Swapped His track shoes for a helmet and shoulder pads, Dwain Chambers, who placed fourth in the 100 meters while running for Great Britain in the 2000 Games. Chambers tested positive for a banned stimulant last summer and received a two-year ban from track and a lifetime ban from the Olympics. Unable to run, he contacted Raiders personnel chief Michael Lombardi about trying out for the team, and Lombardi suggested he learn the game first. So Chambers enrolled at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif., and joined the Gladiators last week. "You can do one of two things: learn to get on with it or go jump off a bridge," Chambers said. "I have too much talent and too much want to succeed to do that."
Returned To the University of Washington basketball team after a near-fatal cardiac arrest 20 months ago, Kayla Burt (right). On New Year's Eve 2002 the sophomore guard's heart stopped beating as she was watching television with her teammates, who saved her life by administering CPR until paramedics arrived. Burt--who had no previous history of heart ailments and was leading the Pac-10 in three-point shooting percentage (.538) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.42) when she was stricken--was initially told she had Long QT syndrome, a rare disorder of the heart's electrical system. Doctors implanted a defibrillator in her chest and said that her playing days were over. But Burt has since learned she doesn't have the affliction, and doctors were unable to find anything wrong with her heart or tell her why it stopped. So last week she signed a special waiver protecting the university from liability, and she officially rejoined the team for her remaining two years of eligibility. She'll wear padding to protect the defibrillator, but other than that she's not planning on taking any precautions or holding anything back. "We risk our lives every day," Burt says. "I'm living my dream. I don't feel like I'm taking an unreasonable risk to step out on the court with my teammates and play a game I love. This is a happy story."
Ruled By the NCAA, that world champion freestyle skier and Colorado receiver Jeremy Bloom is ineligible to play for the Buffaloes because he accepted endorsement money to finance his training for the 2006 Olympics. Bloom, the Big 12's top kick returner last year, will appeal. "I owe it to my teammates, my coaches and myself to fight this until the end," he said.
Filed By the IRS, a lien against property owned by Pete Rose, who owes $973,693.28 in back taxes from 1997 to 2002. A spokesman for Rose said that baseball's alltime hits leader, who served a five-month prison term in 1990 for tax evasion, filed his taxes correctly and has been making payments since falling behind on his debt. Rose's camp says he's not under investigation and isn't in danger of returning to jail. The troubles with the IRS aren't likely to help his effort to have his lifetime ban from baseball lifted.
August 29, 2004
Died At 82, Elmer Bernstein, the composer of scores for The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven and more than 200 other movies. Bernstein's first two Hollywood projects were Saturday's Hero, a 1951 college football drama, and Boots Malone, a 1952 film about an aspiring jockey. He also scored 1957's Fear Strikes Out, in which Anthony Perkins played troubled baseball player Jimmy Piersall. Bernstein earned Oscar nominations for his work on 14 films, including The Great Escape, the theme to which became the unofficial anthem of the English national soccer team and is still sung by supporters.