By Kimmie Meissner (above), the gold medal at the World Figure SkatingChampionships in Calgary, in one of the biggest upsets in the event's history.The 16-year-old from Bel Air, Md., who finished sixth at the Olympics wasflawless during her free skate last Saturday. She landed seven triple jumps,including the only two triple-triple combinations of the day. "It's alwaysnice after a program to feel this is the best I can do," she said."There was nothing I can do better." Olympic silver medalist SashaCohen, who led entering the free skate, ended up third after falling during herprogram. "A few years ago I used to cry," said Cohen, who blew afinal-day lead in Turin and has twice been runner-up at the worlds. "But Iused up all my tears."
The $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race,Electrocutionist, a five-year-old owned by Dubai's crown prince, SheikhMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Electrocutionist started slowly but passedBrass Hat and Wilko to claim the $3.6 million winner's share. The Sheikh alsoscored in the $2 million UAE Derby. His 3-year-old Discreet Cat won andestablished himself as a Kentucky Derby hopeful.
By a superior court judge in San Francisco, Barry Bonds's motion for atemporary restraining order to seize the profits from a new book that allegeshe took steroids. Lawyers for Bonds filed a suit against the writers, publisherGotham Books, the San Francisco Chronicle and SI, which excerpted Game ofShadows in the March 13 issue, saying that authors Mark Fainaru-Wada and LanceWilliams used "illegally obtained grand jury transcripts." (The actiondid not challenge the veracity of the book.) Last Friday, Judge James Warrendenied the motion but allowed Bonds to go forward with the suit, though henoted, "I question the likelihood of success of the underlyingaction."
By Kansas State, former Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins (above). In 16 seasonsHuggins led the Bearcats to 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances and the1992 Final Four. His tenure was also controversial: In '98 the NCAA placedCincinnati on two years' probation for lack of institutional control. He wasarrested for DUI in 2004, and last year the school's president forced him toresign. None of that mattered to Kansas State, which went 15-13 under JimWooldridge last season and is 10 years removed from its last NCAA tournamentappearance.
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Guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of writer Sam Kellerman, formerUSBA super middleweight champion James Butler, 33. The boxer admitted killingKellerman, who was the brother of ESPN radio personality Max Kellerman, andwill be sentenced to 29 years and four months in prison. Butler, who fought asthe Harlem Hammer, had been staying with Kellerman in his Hollywood apartmentfor a month before Kellerman was found beaten to death in October 2004; amotive has not been revealed. "I think it's a fair resolution of thecase," Butler's public defender, Jack Keenan, said. "He's always beensorry for what he did."
The comeback attempt by Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell, 37, who said lastweek that he'll start the season on the disabled list and may not play again.Bagwell (right) missed most of last season with an arthritic right shoulder andthis spring has been an awkward presence in Astros' camp. The team has aninsurance policy that will pay most of Bagwell's $17 million salary this seasonif he doesn't play, and doctors who examined the first baseman during thewinter said he was too injured to perform. It seems they were right: Bagwellhas hit .219 this spring and has had trouble throwing. "I can only playonce every few days," he said, "and that's not what I'm out here todo."
On federal charges of tax evasion and embezzlement, former 49ers kicker RayWersching. The 55-year-old, who retired in 1988, has owned an insurance agencyin Redwood City, Calif., since 1995. He is accused of misappropriating $8million in premiums between 1997 and 2000, and with failing to pay taxes on$3.6 million in corporate income in 1999 and 2000. Wersching, who faces up to21 years in prison, has denied the charges.
From six months to five years, the prison sentence of Tank Carter, brother ofSteelers safety Tyrone Carter, because he failed to report to jail on time.Carter, 31, who pleaded guilty in December to driving with a revoked license,was to report to a South Florida prison on Jan. 6, but he stayed away becausehis brother said the Steelers had a good chance to go to the Super Bowl. Theydid, and Carter spent Super Bowl weekend in Detroit, watching Pittsburgh'svictory from the 50-yard line and partying with Snoop Dogg after the game. Lastweek a Broward County judge increased his sentence--which didn't seem to bothereither Carter. Tyrone said he would have done the same thing; Tank, whoreported to prison on Feb. 13, added, "Even knowing what I know now, Iwould do it again."
After a crash during warmups for the IRL's season-opening Toyota Indy 300 inHomestead, Fla., rookie driver Paul Dana, 30. Shortly after practice began onSunday another driver, Ed Carpenter, spun out and hit a wall; as his car cameto a stop on the track, Dana's car plowed into it at 176 mph. Dana's car wassheared in half, and he died two hours later of multiple injuries. (Carpenterwas uninjured.) A former sportswriter, Dana competed in three IRL events lastyear with a top finish of 10th, at Homestead. His Rahal Letterman Racingteammates, Danica Patrick and Buddy Rice, pulled out of the race, which was wonby Dan Wheldon.
Times since the 2001-02 season that the Bulls' Tyson Chandler, who had 21boards against the Hornets last Friday, has grabbed 20 rebounds in a game hedid not start.
Times any other NBA player has had 20 rebounds off the bench in that span.
Free throws made by the Raptors' Charlie Villanueva in his 48-point gameagainst the Bucks on Sunday.
Number of games Carlos Berlocq lost to 16-year-old American Donald Young in histwo-set first-round victory in the NASDAQ-100 Open.
Number of games Berlocq won in his subsequent match against James Blake, makinghim the first player in tour history to give and receive a "doublebagel" in successive matches.