By snowboarder Shaun White (above), the five Grand Prix events that determined who made the four-man U.S. men's Olympic halfpipe team. White, 19, had already clinched a spot on the team before winning the final event, at Mountain Creek in Vernon, N.J., on Sunday. He'll be joined in Turin by Mason Aguirre, Andy Finch and 2002 Olympic silver medalist Danny Kass. Notably absent will be the 2002 gold and bronze medalists, Ross Powers and Jarret Thomas. Said Powers, "I have to work harder to keep up with the younger guys."
At age 92 of congestive heart failure, former Florida State football coach Tom Nugent. In six seasons in Tallahassee (1953-58), Nugent was 34-28-1. He coached running back turned actor Burt Reynolds and halfback turned ESPN analyst Lee Corso, but he was best known for his innovations, such as the I formation, which he invented while coaching at VMI from 1949 through '52. (Nugent retired from coaching in 1965.) Said Reynolds last week, "He put FSU on the map."
For five games after he climbed into the stands to confront a fan he believed was harassing his family, Knicks starting forward Antonio Davis. Late in the overtime period of New York's loss to the Bulls at the United Center on Jan. 18, Davis, 37, hopped over the scorer's table when he saw his wife, Kendra, arguing with a fan who she said was verbally abusing her. (Security intervened, and Davis, who was in the stands for less than a minute, was ejected from the game.) He was suspended the next day, a ban that will cost Davis approximately $630,000.
By the U.S. Treasury Department, its ruling banning Cuba from the World Baseball Classic. Last month the government rejected the embargoed communist nation's application for a traveling license because the event might enrich Fidel Castro's regime. Castro has since said he will donate Cuba's Classic proceeds to victims of Hurricane Katrina. The International Baseball Federation had threatened to withdraw its sanction of the WBC if Cuba wasn't allowed to play, but baseball insiders felt that the ban was a diplomatic maneuver, forcing Cuba to twist in the wind before finally letting the country participate. "The President wanted to see it resolved in a positive way," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. "We believe the concerns have been addressed."
January 30, 2006
In the rescue of a driver in a downtown Phoenix traffic accident, Luis Gonzalez (above). The Diamondbacks' leftfielder was on his way to a workout when he saw a pickup truck collide with a car and turn over, trapping the truck's driver. Gonzalez joined three motorists in flipping the vehicle back onto its wheels--drawing some unwanted attention in the process. "I'm more concerned about the guy from the truck, and they're all asking me about the team," Gonzalez told The Arizona Republic. The driver suffered only minor injuries.
By the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to compete in the Turin Olympics, top U.S. skeleton racer Zach Lund. At a World Cup race last November, Lund, 26, tested positive for Finasteride, a banned substance often used as a steroid masking agent. Lund said it came from an over-the-counter hair-restoration drug he took. On Monday, USADA agreed with him and gave him a public warning but no suspension. "I learned my lesson," said Lund, who was the World Cup points leader before being barred from the circuit's two most recent events. "If this was God's way of telling me that he wants me to go bald, I get the message."
On charges of criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, former heavyweight champ Oliver McCall. Last Thursday police questioned McCall, 40, after he was seen hanging around a housing project in Nashville. When they asked him if he lived nearby, he reportedly said, "I'm Oliver McCall, the ex--heavyweight champion of the world," and tried to run away. A stun gun was used to subdue the 6'2", 250-pound fighter, who according to police spit at an officer and threatened to kill him. McCall, who knocked out Lennox Lewis for the WBC title in 1994, was being held on a $299,000 bond.
In a 0-0 draw with Canada on Sunday night, Freddy Adu (left), who became the youngest player to earn a cap for the U.S. men's national soccer team. The 16-year-old's debut was inauspicious; he came on as a sub in the 81st minute and received a yellow card for diving in the 83rd. "I'm glad to get this first game out of the way," Adu told The Washington Post. "I worked hard, and hopefully I can build on it."
