CLINCHED The 2003 Winston Cup championship, by Matt Kenseth. The
31-year-old fourth-year driver from Cambridge, Wis., wrapped up
the title in the season's penultimate race in Rockingham, N.C.,
on Sunday. In '02 Kenseth led all drivers with five wins but
finished in eighth place due to a handful of wrecks and bad
finishes. (NASCAR scoring places a premium on consistency, not
wins.) This year he got his revenge. Though he has won only
once--eight months ago--he has 25 top 10 finishes in 35 races and
has finished outside the top 20 only three times. "I got all this
stuff bottled up inside because I didn't want to get too excited
the last few months," said Kenseth, who has led the standings by
at least 200 points since July. "I don't know what I'm going to
do now. It's an awesome feeling."

DENIED An attempt by Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and his
father, Archie, to dismiss a defamation suit brought by a former
University of Tennessee trainer. In 1996 Jamie Ann Naughright was
a trainer for the Volunteers' football team. Naughright, now 35,
alleges that while she was examining Peyton's foot, the Vols'
quarterback placed his "naked butt" on her face. (In 1997
Naughright won a $300,000 settlement in a sexual harassment suit
she brought against the school.) In Manning: A Father, His Sons
and a Football Legacy, a book the Mannings wrote three years ago,
they admitted only that Peyton dropped his pants but called the
incident "harmless." They also wrote that Naughright had a
"vulgar mouth," which prompted Naughright, who claims she was
demoted from her position as director of an athletic program at
Florida Southern College because of the notoriety from the book,
to sue. She seeks at least $15,000.

FIRED For striking one of his players in the face, Kentucky State
basketball coach Winston Bennett. During a practice Bennett, 38,
and guard Ricky Green argued after Green threw a ball at a
teammate. "I believe [Green] misunderstood and overreacted by
challenging my authority," Bennett said in a statement. "When he
postured aggressively, I also overreacted ... and we both started
throwing blows." Green filed a complaint with the Franklin County
attorney's office, and last Thursday, Bennett was dismissed. He
faces a misdemeanor assault charge. In three years at the
Division II school Bennett--a former state Mr. Basketball who
played at Kentucky and was an assistant to Wildcats coach Rick
Pitino--had a record of 44-43.

WON The PGA's Tour Championship for his first Tour victory, Chad
Campbell, 29, who shot an event-record 61 last Saturday en route
to finishing at 16 under par, also a tournament record. The
quiet, even-tempered Campbell, who hails from Andrews, Texas, and
made his PGA Tour debut in 2001, was featured on the cover of
SI's special U.S. Open preview issue in June as the NEXT BIG
THING after a poll of Tour players pegged him as being on the
verge of winning a major. "It was a bit surprising, definitely a
compliment," said Campbell of that designation. Of the win on
Sunday, which earned him just over $1 million, he said, "It was
nice to get one."