By speedskater Chad Hedrick, the 1,500-meter World Cup title. Hedrick edgedU.S. teammate Shani Davis, with whom he openly feuded in Turin, in the finalrace on Sunday to wrap up the season championship. Skating in the penultimatepair in Heerenveen, the Nethlerlands, Davis--who won silver in the event at theOlympics--took the lead with a time of 1:46.11. But Olympic bronze medalistHedrick, skating last, topped him by .63 of a second; it was the third time infive races this season the pair finished one-two. (Hedrick won twice, Davisonce.) Hedrick also won the World Cup 5,000-meter title last Friday, and Daviswon the 1,000-meter title on Saturday.
From a Loews theater complex in Homestead, Pa., members of the Steelers,because of a bomb threat. The team was in the middle of a private screening ofa DVD commemorating its Super Bowl victory when an anonymous caller told a 911operator that a bomb was about to go off in a Loews theater. Police ushered theplayers--including Ben Roethlisberger, Jerome Bettis and Super Bowl MVP HinesWard--and 1,000 other moviegoers out of the cineplex. A bomb-sniffing dogturned up no evidence of explosives. The Steelers' event has not beenrescheduled.
By the NCAA, athletic scholarships at 65 schools that failed to meet thestandards of academic progress. The NCAA uses a points system to track thenumber of student-athletes who meet minimum requirements; schools below acutoff figure risk being penalized. Ninety-nine men's and women's teams willlose scholarships beginning next fall. Less than 2% of NCAA teams weresanctioned, compared with 6% last year. Said NCAA president Myles Brand,"We want people to know that if you're going to play our games, you'regoing to be a student."
By English soccer star Ashley Cole, two London tabloids that he claims linkedhim to a homosexual "orgy." Cole, who plays fullback for Arsenal andthe English national team, was not named by either The Sun or News of theWorld. But the 25-year-old, who is engaged to pop singer Cheryl Tweedy, issuing on the grounds that his identity could still be inferred. "Thenewspapers knew there was no basis to name Ashley but arranged the articles andpictures in such a way that readers would identify him," Cole's lawyer,Graham Shear, said. "There is no truth whatever in theseallegations."
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After 14 seasons, former All-Star second baseman Bret Boone (above), who wastrying to win a job with the Mets. The four-time Gold Glove winner finishedthird in the AL MVP voting in 2001, and as recently as '03, when he hit 35 homeruns and drove in 117 runs for the Mariners, Boone, 36, was one of the game'smost feared hitters. But his performance plummeted. After he batted .231 in 74games, the Mariners traded him to the Twins last July; Minnesota released himafter 14 games. (Boone was also targeted last year as a possible steroid userin Jose Canseco's book Juiced, a charge Boone called "absolutelyridiculous.") "I had lost the edge," Boone said last week. "Icouldn't look in the mirror and think that I would get [it] back."
By the U.S. Open, an instant-replay system for reviewing disputed calls. Boththe ATP and the WTA Tours will begin using the system at the Nasdaq-100 in KeyBiscayne, Fla., later this month, but the Open will be the only Grand Slamevent to use it this year. (Because of the cost, it will only be used on thestadium court at the Nasdaq-100 and on the two show courts at the Open.)Players will receive two challenges per set, and the replay will be shown on ascreen visible to the umpire, players and crowd. The umpire's review isexpected to take less than 10 seconds. "In my 20 years in professionaltennis, this is one of the most exciting things to happen for players, fans andtelevision viewers," said Andre Agassi.
At the Fasig-Tipton sale in Miami, an unnamed 2-year-old colt (right) for $16million, a record for a thoroughbred at auction. (The previous record for athoroughbred was $13.1 million for Seattle Dancer in 1985; the record for a2-year-old was $5.2 million for the still-unraced Ever Shifting.) The colt wasbought by the Irish-based Coolmore Stud breeding outfit. Bidding was driven upby the 2-year-old's impressive bloodlines (he was the second foal out ofMagical Masquerade by Forestry, one of the sport's preeminent sires) and thefact that he recently breezed a furlong in a very fast 9.8 seconds. DemiO'Byrne, the agent acting for Coolmore, said, "He'd better begood."
As the nickname of the new Houston MLS franchise, the Dynamo. The team, whichhas played in San Jose for the past 10 years, was originally going to be calledHouston 1836, in honor of the year in which the city was founded. But that isalso the year in which Texas seceded from Mexico and of the Mexican army'sdefeat by Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto, so the name was droppedafter objections from the Mexican-American community.
At age 57, former Indiana women's basketball coach Jim Izard. According to thePensacola (Fla.) medical examiner's office, Izard committed suicide at his homeon Feb. 28. Izard, the winningest women's coach in Hoosiers history, won 188games from 1989 through 2000, when he was fired. He then sued the school forsex and age discrimination after it hired Kathi Bennett, who was given afive-year contract worth $110,000 in the first year. Izard had worked on ayear-to-year basis and made $76,775 his final year. In 2002 the school paid him$76,775 to settle the suit.
By the Army, a criminal investigation into the death of Army Ranger and formerArizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman (above), who was killed by friendly firein Afghanistan in 2004. The death was first blamed on enemy fire, but the Armylater acknowledged that there was no attack. There have been four militaryprobes, and last week the Defense Department echoed what Tillman's family hasargued: They were incomplete. (The criminal case may explore whether some inTillman's unit acted recklessly.) Said Tillman's mother, Mary, to TheWashington Post, "It is completely obvious that this should have been donefrom the very beginning."
Overtime periods in Yale's 3-2 win over Union last Saturday; the 141-minute,35-second game was the longest in NCAA men's hockey history.
Points scored by the Hornets in the second half of their 89-67 loss to theClippers on March 1, the lowest one-half total for an NBA team since the24-second shot clock was instituted in 1954.
Estimated loss in productivity that will be caused by workers following CBS'sfree online broadcasts of the NCAA tournament while on the job, according to aChicago consulting firm.
Consecutive 30-win seasons for the Devils' Martin Brodeur, the longest streakby any NHL goalie.