By Carlos Zambrano (above) against the Astros on Sunday, the Cubs' first no-hitter since 1972. Zambrano, 27, was making his first start after 11 days off to rest a sore rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder. The righthander walked one and hit a batter in the 5--0 win, which was supposed to be played in Houston but was rescheduled for Milwaukee's Miller Park last Saturday because of Hurricane Ike. Zambrano's gem was seen by a crowd of 23,441, most of them partial to the Cubs.
By Lance Armstrong, the 10-mile Smuggler--Hunter Creek mountain bike race in Aspen, Colo., on Sept. 10. The race, a fund-raiser for charities that aid children with autism, came a day after Armstrong, 36, announced that he is returning to competitive cycling after a three-year retirement. The seven-time Tour de France winner has been training in Aspen. In Europe the reaction to Armstrong's comeback was mixed. Alluding to the frequent but unproved doping allegations against the Texan, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said, "Suspicion accompanies each of his victories."
His own return to the Tour de France, 2006 champion Floyd Landis, who had his title stripped after a failed doping test. Landis, 32, was suspended from cycling for two years in 2007; the ban ends on Jan. 29, and he is working on a deal to ride for a team run by the Momentum Sports Group. "We are in negotiations for 2009," said team director Mike Tamayo.
After six seasons as Brewers manager on Monday, Ned Yost. On Sept. 1 Milwaukee, which hasn't made the playoffs since 1982, had a 5 1/2-game lead in the NL wild-card race, but after losing 11 of 14, the team was tied for the lead with the Phillies. The Brewers, who blew an 8 1/2-game NL Central lead last season, named third base coach Dale Sveum interim manager. Said G.M. Doug Melvin, Yost was fired "to put our club in the best position for the final two weeks of the season."
In Surrey, England, a reference to baseball in a diary entry dated March 31,1755—the earliest known reference to the sport. Previously the earliest known mention of baseball was a law banning the game in Pittsfield, Mass., in 1791. But last week a Surrey historian said he had authenticated a diary in which lawyer William Bray mentioned the sport 36 years earlier: "After Dinner Went to Miss Jeale's to play at Base Ball.... Drank Tea and stayed till 8." Bray, who died in I832, never again mentioned the game in his writings.
By a Norwegian physicist, that Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (below) could have won the Olympic 100 meters in 9.55 seconds if he had not purposely slowed down before reaching the finish line. Bolt, who won the gold medal with aworld-record time of 9.69 seconds, eased his pace to wave his arms in joy about 65 feet before the finish. By calculating Bolt's acceleration and speed, Hans Eriksen of the University of Oslo concluded that Bolt could have shaved as much as .14 of a second off his actual time with maximum effort.
At age 77 of complications from leukemia, longtime Colorado football coach and athletic director Eddie Crowder. After guiding Oklahoma to a 16-3-1 record as quarterback in 1951 and '52, Crowder took over as coach of a struggling Colorado program in 1963. Known for his unflappable sideline demeanor, he went 67-49-2 in 11 seasons, and in 1971 the Buffaloes finished ranked No. 3 in the country. In 1965 Crowder became athletic director, a job he held for 20 years.
Of a heart attack at age 64, former SI hockey writer Jack Falla. A 1967 graduate of Boston University, Falla joined the magazine in 1982 and covered the NHL and soccer before leaving in '87. In 2001 he wrote the acclaimed book Home Ice, about his family's love of hockey. Falla's latest book, Open Ice: Reflections and Confessions of a Hockey Lifer, will be published in October.