That she has breast cancer, Olympic figure skating gold medalist Dorothy Hamill (below). The 51-year-old, a three-time U.S. champion who won Olympic gold at age 19 in 1976, is taking time off from her starring role in the Broadway on Ice tour while undergoing treatment at Johns Hopkins's Kimmel Cancer Center; she said that her prognosis for recovery is favorable and she hopes to return to the ice later this month. "I'm O.K.," Hamill told The Baltimore Sun. "I'm still a little woozy. It's been kind of a hit in the head."
By the International Tennis Federation for two years, Martina Hingis, who tested positive for cocaine at Wimbledon last year. Hingis, 27, retired on Nov. 1, the day she announced the positive test result. At the time she denied ever using cocaine, but the ITF said an independent antidoping panel had found that the failed test was accurate. Hingis, a former world No. 1 who returned to tennis in 2006 after a four-year injury hiatus, will forfeit $129,481 in prize money she won at Wimbledon and subsequent tournaments last year. "It makes no sense for her to challenge the judgment," said her manager, Mario Widmer. "She just isn't going to play anymore."
For the first time in its 30-year history, the Dakar Rally, because of terrorist threats made against the race. The 5,760-mile race from Lisbon to Dakar was to have passed through the Mauritanian desert, which has been used as a hideout by an al-Qaeda--linked terrorist group that has been blamed for the Dec. 24 killing of a vacationing French family near the town of Aleg. The French government urged rally organizers to avoid Mauritania, and Daniel Bilalian, an official at France Televisions, one of the race's sponsors, said there had been "direct threats aimed at the race by terror groups." The rally was to begin last Saturday and finish on Jan. 20.
In the violence that followed Kenya's disputed Dec. 30 presidential election, Lucas Sang, a member of the country's 4 √ó 400-meter relay team at the 1988 Olympics. Sang, a prominent farmer in the town of Eldoret, was stoned to death by rioters near his home last week. (Eldoret, where much of the political unrest has taken place, is in a section of Kenya that has produced scores of elite runners.) Earlier that day world marathon champion Luke Kibet was attacked in the same town and suffered a concussion. He told The New York Times that he will not be able to train for three weeks.
January 14, 2008
At age 87, three-time All-Star pitcher Gerry Staley (above). From 1947 to '61 the righthander went 134--111 for six teams, mostly with the Cardinals and the White Sox. His first two All-Star nods came with St. Louis in '52 and '53; he was an All-Star again while with Chicago in '60. In '59 he led the AL with 67 appearances and had a 2.16 ERA in four World Series games. After retiring, Staley was superintendent of the Clark County (Wash.) Parks and Recreation Department, and he was inducted into the Washington State Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame. Said his son, Brian, "He had to find something to pitch after baseball."
For a trademark for the phrase I Love Me Some Me, Terrell Owens. The blog Trademork.com reported that the Cowboys' receiver said in his application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month that he plans to use the phrase on cups, a potential restaurant and "clothing, namely shirts, T-shirts, pants, shorts, caps, dresses, skirts." Owens first uttered the phrase during a postgame interview while he was with the 49ers and has used it often since.
Of a heart attack at age 81, Gerald Astor, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's first photo editor. An original staff writer when the magazine was born in 1954, Astor became photo editor in '55. During his tenure he spearheaded the use of color and hired or developed several of the magazine's top photographers, including Walter Iooss Jr., Neil Leifer and John Zimmerman. After he left SI, Astor worked at Look, The Saturday Evening Post and TIME, and he wrote histories of World War II and, in 1974, a biography of boxer Joe Louis.
Consecutive dual match wins by the Brandon (Fla.) High wrestling team, a national high school record for any sport, before the Eagles lost to South Dade High last Saturday.
Patriots home games that fan Pat Noone has missed in 32 years.
Hours it takes Noone, an executive at a brewery, to drive round-trip from his home in Swiftwater, Pa., to Foxborough.
Overnight rating for NBC's broadcast of the Penguins-Sabres outdoor game on New Year's Day, the highest-rated NHL game in 12 years.
Vote, out of 50, by which Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed becoming a unanimous choice for NFL MVP.
Points scored by Scottie Pippen in two professional games in Finland; the 42-year-old, who retired from the NBA in 2004, said he hoped to encourage more young Finns to play basketball.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis is marketing an energy drink called Slump Buster, ballplayer slang for an unattractive groupie.
They Said It
On the throwback shorts the Lakers recently wore:
"I don't know what it feels like to wear a thong, but I imagine it feels something like what we had on."