To parents Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady, a boy named John. Brady's first son was born on Aug. 22 in Santa Monica, Calif. The New England quarterback, who split with Moynahan late last year, reportedly arrived at the hospital shortly after the baby was born. He returned to the Patriots in time to play in Friday night's exhibition win over the Panthers.
As quarterbacks coach at Cherry Creek High in suburban Denver, John Elway. The Hall of Famer's son, Jack, is the team's starting quarterback. Elway, who co-owns the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League, is coaching gratis. "It's good," Jack, a senior who has taken unofficial trips to UCLA and Oregon, told The Denver Post. "It's nice to have him out there, but I've actually always had him as a coach at home."
By NASCAR, a mistake that might have cost Kyle Busch a win in last Friday night's Busch Series race in Bristol. Busch was in second when he considered pitting during a caution but changed his mind. NASCAR officials, however, ruled that he had crossed the "commitment line." By rule, once a driver does that, he must pit. Busch was ordered to drop to the end of the pack—28th place—as a penalty, but after the race restarted, officials looked at the videotape and discovered that he hadn't gone over the line. Busch passed 24 cars and finished fourth. NASCAR said that in the future, if a driver thinks officials have made an error, he should have his crew contact the tower. But Rick Hendrick, who owns Busch's car, said he preferred another approach. "I'm going to run out on the track and stand on the line until they stop the race and run over me, or handcuff me and take me away," he said.
By official scorer Ron Kleinfelter, the errorless streak of Placido Polanco. The Tigers second baseman was charged with an error in last Friday night's win over the Yankees when his throw appeared to pull first baseman Marcus Thames off the base in the first inning. It was the first error charged to Polanco in 148 games, a major league record for second basemen. The next day, though, Kleinfelter discussed the play with first base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt and decided that Thames was at fault and belatedly gave the first baseman the error. "It was not a good throw," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "But the throw should have been handled [without coming off the base]."
September 2, 2007
By Randy Couture, his UFC heavyweight championship. The 44-year-old beat 28-year-old Gabriel Gonzaga, who outweighed Couture (above) by 23 1/2 pounds, by TKO in Las Vegas last Saturday night. Couture broke the 252-pound Gonzaga's nose in the first round and dropped him to the canvas in the third and pummeled him before the bout was stopped.
At age 68, William (Wild Bill) Hagy, a Baltimore cab driver who was the Orioles' most recognizable fan in the 1970s and '80s. Often clad in a tank top and straw hat, Hagy (right) would spell out O-R-I-O-L-E-S with his body as the crowd yelled the letters. Though he usually sat in the upper deck, the team let him do his routine on top of the dugout during big games. "He was part of a great era," former Baltimore pitcher Jim Palmer said. "He made it exciting to come to the ballpark."
At age 84, former basketball coach Butch van Breda Kolff. From 1951 to '94, the chippy, peripatetic Van Breda Kolff coached four college and six pro teams, including the Lakers, whom he twice led to the NBA Finals. He briefly worked as a door-to-door salesman in the early 1980s, but, Van Breda Kolff said, "guys wanted to talk basketball. I don't think I ever sold anything." He then took a job as a high school coach, which led to his final two stints, at Lafayette and Hofstra. Van Breda Kolff said he never second-guessed himself about the many jobs he took—and left. "At the time, I thought it was the right thing for me to do," he said. "Whether it turned out right later, who cares?"
In a car accident at age 25, former NBA player Eddie Griffin. The seventh pick in the 2001 draft, Griffin had several run-ins with the law and never realized his potential. The Timberwolves cut him last March after he appeared in just 13 games last season. Griffin was killed on Aug. 17 when he drove his car around a gate at a railroad crossing and into the path of a freight train. The vehicle burst into flames, and Griffin's body was not identified until last week.
1 Saves this season by the Rangers' Wes Littleton; he pitched the final three innings of Texas's 30--3 win over the Orioles on Aug. 22, the most lopsided save in big league history.
85 Years since an AL team had scored at least 10 runs in each game of a four-game series; the Red Sox did it while sweeping the White Sox last weekend.
20 Consecutive 10-win seasons by Greg Maddux, a major league first.
$340 million Amount Adidas will pay the German Soccer Federation to outfit Bundesliga clubs and the national team for eight years.
$680 million Amount Nike offered the Federation, which had to turn down the more lucrative offer because a German judge ruled that Adidas had a verbal agreement to extend its expiring contract.
10 Errors made by the Triple A Syracuse Chiefs in a loss to Ottawa on Sunday, the most in the International League in 43 years.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
An Oklahoma City deacon was charged with assault after allegedly ripping another bar patron's scrotum because he was wearing a Texas shirt.
They Said It
White Sox manager, after his team was outscored 21--4 in a doubleheader sweep by the Red Sox last Friday:
"That's 12 hours of my life I wasted, and I'm never going to get it back."