By a rock thrown by a vandal, the front window of the home of NFL referee Pete Morelli, the official who overturned an apparent interception by Steelers safety Troy Polamalu in a divisional playoff win over the Colts. After a replay review Morelli ruled that Polamalu didn't have control of the ball, but the next day the NFL announced that Morelli, who has nine years' experience as a league official, should have let the call stand. That night his Stockton, Calif., home was vandalized. (No one was hurt.) As of Monday police had no suspects and said it was unclear if the incident was related to Morelli's call or his day job as a high school principal.
In the name of charity, Packers offensive lineman Mark Tauscher. When the 6'4", 315-pound tackle was approached about having his hair cut off to benefit a local hospital, he was suspicious. "I thought it was a ploy from my mom," he told The Capital Times of Madison, Wis. But once he was assured it was on the up-and-up, Tauscher, 28, agreed to the haircut. A total of $28,000 was raised for children's services for Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wis. Tauscher's take on his new look: "Definitely different."
Career points scored by LeBron James, 21, who became the youngest NBA player to reach the 5,000-point milestone.
Baseball fields in Vietnam; last week Indians pitcher Danny Graves, who was born in Saigon, dedicated the country's first diamond, in the city of Dong Ha.
NBA players who had failed to score in a game when playing 45 minutes and taking eight shots until Celtics guard Ricky Davis did it against Detroit on Jan. 16.
Winning time, in minutes and seconds, by Austria's Michael Walchhofer in the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzb√ºhel, Austria.
Time it took Austria's Jakob Lackner to win the first race at the Kitzb√ºhel downhill, in 1930.
A Whole New Pitch
Not following in his father's footsteps has worked out well for the top MLS draft pick
PLENTY OF KIDS find their dad's jobs boring, but Marvell Wynne has some explaining to do, since he wasn't excited that his father, also named Marvell, played outfield for the Pirates, Padres and Cubs over eight seasons. "There's not a lot of action," the younger Wynne says about his elder's game. "You try to hit a ball--maybe you hit it, maybe you don't. Otherwise you're just sitting around." Instead Marvell got into soccer after his mother volunteered him for an indoor team. He was a little apprehensive, probably because he was only three, but he stuck with it, and last Friday the MetroStars made him the first overall pick in the MLS draft.
Wynne, a right fullback at UCLA, had a solid freshman season for the Bruins in 2004, but his breakout came last summer at the World Youth Championships. The U.S. won the tournament's toughest group (which included Argentina and Germany) without conceding a goal. Suddenly Wynne, a solid defender with enough speed and skill to join in the attack--he set up the U.S. goal in a 1-0 win over Argentina--was a hot commodity. The 19-year-old spurned interest from teams in Germany, France and Belgium to return for another season at UCLA, after which he decided he was ready to turn pro. "He is a diamond," MetroStars general manager Alexi Lalas said.
The Silks Trade
After winning $296 million, Jerry Bailey quits riding for a job in the broadcast booth
JERRY BAILEY was so good at judging the pace of a race that people said of him what they say of all the truly great jockeys: He had a clock in his head. Last week that clock told the 48-year-old Hall of Famer that the hour had come to hang up his tack. "I just really feel it's time to spend more time with my wife, Suzee, and [my son,] Justin," said Bailey, who has ridden in more than 30,000 races and won an astounding 19.1%. "I sort of want to walk away in one piece." His final race will be on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where he will ride Silver Tree, a 6-year-old trained by Bill Mott.
In 31 years in the irons, Bailey won each leg of the Triple Crown twice, but the highlight of his career came after Mott put him aboard Cigar in 1995. Bailey rode the gelding to 15 straight wins, including the 1996 Dubai World Cup. In all, Bailey has won $296 million in North America (jockeys keep 10%), just $2 million short of Pat Day's alltime record. Instead of chasing that mark, Bailey will move into the broadcast booth, where he'll do commentary for ABC and ESPN. At least one of his former rivals is certain Bailey's observations will be astute. "No doubt, [he's] the smartest jockey I've ever ridden with," Day said.