At age 74, Rena (Rusty) Kanokogi, who came to be known as the Mother of Women's Judo. A native of Brooklyn, Kanokogi (SI, March 24, 1986) first competed in the sport (often disguised as a man) in the 1950s, after she married a Japanese immigrant. She was instrumental in opening judo to women, helping get the women's sport into the Olympics in 1988 and coaching the first U.S. team, at the Seoul Games. Last year Kanokogi was honored by the government of Japan—the sport's homeland—when she was awarded the Emperor's Order of the Rising Sun.
At age four after nearly two seasons as the mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs, Uga VII. Loran's Best—who inherited the job from his late father, Whatchagot, Loran—died of a heart attack last Thursday and was entombed in a mausoleum at Sanford Stadium on Saturday before Georgia's 34--27 loss to Kentucky. "There was a certain sweetness about this dog that we need not forget," said school president Michael Adams. Uga VII was 16--7 in his two seasons. Georgia has had a live bulldog mascot for 54 years.