By 2008 Naismith award winner Elena Delle Donne (above), that she will not play
college basketball. The 6'5" forward, who was named the top player in the
country after averaging 30 points and 11 rebounds for Ursuline Academy in
Wilmington, Del., had committed to Connecticut. She arrived in Storrs in June
for summer school but left after two days, telling ESPN that she needed a break
for a personal situation that "is so much deeper than basketball."
Delle Donne is the alltime leading scorer—for girls and boys—in Delaware
history, despite missing 10 games last season with mononucleosis.
At age 31, Genuine Risk, the 1980 Kentucky Derby winner, one of only three
fillies to win the race. She became America's Equine Sweetheart by winning the
106th Derby as a 13--1 shot in 2:02, then the ninth-fastest time ever. She
finished second controversially at the Preakness; her jockey, Jacinto Vasquez,
claimed that Angel Cordero, who rode winner Codex, hit Genuine Risk in the face
with his whip on the homestretch. (After a lengthy hearing, Codex kept his
win.) Genuine Risk retired to Newstead Farm in Virginia, where she endured
several difficult pregnancies as a broodmare. "People call and ask to see
her quite a bit," said Newstead manager Buck Moore in 2006. "The
majority of the people who come here are women. To them she's still really
A match in an over-30 league after a vintage tirade, John McEnroe (right).
Facing Mal Washington in the Hall of Fame Champions Cup in Newport, R.I.,
McEnroe, 49, was warned for uttering an obscenity while arguing a line call,
then drew two penalties for abusing the chair official. When fans began yelling
at McEnroe to resume play, he flipped them off and was immediately defaulted.
McEnroe returned without incident the next day in the round-robin tournament.
"I don't remember exactly what happened," McEnroe said. "Now if
people are interested because they heard something happened, I guess it's a
With Italian team Premiata Montegranaro, Shawn Kemp, whose 14-year NBA career
ended in 2003. The 38-year-old, who was a six-time All-Star, ballooned to 320
pounds in his final season, with the Magic. Terms of his contract were not
disclosed. "We will discover with work in the gym if he will be a key
player for our team," coach Alessandro Finelli said. "Now, it's too
soon to say that."
By FIFA to pay his former team $25.5 million for breaching his contract by
failing a drug test, Adrian Mutu. Chelsea bought the Romanian striker from
Italian side Parma in 2003 for a fee of $30 million. He tested positive for
cocaine a year later and was banned for seven months. After Chelsea terminated
his contract, he returned to Italy to play for Fiorentina. FIFA set the fine
based on the value of his Chelsea contract. Mutu plans to appeal.
By the USC football team, an outbreak of jock itch that one player estimated
has affected a quarter of the team. New compression shorts, which are worn
under the uniform, are being blamed. The Trojans have battled injuries all
summer; most recently, quarterback Mark Sanchez dislocated his kneecap. The
skin irritations were serious enough to keep two players, including receiver
Travon Patterson, out of practice. Said Patterson, "It burns."
That he could beat Michael Phelps, Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson. On
Pardon the Interruption, Johnson said, "The problem with Michael Phelps is
there's no competition where he is. Now if he came where I'm from, which is the
inner city, Liberty City [in Miami], I was the three-time Charles Hadley Pool
champ.... I know a couple people who could beat Michael Phelps right now.
Seriously, I'm telling you. And I'm one of them." Johnson beat a horse in a
footrace in 2007, but he was given a head start.