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June 21, 2004
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Edited by Mark Bechtel

Defected to the United States, Cuba's top young slugger, Kendry
Morales. The 21-year-old outfielder and first baseman fled Cuba
on June 5 aboard a boat with 17 others. After 28 hours at sea,
Morales (above) arrived in Key West; he was taken into custody at
Miami's Krome Detention Center and released a few hours later.
Whether Morales will be subject to the draft or will be a free
agent has yet to be determined, but either way he should be a hot
commodity. The switch-hitter batted .324 with 21 homers for the
Havana Industriales last season and was a star on the Cuban
national team until being suspended last December on suspicion
that he was planning to defect.

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Shot in the head by an unknown assailant, Ronald Peters, a former
bookie whose testimony helped lead to Pete Rose's being banned
for life from baseball. On the afternoon of June 6 Dayton police
were called to a grocery store parking lot, where they found two
women attending to Peters, 47, who had a gunshot wound behind his
left ear. Peters, who has been in prison three times on charges
ranging from cocaine distribution to owing child support, told
federal prosecutors in 1989 that he took more than $1 million
worth of bets from Rose--including wagers on the Reds when Rose
was the team's manager. As of Monday, Peters remained in critical
but stable condition and the case remained under investigation.

Advised by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists:
If you're going to yell while watching the European soccer
championship in Portugal, do so with a smile. According to a
study released by the London organization, fans who scream
consistently are prone to long-term vocal cord damage. But, notes
speech therapist Jayne Comins, "happy yelling is less likely to
cause voice damage. When you're angry and frustrated you tend to
tighten up and cause more injury." The RCSLT also strongly
advises fans against smoking marijuana, but law enforcement
authorities at Euro 2004 are not echoing that call. On the theory
that stoned fans are less likely to cause trouble than drunk
ones, Lisbon's police have been instructed to turn a blind eye to
recreational pot use. "Unless people are causing a problem, we
are not expecting our officers to take action," a police
spokeswoman said.

Suspended by the University of Cincinnati, basketball coach Bob
Huggins, who was arrested on June 8 for drunken driving. Saying a
leave would allow Huggins to "reflect, re-energize and update his
life priorities," Bearcats athletic director Bob Goin placed the
coach on indefinite suspension four days after he failed a field
sobriety test in a Cincinnati suburb. (According to the arrest
report there was vomit on the driver's door.) "When I feel
comfortable that he's ready to resume his responsibilities," said
Goin, "then I'll make that recommendation."

Died of heart failure, Ralph Wiley, 52. During his nine years as
a writer at SI, Wiley wrote more than 20 cover stories, marked by
aggressive reporting and astute observation. But Wiley--who also
wrote books and plays and was a contributor on ESPN's The Sports
Reporters--was best known for his boxing profiles, enriched by
his lifelong love of the sport and his keen political awareness.

COLOR PHOTO: CRISTOBAL HERRERA/AP (MORALES)