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After two seasons as the Redskins' head coach, Jim Zorn (above), who went 12--20. A former Seahawks All-Pro quarterback, Zorn climbed the coaching ranks in the CFL, college and the NFL, where he became known for grooming passers like Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck. That track record prompted his hiring as Washington's offensive coordinator—a tenure that lasted 15 days, at which point owner Daniel Snyder made him head coach. Zorn's run at the top was no more traditional than his ascension. Management stripped Zorn of offensive play-calling duties in October and handed that job to 67-year-old Sherm Lewis, whose previous job had him calling Bingo numbers at a retirement home. Using Lewis's approach, the Skins scored nearly a touchdown more per game than when Zorn sent in the plays.
Of multiple heart attacks, a 28-year-old woman who suffered injuries to the head, stomach and pelvis when she was hit by a truck during the first leg of the 2010 Dakar Rally in northern Argentina. The 4 × 4 vehicle, driven by Mirco Schultis of Germany and Ulrich Leardi of Switzerland, veered off course while taking a curve on a private stretch of the route—not in one of the public viewing areas—and struck a group of spectators, including Sonia Natalia Gallardo. The incident marked the fourth fatality since the off-road race moved to South America amidst terrorism concerns last year and at least the 50th death since the event's inception in 1979.
Of complications from a stroke, 93-year-old golf pioneer Bill Powell, the first and only African-American to build, own and operate a course in the United States. The grandson of Alabama slaves, Powell picked up the sport as a nine-year-old caddie and honed his game in Great Britain, where he served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. When Powell returned to the U.S., he found himself barred from all-white public courses, so in 1946 he bought 78 acres of land in East Canton, Ohio, and spent two years crafting his own nine-hole course. Clearview Golf Club, where Powell was fond of saying "the only color that matters is the color of the greens," expanded to 18 holes in 1978 and earned a national-historic-site designation in 2001.
From 2010 post-season play, the USC men's basketball team, as part of self-imposed sanctions stemming from the school's recruitment of former Trojan O.J. Mayo in 2007. An internal investigation by the university cited a relationship between Mayo—who spent one year at USC and now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies—and booster Rodney Guillory that violated NCAA rules. The Trojans, who are 10--4 and tied for first place in the Pac-10, also voluntarily forfeited one scholarship along with their 21 wins from Mayo's 2007--08 season, in which USC lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
With an array of gun- and drug-related misdemeanors, four members of the Tennessee men's basketball team. Last Friday, Knoxville police pulled over (allegedly for speeding) a rented vehicle driven by sophomore guard Cameron Tatum; his passengers included preseason All-SEC senior forward Tyler Smith (above) and two juniors, center Brian Williams and guard Melvin Goins. According to the police report the investigating officer smelled marijuana and discovered a bag of the drug, an open alcoholic beverage and two handguns, one with an altered serial number. (None of the players have commented.) Coach Bruce Pearl apologized for the incident and suspended all four indefinitely. However, one day after the incident Pearl told SI's Seth Davis that some of the offenders might return as soon as Jan. 6 against Charlotte.