Of cancer, at age 68, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson (inset). In 22 years as an NFL assistant Johnson gained a reputation as one of the league's sharpest defensive minds, and Philadelphia's unit was consistently one of the NFL's best during his 10 seasons in charge (1999--2008). During the playoffs in January, Johnson worked from the coaches' box because of back pain; it was discovered after the season that he had a tumor on his spine. Johnson's initials were painted on the field at Eagles camp (above). "Jim was tailor-made to coach in Philadelphia," said Broncos safety Brian Dawkins, an Eagle from 1996 to 2008. "He was a tough coach ... [but] he cared about us deeply."
Of cancer, at age 76, Bobby Robson, former English national team coach and one of the giants of British soccer. In 1969 he took over as coach of the club team Ipswich and transformed it into a Premier League powerhouse. In '82 he became coach of the national team, and he led England to the semifinals of the 1990 World Cup, the country's best performance since winning the '66 title. He later managed several club teams in Europe—even after his '91 cancer diagnosis—and served as an ambassador for the sport.
By Major League Baseball, an investigation last year into steroid use in the Red Sox' organization. According to The Boston Globe the probe led to the firing of two Fenway Park security guards. The paper reported that police confiscated a vial of Anadrol, a powerful steroid, from Nicholas Alex Cyr, 27, during a traffic stop last July. Cyr said that he told police the drugs were sold to him by Jared Remy, 30, a fellow security staffer, an avid bodybuilder and the son of former Red Sox second baseman and longtime TV analyst Jerry Remy. No criminal charges were filed, but Cyr said they were asked by MLB officials if they knew of steroid use by Red Sox players. Both men denied any knowledge of use by players and were fired shortly after being questioned.
By Scotland's Catriona Matthew (right), the Women's British Open on Sunday, 11 weeks after she gave birth to her second child. Matthew, 39, a 14-year pro, beat runner-up Karrie Webb by three strokes at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club. It is Matthew's first major title. "I never thought I could come back, play as well as I have done and win," said Matthew, whose daughter Sophie was born on May 16. "It feels amazing." The victory capped an emotional 10 days for Matthew: On July 22 she and her husband, Graeme, ran through flames to escape a fire at a hotel in Évian, France.
For using a homophobic slur against Notre Dame players, Hawaii football coach Greg McMackin. During the Western Athletic Conference's media day in Salt Lake City last Thursday, McMackin joked to reporters about a dance some of the Fighting Irish did the night before last December's Hawaii Bowl, in which Notre Dame crushed the Warriors 49--21. Later McMackin told the media that his comments were "inappropriate" and that he "was trying to make a joke.... It was really stupid." He was suspended without pay for 30 days by the university, though he will coach as a volunteer during his ban.
From a Brazilian jail, Amanda Rodrigues, the wife of boxer Arturo Gatti, whom she had been accused of strangling on July 11 while they were vacationing in the resort town of Recife. Last Thursday, Brazilian police ruled that Gatti's death was not a homicide, as they initially thought, but a suicide; they said the former junior lightweight and junior welterweight champ hanged himself with a purse strap. Gatti's family disputed the results and last Saturday had a second autopsy done in Montreal, the native Italian's adopted hometown. It was conducted by Michael Baden, the former chief pathologist for the New York State Police; he said a homicide could not be ruled out.
To Formula One, seven-time series champ Michael Schumacher, who retired in 2006. Schumacher, 40, who drove for Ferrari for 10 years beginning in 1996, will rejoin the team as a replacement for Felipe Massa, who suffered multiple skull fractures in a crash during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 25. Massa, 28, took his first steps after the crash on July 29 and likely won't race again this season. Schumacher, who has been a Ferrari consultant, will drive Massa's car until the Brazilian is ready to return. His first race will be the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain, on Aug. 23.
In a San Francisco art gallery, a photograph of a nude Joe DiMaggio. The picture is part of Hunted and Gathered, an exhibition of classic shots collected by curator Robert Flynn Johnson. The black-and-white photo shows DiMaggio, circa 1940, standing in a postgame shower, facing the camera with a grin on his face and far less modesty than the notoriously private Yankee Clipper was known for. When asked how he acquired the picture, Johnson told the San Francisco Chronicle, "I have friends in low places." The photo, which is not for sale, will be on display at the gallery Modernism through Aug. 29.