By Kevin Stevens, the take-no-prisoners leftwinger of the Pittsburgh Penguins, his 111th point of the season, breaking the NHL record for points by a U.S.-born player. Stevens, 26, a new-wave power forward at 6'3", 217 pounds, earlier became the first player to rack up 100 points and 200 penalty minutes in a season. Stevens also could be the first American to win the NHL scoring title; at week's end he had 113 points and was tied for second with Wayne Gretzky, a point behind Mario Lemieux. "imagine that," said the Brockton, Mass., native. "Mario, Gretzky...and me."
Drag racing's 300-mph barrier, by driver Kenny Bernstein, who averaged 301.70 mph for the last 66 feet of a quarter-mile run on Friday during Top Fuel qualifying in Gainesville, Fla., for the Gator-nationals. Bernstein, 47, smashed the previous speed record, 295.27 mph, set two weeks earlier by Pat Austin.
Rick Pitino's garbage, from outside his home in Lexington, Ky., by a thief who apparently wanted to get a whiff of the Kentucky basketball coach. While Pitino was on the road directing the Wildcats' wild postseason run, a neighbor noticed someone repeatedly driving slowly past Pitino's house. An inspection revealed that only the garbage was missing. Pitino laughed it off as the work of a rabid, olfactory-impaired fan. "It's not what you'd call normal," he said, "but it's normal to Kentucky."
Jim Courier, from the No. 1 spot in the computerized ATP ranking of professional tennis players, following a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Michael Chang in the semifinals of the Lipton championships (page 26). Courier's reign lasted six turbulent weeks. "It's been a rough ride," said Courier, the first American man to be ranked No. 1 since John McEnroe in 1985. The computer has determined that Stefan Edberg, who vacated the top spot for Courier and has been mired in a slump, is the world's best player.
March 30, 1992
For the second time in two years, Ben Crenshaw's trademark putter. Little Ben. The 25-year-old club was inside a monogrammed golf bag that was stolen last week from the garage at Crenshaw's home in Austin, Texas. Crenshaw was offering an undisclosed sum for the return of Little Ben, which had been a gift from his father. The putter was also taken from Crenshaw's bag in 1990 but was recovered two weeks later when the thief tried to sell it to a collector. "We live in a crazy world," Crenshaw said.
Al, an eight-foot-long alligator that for four years frequented a pond at the Cincinnati Reds' Plant City, Fla., spring training camp. State wildlife officials deemed the lethargic reptile a nuisance and permitted a trapper to kill it. Players and coaches were stunned. "I saw him when he was just a little head sticking out of the lake," said minor league manager Sam Mejias. "Everybody liked to see him. They just didn't get close to him." First Schottzie was put to sleep, and now this. Being a Reds mascot—even unofficially—is a pretty tough gig.