SNAPPED De La Salle High's 151-game winning streak, the longest in football at any level, by Bellevue High, the three-time defending Washington Class 3A state champs. Since 1992, when De La Salle's current seniors were first-graders, the all-boys Catholic school in Concord, Calif., has won its games by an average score of 49-7 (SI, Aug. 23). But 17 starters graduated from last year's team, and the Spartans' youth showed in their season-opening 39-20 loss to a more experienced, physical team at Seattle's Qwest Field last Saturday. "Nobody wanted to be the team that ends the streak, so the players are down," De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur, who has a 287-15-1 record at the school, said. "But we played a better team (above), and there's a lot to be learned from that. We'll bounce back from it."
KIDNAPPED At gunpoint from her home near Caracas, Venezuela, Maura Villareal, the mother of Tigers closer Ugueth Urbina. The gunmen stole $520 and also abducted a mechanic who was working at the home. Urbina, whose father was killed by robbers in 1994, flew home last Thursday, but as of Monday he had not been contacted by the kidnappers. Kidnappings of wealthy people have become commonplace in South America. (Urbina, 30, signed a one-year deal with Detroit in March for $3.5 million.) In July police in Argentina foiled a plot to kidnap the family of Spurs guard Manu Ginobili.
SUBMERGED Himself, in east Tennessee's Watauga Lake for five days, one minute and 25 seconds, Jerry Hall. The 39year-old chemical operator broke his own world record for staying underwater in scuba gear. Hall, who was on a platform lowered 13 feet beneath the water's surface, passed the time by listening to music on underwater speakers, playing checkers with scuba-diving friends and napping in a recliner. "That knot in the pit of my stomach is gone," said his wife, Vicky, after he emerged from the water. Jerry then signed a pledge to his wife that he would never attempt to set the record again.
SLUGGED By Kevin Garnett after scoring on the reigning NBA MVP in a pickup game, Timberwolves 2003 second-round draft pick Rick Rickert. The 6'10" former Minnesota star, who grew up in Duluth idolizing Garnett (left), needed seven stitches to close a cut on his chin and also suffered a chipped tooth. Several players reportedly needled Garnett about his inability to stop Rickert, causing the normally amiable Garnett to punch him in the jaw. Rickert, who didn't retaliate, wanted to keep playing but was unable to stanch the flow of blood from his chin.
September 12, 2004
AVOIDED Capture, Charles Baker, 27, who was recognized by police as he was interviewed on TV after catching Adam Dunn's 40th home run at the Great American Ballpark on Aug. 30. Baker (center), who is wanted by Miami (Ohio) University police for driving under suspension, having fictitious license plates and obstructing official business, chatted with Fox Sports Net's Chris Welsh during the Reds-Astros game. An off-duty officer was watching the broadcast, recognized Baker and called Cincinnati police. By the time officers reached Baker's seat, he was gone. He is the second wanted man to be spotted at the park; in May 2003 a man wanted for a parole violation was apprehended after appearing on the Kiss Cam.