Died of injuries sustained in a car accident near Miami, Matthew
Gribble, 41, an Olympic swimmer and former world-record holder in
the 100-meter butterfly. In 1982 Gribble upset heavily favored
Michael Gross of Germany in the World Games, then set a world
record the next year that stood for 11 months. At the '84
Olympics, though, a back injury slowed Gribble, who didn't
advance past his preliminary heat in his final competitive race.
"Matt was the type of guy who was always real quiet," said Kurt
Wienants, Gribble's teammate at Miami, where Gribble's
100-meter-butterfly record still stands. "Then he would just show
up on the block and be amazing."
Died of lung cancer, Bill Braucher, 77, the sportswriter who
helped lure Don Shula to the Dolphins from the Colts. In 1970
Miami owner Joe Robbie wanted to talk to Shula about his coaching
vacancy but was forbidden to under the NFL's tampering rules. So
Robbie had Braucher, a Miami Herald columnist who like Shula was
a graduate of John Carroll University, make the contact. (Despite
the ruse the Dolphins were docked a first-round draft pick when
Shula took the job.) "He was instrumental in me coming here, and
that's something that changed my life," Shula said.
Opined that the University of Maryland could institute a policy
of prohibiting fans from chanting obscenities at sporting events,
Maryland assistant attorney general John Anderson. During a
Terrapins-Duke game in January, students at the Comcast
Center--many wearing shirts that read F--- DUKE AND
SADDAM--chanted "F--- you, J.J." at Duke guard J.J. Reddick and
were loud enough to be heard on ESPN's broadcast. Since the
school is run by the state, university officials asked Anderson
what kind of latitude they would have in establishing a policy
that banned obscene speech and signs. Anderson concluded that
restricting offensive language in a captive setting was legal. "I
do not conclude that the First Amendment condemns any such effort
to failure," he wrote. School officials will now meet with
student groups to finalize the policy.
Filed by former Rangers City Skaters captain Courtney Prince, a
discrimination complaint alleging sexual harassment with the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, against Madison Square
Garden and its owner Cablevision. According to the New York Post,
Prince, 25, claimed a Garden executive "put his open mouth on top
of my mouth" and tried to engage her in a conversation about sex.
Prince also alleged that executives pressured some of the
skaters, who perform between periods at Rangers games, to get
breast implants and lose weight, even going so far as to cut off
the women's sandwich and cookie supply. MSG spokesman Barry
Watkins said the complaint is without merit.