That he had heart surgery last month to treat blood clots, NASCAR driver Brian Vickers. The 26-year-old, who hasn't raced since a May trip to the emergency room with clots in his legs and lungs, underwent two procedures in July, to patch a hole in his heart and insert a stent into a vein in his left leg. Appearing in front of the media last Saturday in Bristol, Tenn., Vickers—who has won two races in his eight-year career and qualified for last year's Chase—said he has been okayed by his doctors to return to his Red Bull--sponsored Toyota next year. "I have a new appreciation for life," he said. "I'm looking forward to it, and I'm excited to race."
To the Oxford Dictionary of English, the word vuvuzela. The plastic horn, which came into prominence during this summer's World Cup, joins nearly 2,000 other new words—including defriend, turducken and tweetup—in the new edition of the dictionary. The inclusion of vuvuzela comes after months of exclusion for the annoying noisemaker; since the July Cup final, the horns have been banned by many baseball, football and soccer teams, and recently FIBA announced that they would not be permitted at the upcoming world basketball championships in Turkey.