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July 05, 2010
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July 05, 2010

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Recovering

From a drug overdose, former tennis star Jennifer Capriati (above), who was rushed to a South Florida hospital early on Sunday from a Riviera Beach hotel. A spokeswoman for Capriati, 34, told the Associated Press that she accidentally overdosed on prescription medication but was in stable condition and was expected to make a full recovery. In a turbulent career that began when she was 13, Capriati won 14 singles titles, including the Australian and French Opens in 2001, the same year she reached the WTA's No. 1 ranking. But she also struggled with her weight and with personal problems. She was arrested in 1993 for shoplifting and in '94 for marijuana possession. Out of tennis since 2005 with a chronic shoulder injury, she told the New York Daily News three years ago that she had struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide. "When I stopped playing, that's when all this came crumbling down," she said. "If I don't have [tennis], who am I? What am I?"

Indicted

By a Rockland County (N.Y.) grand jury, pro football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, on charges of rape, criminal sexual act and sexual abuse. Police charged the former Giants linebacker on May 6 for allegedly paying a 16-year-old girl $300 to have sex with him at a Ramapo hotel. Taylor, 51, was also indicted on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and patronizing a prostitute. The girl told authorities she was beaten before the incident by her alleged pimp, Rasheed Davis, who then brought her to the hotel. She also alleges that Davis told her to tell Taylor she was 19. (Davis was arrested May 6 on federal charges of sex trafficking of a child. He pled not guilty at his indictment on May 18.) Taylor denies the charges but did not testify before the grand jury. He faces up to four years in prison. His lawyer, Arthur Aidala, did not respond to SI's interview request but last month told reporters, "My client did not have sex with anybody... . Lawrence Taylor did not rape anybody." Taylor's next court appearance is scheduled for July 13.

Sought

The return of the remains of legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe (below) to his hometown of Shawnee, Okla., by his son Jack Thorpe, 72, who filed a lawsuit last week against the Pennsylvania town that bears his father's name. Formed in 1954 out of the economically depressed coal-mining localities of Mauch (pronounced maw) Chunk and East Mauch Chunk, the new town of Jim Thorpe, Pa., in an effort to boost tourism bought the remains of the 1912 Olympic decathalon and pentathlon champion from his widow, Patricia Askew Thorpe, after he died in 1953 at age 64. The town has no other connection to Thorpe except its contract with Patricia, which stipulates that as long as the town is named Jim Thorpe, his body will reside there. The dispute between the town and Thorpe's surviving family members has been simmering for decades without legal action; the athlete's three daughters all approved of the arrangement. Jack Thorpe, who lives in Shawnee, told the Associated Press that he waited until the last of his half-sisters died before filing his suit. "I resent using my father as a tourist attraction," he said.

Resigned

As Nets president and general manager, Rod Thorn, who said he will leave the team after 10 years. The architect of the Nets' back-to-back NBA Finals teams in 2001 and '02, Thorn, 69, drafted forwards Kenyon Martin and Richard Jefferson, and center Jason Collins, and orchestrated the blockbuster trade for point guard Jason Kidd in '01. Last season, however, was a difficult one for Thorn: Both of his parents died, the Nets went 12--70, and he was forced to fire coach Lawrence Frank, his friend and protégé. Among the candidates to replace Thorn in New Jersey is USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo.

Injured

In a car accident last Friday in New Orleans, Giants rookie safety Chad Jones, a third-round draft choice out of LSU. Jones, 21, was driving his 2010 Range Rover on streetcar tracks at 6 a.m. when he turned the steering wheel abruptly in an attempt to get off the rails. His vehicle flipped before crashing. (A police spokesman said Jones was cited for careless operation of a vehicle and that toxicology tests had been administered to determine if alcohol was a factor in the accident.) His left leg badly broken, Jones underwent surgery to save the limb—his family said the operation was successful. At week's end the extent of his injuries had not been revealed, and no timetable had been set for his return.

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