Into practice, Titans coach Jeff Fisher (above). Last Thursday several members of the 101st Airborne Parachute team jumped to Tennessee's practice facility from 12,000 feet; one was paired with Fisher, who used the stunt to teach his players a lesson about overcoming obstacles. "We didn't know what was going on," linebacker Stephen Tulloch told The Tennessean. "To see him do that, it made practice that much more fun. We didn't know it was him, and then we saw his blue jacket and knew it was."
Of cancer at age 65, Carole Caldwell Graebner. Known more for her doubles play—she and partner Nancy Richey were the top-ranked tandem in the world in 1965 and won two Grand Slam titles—Graebner was an upstart finalist in the singles draw at the 1964 U.S. Open. Playing through a brutal case of sunburn that forced her to wear white cotton gloves in the final, she lost in straight sets to Maria Bueno. "Nobody was more tenacious than Carole," said Billie Jean King. Graebner was a U.S. teammate of King's at the first U.S. Federation Cup, in 1963.
Of a heart attack at age 71, Bob Jeter (below). After a stellar career as a halfback at Iowa—he rushed for 194 yards on only nine carries in the 1959 Rose Bowl—Jeter was switched to defense by Vince Lombardi and became one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. A two-time All-Pro, he won an NFL championship and the first two Super Bowls with Green Bay. Later in life Jeter raised several foster children with his wife, Gwendolyn. "This gives us a busy house, and it's been fun," he said. His son Rob is the basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
By the Canadiens, Patrick Roy's number 33. The Hall of Fame goaltender won two Stanley Cups with Montreal before a bitter end to his stint with the Habs. In a 1995 game he was left on the ice to concede nine goals. When he was finally pulled, he marched to team president Ronald Corey and told him he had played his last game for the Canadiens. Three days later he was traded to Colorado, where he won two more Stanley Cups with the Avalanche.
For sending a critical fan a profane e-mail, Browns G.M. Phil Savage. After Cleveland beat Buffalo on Nov. 17, Savage responded to a 33-year-old fan identified only as Brett, who had sent him several messages criticizing his work. Savage's response contained an obscenity. He apologized to the fan, who in turn apologized to Savage and gave a TV interview in which he pleaded with the league not to punish Savage. Said Brett, "I looked right into the camera and said, 'If Roger Goodell is watching this, you just reinstated Pacman Jones, you've got Matt Jones [the Jaguars receiver who was arrested for cocaine possession] still playing. You can't do anything to Phil Savage over this.'?" A league spokesman said no action was planned against Savage.
Outside the arena for UC Santa Barbara's home game against top-ranked North Carolina, Jimmy Connors. The winner of eight Grand Slam singles events allegedly refused an order to disperse after a confrontation with another fan outside the Thunderdome and was taken into custody. Connors, 56, is a semiregular at Gauchos games. He was booked and released, and it was not clear on Monday if he would face charges.
By Major League Baseball, a rule that prohibits postseason games from being shortened because of weather. During Game 5 of the World Series a hard rain began to fall with the Phillies leading the Rays 2--1 in the sixth inning. Had umpires stopped play, the game would have been over because Tampa Bay had batted the required five times, and Philadelphia would have won. Instead the umpires called for the tarp after Tampa Bay tied the game, which meant it became a suspended game (it was resumed two days later). The new rule will also apply to tiebreaker games and the All-Star Game.