By the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, the Four Nations Cup, its first tournament since last summer's World Cup. The U.S. won all three of its games as goalkeeper Hope Solo (below), who was banished from the team after criticizing former coach Greg Ryan and a teammate at the World Cup, had a shutout in both her starts. The games were the first for coach Pia Sundhage, who took over in November when Ryan's contract wasn't renewed.
By the FBI, an investigation into whether Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada lied when he told a House committee staff in 2005 that he had never taken performance-enhancing drugs and that he hadn't heard of other players taking them. Tejada's denials were contradicted in December by the Mitchell Report, which included allegations that Tejada bought steroids and HgH. Last week Tejada told the Dominican newspaper Listín Diario, "I know that during my time in the major leagues, I've done it clean."
By UCLA, that fans leave legendary coach John Wooden alone during games at Pauley Pavilion. Wooden, 97, often watches from a seat behind the Bruins' bench, and he draws lines of autograph-seeking fans. Last week, at the request of Wooden's family, UCLA announced that the coach will no longer sign autographs at games. "It's long overdue," UCLA coach Ben Howland said. "He never says no to anybody about anything."
At age 86, John McHale, who was president of the Montreal Expos when they entered the majors in 1969. He was the team's G.M. when it made its first playoff appearance, in 1981, and that year he was named Major League Executive of the Year by The Sporting News. In his six decades in the game McHale mentored many executives and players, including former Expos outfielder Tim Raines, who credited McHale with helping him through his cocaine addiction. "I owe my entire career to John McHale," Raines said recently. "Without him, I wouldn't have been able to keep going. I grew up. I became a man, thanks to him."
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At age 80, Rams owner Georgia Frontiere (left, with QB Bert Jones). The NFL's only female owner in her day, Frontiere stood out among her brethren for more than her gender. She was a former Vegas showgirl and TV weathergirl, she was into astrology and she once gave her players Cabbage Patch dolls before a game. But it all worked. Frontiere took over the team when her sixth husband, Carroll Rosenbloom, drowned in 1979. With attendance flagging, she moved the team to St. Louis in 1995, and five years later the Rams won their first NFL title since 1951.
At 59, of injuries sustained in a one-car accident, Ernie Holmes (below). Playing on a front four with Joe Greene, L.C. Greenwood and Dwight White, Holmes won two Super Bowls with the Steelers. During his career, which ended in 1978, Holmes called himself "stone crazy" and recounted how he had been placed on probation for firing a gun at passing trucks and a police helicopter. But after his career—in which he was a two-time All-Pro—he became a minister in Texas. "Ernie was an original. He was out there," said former teammate Lynn Swann. "In today's environment he may have spent a few hours in the commissioner's office."
At age 72, Don Cardwell, whose late-season pitching helped the Mets to the 1969 World Series title. A veteran—he was in his 13th season—on a young staff, Cardwell was 3--9 in mid-July but won five straight games and threw 28 straight scoreless innings as New York overtook the Cubs to win the NL East. "[My teammates] probably thought that if I could do it at my age, they could do it at theirs," he told the Chicago Sun-Times in 2002. In his career the righty won 102 games and pitched a no-hitter for the Cubs in 1960.
By former running back Herschel Walker, 46, that he suffers from multiple-personality disorder. Walker's forthcoming autobiography, Breaking Free, details his longtime battle with the rare condition. The revelation came as a surprise to many. "Herschel was always a little bit different," former Cowboys teammate Danny White said to abcnews.com. "He kept very much to himself and was a real loner. From our standpoint, though, no one ever thought there was anything wrong with him."
10 Three-point shots made without a miss by George Mason guard Dre Smith in a win over James Madison last Saturday, an NCAA record.
14 Days by which French sailor Francis Joyon broke the around-the-world solo sailing record; he arrived in Brest, France, on Sunday, 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds after he left.
13 Consecutive losses by the Heat through Sunday, the longest losing streak of Pat Riley's 24-year coaching career.
10 NHL coaches who have won 500 games; Florida's Jacques Martin joined the club when the Panthers beat the Devils last Friday.
35 Goals that striker Landon Donovan has scored for the U.S.; last week he passed Eric Wynalda as the top scorer in national-team history.
16 Goals the Sabres scored in a recent 10-game winless streak.
10 Goals the Sabres scored against Atlanta to break the streak.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A Wisconsin man faced abuse charges for allegedly duct-taping a Packers jersey to his seven-year-old son after the boy refused to wear it during a Green Bay playoff game.
They Said It
Thirty-five-year-old boxer, after hitting the canvas twice in a unanimous-decision loss to Roy Jones Jr. last Saturday:
"If I could have avoided the knockdowns, I think I could have won the fight."