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| WON |
By New Zealand, the 2011 Rugby World Cup, with an 8--7 defeat of France in Auckland, marking the second time that the Pacific nation has won while hosting the 24-year-old competition. (The All Blacks took the inaugural Cup, also over France, as cohosts with Australia in 1987.) New Zealand (above, in black) entered Sunday's match at Eden Park as an overwhelming favorite, having mauled Les Bleus in pool play 37--17; but the encore win came less easily, and by the narrowest margin, the difference being a Stephen Donald penalty in the 45th minute. "It's something we've dreamed of," said the team's manager, Graham Henry. "We can rest in peace."
| FILED |
By D.C. United striker Charlie Davies, a $20 million lawsuit against a Washington, D.C., nightclub and the beverage maker Red Bull, both of whom he alleges acted negligently on Oct. 12, 2009, by serving alcohol to a woman who wrecked her car later that night, killing one passenger and leaving the other, Davies, with severe injuries that cost him a spot in the '10 World Cup. The lawsuit claims that Das Enterprises (which operates Shadow Room) and Red Bull (which was hosting a private event at the lounge) served alcohol to Maria Espinoza even though she was "visibly intoxicated." Davies, who claims he was not aware at the time that Espinoza was drunk, suffered a ruptured bladder, bleeding in the brain, and facial, rib, leg and elbow fractures after she drove her car into a guardrail. Espinoza was sentenced in March to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and maiming while driving intoxicated. The family of Ashley Roberta, the 22-year-old passenger killed in the wreck, filed a $40 million lawsuit against the same parties named in Davies's suit. Neither the nightclub nor Red Bull have commented.
| DIED |
At age 67, reportedly of a heart attack while lifting weights, former Packers guard Gale Gillingham, who earned All-Pro accolades six times. A native of Madison, Wis., Gillingham crossed the state line to play college ball, then came back to the Badger State as the 13th overall pick out of Minnesota. In Green Bay he started at left guard by the end of his rookie 1966 season, then replaced an aging Fuzzy Thurston a year later for good. Gillingham trolled the Packers' trenches (later on the right) for 10 years—including during the Ice Bowl and in Super Bowls I and II—before leaving the game following the 1976 season. In retirement Gillingham watched as his three sons, Wade, Brad and Karl, became world-class powerlifters, earning his clan the nickname the First Family of Strength.
| DIED |
At age 50 of intestinal bleeding, former Bills All-Pro center Kent Hull (left), who manned the middle during four Super Bowl seasons, all ending in losses, for Buffalo in the 1990s. A 1986 free-agent pickup (from the USFL, by way of Mississippi State) for the Bills, on the same day the team signed Jim Kelly, the 6'5", 284-pound lineman led Buffalo's trademark no-huddle offense and helped power a running game in which the Bills finished in the top 10 every year from '88 through '96, when Hull retired at age 35.
| RETURNED |
To Bernard Hopkins, the WBC 175-pound world championship belt that the boxer surrendered to Chad Dawson on Oct. 15 after a controversial TKO ruling. That bout ended in the second round when Dawson appeared to plow Hopkins with his shoulders and drop him to the mat, below the ropes. Hopkins dislocated the joint connecting his left shoulder to his collarbone and was unable to continue, leading referee Pat Russell to call the TKO. But Hopkins (above) appealed, and last Thursday the WBC ruled in his favor. For the time being, however, the loss itself remains on Hopkins's record, pending a potential reversal by the California State Athletic Commission, which is responsible for the official result. The commission is scheduled to meet on Dec. 13.