Won By BodeMiller, the World Cup season's final Super G, last Thursday at Are, in Sweden.After a dismal Olympics (he failed to win a medal in any of his five events),Miller spent two weeks on vacation in Florida and Paris and looked refreshed onhis return to the slopes. The day before the Super G, Miller finished second inthe downhill (above) at Are. "It's always nice to end the season likethat," said Miller, who finished third in the World Cup overall standings."It's fun to come here and see what possibly could have happened [inTurin]."
Set By JanicaKostelic of Croatia, a new record for the most points in a women's World Cupseason. Kostelic, 24, clinched the overall title last Thursday by finishingfourth in the Super G at Are. Two days later she won the final race of theyear, a giant slalom, to bring her point total to 1,970--10 more than PernillaWiberg of Sweden had in 1997. "That's cool, right?" said Kostelic, whowon a gold and a silver medal at last month's Olympics. "Maybe next yearsomeone will say, 'Ten more points and we'll beat Janica's record.'"
Won By OklahomaState, its 34th NCAA wrestling championship. Led by Johny Hendricks, who wonthe 165-pound title, and Jake Rosholt, who won the 197-pound crown, the Cowboyseasily earned the school's fourth consecutive title. Rosholt, a senior, won histhird individual title, and Hendricks, a junior, won his second in dramaticfashion, scoring a takedown with four seconds left to beat top-seeded RyanChurella of Michigan 9--8. Said coach John Smith, "I can't remember toomany moments that exciting."
Announced By NFLcommissioner Paul Tagliabue, 65, that he will retire in July. DuringTagliabue's 16-year reign the league enjoyed a period of labor peaceunprecedented among major sports in this day. His last two majoraccomplishments were the orchestration of a new labor agreement earlier thismonth and last year's multibillion-dollar television deals that return games toNBC and move Monday Night Football to ESPN. "History will judge him to beone of the finest commissioners any sport has ever had," Arizona Cardinalsowner Bill Bidwill said. "In 1989 we all knew that whoever succeeded PeteRozelle would have big shoes to fill. Obviously the same is true of thesuccessor to Paul Tagliabue."
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FinishedThirty-eighth in Monday's Golden Corral 500, Bill Lester (above), the firstblack driver to compete at NASCAR's highest level since 1986. Lester, who is aregular on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, qualified 19th for the race, thefirst Nextel Cup event he has entered. Eighteen years ago Lester, who is now45, left a job as an electrical engineer at Hewlett-Packard to give full-timedriving a shot. "It was a very significant learning experience for me,"Lester said. "It was fun to be out there."
Died At age 34, ofinjuries sustained in the ring, boxer Kevin Payne. Last Saturday, Payne(14-5-1), a welterweight, won an eight-round decision over Ryan Maraldo(20-19-1) in Evansville, Ind. He had to be helped from the ring and was takento a hospital, where he died the following day of a brain injury. By virtue ofhis win over Maraldo, Payne was to have fought Julio César Chàvez Jr. nextmonth on HBO.
Announced By NewJersey attorney general Zulima Farber, that Janet Jones, the wife of PhoenixCoyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky, will be subpoenaed to testify before a grandjury investigating an illegal gambling ring. The ring (Scorecard, Feb. 20),which officials say was connected to the mob, was allegedly run by Coyotesassistant coach Rick Tocchet. Jones is accused of placing large bets throughTocchet. A grand jury has not yet been impaneled, but when it is, Farber saidthat Jones would be called. "We're talking weeks or months, not years,"she said.
Arrested Forviolating his probation by using cocaine, Dwight Gooden. The former pitchertold his probation officer last week that he had used the drug; a subsequenttest confirmed he had cocaine in his system. Gooden, 41, was then arrested andis being held without bond. He faces up to five years in jail. Gooden was onprobation for driving away from a police officer who pulled him over forsuspicion of drunken driving last August. He spent two months in rehab afterthat incident.
Retired After a19-year career, pitcher Al Leiter. The 40-year-old lefthander was a nonrosterinvitee to the Yankees' camp this spring. Leiter struggled with injuries earlyin his career; he was drafted by the Yankees in 1984 but didn't win more than10 games in a season until 1995. Over the next 10 years, though, he was atwo-time All-Star; he started Game 7 of the 1997 World Series for the Marlins,who beat the Indians 3-2. "It feels right," said Leiter, who had acareer record of 162-132. "I'm constantly being asked when I'm cominghome."
Retired After a16-year professional career, outfielder Tuffy Rhodes (left). After six mediocremajor league seasons, Rhodes, 37, went to Japan in 1996 and promptly became astar. He hit 360 homers in his 10 seasons there--including 55 in 2001 for OsakaKintetsu to tie Sadaharu Oh's record, set in 1964--and was embraced by Japanesefans, who mobbed him on the streets and even occasionally followed him into therestroom. Rhodes was released by the Yomiuri Giants after last season and triedto catch on with the Reds, who released him on Sunday.
2 Dunks by Tennessee freshman Candace Parker in afirst-round win over Army on Sunday; the 6'3" forward is the first woman todunk in an NCAA tournament game.
67 Games it took the Rangers' Jaromir Jagr to score 100points this season, the fastest any NHLer has reached that number since1998--99.
12 Losses by the Rockets against Southwest Divisionopponents this season; Houston has four Southwest games left to avoid becomingthe first NBA team to go winless in its own division.
1:42.68 Shani Davis's winning time in the 1,500 metersat the world speedskating championships, breaking the world record set lastyear by U.S. teammate and rival Chad Hedrick.
Completed By Rachael Scdoris (above), who is legallyblind, the Iditarod. Scdoris, 21, crossed the finish line of the grueling1,100-mile race early last Saturday morning in Nome, Alaska--12 days, 11 hoursand 42 minutes after she set out from Anchorage. She finished 57th in a fieldof 72, just behind Tim Osmar, who served as her trail guide. (Jeff King, 50,became the oldest winner when he crossed the line on March 15.) Scdoris, whocan see only blurry shapes of objects more than a couple feet away, said shewasn't sure if she would run the race again. "I'm just looking forward tosleeping and taking a shower," she said.