To file charges against Raiders coach Tom Cable (above) over an incident in which he allegedly broke the jaw of an assistant coach, the district attorney's office of Napa County, Calif. According to defensive assistant Randy Hanson, Cable attacked him during an Aug. 5 meeting and punched him in the jaw. Several other coaches in the room disputed that version of events, saying that Cable ran at Hanson but was stopped by assistant Lionel Washington, who was bumped into Hanson. "The whole experience was very interesting to me, very humbling to me," Cable said. Hanson is being paid by the team, which is 2--5, but is not coaching.
By the St. Louis Cardinals as their hitting instructor, Mark McGwire. The slugger has been out of the game since retiring in 2001 and has remained largely out of the public eye since his 2005 testimony before a House committee investigating steroids in baseball, during which he repeatedly stated that he was not there to "talk about the past." McGwire was given a path back into the game by Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, for whom he played in Oakland and St. Louis. McGwire hit 583 home runs but had a career batting average of .263—including four seasons in which he hit .235 or worse.
For making an on-air racially insensitive remark about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya, ESPN commentator Bob Griese. In a promo for Sunday's NASCAR race that aired during last Saturday's Ohio State--Minnesota game, analyst Chris Spielman said, "Where's Juan Pablo Montoya?" Griese responded, "He's out having a taco." Griese apologized later, and ESPN issued a statement calling the remark "inappropriate." After Sunday's race, in which he finished third, Montoya laughed off the incident, joking that "I could say I just spent the last three hours eating tacos, but I was driving the car."
At age 94, Bill (Big Whistle) Chadwick (right), the first American referee to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Chadwick's playing career was cut short after a 1935 amateur league game in which he was struck in the face by an errant puck, leaving him blind in the right eye. (Chadwick recalled, "Lots of times, fans would yell at me, 'Chadwick, you're blind.' Well, when you think of it, they were half-right.") He became an NHL linesman in 1939 and a referee a year later, and he perfected the system of hand signals now used throughout the game. After he retired, Chadwick spent 14 years as a Rangers broadcaster.
At age 76, of pancreatic cancer, Jack Poole, the Canadian businessman who spearheaded the successful campaign to bring the 2010 Olympic Games to Vancouver. A real estate developer whose first job was selling brushes and hand cream door-to-door, Poole was picked by Canadian prime minister Gordon Campbell to be CEO of the Vancouver Bid Corp. in 2001. Two years later Canada was awarded its first Winter Games since 1988, when Calgary was the host. Poole had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer since 2007. He died last Friday, hours after the ceremonial lighting in Athens of the flame that will be used to open the 2010 Games.