Played for the San Angelo (Texas) Colts of the independent
Central League, newlyweds Jake and Kendall Burnham, the first
husband-and-wife duo to play pro baseball. In an 8-1 loss to
Amarillo on May 14, Jake started at third base and Kendall struck
out as a pinch hitter. Kendall, 28, who starred in the Women's
Professional Softball League and was an assistant softball coach
at UNLV, was visiting Jake, 26, a Colts regular, in the clubhouse
on May 14 when manager Steve Maddock offered her a job as a
utility infielder. "She took batting practice and played that
night," says Jake. Kendall and Jake, who tied the knot last
month, share a locker as well as a room. "She had been talking
about traveling with me," said Jake. "Now we just won't have to
pay for gas and hotel rooms."
Achieved her goal of reaching the NCAA women's lacrosse Final
Four, Loyola coach Diane Geppi-Aikens. In the April 28 SI,
Geppi-Aikens, 40, wrote about having terminal brain cancer, which
confines her to a wheelchair. "I have two goals: getting to the
Final Four and to my son Michael's graduation," she wrote. The
top-ranked Greyhounds reached the semis with a win over Yale,
then lost 5-3 to Princeton. With their season over, the team
gathered in a circle in the locker room. "We talked about the
adversity we overcame all year," says Geppi-Aikens. "I told them
I was proud of them. There were a lot of tears and laughter."
Michael's high school graduation is on May 31.
Embroiled in a cola war, Rockets center Yao Ming. In February,
Yao signed an exclusive international deal with PepsiCo. But
Coca-Cola, which has a marketing contract with the Chinese
government agency that runs the men's national team, has begun
using images of Yao in his national team jersey on bottles in
China. (Yao is playing for the national team this summer.) Coke
says its deal allows it to use Yao's image; Yao's lawyers have
threatened to sue.
Renewed in the first pro soccer match since the war in Iraq, the
rivalry between the country's best and most popular clubs, Zawra
and Police. After Zawra scored its only goal in a 2-1 loss at
Zawra Stadium in Baghdad, a few thousand fans erupted in cheers
and songs. Said Zawra manager Karim Badr Muhammad, "The important
thing is that it is the first free match after sports in Iraq
were liberated from Saddam."
May 25, 2003
Banned by the ruling religious alliance in the North-West
Frontier province of Pakistan, male spectators from women's
sporting events, male coaches from training female athletes and
male journalists from covering women's games. The province's
information minister, Asif Iqbal Daudzai, says the ruling, which
will affect thousands of female athletes, is meant to enforce a
strict version of Islam.
Delivered a moving speech at a black-tie benefit for the H. Lee
Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, former big leaguer Tug McGraw.
Wearing a cap emblazoned with YOU GOTTA BELIEVE--the slogan he
coined as the Mets' closer during the 1973 pennant race--McGraw,
59, spoke about having a tumor removed from his brain on March
18. McGraw relied on his catchphrase as a theme. "He even danced
with me," said Moffitt Foundation vice president Patricia
Goldsmith. "His speech was so inspirational. He had 800 people on
their feet and in tears." Doctors for McGraw, who was a Phillies
instructor when his tumor was discovered, have said his chances
for a recovery are excellent.