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| RETIRED |
After an 11-year career with the Chargers and Jets, running back LaDainian Tomlinson. L.T., as he is known, signed a one-day contract on Monday to rejoin the Chargers so that he could retire from the team with which he spent the first nine years of his career and won the 2006 MVP award. San Diego made him the fifth overall pick in '01 out of TCU, where he won the Doak Walker award as the nation's best running back after his senior year, and he led the Chargers to five AFC West titles. During his MVP season, Tomlinson (above) set NFL single-season records with 31 touchdowns (28 rushing) and 186 points, and he finishes his career as the fifth-leading rusher in league history, with 13,684 yards, and with the second-most rushing touchdowns in history, 145.
| DIED |
At 83 of undisclosed causes, former SI senior writer Clive Gammon. Though Gammon (below), who wrote for the magazine from 1966 through '90, stayed true to his Welsh roots and focused on soccer and fishing, he covered almost every sport during his career. He got his start doing fishing columns in the U.K. while teaching full-time in a grammar school, then moved to writing general sports columns for The Sunday Times, where his work was noticed by SI. Gammon would fly anywhere in pursuit of a great story—and of a great catch. Once a year he would set off after whatever storied game fish had recently captured his attention and chronicle the adventure. "I remember telling him one year, 'Clive, it'd be nice if this year—for once—you even got the fish on the line,'" says former SI managing editor Mark Mulvoy. "He looked at me and said, 'Oh, I don't know if I can fish with all that pressure.'"
| ACQUITTED |
Of all charges against him, seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens. The 49-year-old Clemens, who pitched for the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros in his 24-year career, had faced one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury. The trial, which centered on Clemens's 2008 insistence when testifying under oath before a House committee that he had never taken steroids or human growth hormone, lasted just over eight weeks and came a year after the prosecution in an initial trial showed the jury inadmissible evidence, resulting in a mistrial. Clemens could have faced up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted on all counts.
| ACCUSED |
By an NBA security officer of employment discrimination, the league, USA Basketball and UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma. In a lawsuit filed in New York City, Kelley Hardwick, 46, contends that in October 2009 Auriemma, who was coaching Team USA at the time, followed her to her hotel room during a USA Basketball trip to Russia, grabbed her arm and tried to kiss her. Hardwick says she refused his advances and alleges that Auriemma later had her removed from her position as the team's top security official at this year's Olympics. Hardwick also alleges that the NBA ignored her complaints and refused to investigate Auriemma. The coach denied the allegations, while the NBA and USA Basketball declined to comment. The U.S. Olympic Committee said it would investigate.
| DIED |
Of a heart attack at age 60, Cuban boxing champion Teofilo Stevenson. The winner of three Olympic heavyweight gold medals—in 1972, '76 and '80—and three amateur world championships, Stevenson (right) retained his amateur status throughout his career even though he could have made millions by defecting and turning pro. "No, I will not leave my country for one million dollars or for much more," he said to SI in '74. "What is a million dollars against eight million Cubans who love me?" Stevenson retired in '87 after a 20-year career in which he won 301 of his 321 bouts. He later served as vice president of Cuba's boxing federation and its national sports institute.