After reportedly having surgery to remove part of his right foot, UNC-Asheville
center Kenny George (above), who at 7'7" is the nation's tallest college
basketball player. George, 22, a senior, contracted a staph infection in August
and has had several operations to treat it; according to several media outlets
he underwent an amputation earlier this month. (Citing George's privacy, the
school has not confirmed the reports.) Said coach Eddie Biedenbach, "This
is a terrible setback for Kenny George, that he's not going to be able to play
basketball this year."
At age 85, bodybuilding pioneer Ben Weider. In 1946 Weider and his brother Joe
founded the International Brotherhood of Body Builders to sanction amateur and
professional competitions. The Weider brothers became the sport's greatest
promoters, building a business empire that included lines of equipment and
nutritional supplements and Muscle and Fitness magazine. (In '68 they brought
Arnold Schwarzenegger, then an unknown bodybuilder in Austria, to California
and helped him become a champion.) Ben Weider was also a noted Napoleon
scholar; in 1982 he cowrote The Murder of Napoleon. He was awarded France's
Legion of Honor for his work.
At age 71, after a heart attack, 1962 American League Rookie of the Year Tom
Tresh (right). The versatile Tresh broke in with the Yankees as a
switch-hitting shortstop and was an All-Star in his first full season, when he
batted .286 with 20 home runs. The following year he moved to the outfield and
was an All-Star again; he won a Gold Glove as a centerfielder in '65. He spent
81/2 seasons with the Yankees before being traded to the Tigers midway through
'69. He retired after that season.
In Jacksonville, attempted murder charges in the shooting of Jaguars offensive
lineman Richard Collier. Collier, 26, and a male friend were sitting in a
parked car outside a Jacksonville apartment complex early on Sept. 2 when a
gunman fired at them. Collier was left paralyzed below the waist and had his
left leg amputated. Last Saturday police charged Tyrone Romaro Hartsfield, 32,
of Jacksonville with attempted murder, saying he wanted revenge on Collier
after they had a fight in April. Earlier this month Hartsfield told the Florida
Times-Union that he wasn't involved in the shooting.
For comparing Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez to Adolf Hitler, ESPN college
football analyst Lou Holtz. Last Friday the ex-coach was discussing Rodriguez's
rocky start at Michigan—the Wolverines are 2--5 this season—and said, "You
know, Hitler was a great leader too." During halftime of the Georgia
Tech--Clemson game the next day, Holtz told a TV audience he was sorry.
"While trying to make a point about leadership, I made an unfortunate
reference," he said. "I sincerely apologize."
To death, a Beijing Olympics official found guilty of corruption. In 2006
former Beijing vice mayor Liu Zhihua, 59, was fired from his job overseeing
Olympic construction projects for allegedly accepting bribes from development
companies. Last Saturday, Liu was given the death penalty, a sentence that will
be commuted to life in prison if he shows good behavior for the next two
By New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Danny Cepero, a goal in a 3--1 win over the
Columbus Crew last Saturday. Cepero, 23, who is filling in while regular keeper
Jon Conway serves a 10-game MLS suspension for using a banned substance, is the
first keeper to score in an MLS game. In the 83rd minute he took a free kick;
it bounced about 20 yards in front of Columbus keeper Andy Gruenebaum and flew
over his head and into the net. "I had no idea it even went in," he
said. "I put it in the general area where I thought my teammates could do
something with it."