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From injuries suffered in a one-car crash that claimed the life of another passenger, Charlie Davies, 23. The U.S. national soccer team forward suffered a lacerated bladder, facial fractures and broken bones in his right leg and left elbow; Ashley Roberta, 22, was killed in the accident. (The driver, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries.) The wreck occurred on Oct. 13, the day before the U.S. played its final World Cup qualifier, a 2--2 draw with Costa Rica. In the ninth minute of the game, fans at RFK Stadium held up cards with Davies's jersey number 9 in tribute, and teammate Jozy Altidore (above) wore a shirt honoring Davies under his jersey. Davies, who had emerged as one of the U.S.'s most dangerous attackers, could be sidelined up to 12 months, all but ruling him out of next summer's World Cup.
By Jenson Button, his first Formula 1 championship and the second straight by a British driver. Button, 29, clinched the title by finishing fifth on Sunday in the Brazilian Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the season. (Lewis Hamilton was last year's champion.) Button won his improbable title for Brawn GP, a new team that formed weeks before the start of the season from the ashes of Honda, which had pulled out of F/1. Brawn clinched the constructors' championship in Brazil. "I am the world champion. I'm going to keep saying it all night," said Button, who finished 18th in the standings for Honda last year. "I'm going to enjoy this moment like you wouldn't believe."
For nearly 10 minutes by a coach's dispute with officials that prompted a rabbi to intervene, Sunday's exhibition game between Maccabi Tel Aviv and the New York Knicks. Maccabi coach Pini Gershon received an automatic ejection after picking up a second technical foul in the third quarter of the game, which was played to benefit Migdal Ohr, an Israeli orphanage. Gershon, however, refused to leave the floor, which brought Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, who runs Migdal Ohr, onto the court. Grossman pleaded with the refs to allow Gershon to stay. "I explained that this is not a regular game and the kids are watching," said Grossman. "If you forgive him, I can speak to the children and say, 'You also forgive. If you have a fight, you forgive.' But he says this is the law, that you must obey." Gershon finally left the floor as the crowd cheered. The Knicks won 106--91.
Last Saturday in Rio de Janeiro in a firefight between rival drug gangs, 12 people—including two police officers, whose helicopter was shot out of the sky. The incident raised fresh concerns about security at the 2016 Olympics, which were awarded to Rio two weeks ago. The shoot-out occurred in a slum five miles from a planned Olympic venue. In addition to the dead, at least six people were wounded and several buses were set on fire. On Sunday officials addressed concerns that they will not be able to keep violence under control during the Games. "We told the International Olympic Committee that this won't be an easy thing, and they know that," Rio state governor Sergio Cabral said. "We can put 40,000 people on the streets—federal, state and municipal police—and pull off the event."
Of natural causes at 58, former running back Cullen Bryant (above), who spent most of his 13-year NFL career with the Rams. A second-round pick out of Colorado in 1973, the 6'1", 234-pound bruiser was nimble enough to play tailback and return kicks. (He averaged 26.3 yards per return in his career and had three touchdowns.) "When he got that big body moving, it was something else," former Rams coach Chuck Knox told the Los Angeles Times. "And he had muscles on top of muscles." Bryant's best season was 1980, when he ran for 807 yards.