At age 42 after a four-year battle with cancer, Kelly Jo Dowd, the mother ofgolfer Dakoda Dowd. Last summer Kelly Jo got to see her daughter play in anLPGA event when Dakoda—then 13—received an invitation to the Ginn Open(SCORECARD, May 8, 2006). She shot a 74 in the first round but struggled in thesecond and missed the cut with an 82. "I feel great," Kelly Jo said asshe and Dakoda (below) were presented by tournament officials with a replica ofthe glass bowl given to the winner. "I saw my girl play with these amazingwomen. My dream came true." Last month a clearly distracted Dakoda failedto qualify for the U.S. Women's Open.
In a jetski accident, Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill. The 24-year-old wason Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans on Sunday when he and a female companionwere thrown into the water, which had a strong current. Neither was wearing alife preserver. The woman, who has not been identified, was able to make it toa pylon and was rescued. Hill's body was found by rescuers on Monday afternoon.Hill played on LSU's national championship team in 2003 and was a second-rounddraft pick of the Patriots in 2004. He played sparingly in the NFL. Accordingto his agent, the New Orleans native spent much of his time since HurricaneKatrina hit helping family members rebuild their homes.
Guilty to running a sports-gambling ring, Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet.The 43-year-old, who played 22 seasons in the NHL, was arrested in February2006 for his role in an operation that allegedly took in $1.7 million in wagerson college bowl games and the Super Bowl in a 40-day stretch. Tocchet, who hasbeen on indefinite leave from the Coyotes since his arrest, pleaded guilty topromoting gambling and conspiracy and will likely avoid jail time when he issentenced on Aug. 17. Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky—whose wife allegedly placedbets but was not charged with a crime—has said he wants Tocchet to return tothe bench with him, a move that would require the NHL's approval.
To doping when he won the Tour de France in 1996, Bjarne Riis (below). Theretired Danish cyclist said he took EPO from 1993 to '98 and also used HGH andsteroids at unspecified times. Riis's admission, which came at a newsconference in Copenhagen, means the top three finishers in the '96 Tour havebeen linked to performance-enhancing drugs: Last week a former massagetherapist told a German newspaper he once gave runner-up Jan Ullrich an EPOshot, and in 2000 third-place finisher Richard Virenque admitted he dopedduring his career. Riis said he no longer considers himself a Tour champion."My [yellow] jersey is at home in a cardboard box," he said. "Theyare welcome to come and get it."
June 3, 2007
By Dean Hancock, the father of former Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock, alawsuit against the St. Louis restaurant where the pitcher was drinking beforehis fatal car crash last month. Authorities say that the 29-year-old had ablood-alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit and was speeding and talkingon his cellphone when he crashed into the back of a tow truck that had stoppedto help a stalled driver. The suit charges that Mike Shannon's Restaurantserved Hancock drinks after he was intoxicated; the truck driver and the driverof the stalled car are also listed as defendants. The suit does not specifydamages.
To a $2 million settlement, the family of former Miami defensive lineman BryanPata and the insurance companies of the apartment complex where he was murderedlast November. Pata, 22, was shot outside the complex in Kendall, Fla., by anunidentified gunman shortly after arriving home from practice. Attorneys forhis family said that the apartment's owners failed to provide the 24-hoursecurity they advertised and that several outdoor lights were not working,leaving the area in which Pata was shot nearly pitch-black.
After 11 years in the NFL, Keyshawn Johnson, one of 16 players in leaguehistory with 800 career receptions. Johnson, 34, was released by the Pantherslast month but had offers from several other teams to keep playing. Theoutspoken receiver decided to pursue a career in television instead. He signeda deal to appear on ESPN's Sunday and Monday pregame shows and will also doradio work. "I've done everything I wanted to do in my career," saidJohnson. "I just couldn't find one thing that could drive me back toplaying football."
After an 18-year NHL career, 10-time All-Star Brian Leetch (left). One of onlyseven defensemen in league history with 1,000 career points, Leetch, 39, spent17 seasons with the Rangers and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVPwhen New York won the Stanley Cup in 1994. He also played for the Maple Leafsand the Bruins before sitting out last season as a free agent. "I missedbeing in the NHL this past season," he said, "but believe it was theright time for me to stop playing."
They Said It
Former Manchester United legend perhaps best known for his kung fu kick of anopposing fan in 1995 (below), to newspaper L'Equipe on life after 40:
"I do not think I have changed a lot. I would still be able to jump on aguy in the stands."
7,307 Days between wins over Atlanta for Philliespitcher Jamie Moyer, who beat the Braves on May 23, 1987, and didn't beat themagain until last Friday.
1,414 Hits for Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki in his first1,000 major league games, the second-highest total in history behind AlSimmons, who had 1,443.
8,200 Maximum altitude, in feet, at which internationalsoccer games can be played under a new FIFA directive; several teams complainedthat playing World Cup qualifiers at 11,180 feet in La Paz gave Bolivia anunfair advantage.
1 NFL stadium where the official soda is neither Cokenor Pepsi: Seattle's Qwest Field, after the Seahawks signed a deal with localsoft-drink maker Jones Soda Co.
$39 million Revenue for Jones Soda last year.
$56.7 billion Combined revenue for Coke and Pepsi lastyear.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A former stripper was sentenced to 3 1/2 years inprison for embezzling more than $1 million from a bank so she could start aNASCAR team.