based on his half season with the Expos in 1984, during which he got his 4,000th hit. "This is not a p.r. stunt," says Hall president Tom Valcke. Says Rose: "Regarding any sincere recognition of my accomplishments, I'm all for it."
By The New England Journal of Medicine, that NFL players are five times more likely than other men their age to suffer from sleep apnea. The disorder, characterized by breathing lapses while sleeping, is linked to heart disease, stroke and hypertension. It occurred in 14% of the more than 300 players who were monitored. "You wouldn't expect people in their 20s and in top condition to have this," said Dr. Charles George, the study's principal investigator. George said the high incidence may stem from the players' large size. The findings could help doctors detect apnea sufferers at an earlier age. For players, treatment could lead to quicker reaction time and speedier recovery from injuries.
A foul shot by Butler's senior guard Darnell Archey against Youngstown State last Saturday, ending the longest consecutive-free-throw streak in Division I history at 85. It was Archey's first miss since Feb. 8, 2001, a span of 56 games. "Once I missed, it kind of hurt," Archey said. "I wanted to get 100." After the game Archey returned to the court and hit a ceremonial free throw in front of a cheering home crowd. For his career Archey has gone 128 for 135 (.948) from the line.
That she may retire from tennis, Martina Hingis. The 22-year-oid Hingis, who's won 38 WTA singles titles including five Grand Slam events, told a Swiss news agency that "it is quite possible that I will never play top-level tennis again, because my feet don't allow it." Hingis had surgery to repair ligaments in her right ankle in October 2001 and in her left ankle in May. Though she returned briefly after the first surgery, recurring pain has kept her out of competition since October.