To losing the 1983 Wimbledon final on purpose, Andrea Jaeger (above). In aninterview with Britain's Daily Mail, Jaeger, who became a nun in 2006, saidthat the day before the match she had a fight with her father—over, among otherthings, her consumption of potato chips—and she went to Martina Navratilova'sapartment to call a cab. After being let in, Jaeger said that she realized shehad "interrupted [Navratilova's] preparation for the final." To makeamends, Jaeger, who was then 18 and ranked third, told the newspaper that shemissed shots on purpose and often hit the ball right at the No. 1 player in theworld. "I went on court in complete peace knowing that giving the matchaway was the right thing to do," she said. "I had to look myself in themirror for the rest of my life. It meant more to Martina anyway."
German citizenship in time for a 2008 Olympic qualifying tournament, ChrisKaman (right). The Clippers' center was born and raised in Michigan, but hisgreat-grandparents were German. (FIBA rules allow for one naturalized citizenper team.) Kaman, 26, averaged 15.7 points and 12.7 rebounds last year."We'll be stronger under the baskets with Chris," said Mavericksforward Dirk Nowitzki, who also plays for Germany, his home country.
By Joey Chestnut, his Nathan's Fourth of July International Hot Dog Contesttitle. In front of 35,000 fans, Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi each downed 59franks in the allotted 10 minutes, setting up a five-dog eat-off, whichChestnut won. "He wanted it, but I needed it," said Chestnut, who in2007 snapped Kobayashi's six-year winning streak.
Paramedics in the rescue of an accident victim, Brian Bosworth. The former NFLlinebacker was driving in the Winnipeg area when he saw rescue workersconverging around an SUV that had flipped over and come to rest upside down ina ditch. Bosworth, 43, told the Winnipeg Free Press that he realized theworkers trying to free the female driver needed more manpower, so he helpedcarry equipment to cut the woman out of her car and then helped load her intoan ambulance. "She was in shock and in pain, and we couldn't really moveher," said Bosworth, who was in the area fishing with his son. "She wasscreaming every time we moved her. It took five or six guys to get her into theambulance." The driver is expected to recover.
July 13, 2008
By the NHRA, the distance that Funny Car races will cover. The change cameafter the death last month of Scott Kalitta, 46, who was killed in a crash inEnglishtown, N.J. Races will now cover 1,000 feet instead of 1,320, whichshould lower the top speeds that the cars reach from 330 mph to 310.
At age 82, Clay Felker, who was part of the editorial team that developedSPORTS ILLUSTRATED in 1954. Before his work on SI, Felker, whose father ran TheSporting News, covered sports for Life. In 1968 Felker famously created NewYork Magazine as the cradle of "new journalism." Last week New York'sKurt Andersen wrote, "His founding inspiration was to cover the scrum andspectacle of urban life as if it were sport of the most interesting possiblekind, the city ... as postmodern gladiatorial coliseum, complete with colorfulplay-by-play and the latest stats and rankings."
At age 27 after the car he was driving hit a wall, former Chargers safetyTerrence Kiel. The accident happened last Friday night in San Diego after heleft a party. Friends reportedly tried to persuade Kiel not to drive; policesay they won't know if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol untiltoxicology results come in. Kiel, who had several brushes with the law duringhis four-year career, was arrested by DEA agents in the Chargers' locker roomin 2006 on charges that he shipped prescription cough syrup across state lines.He was released by San Diego following his guilty plea.
They Said It
The world's No. 661 player, on how he'll fix up his car—which has a taped-onside mirror—after making $33,500 for reaching the second round at Wimbledon:
"Maybe I will buy some better duct tape."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
An English soccer player was fined $2,600 for hitting anightclub doorman in the head with his girlfriend's handbag.