RETIRED Moments after he re-signed with the Panthers,
quarterback Steve Beuerlein, 39, who also played with the
Raiders, Cowboys, Cardinals, Jaguars and Broncos during his 17
NFL seasons. Beuerlein had his best years with Carolina
(1996-2000), making the Pro Bowl in '99 after passing for a
career-best 4,436 yards and 36 touchdowns. Known for his fast
reads--and slow gait--the Notre Dame grad (he was the Raiders'
fourth-round pick in 1987) finished with 24,046 career yards and
147 touchdowns and holds every major passing record for the
Panthers. After being released by Denver in May, Beuerlein
weighed retirement, then called the Panthers to set up last
week's sign-and-quit. "My heart has always been here with this
organization," Beuerlein said, even though he was released by
then coach George Seifert before the 2001 season. Cutting
Beuerlein was a highly unpopular move with fans, and after the
team went 1-15 that year, Seifert was fired.
RESTRICTED In Oxnard, Calif., the city where the Cowboys hold
training camp, wearing the team's trademark blue star. Oxnard
police recently served court papers to 40 members of the Colonia
Chiques street gang, prohibiting them from wearing paraphernalia
bearing the Cowboys' blue-star symbol, which the gang adopted two
decades ago. The court order--which is meant to curb gang
violence--subjects violators to a $1,000 fine or six months in
jail. It does not apply to the roughly 125,000 Dallas fans who
flock to the area during training camp.
SCOLDED By Russian president Vladimir Putin, the country's
national soccer team after Putin saw players chewing gum during
the Russian national anthem at a recent game. Putin reportedly
called the head of the Russian Olympic Committee and ordered a
stop to the public mastication.
GOLFED The breadth of Mongolia, by Andre Tolme, a 35-year-old
civil engineer from New Hampshire. Traveling by Jeep and sleeping
in a tent, Tolme and his caddie, a native Mongolian named
Khatanbaatar, covered 1,234 miles in a 180-day trek through winds
of up to 40 mph. Tolme, who claims he shot a 12,170, or 290 over
his estimated par, said he undertook the journey to raise
awareness of extreme golf.