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November 23, 2009
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November 23, 2009

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At a memorial service at the soccer stadium in Hannover, Germany, on Sunday, German national team goalkeeper Robert Enke (above), who committed suicide on Nov. 10. Enke, 32, who was seen as Germany's likely starting keeper in next year's World Cup, stepped in front of a train near his Hannover home. His widow, Teresa, said the next day that her husband had been suffering from severe depression for six years; she said he kept it secret from teammates and coaches because he was afraid their adopted eight-month-old daughter would be taken away if his disease became public. The Enkes lost their two-year-old biological daughter, Lara, to a heart defect in 2006. More than 45,000 fans attended Sunday's service.


At age 68 after a long battle with lymphoma, Hall of Fame thoroughbred trainer Bobby Frankel. A Brooklyn native who began training at New York tracks before moving to California in 1972, Frankel won four straight Eclipse Awards as the country's top trainer from 2000 through '03. His most heralded victory came in the 2003 Belmont Stakes with the 3-year-old colt Empire Maker, who fought off Triple Crown hopeful Funny Cide at the top of the stretch and pulled away to a ¾-length win over Ten Most Wanted. Frankel also won six Breeders' Cup races and is second on the alltime career earnings list with $227,947,775.


At age 92, Hall of Fame pro basketball player and coach Al Cervi. A gritty, defensive-minded, 5'11" guard nicknamed Digger for his on-court tenacity, Cervi began his pro career in 1937 with the Buffalo Bisons of the National Basketball League, a precursor to the NBA. After five years in the Army he joined the NBL's Rochester Royals in 1946; he helped them win a championship in his first season and by his third was the team's player-coach. He later coached the Syracuse Nationals for nine seasons and led them to the 1955 NBA title. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985.


By the NFL for pretending to bribe an official during a game on Nov. 8, Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco (right). During a replay review of one of his catches in Cincinnati's 17--7 win over the Ravens, Ochocinco approached an official with a dollar bill in his hand. The ref waved him away and did not take the cash, but the NFL still cracked down on the stunt and fined Ochocinco $20,000. "You don't fool with the integrity of the game in the NFL," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "We're not WWE."


By Tiger Woods, the Australian Masters in Melbourne. Woods was in a three-way tie for the lead heading into the final round but pulled away by shooting a four-under 68 on Sunday; he beat runner-up Greg Chalmers by two strokes. It was Woods's first appearance in Australia in 11 years and his first win there. The victory overjoyed the Victoria state government, which paid half of Woods's $3 million appearance fee and estimated that his presence Down Under generated $17 million for the Victoria economy. Asked what his legacy in Australia would be, Woods said, "I got a W."

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