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And shot at her home in Apopka, Fla., Christy Martin, 42, the WBC women's super welterweight champion and the most celebrated female boxer in history. (In 1993 the 5'4" Martin became the first woman to sign with promoter Don King, and her '96 fight on the Mike Tyson--Frank Bruno undercard landed her on the cover of SI.) On Nov. 23, Martin (above) told police, she was confronted by her husband of 18 years, Jim, 66, who was wielding a handgun and a knife. After being stabbed in the upper torso and left leg, Christy fled and was able to flag down a passing motorist, who drove her to an Orange County hospital, where it was discovered that she had also been shot. She was recovering last Friday when she learned that her home had been burglarized in her absence. As of Monday police were still searching for Jim Martin.
With an undisclosed form of cancer, 58-year-old Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger. On Nov. 24 the team announced that Heimerdinger, who is in his second stint with Tennessee after terms with the Jets and the Broncos, could undergo chemotherapy as early as that afternoon and that first-year quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains would take over play-calling duties on Sunday against the Texans. One day later, however, coach Jeff Fisher said that Heimerdinger would be putting off chemo until Monday and that he would call one more game before taking a leave of absence. On Sunday, Heimerdinger was on the Titans' sideline, relaying plays to quarterback Rusty Smith, who passed for 138 yards (with three interceptions) in his first NFL start, a 20--0 loss to Houston.
For the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany, the U.S. soccer team, which edged Italy 1--0 in the second leg of a crucial home-and-home series in which the loser—either the No. 11 Italians or the top-ranked Americans—would miss the 16-team Cup cut. Saturday's game at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., was set up by a stunning 2--1 loss by the U.S. to Mexico in the Nov. 5 semis of regional qualifying, just the team's second defeat in three years. After downing Costa Rica 3--0 in a third-place game on Nov. 8 and beating Italy 1--0 in Padova on Nov. 20, the two-time Cup champions squeaked by the Azzurre again with Amy Rodriguez's rebound goal in the 40th minute, making them the last team to qualify for Germany. On Monday the U.S. drew into a Cup group that included Sweden (ranked No. 4 by FIFA), Colombia (32) and North Korea (6), against whom it will open on June 28.
During a basketball game in southwest Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama. According to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, the President traveled last Friday to Fort McNair, where he plays regularly, for an early-morning game with a group that included White House aide Reggie Love, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Rey Decerega, the director of programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In the last of five games Decerega is said to have spun into Obama, who was playing defense, and inadvertently elbowed the Commander in Chief in the lip, resulting in a gash that required 12 small-filament stitches to repair. Said Decerega of Obama, who could later be seen through a White House window icing his face, "I'm sure he'll be back out on the court again soon."
At age 78, former major league pitcher Danny McDevitt (above), the last player to pitch for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. McDevitt (21--27; 4.40 career ERA) played six combined seasons with the Dodgers, Yankees, Twins and Kansas City Athletics, topping out at 10 wins for the 1959 world champion L.A. Dodgers—but his signature moment came two years earlier for the same team, albeit in a different locale. On Sept. 24, 1957, the lefty threw a complete-game victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, striking out nine and allowing just five hits in what would be the Dodgers' last home game at Ebbets Field, in front of 6,702 fans. Two weeks later, owner Walter O'Malley moved the team to Los Angeles.