After Oilers coach Craig MacTavish tore his tongue out during a Jan. 20 game, Flames mascot Harvey the Hound. Harvey, who had incensed MacTavish by taunting the Oilers in the third period of a 4-3 Calgary win, received lavish medical attention; he was waited on by two female nurses (right) and his tongue was reattached in a surgery that was aired on the Saddledome JumboTron before the Flames' Jan. 23 game against the Coyotes. Harvey then entered to the tune of Who Let the Dogs Out as the fans roared and chanted his name.
In a poll conducted by SI at last week's Phoenix Open, that an overwhelming majority of PGA golfers don't want women on their tour. Of the 75 golfers asked the question "Should women be allowed to play PGA Tour events?" 51 said, "No." Ten gave an unqualified yes; 10 said yes if the women played from men's tees; two said yes if men are allowed on the women's tour; and two did not answer.
Last week the world's top female golfer, Annika Sorenstam, said she wanted to play in a men's tournament, and Mike Norman, director of the PGA's B.C. Open, which is to be held July 14-20 in Endicott, N.Y., said he would offer her an exemption to play there. Club pro Suzy Whaley qualified for the Greater Hartford Open by winning Connecticut's PGA Section Championship last year and plans to play in that men's event July 21-27.
By the NFL as the Walter Payton Man of the Year, Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent. The award honors both a player's on-field success and his service to the community. Vincent (SI, Oct. 28) works with numerous national charities and has established a foundation to educate disadvantaged children.
By welterweight Ricardo Mayorga, Vernon Forrest and a celebratory cigarette. The 29-year-old Nicaraguan unified his title by dropping the heavily favored and previously undefeated Forrest (now 35-1) with a right hand to the temple in the third round. Ref Marty Denkin declared the bout over by technical knockout. Mayorga (25-3-1), who had quit smoking six weeks before the fight, lit up in the ring moments later. Said the strenuously macho Mayorga, "In my country women give birth to men."
Of heart failure, Edward (the Sheik) Farhat, 78, whose violent, underhanded ring persona made him one of pro wrestling's most famous heels. Claiming he was born of a wealthy Middle Eastern family, he paraded through arenas from 1950 into the '70s decked out in robes and a Bedouin headdress and screaming in what was supposed to be Arabic. His tactics included stabbing rivals with jagged pieces of wood. "He just scared the living hell out of people," says former wrestler Tom Prichard. "He lived his gimmick." The 6-foot, 247-pound Farhat was born in Lansing, Mich., one of 10 children of Lebanese parents. After leaving the ring he coached many wrestlers, including WWE star Rob Van Dam.