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By Lindsey Vonn last week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, her third straight World Cup overall title, awarded to the skier with the most points in all five of Alpine skiing's disciplines combined. Less than a month after winning gold (downhill) and bronze (Super G) medals in Vancouver, Vonn (above) sealed the title with her 33rd Cup win, passing Bode Miller, who shut down for the season after medaling three times in Vancouver, as the most successful World Cup racer in U.S. history. Her three titles match Switzerland's Vreni Schneider and Croatia's Janica Kostelic and trail only the six won by Austria's Annemarie Moser-Pröll from 1971 through '79.
After signing a one-day contract last week with the Red Sox, Nomar Garciaparra, 36. In 1994 Garciaparra's Arizona Fall League manager, Terry Francona, told Boston coaches, "I don't know who you have at short, but ... you might want to move him." Three years later, Garciaparra had an AL-rookie-record 30-game hitting streak and was named the league's Rookie of the Year. Off the field No-Mah's cult hero status in Boston would be parodied on Saturday Night Live. On the field he would rack up 178 home runs, a .323 batting average and two batting titles in nine seasons with the Red Sox before being traded to the Cubs at the 2004 deadline. While Boston would go on to two World Series titles over the next six years, Garciaparra would struggle with injuries during stints with the Cubs, Dodgers and A's, hitting more than 10 homers and batting over .300 only once more.
By the WNBA's Tulsa Shock, two-time Olympic sprinter Marion Jones, who in 2000 was considered the fastest woman in the world. The signing of Jones, 34, comes 27 months after she was formally stripped of her five medals from the '00 Games for anabolic steroid use and 18 months after she was released from federal prison, where she'd served nearly six months for perjury related, in part, to her steroid use. Jones was the starting point guard on North Carolina's 1994 national championship team and was subsequently drafted by the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury in 2003, though she never played for the team. Shock coach Nolan Richardson believes she'll fit well in his trademark 40 Minutes of Hell offense. "The one thing I do know," says Richardson, "is she can run."
At age 69, longtime Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Willie Davis (above, right). A track star when the Dodgers signed him out of high school in 1958, Davis scored from first on singles nine times in his one season on the farm. He would later set still-standing Los Angeles records for hits (2,091), extra-base hits (585), runs (1,004), triples (110) and total bases (3,094). Davis, who would gain notoriety during his baseball career for his devout Buddhism (and after it for a police run-in during which he was carrying a samurai sword), played briefly for five other teams before retiring in 1979 with a .279 batting average and 398 stolen bases.
By commissioner Bud Selig to supervise the overhaul of MLB's initiatives in the Dominican Republic, Sandy Alderson. The 62-year-old Alderson, a former A's G.M. and Padres CEO who was also MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations from 1998 until 2005, listed his three top priorities as curbing the alarming rate of steroid use among Dominican prospects, cracking down on age and identity fraud and repairing MLB's image in the country, which has taken a hit in the wake of a bonus-skimming scandal involving MLB scouts and club executives. "It's clear that many of those problems are of our creation," Alderson said in a departure from MLB's past stance that it was limited in helping to clean up rampant fraud in the scouting and signing of prospects. Rather than distance MLB from the country's buscones—the middlemen who train prospects in exchange for a percentage of their signing bonuses and who have been at the center of the country's scandals—Alderson, in an interview with SI's Melissa Segura, expressed an interest in working with them to identify and weed out corruption. "I didn't want anyone to come away with the notion that we're just going to kick ass and take names," Alderson told SI.