To an unexpected victory in the first World Cup downhill event of the season, U.S. Ski Team racer A.J. Kitt. Negotiating the Oreiller-Killy course at Val d'Isère, France, in 1:55.69, Kitt became the first American to win a World Cup event since Bill Johnson in 1984. "If one of us can do it, so can others," said Kitt, 23. "This is a great confidence boost." The Olympic downhill will also be held at Val d'Isère, on the new Face etc Bellevarde course.
For the first time, the four Army mules, Spartacus, Ranger, Traveller and Trooper, from their barracks on the West Point, N.Y., campus. Posing as tourists, Navy midshipmen conducted surveillance to determine where the mascots were billeted. Then, last Thursday, 17 raiders dressed in Army fatigues surprised the mules' military guardians, tying them up after a brief struggle. The beasts of burden were trucked to the Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Md., for a football pep rally. "We now have Army's asses," crowed Naval Academy Commandant Michael Haskins. On Saturday the Middies proceeded to kick them—metaphorically speaking, of course (the captors voluntarily liberated the mules the day before). Navy won the game in a 24-3 upset.
The migration of Montreal Expo officials, who had been flying south in record numbers. Since general manager Dave Dombrowski left in September to take a similar job with the Florida Marlins, 10 more ex-Expos—from scouts to front-office assistants—have made one-way trips to Florida. National League president Bill White finally stepped in, telling the Marlins to find another talent pool. They could seek reinstatement for baseball pariah Pete Rose, who says he would love to work for them.
From the Indiana basketball locker room, a female sportswriter who had conducted postgame interviews there for three seasons. Stone Age relic Bob Knight, the Hoosier coach, cited IU policy and ejected Beth Harris of the Associated Press after last week's win over Notre Dame.
The politically incorrect nickname of Atlanta's National League baseball team. "There's nothing wrong with Braves," said owner Ted Turner. "It's a compliment. Braves are warriors." Turner did say he would like to get rid of the Tomahawk Chop and the mock war chants, practiced en masse last season by the wild and crazy fans at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium.
For Broadway theater impresario Robert Nederlander, whose brief run as managing general partner of the New York Yankees closed last week. Nederlander's resignation came 16 months after he replaced erstwhile boss George Steinbrenner as caretaker of the flagging franchise. Nederlander said he didn't have time for the job, but conspiracy theorists suspect that Steinbrenner, who was banished from baseball for objectionable conduct, has been working to undermine the club from behind the scenes. Could the stage be set for Steinbrenner II: Return of the Bronx Bumbler?