Of lung cancer at age 75, 1967 Masters champion Gay Brewer. The victory at Augusta was a redeeming moment for Brewer (below), who lost the '66 Masters to Jack Nicklaus in a playoff after three-putting with a chance to win on the final hole of regulation. The next year he passed the three opponents ahead of him with a five-under 67 in the final round to win the only major of his career. Said Nicklaus last week, "For Gay to come back the next year and win a green jacket was fitting for such a tremendous person and a darn good player."
Of heart disease at age 44, Richard Jewell, the Atlanta security guard wrongly linked to the Centennial Park bombing at the 1996 Olympics. Jewell was initially applauded for moving people away from a suspicious-looking backpack before a bomb inside the bag exploded. But three days later The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Jewell was the focus of the bombing investigation, and other media outlets identified him as a suspect. Jewell was never arrested or charged, and in 2005 antigovernment extremist Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to the bombing. Jewell worked in several law enforcement jobs before developing diabetes this year.
The season, and possibly the career, of Cardinals outfielder Juan Encarnacion, when he was struck by a foul ball in the on-deck circle during a win over the Reds last Friday. Encarnacion, 31, was hit in the left eye by a line drive off the bat of Aaron Miles; the ball shattered Encarnacion's orbital bone and damaged his optic nerve. Team doctor Dr. George Paletta said Encarnacion will undergo surgery to repair the fractures, but there was a chance he won't regain full vision. "It's the worst trauma I've seen," Paletta said.
To one day in prison, former Durham County (N.C.) district attorney Mike Nifong, who was held in contempt for lying to a court while pursuing rape charges against three Duke lacrosse players last year. In June, two months after charges against the players were dropped, Nifong, 56, was disbarred for more than two dozen violations of the state's ethics code. He was scheduled to serve his sentence this Friday.
September 9, 2007
For three games, Texas wide receiver Billy Pittman, for violating NCAA amateurism rules by borrowing a friend's car this summer. The school did not identify the owner of the car but said it was someone unconnected to the university; Texas imposed the ban after determining there was a rules violation. Pittman (above), a senior from Cameron, Texas, who was the Longhorns' third-leading receiver last season with 35 catches, is eligible to return against Rice on Sept. 22. "I want to apologize to my coaches, teammates, fans and everyone at the university," he said. "I didn't think I was doing anything wrong."
By the NFL for five and four games, respectively, Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson and Patriots safety Rodney Harrison (right), for obtaining banned performance-enhancing substances. The league learned about both men from the Albany, N.Y., district attorney, which since 2004 has been investigating an Internet steroid and human growth hormone distribution ring (SI, March 12). Wilson and Harrison were reportedly customers of the organization; the league did not specify the substances involved, but Wilson and Harrison reportedly obtained HGH. "I want to make it clear that not once did I ever use steroids," Harrison said. "I did admit to the commissioner that I did ... use a banned substance." Wilson, 48, a quarterback in the NFL from 1981 to '99, said he used the banned substances to "improve the quality of my life" after suffering from diabetes for more than 20 years. "I accept responsibility for my mistake," he said. "I acted without proper medical supervision, and I would urge others not to make a similar mistake."
By World Wrestling Entertainment, 10 wrestlers who violated the organization's anti-performance-enhancing drug policy. The wrestlers, who were not identified by WWE, were allegedly customers of the same distribution network that led to the NFL's suspensions of Wade Wilson and Rodney Harrison. Albany district attorney P. David Soares has said that pro wrestler Chris Benoit, who killed his wife and two children before hanging himself in June, was also a client. "We are very actively working to eradicate the use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs in the WWE," spokesman Gary Davis said.
1--12 Baltimore's record since the team made Dave Trembley its permanent manager on Aug. 22.
128--56 Margin by which the O's were outscored in those games.
105 Consecutive points Roger Federer played without making an unforced error in his U.S. Open win over John Isner last Saturday.
17 No-hitters thrown by Red Sox pitchers after Clay Buchholz tossed one last Saturday, the second most in major league history behind the Dodgers (20).
52 Points scored in the first quarter by Mount Union last Saturday in a 75--7 win over Averett, an NCAA all-division record.
40 Home runs for Milwaukee's Prince Fielder, which makes him and his dad, Cecil, the first father-son duo with 40-homer seasons.
416 Yards passing for Hawaii QB Colt Brennan in last Saturday's 63--6 win over Northern Colorado.
0 Yards Brennan had in the second half.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A Florida man pleaded guilty to giving steroids to his 13-year-old son, who was training for a roller skating competition.
They Said It
Kings forward, on Michael Vick:
"[He] lied and then came back and apologized to everybody. I felt that was classy."