The Games close with ceremonies featuring the introduction of Whatizit, the computer-generated official mascot of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

A While House picnic for U.S. Olympians is forced inside by rain, so the 490 athletes and 60 officials and coaches encamp in the East Room to dine on hot dogs and ice-cream bars.

They Said It
President Bush, addressing the reception: "I've twitched so much Olympics that when Barbara asked me to move a piece of furniture, I asked her, 'What's the degree of difficulty?' "

The Seattle Mariners' Moose takes a pratfall into the first base photographers' box and lands on the mascot disabled list with injuries to his hooves and antlers.

Clifford Allison, 27, son of one lacing legend, Bobby Allison, and brother of another, Davey Allison, dies after hitting the wall during practice at Michigan International Speedway.

After withdrawing from the same tournament a year earlier to be with his wife during the birth of their first child and thereby opening a spot for eventual winner John Daly, Nick Price wins the PGA Championship, his first major title.

Los Angeles Dodger righthander Kevin Gross, formerly famous for his 10-day sandpaper suspension in 1987, throws the only no-hitter of the season, a 2-0 win over the San Francisco Chains.

They Said It
Ted Marchibroda, after his Indianapolis Colts, who had won their previous preseason game, lost to the Sea I tie Seahawks: "I thought we probably played (his week like I thought maybe we could have played last week, and I didn't even think we could play that bad last week if we play like this."

Alter 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics, during which he made 10 All-Star teams and won three MVP awards, Larry Bird retires.

The Class A Clearwater Phillies and their pitcher, Andy Carter, beat Scott Bakkum and the Winter Haven Red Sox 1-0 on a pair of walks and a pair of sacrifice bunts in a double no-hitter, believed to be the first in professional baseball in 40 years.

They Said It
Boxing's Don King: "I am the best promoter in the world. And I say that humbly."

Pittsburgh Pirate rookie Tim Wakefield outflutters L.A.'s Tom Candiotti 2-0 in the first National League knuckleball duel since the Niekro brothers, Phil and Joe, hooked up in 1982.

The Oakland Athletics' Jose Canseco, waiting in the ondeck circle in the bottom of the first inning, is called back to the dugout and told he has been traded to the Texas Rangers for pitchers Bobby Witt and jeff Russell and outfielder Ruben Sierra.

PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONF. DARRIN PERRYAt the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona on Aug. 9, the Summer Games came to an ethereal close.