By Shane Mosley, 34, his junior middleweight rematch with Fernando Vargas, 28,in Las Vegas last Saturday. Mosley (above left) knocked down Vargas (right)with a crushing left hook in the sixth round. It was a less controversialvictory than he had in their first meeting five months ago, when the fight wasstopped after an alleged head butt from Mosley caused grotesque swelling overVargas's left eye. "It [boosts] my confidence knowing I can knock outbigger guys," said Mosley. The four-time world champion plans to take therest of the year off and then drop down to 147 pounds and seek a bout with IBFwelterweight champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. or another contender.
By the Blue Jays, their clubhouse at Rogers Centre, after two players in lessthan a month were placed on the disabled list with staph infections. OutfielderAlex Rios hasn't played since June 27, and last Saturday pitcher Ty Taubenheimwent on the DL with an infected left foot. The clubhouse was examined by healthinspectors during the All-Star break; no staph source was found, but the teamdecided to give the area a cleansing anyway.
By A's slugger Frank Thomas, two White Sox team doctors, for allegedlymisdiagnosing his broken foot in 2004. Thomas, who signed as a free agent withOakland this season after 16 years with Chicago, claims that orthopedistsGregory P. Nicholson and Kathleen Weber told him he had a bruised left foot andcleared him to continue playing. Thomas says the injury was actually a bonefracture--and that playing on it led to another broken bone in the foot lastyear, which put him out of action for 68 games. "He's 280 pounds," saidThomas's lawyer, Thomas Demetrio. "He shouldn't have been walking on thatfoot, let alone playing baseball." Thomas is seeking unspecifieddamages.
From the Team USA roster for next month's world championships in Japan, threeplayers: J.J. Redick (back injury), Lamar Odom (personal reasons) and PaulPierce (elbow injury). A fourth, Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, is highly unlikelyto play after he had surgery to clean out scar tissue and loose cartilage inhis right knee last Saturday. Bryant will travel with the U.S. team toexhibitions in China and South Korea and the tournament but probably won't beready to play when the championships begin. "That's why you have a team, sothat when these normal life situations come up, we can go on without it beingan emergency," said coach Mike Krzyzewski, who must submit his final 12-manroster before the tournament opens on Aug. 19.
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From the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., Michelle Wie (above), because ofheat exhaustion. Wie, 16, who was trying for the fifth time to become the firstwoman in 61 years to make the cut in a PGA tournament, shot a six-over 77 inthe first round last Thursday. Temperatures were in the high 80s with highhumidity the next day, and Wie was in obvious discomfort. She suffered stomachpains, nausea and dizziness and called it quits nine holes into the secondround, with her score at eight over for the tournament. Wie was treated at alocal hospital and released that night; her next chance at making a PGA cutwill be at the 84 Lumber Classic in Farmington, Pa., in September.
To six months' probation after being found guilty of simple assault, CollinFinnerty, one of three Duke lacrosse players charged with raping an exoticdancer at a team party on March 13 (SI, June 26). Finnerty's conviction, whichis unrelated to the rape case, stems from a fight he and two friends got intowith other bar patrons in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., lastNovember. During his probation Finnerty, 19, who could have received six monthsin jail, must avoid establishments that serve alcohol and is barred fromentering the Georgetown area. His lawyer said he will appeal. Finnerty hasmaintained his innocence in the rape case.
By Auburn, claims that several football players padded their GPAs by takingclasses that required little work and no attendance. Last week The New YorkTimes reported that 18 players on Auburn's undefeated 2004 team took a total of97 hours of one-on-one classes--many in areas that usually require classroominstruction--with the same professor. (One former player said he was requiredonly to read one book and write a 10-page paper, though he couldn't rememberthe book's name.) The school said it launched an investigation in June after aprofessor complained.
While driving on a Dallas highway early on Sunday, Cowboys safety Keith Davis.He suffered minor injuries and is expected to be ready when training camp opensnext week. Davis, 27, was driving home from a family vacation at 5 a.m. when acar pulled up beside his and opened fire. He was struck twice but was able topull over. The police were looking for possible motives, including carjacking.Davis (left) was also shot outside a Dallas topless club three years ago."The thing that's really pertinent here is that Keith was not involved inany type of criminal activity or anything like that," his agent, CurtisStephens, said. "This is not the residual effect of that."
By gunmen in Baghdad, several members of the Iraqi Olympic committee, includingits chairman, Ahmed al-Hijiya. (Two people were killed in the attack.) Thekidnappers--who wore Iraqi police uniforms--stormed a conference room where acommittee meeting was being held last Saturday and abducted at least 30 people.The daylight raid came two days after the country's Olympic wrestling coach,Mohammed Karim Abid Sahib, was killed in a botched kidnapping attempt. OnSunday six members of the Olympic committee were released blindfolded andunharmed.
By Danica Patrick (above), a remark by fellow IRL driver Ed Carpenter about herchances of success in NASCAR. In a July 12 interview with a Nashville radiostation, Carpenter praised Patrick's aggressiveness on the track and said,"Especially if you catch her at the right time of the month, she might betrading plenty of paint out there." Patrick said she was not offended:"That sounds like a good joke to me.... Ed is a really nice guy.... I'mglad he's showing some personality." Patrick also downplayed reports thatshe's planning to leave open-wheel racing for NASCAR. "Since one of mygoals is to win [the Indianapolis 500], I don't believe I can be anywhere elsebut Indy Car," she said.