By Bode Miller (below), the 27th World Cup race of his career—the downhill atthe Lauberhorn course in Wengen, Switzerland, on Sunday. The victory tiedMiller with Phil Mahre for the most by an American on the Cup circuit. Miller,30, broke away from the U.S. ski team last May and is competing as anindependent; the win at Wengen was his second title this season. "It didn'tfeel that good in terms of the quality of the skiing, but I was veryaggressive," said Miller. "I kept really pushing forward the wholetime."
This is an article from the Jan. 21, 2008 issue
To six months in prison, sprinter Marion Jones. In October the former Olympicgold medalist, 31, pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about heruse of performance-enhancing drugs and her knowledge of a check-fraud schemeinvolving former boyfriend Tim Montgomery. Last Friday, Judge Kenneth Karasgave her the maximum sentence under her plea deal, to send a message to otherathletes who use drugs. Said Jones, who must report to prison by March 11,"I truly hope that people will learn from my mistakes."
By his teammates for Sunday's game against the Hawks, Bulls rookie Joakim Noah,as punishment for verbally abusing assistant coach Ron Adams during practicelast Friday. Noah reportedly upbraided Adams after being criticized for notknowing an assignment. Coach Jim Boylan benched Noah for that night's gameagainst the 76ers, but in a players-only meeting on Saturday the team voted tosit him again. "A coach-player relationship is built to get a littlevolatile," said center Ben Wallace, "but it should never go to thatlevel."
Ineligible to compete in this year's Olympics by the IAAF, double-amputeesprinter Oscar Pistorius (below). The South African, who runs on carbon-fiberblades and holds Paralympic world records in the 100, 200 and 400 meters,competed twice last year against able-bodied athletes: He was second in a400-meter heat at the Rome Golden Gala and was disqualified in the 400 at theNorwich Union British Grand Prix. In its ruling on Monday the IAAF saidPistorius, 21, gains a mechanical advantage from his prosthetics. "That's ahuge blow," said his manager, Peet Van Zyl. "It looks like he is out ofany able-bodied event."
By Major League Baseball, a department of investigations that will probe futureallegations and rumors of performance-enhancing drug use. The unit will beheaded by Dan Mullin, a former New York City police officer who had beenbaseball's senior director of security. The formation of the department wasrecommended by George Mitchell in his steroid report last month. CommissionerBud Selig said a tip line for team employees to report drug use will also beestablished and that tighter security measures for big league clubhouses willbe implemented.
At age 40 of a possible drug overdose, former U.S. figure skating championChristopher Bowman (right). The skater's body was found by a friend in a LosAngeles motel last Thursday; toxicology results were pending. "His friendtold me that [he was] fine," Bowman's mother, Joyce, told the Detroit FreePress. "He just went to bed and didn't wake up." Known as Bowman theShowman for his outsized personality, he won U.S. men's figure skating titlesin 1989 and '92. Bowman also battled cocaine and alcohol addiction, undergoingtreatment before he went to the 1988 Olympics and after his fourth-place finishat the Albertville Games in '92.
By Hawaii, athletics director Herman Frazier, a day after football coach JuneJones resigned to take the same job at SMU. Jones stepped down on Jan. 7; in ane-mail to Frazier that was published by The Honolulu Advertiser, he explainedthat his departure was spurred by his frustration with Hawaii's small budgetand poor facilities. In addition to his failure to re-sign Jones, Frazier hadbeen criticized for not accepting a full allotment of tickets to this year'sSugar Bowl, creating a shortage for Warriors supporters, and for weakening theteam's schedule with two Division I-AA opponents this season. Associate AD CarlClapp was named acting AD until a replacement for Frazier is hired.
$21,897,501 Career prize money won by Lindsay Davenportafter her first-round victory at the Australian Open, the most ever by a femaleathlete.
$5 Proposed increase in the price of LSU footballtickets next season; the hike, announced three days after the Tigers' nationaltitle win, will help pay for a new hall for the marching band.
51.9 Seconds of the Hawks' Dec. 19 game against theHeat that must be replayed because the official scorer mistakenly ruled thatShaquille O'Neal had fouled out; the replay, the NBA's first since 1982, willtake place on March 8.
101 mph Speed at which LeBron James was allegedlydriving his Mercedes when he was pulled over on I-71 near Medina, Ohio, on Dec.30; James pleaded not guilty to speeding and a hearing is set for Feb. 11.
3 Men who have both played and coached 800 NHL games:Bob Pulford, Jacques Lemaire and Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville, who reachedthat mark last week.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A Fairview Township, Pa., bank robber who wore adisguise was convicted after witnesses recognized the NASCAR-themed RustyWallace license plate on his getaway car.
They Said It
Buccaneers receiver and former Giant, after forgetting the Bronx when asked bya reporter to name New York City's five boroughs:
"I was only there eight years."