At age 81,
(above), the only American-born driver to win the Formula
One championship. Hill, who grew up in California, won his title under sad
circumstances. In 1961 he was involved in a tight points race with Ferrari
teammate Wolfgang von Trips. In the penultimate race of the season, the Italian
Grand Prix, Von Trips died in an accident that also killed 15 spectators. Hill
won the race and clinched the championship. An introspective man in a sport
dominated by playboys—he spent much of his spare time in Europe in opera
houses—Hill quit driving for a time in the 1950s because of anxiety and ulcers.
But in a 1961 piece he wrote for SI, he described how the thrill of climbing
into a car drew him back: "All doubts, all anxieties, all memories of past
painful struggles fade away before the magic of this occasional purity, and I
am at one with the car."
At age 44, former NBA center Kevin Duckworth. The 7-footer was a two-time
All-Star for the Blazers in his 11-year career. One of the most popular players
in Portland history—he made his off-season home in the city—Duckworth died in
Gleneden Beach, Ore., while on a goodwill tour for the team; an autopsy
revealed an enlarged heart. "People talk about Clyde Drexler being the best
player on the team, but I say it was Kevin Duckworth," said former teammate
Buck Williams. "He was the X factor ... the glue that [held] the team
At age 81, after suffering a heart attack, Walter Kowalski (right), who shot to
fame in the 1950s as pro wrestler Killer Kowalski. One night in Montreal in
1954, Kowalski accidentally tore off part of the ear of opponent Yukon Eric.
When he visited Eric in the hospital, the two laughed at how silly his bandages
looked. The next day the papers reported that Kowalski had gone to the hospital
and laughed at his victim, cementing his status as one of the leading heels of
the day. The 6'7", 275-pound Kowalski—in reality, a gentleman and a
longtime vegetarian—retired in '77 and ran a wrestling school in Massachusetts,
where he trained stars such as Triple H and Chyna.
To Indianapolis, as Hurricane Gustav headed for Louisiana, the Saints. The team
relocated to the Colts' new Lucas Oil Stadium as it prepared for Sunday's home
game against Tampa Bay. The Saints plan to play the game at the Superdome as
scheduled unless damage from the storm makes it impossible.
By doctors, the lower part of the right leg of Wayman Tisdale. The former NBA
star learned last year that he had a cancerous cyst in the leg; the surgery was
performed last week to keep the cancer from spreading. Tisdale, 44, is an
award-winning jazz bass guitarist, and his latest album, Rebound, was inspired
by his fight against the disease. Tisdale said he plans on touring as scheduled
later this year.
By the LPGA, that its players must be conversant in English. Nineteen events
this season have been won by international players, including two who speak
virtually no English. "We are a U.S.-based tour, and English is the
language used by the vast majority of our sponsors and fans and media,"
said deputy commissioner Libba Galloway. "It is vital that our players can
communicate with these core audiences." Beginning next year players who
can't speak English face suspension until their proficiency improves. No other
sport has such a rule. The Asian American Justice Center deemed the policy
"an affront to our American principles of diversity and equality."
By Chad Johnson, his last name. The Bengals receiver will now legally be known
as Chad Ocho Cinco, in honor of his jersey number. (Ocho cinco is Spanish for
8-5.) "Have I ever had a reason for why I do what I do?" Ocho Cinco
told the Bengals' website. "I'm having fun."