At age 24 of head injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash, freestyle motocross star Jeremy Lusk (above, in 2008). On Feb. 7 Lusk, an X Games gold medalist, attempted a backflip on a 100-foot jump during a competition in San Jos�, Costa Rica. He failed to complete the flip and landed on his head; he suffered severe brain damage and died three days later. Lusk, from Temecula, Calif., had been a pro freestyler since age 19; he won the freestyle motocross gold at last summer's X Games.
At age 68 after a heart attack, Ted Uhlaender. A centerfielder with the Twins, Indians and Reds from 1965 through '72, Uhlaender hit .263 with 36 home runs in his career; he had worked as a Giants scout since 2002 before learning last year that he had bone-marrow cancer. His daughter Katie, a member of the U.S. skeleton team at the 2006 Turin Olympics, won a silver medal in a World Cup race in Park City, Utah, last Thursday, the day her father died.
Guilty to a misdemeanor count of misleading Congress, Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada. In August 2005 Tejada told House investigators he "had no knowledge of other players using or even talking about steroids." But in the 2007 Mitchell Report, Adam Piatt, a former Oakland teammate, said he gave Tejada testosterone and HGH in '03 and discussed their use with him. Tejada is likely to get probation when he is sentenced on March 26.
Second in her first start as an LPGA tour member,
Michelle Wie (right), who ended up three shots behind Angela Stanford at the season-opening SBS Open in Kahuku, Hawaii. After starting the final round tied with Stanford for the lead, Wie, 19, took a three-stroke lead with eight holes to play. But a double bogey on number 11 and a bogey on number 17 gave Stanford, 31, the chance to overtake her. Despite the collapse Wie, who has never won a Tour event and earned her tour card at Q school in December, had her best finish since she tied for second at the 2006 Evian Ladies Masters.
By NBA Hall of Famer and former Clippers G.M. Elgin Baylor, a discrimination suit against the team and the league. Baylor, 74, resigned from the Clippers post last October after 22 years in the job. In his complaint he alleges that the team and the NBA are guilty of race and age discrimination. He says owner Donald Stirling forced him to work without a contract for most of his tenure and that he was not rewarded financially after the team made the playoffs in 2006; coach Mike Dunleavy, who is white, was given a four-year, $21 million contract after that season. The Clippers denied the charges. Baylor, who is seeking unspecified damages, also says the team tried to force him to retire.
By Richland County ( S.C.) sheriff Leon Lott, that Michael Phelps won't be charged in connection with the November 2008 party at which the swimmer was photographed smoking from a bong. On Feb. 1 the British paper News of the World published the photo, prompting Phelps to apologize for his "bad judgment." Last week police charged eight people who attended the party with marijuana possession, and Lott said Phelps might also be charged. But on Monday the sheriff said he was dropping the case, though he defended the investigation. " Michael Phelps is truly an American hero," he said. "He is still obligated to obey the laws of our state."
Cited for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, Steelers kicker Jeff Reed, after he allegedly trashed a gas station men's room dispenser because it had run out of paper towels. Early last Saturday morning Reed, 29, a seven-year Pittsburgh veteran, stopped at a station in New Alexandria, Pa. Employees told police that they heard him in the bathroom "banging on something and that it was really loud," and profanely complaining that there were no towels. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $300 fine. Reed has not commented.