In Tallahassee, where he was being treated for an undisclosed problem, Florida State quarterback Wyatt Sexton. On June 13 Sexton (above), just back from the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., was taken into custody by police after he was found lying in a street and then shouted at them that he was God. According to police, Sexton, who was not arrested, appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Sexton's father, Billy, the Seminoles' running backs coach, said, "Doctors have informed us that drug abuse is not the problem." (He didn't say what his son was being treated for.) A Tallahassee native and a top prospect when he joined FSU in 2002, the younger Sexton was a dean's list regular for his first three years, and threw for 1,661 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
But there were signs of trouble this spring. He was suspended indefinitely by coach Bobby Bowden for violating an unspecified team rule. He had also been skipping voluntary workouts. "Lately I've seen a digression in his attitude toward himself and life," Sexton's roommate Ben Kaempfer told the Tallahassee Democrat. "You felt like something was wrong that nobody really knew.
June 26, 2005
As LPGA commissioner, Carolyn Bivens, the first woman to run the tour. Bivens, 52, replaces Ty Votaw, who's stepping down next month after six years on the job. A former associate publisher of USA Today, Bivens spent the last five years as president of a media services company and has never worked for a sports organization. But her marketing experience made her an attractive candidate for an increasingly popular sport with a signature star (Annika Sorenstam) and another (15-year-old Michelle Wie) on the way. Said Bivens, "This is not an organization that needs to be fixed."
By head Wimbledon referee Alan Mills, that tennis officials crack down on the resounding grunts and shrieks heard from many female players. "Many of the nongrunting players are unhappy about the noise pollution," said Mills, 69, who will work his 23rd and final Wimbledon this year. Mills said that referees can only act if they can prove a player is purposely making noise and not as an inadvertent result of exertion, a rule he'd like to see changed. Noisy players are an annual fascination for London tabloids during Wimbledon. Last year one paper measured the on-court bleatings of champion Maria Sharapova (left) at 86.7 decibels, louder than the din of a revving motorcycle.
From next Tuesday's NBA draft, Illinois guard Dee Brown. The six-foot junior, who led the Illini to the NCAA title game last season, intended to test the pro waters but broke his foot at a predraft camp two weeks ago. A sharpshooter whose 99 three-pointers last season are the second most in school history, Brown (above) felt his best chance at playing in the NBA was as a point guard, a position he played only part time at Illinois. This draft is loaded with point guards--three could go in the first six picks--and Brown, who was a second-team All-America, wasn't a lock to be picked in the first round. He hoped to improve his stock at a camp in Chicago two weeks ago, but he broke a bone in his right foot in his first game in front of the scouts. Brown is expected to be healthy for the start of his senior season. "Everything happens in life for a reason," said Brown.
By John Servis, the trainer of Smarty Jones, that he was joking when he said that the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ would come out of retirement for a match race against Afleet Alex, winner of this year's Preakness and Belmont Stakes. During a June 15 appearance on a Philadelphia radio station, Servis said Smarty, who was retired to stud last August because of an ankle injury, was ready to go back into training and that promoters should "get the money together." The challenge set the racing world a-buzz. But Servis was only horsing around, pranking a sports talk host who has criticized the decision to retire the horse. Smarty (left), who commands a $100,000 stud fee hasn't even been ridden since last August. He also seems quite taken with the breeding life: 92 of his 111 mares are in foal, an excellent fertility rate. Says Margaret Layton, spokesperson for Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., "A year ago he had no idea female horses could be so interesting."
By the Yankees and the Mets, that they will build privately funded stadiums that will be ready for the 2009 season. A plan for a 45,000-seat ballpark adjacent to Shea Stadium was hastily put together to salvage New York's bid for the 2012 Games after a proposed Olympic stadium in Manhattan fell through. (The park would be expanded to 80,000 seats for the Games.) The Yankees' $800 million home will be built next to their current home in the Bronx. The team will be able to deduct construction costs and stadium-debt maintenance from their local revenue, significantly reducing the amount they must contribute to baseball's revenue sharing pool. Last year they contributed $60 million. "Clearly, the revenue-sharing rules were a factor in making the stadium affordable," said team president Randy Levine. "[Other teams] may be the ones who are most unhappy about this."