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| DISQUALIFIED |
From the NL batting race, Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, at his request. Cabrera (above), who was suspended in August for 50 games after he tested positive for high levels of testosterone, was hitting .346—still tops in the league. There is no rule disqualifying suspended players from postseason awards, but Major League Baseball and the players' association made a one-time agreement to exclude him. "I have no wish to win an award that would be tainted," said Cabrera.
| RESIGNED |
As the men's basketball coach at Texas Tech, Billy Gillispie. He had been on indefinite medical leave since Sept. 10, 11 days after the school announced that it would be exploring allegations by players that he mistreated them by making them practice on game days and forced them to practice when they were injured, and that he regularly violated NCAA rules regarding the length of practices. Gillispie (below), 52—who previously coached at UTEP, Texas A&M and Kentucky—was hospitalized on Aug. 31, hours before Texas Tech made the announcement. He says he suffers from high blood pressure and stress, and cited his health in his letter of resignation last week.
| DIED |
After being shot by thieves in South Africa, former heavyweight boxing champion Corrie Sanders. Sanders, who was 46, was attending a relative's 21st birthday party at a restaurant in Brits, just outside his hometown of Pretoria, when three armed men, apparently intent on robbing the restaurant, entered and began firing indiscriminately. They hit Sanders in the hand and stomach. He was hospitalized and died a few hours later. No arrests have been made. Sanders, whose career spanned nearly 20 years, famously upset Wladimir Klitschko—the South African was a 40--1 long shot—in 2003 to win the WBO crown. Sanders retired from boxing in '08.
| SENTENCED |
To a year of probation and counseling in a plea deal with Florida prosecutors, free-agent wide receiver Chad Johnson. As part of the deal, Johnson, 34, who will avoid jail time, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery in an incident in which he allegedly head-butted his then wife Evelyn Lozada in August. The former All-Pro was cut by the Dolphins the day after his arrest.
| ANNOUNCED |
The intent to sell off all of its sports properties, by the Denver-based Anschutz Co. The price for the Anschutz Entertainment Group—with holdings that include Staples Center, the Kings, the Galaxy and a 30% stake in the Lakers—is expected to surpass that of the Dodgers, which were sold for $2.15 billion last March, as the most lucrative sports-related sale of all time. L.A.'s NFL hopes could take a hit, as AEG—whose proposal to build a $1.2 billion football stadium next to Staples Center was approved by city planners last week—has been a major player in attempts to bring pro football to the city.