DIED After a yearlong battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, Bruce
Edwards, 49, who caddied for Tom Watson for nearly 30 years.
Edwards and Watson met at a tournament in St. Louis in 1973, and
except for a three-year stint Edwards spent with Greg Norman in
the 1980s, they were together until last year, when Edwards
became too ill to carry Watson's bag. At one of their final
tournaments together, the 2003 U.S. Open, Watson shot a 65 in the
first round. As the two walked up the 18th fairway, tears welled
in their eyes and the gallery cheered wildly. On April 7, the eve
of the Masters, the Golf Writers Association of America presented
Edwards with the Ben Hogan Award for remaining active in the game
despite his illness. The next morning Edwards passed away. Watson
played on, shooting a 76 with Edwards's yardage book in his
pocket. "He was with me out there," Watson said.
OVERTURNED A $1.47 million jury award to former high school
basketball player Jennifer Besler, who claimed that verbal abuse
from her coach led to her developing an eating disorder (SI,
April 5). Judge Paulette Sapp-Peterson ruled that evidence at the
trial did not show that Besler, 25, had been permanently harmed
by the actions of coach Daniel Hussong, who allegedly told her to
lose 10 pounds in 1995 when she played for Windsor-Plainsboro
High in Princeton Junction, N.J. "I was a demanding coach," says
Hussong, who is no longer a coach at the school. "When you care
about kids you can demand a lot from them. I cared about Jennifer
as well, just like all the other players that I've coached."
UNDERWENT A successful liver transplant, broadcaster and former
NFL kicker Pat Summerall, 73. A recovering alcoholic who has been
sober for 12 years, Summerall had been on the waiting list at St.
Luke's hospital in Jacksonville since April 2. After anonymous
blood tests found a match, Summerall, who has worked 16 Super
Bowls, underwent a 2 1/2-hour procedure last Saturday. "While our
prayers have been answered, we also know another family is
grieving over the loss of a loved one," Summerall's wife, Cheri,
DISGUISED Himself as a Milwaukee Brewer for the team's season
opener, Secret Service agent Brian Piersall. Taking a page from
Lieut. Frank Drebin, the bumbling cop played by Leslie Nielsen
who impersonated an umpire in The Naked Gun, Piersall donned a
Milwaukee uniform and stood in the team's dugout as part of the
security detail for President Bush, who threw out the first pitch
before the Brewers-Cardinals game at Busch Stadium on April 5.
When Piersall--who said, "I'm not even a baseball fan"--asked one
of his "teammates" what he should do if someone asked him for an
autograph, he was told to sign away. As for the President, his
pitch was a sinker that arguably caught the plate. Said Cardinals
lefthander Ray King, who walked two of the three batters he
faced, "President Bush threw one more strike than I did."