After five years in prison, former NHL winger Mike Danton, who pleaded guilty in 2004 to plotting to have his agent killed. Danton, 28, a Brampton, Ont., native who played parts of three seasons for the Devils and Blues from 2000 to '04, was sentenced to 7½ years after admitting to hiring a hit man to murder David Frost, a former junior coach who became his agent, in St. Louis. But last Friday, Danton, who changed his surname from Jefferson as a teenager, told a parole board in Kingston, Ont., that his plot's intended victim was his father, Stephen Jefferson, and that the person he hired mistakenly targeted Frost. Last year Frost was acquitted of sexual-exploitation charges related to an Ontario youth team that he coached and Danton played for in 1996 and '97. Under the terms of his release Danton can have no contact with his father and no face-to-face contact with Frost unless it's approved by his parole officer.
At age 95, Norman Borlaug, a star college wrestler who became a Nobel Peace Prize--winning agricultural scientist. Borlaug developed a high-yield variety of wheat that helped double the world's food production between 1960 and '90; his innovations transformed farming methods, helped stave off famine around the world and made him known as the father of agriculture's Green Revolution. Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1970. Before beginning his science career, Borlaug excelled as a wrestler at Minnesota, reaching the Big Ten semifinals twice in the mid-1930s. He helped organize and promote Minnesota's first high school tournaments and was elected to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992. "Wrestling taught me some valuable lessons," he said. "I always figured I could hold my own against the best in the world. It made me tough."