At age 89 after a recent stroke, former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and
Cornell hockey coach Ned Harkness (above). In 1954, two years after he coached
RPI's men's lacrosse team to an NCAA title, Harkness led the hockey team to an
NCAA championship. In 1963, after 14 years as a coach at RPI, he moved to
Cornell, where he won NCAA hockey titles in 1967 and '70. He is one of only two
coaches to win NCAA hockey championships with two different schools.
At age 92, Mary Garber, one of the nation's first female sportswriters. In the
early 1940s Garber was a society writer for the Twin City Sentinel in
Winston-Salem, N.C., but she moved to the paper's sports department because its
all-male staff was depleted by World War II. She was banned from press boxes
and locker rooms, but she continued covering sports until 1997—even though she
didn't gain access to a male locker room until the 1974 ACC basketball
tournament. In 2005 Garber was the first female recipient of the Red Smith
Award for contributions to sports journalism.
From the Kansas State football team after he was charged with child abuse by
Riley County (Kans.) police, junior running back Leon Patton. Patton, 20, was
accused last Thursday of shaking a two-month-old boy "feloniously and
intentionally" on July 15 in the Manhattan area; police have not released
any information on Patton's relationship to the child or the child's condition.
If convicted Patton could serve 31 months in jail.
To a contract with the Pirates, Pedro Alvarez (below), the second overall pick
in this year's June draft. Last month the 21-year-old third baseman, who played
three seasons at Vanderbilt, committed to a deal with Pittsburgh that included
a $6 million signing bonus. But his agent, Scott Boras, contended it should be
voided because Alvarez agreed to it—without Boras's approval—shortly after the
midnight Aug. 15 deadline for draftees to sign. The players' union filed a
grievance on Alvarez's behalf. An arbitrator was to rule on the case later this
month, but on Monday, Alvarez, with Boras's blessing, reportedly signed a
four-year deal worth a guaranteed $6.4 million.
For 10 games for violating the NBA's antidrug program, Celtics forward Darius
Miles. Miles, 26, the third overall pick in the 2000 draft, by the Clippers,
has missed the last two seasons after having microfracture surgery on his right
knee. His suspension—the NBA said it was for use of phentermine, an amphetamine
and appetite suppressant—will take effect with the first games that Miles is
physically able to play.
At Syracuse, an anachronistic statue (left) of former running back Ernie Davis.
In 1959 Davis led the Orangemen to a national championship and two years later
became the first black Heisman Trophy winner. (He died of leukemia in 1963.)
Last week the school introduced a bronze statue of him following the premiere
on campus of The Express, a film about his life. Created by New York City
sculptor Bruno Lucchesi, the statue depicts Davis with Nike swooshes on his
jersey and cleats—even though the company wasn't founded until 1972. A school
spokesman said the sculptor will fix his mistake.
For unpatriotic remarks made in a YouTube video, Mavericks forward Josh Howard.
In the clip Howard, 28, is shown at a charity flag-football game in Landover,
Md. With the national anthem playing, Howard says to the camera, "The
Star-Spangled Banner is going on right now. I don't even celebrate that s---.
I'm black." The video led to a flood of angry e-mails to Dallas owner Mark
Cuban; he posted many of them on his blog, including some that directed racist
insults at Howard. Cuban removed the e-mails last Friday, saying that he was
trying to point out the irony of bigoted people attacking Howard. He also said
that Howard had apologized for the video.