His WBO and IBF heavyweight title belts, Wladimir Klitschko (above), with a ninth-round TKO of Ruslan Chagaev in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, last Saturday. The bout drew 61,000 fans, the largest boxing crowd in the country since 1939. Chagaev gave a game effort considering he was a last-minute fill-in; the Ukrainian champ was supposed to fight David Haye, who pulled out with a back injury two weeks ago. Klitschko (53--3) knocked down the challenger in the second round and bloodied his forehead in the eighth. "He did everything today," Klitschko said, "but I was better."
As executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, Donald Fehr (right), 60. Formerly the union's general counsel—Fehr's first work with the union was to help on the 1975 Andy Messersmith case, which struck down baseball's reserve clause—he became acting executive director in 1983 and two years later was formally selected for the job. What followed was a quarter century of unprecedented growth in player movement and benefits tempered by intermittent controversy. In '83 the average player salary was $289,000; today it is more than 10 times that. But the same headstrong mien and tenacious bargaining style that made those gains possible for players also contributed to three work stoppages on Fehr's watch, including a strike that wiped out the 1994 World Series. More recently, Fehr faced heavy criticism from Congressional leaders for the union's handling of baseball's steroid problem during his testimony in front of a House committee. Fehr will be replaced by general counsel Michael Weiner.
Indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Browns receiver Donte' Stallworth, who last week began serving a 30-day jail sentence for DUI manslaughter. After a night of drinking in Miami in March, Stallworth, 28, struck a pedestrian with his car. He pleaded guilty earlier this month and reached a financial settlement with the family of the victim, a 59-year-old construction worker, last week. Goodell said he will meet with the player's representatives to determine an exact length of the suspension and whether Stallworth will be allowed to play this season.
To qualify for the 2010 World Cup, Iran, after a 1--1 draw with South Korea in Seoul on June 17. The Iranians (above right) were coached by Afshin Ghotbi, a U.S. citizen and Iranian by birth who was hired in April (SI, June 15). With many of its players wearing green wristbands in support of presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi, whose loss in the disputed June 12 election sparked a week of protests back home, Iran led 1--0 for much of the match but allowed a late goal. Still, the Iran Football Federation said that Ghotbi's contract will be extended. Said IFF vice president Mehdi Taj, "We analyzed our team's performance ... and found out this coach is able to help us."
For bankruptcy protection, former quarterback Bernie Kosar. The University of Miami and Browns star, who retired from the NFL in 1996 and is now president of the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League, listed liabilities of between $10 million and $50 million, including $443,000 in federal and county back taxes; $1.5 million of unsecured debt to the Browns; $3 million to his ex-wife, Babette, whom he divorced in 2007; and more than $9 million in bank loans that went toward sour real estate deals. Kosar, 45, who lives in Weston, Fla., listed assets of less than $10 million against those debts.
By 19 former and current NHL players, a golf course developer who allegedly spent money they gave him for development projects on lavish parties for friends, including Roger Clemens and Reggie Jackson. The plaintiffs, which include Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar and Blue Jackets center Michael Peca, allege that Ken Jowdy squandered $25 million in investment money, in part by throwing parties involving private plane rides, five-star hotel accommodations and porn stars. Also among the beneficiaries, the players say, were Pete Rose and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan. Jowdy denied the charges, telling the New York Daily News, "The only reason that my friends are mentioned was in order to gain the most publicity possible." The suit seeks return of the $25 million plus $15 million in damages.
Of cardiopulmonary arrest at age 82, former Giants outfielder Dusty Rhodes. In seven big league seasons from 1952 to '59, Rhodes batted .253 and was never an All-Star; he was a dangerous pinch hitter whose effectiveness waned when given regular duty. But Rhodes won an eternal place in the hearts of Giants fans in '54, when he played a key role in the franchise's last World Series championship. Rhodes went 4 for 6 with two home runs in a sweep of the Indians, including a 10th-inning, pinch-hit, three-run shot that won Game 1. Rhodes was also known as a clubhouse cutup and serial carouser. After a key pinch single in Game 3 of the Series, he sat out Game 4. Years later he told The New York Times, "It was just as well. After the third game, I was drinking to everybody's health so much that I about ruined mine."