By Kimi R√§ikk√∂nen (below), his first Formula One driving title. The 28-year-old Finn won the season's final race, the Brazilian Grand Prix, on Sunday to leapfrog defending champion Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, who was looking to become the first rookie to win the F/1 championship. Hamilton (SI, June 18) started second and needed only to finish fifth to top R√§ikk√∂nen, but the 22-year-old Brit went off the track on the first lap and finished seventh. Hamilton and Alonso both drive for McLaren, which was fined $100 million earlier this year for using data stolen from R√§ikk√∂nen's Ferrari team.
By the Patriots, a lawsuit against StubHub that forced the online ticket reseller to give the team the names of fans who bought or sold tickets to New England games. Massachusetts law forbids tickets from being resold for more than $2 above face value. The team did not say what action it will take against the fans, though it did say revoking the tickets of those who sold their season tickets was possible. On StubHub last week, $125 tickets for the Pats' Dec. 16 game against the Jets were being offered for $1,300.
By a strip-club manager who was paralyzed below the waist in a shooting in Las Vegas last February, a lawsuit against Titans cornerback Pac-Man Jones. Tommy Urbanski also named the team and the NFL as defendants in the suit, which seeks unspecified damages. Urbanski was shot during a melee at Minxx Gentleman's Club; Jones faces two felony charges for inciting the incident, but no one has been charged with the shooting. Urbanski said he is suing the team and the NFL because they failed to control Jones, who has been arrested six times since 2005. "Even three strikes and you're out, and this wouldn't have happened to me," Urbanski said.
For the first time in nearly two years on Sunday, Chiefs running back Priest Holmes (below), who suffered a neck injury in 2005. Holmes, 34, gained nine yards on four carries against the Raiders, but that didn't dampen his happiness: "I was excited just to get that first hit out of the way." After missing all of 2006, Holmes was held out of full practices for the first six weeks of the season. "For a guy that hadn't played in a long time, he did a good job," coach Herm Edwards said.
October 28, 2007
By Allan Houston, 36, his attempted comeback with the Knicks. Houston, the fourth-leading scorer in the team's history, retired two years ago because of chronic knee pain but tried to work his way back onto the roster. However, the Knicks already have the maximum 15 players under contract, so his chances were slim.
For a lifetime of stiffing pizza delivery men, Lions receiver Roy Williams. After Williams admitted in a radio interview that he usually didn't tip, a Pizza Hut exec challenged him to try delivering pies. Williams spent two hours on the job and donated his tips—plus $5,000—to charity. "He was humble," driver Steve Berry told the Detroit Free Press. "I think he knows he got himself into this." Later last week Williams tipped his pizza guy $7.
For by the Colorado Rockies, a patent and trademark application that would give them rights to the term Rocktober. The team began using the term—which had previously been used by countless radio stations as well as the makers of the 1984 film Rocktober Blood—during the playoffs and asked for exclusive rights to use the phrase on t-shirts and other merchandise. The application process generally takes a year. "I'm just guessing that they hope that next year the Rockies are actually good and don't pull a Chicago White Sox," Scott Kannady, a Denver lawyer who specializes in trademark and franchise law, told the AP.
At age 87, former Los Angeles Times writer Shav Glick. His first story was published in the Pasadena Post in 1935, when he was 14; he later wrote stories about Jackie Robinson, who was a classmate of Glick's at Pasadena Junior College. For 37 years, until he retired in 2006, Glick wrote about motor sports for the Times. "He was the authority," Mario Andretti told the Times. "You wanted to be noticed by Shav Glick. He certainly had my respect. I'll always remember him very, very fondly."
15--6 Margin by which South Africa beat defending champion England to win its second rugby World Cup.
$3 billion Estimated blow to the British economy if both England and Scotland fail to make next summer's European soccer championship, which is likely following the teams' losses last week.
15 Months in prison a Scottish man received for punching Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson in the groin outside a London train station.
$7,500 Amount Patriots defensive end Ty Warren was fined for not buckling his chin strap in a game against the Bills.
$24,850 Amount Indians pitcher Paul Byrd, 36, allegedly spent on HGH between 2002 and '05, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
3 Sets of brothers who have homered in the LCS in the same season: Clete and Ken Boyer (1964), Roberto and Sandy Alomar (1997) and Stephen and J.D. Drew (2007).
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Employees of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs hatched a plan to use state high-speed supercomputers to buy World Series tickets online.
They Said It
Spurs guard, on whether San Antonio can defend its NBA title:
"The whole subject of repeating is already getting repetitive."