Of sexual harassment by two athletes, U.S. Olympic skeleton coach Tim Nardiello. Last month Felicia Canfield (above) alleged that Nardiello (inset) touched her inappropriately, attempted to kiss her and made lewd comments toward her and other women on the team. And the mother of Tristan Gale, 25, the 2002 Olympic gold medalist, wrote to the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation alleging further misconduct. (Both Canfield, 40, and Gale had failed to make the 2006 Olympic team before lodging their complaints.) Nardiello, 45, a former Olympic luger who is married with three children, denied the charges, and each of the eight candidates remaining (four men and four women) for the five Olympic team berths signed a letter supporting him. Nardiello was placed on leave with pay, and as of Wednesday the federation hadn't decided if he would coach the team in Turin.
By former Steelers receiver Lynn Swann, his candidacy for Pennsylvania governor. Swann, 53, a Republican, has never held public office, but he has been raising money for nearly a year. In polls Swann and former lieutenant governor William Scranton III lead the Republican pack but trail Democratic incumbent Ed Rendell. "I think Pennsylvanians are tired of the lack of getting things done," said Swann, a pro-lifer who has offered few details on his positions. "I know I want a change."
On misdemeanor assault and battery charges, former boxer Thomas Hearns, 47, who is accused of striking his 13-year-old son during an argument. Hearns, who won belts in six weight divisions, was arrested at his suburban Detroit home on New Year's Day. He was released on Monday on $10,000 bond and ordered not to have any contact with his son. (A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Friday.) Last July, Hearns (60-5-1), who retired in 2000, began a comeback with an eight-round TKO of cruiserweight John Long.
From next week's U.S. Figure Skating Championships with a groin injury, Michelle Kwan. The nine-time national champ announced she will petition the U.S. skating federation for a spot on the three-woman Olympic team. In 1994 Nancy Kerrigan was awarded a spot after missing the nationals because of an injury suffered when she was attacked at the rink, but Kerrigan, who eventually won a silver medal in Lillehammer, was in top form at the time. Kwan, 25, has missed most of the season with injuries and skated poorly in her last competition, a made-for-TV event in December. "[The nationals have] always been my favorite event," said Kwan, who has won five world titles but no Olympic gold medals. "I was really looking forward to competing."
January 9, 2006
By Martina Hingis (above), her first two matches at the Australian Women's Hardcourts in Gold Coast, Australia, her first appearance since announcing her comeback. Hingis, 25, a five-time Grand Slam winner and former world No. 1, retired in 2002 with foot and ankle injuries. Her layoff didn't appear to affect her: She beat Maria Vento-Kabchi and No. 35 Klara Koukalova in straight sets. "I don't know what else I should have done today better than what I did," Hingis said after her 6-2, 6-1 win over Vento-Kabchi. "The score says it all."
In his return to the ATP tour after an eight-year absence, 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, 40. Since retiring in 1997, the Aussie has been a television commentator and played guitar in his rock band, the Wild Colonial Boys. But when he arrived in India last week to broadcast the Chennai Open, event organizers asked him to team with 19-year-old wild-card entrant Karan Rastogi of India, who's No. 562 in the ATP's doubles rankings. Cash agreed, and the pair lost their first-round match against Alexander Waske and Rainer Schuettler of Germany 6-2, 6-2. Cash said he was going back to retirement: "Now, playing the guitar appears more fun."
On $5,000 bail, former All-Star closer Jeff Reardon, who was arrested for allegedly holding up a jewelry store. On Dec. 26 Reardon, 50, who ranks sixth on the career saves list, walked into a shop near his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and handed a clerk a note saying he had a gun. He left with $170, then surrendered to police who found him at a nearby restaurant. Reardon, who had no previous record, blamed the incident on a reaction to antidepressant medication he has been taking since his 20-year-old son died of an overdose in February 2004. "He asked me to apologize to his fans and friends," said his lawyer, Mitchell Beers. "This bizarre incident is completely uncharacteristic of Jeff Reardon." He will be arraigned on Jan. 27.
By Patriots backup quarterback Doug Flutie, the NFL's first successful dropkick in more than 60 years. In the fourth quarter of New England's 28-26 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, Flutie, 43, drop-kicked an extra point (left)--a play last seen on Dec. 21, 1941, when the Bears' Scooter McLean pulled it off in the NFL Championship Game. It may have been the coda to Flutie's career; he's likely to retire after the season. "I'm not going to rule anything out," he said, "but if that ends up being my last play, it wouldn't be bad."
At age 91, John Druze, the last surviving member of Fordham's famed Seven Blocks of Granite offensive line. An end and placekicker, Druze was Fordham's captain in 1937, when the Rams--whose line also included future NFL Hall of Famers Vince Lombardi and Alex Wojciechowicz--went 7-0-1 and finished No. 3 in the country.
As a U.S. citizen, Canadian ice dancer Tanith Belbin, clearing the way for her to compete for the U.S. in the Olympics. Belbin, 21, a native of Kingston, Ont., has lived in Detroit since 1998 and has competed for the U.S. in several international events. But only U.S. citizens can win spots on the Olympic team, and Belbin, who received a green card in 2002, wasn't eligible for citizenship until '07. That changed on Dec. 30, when President Bush signed a measure expediting the naturalization process for individuals of "extraordinary ability." Belbin was sworn in the next day, and she and partner Ben Agosto (above) are favorites to win the U.S.'s first ice dancing medal since 1976.
Interceptions this season by the Raiders, the fewest ever by an NFL team in a nonstrike year.
Amount his two-game suspension for elbowing Memphis's Mike Miller cost L.A.'s Kobe Bryant.
Points (seven goals and five assists) scored by 18-year-old Penguins rookie Sidney Crosby in six games since being snubbed by the Canadian Olympic team.
Yards by which the 49ers were outgained this season, an NFL record; San Francisco had 3,587 yards of total offense and allowed 6,259 yards.
NFL coaching changes during Bill Cowher's 13-year tenure with the Steelers--the longest of any current NFL coach.