For the LPGA Hall of Fame with a win at the Corona Championship in Morelia, Mexico, Lorena Ochoa (above). At 26, she is the second-youngest player to amass the required 27 points—the LPGA awards one point for a tour victory, one for a major season award and two for a major title—and will be eligible for election in 2012, after her 10th year as a tour member. Ochoa romped to an 11-stroke win at the Corona, her fourth victory in five starts this year. "It was very special to do it here, in my home country," she said.
As users of performance-enhancing drugs by a witness in the federal investigation of former track coach Trevor Graham, 12 U.S. Olympic medalists, including two-time gold medal winner Maurice Greene (right). On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Angel Guillermo Heredia, an accused steroid trafficker, had told federal investigators that he supplied performance enhancers to several athletes, including Greene and Marion Jones. Greene, a five-time world champion, has never failed a drug test. He denied the claims, telling London's Daily Telegraph, "My stance has always been that there is no place in our sport for drug users." Graham, who pleaded not guilty to lying about giving athletes PEDs, goes on trial in May.
Of their Olympic medals, Marion Jones's relay teammates at the 2000 Games. Jones was part of U.S. squads that won the 4 √ó 400-meter-relay gold and the 4 √ó 100-meter-relay bronze. She was stripped of her medals by the IOC last year for doping. The IOC ruled that 4 √ó 400 runners Andrea Anderson, LaTasha Colander-Richardson, Monique Hennagan and Jearl Miles-Clark and 4 √ó 100 team members Torri Edwards, Chryste Gaines, Nanceen Perry and Passion Richardson must also forfeit theirs. Said USOC CEO Jim Scherr, "When an athlete [cheats], others end up paying the price."
By the U.S., the women's world hockey championship, with a 4--3 victory over top-seeded Canada in Harbin, China, last Saturday. The U.S. had lost to Canada in nine of the previous 10 world finals; the exception came in 2005, when the Americans won their first title. This time the U.S. scored an upset thanks to two goals from captain Natalie Darwitz, who was the tournament's MVP.
April 20, 2008
By Florida running back Chris Rainey (below) and wideouts Louis Murphy and Deonte Thompson, 40-yard dashes against fellow Florida students before the Gators' spring game last Saturday. Coach Urban Meyer had jokingly offered a full scholarship to any Florida nonathlete who could outrun his fastest players. In front of a spring-game record crowd of 61,000 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, each player ran a heat against five students. Rainey blew away the field with a time of 4.24 seconds, his best ever. The fastest nonplayer was Bolaji Agbede, a sophomore anthropology major from Tampa, who ran a 4.53.
The London Marathon for the third time in four years, Kenya's Martin Lel, 29. On a windy, rainy day Lel set a course record and personal marathon best of 2:05:15. He beat a fast field: For the first time in any marathon the top three runners finished in under 2:06. The U.S.'s Ryan Hall, a medal hopeful at the Beijing Olympics, finished fifth (2:06:17). The women's race was won by Germany's Irini Mikitenko, who was running only her second marathon.
At a funeral in Mobile last Saturday, Hank Aaron's mother, Estella Aaron, who died at age 96. Estella raised eight children, two of whom became major leaguers: Hall of Famer Hank and his younger brother Tommie. Estella was at Atlanta--Fulton County Stadium when Hank broke Babe Ruth's career home run record. "She put a bear hug on me that I'm still recovering from," he said at her funeral.
They Said It
Jazz center, to a writer whose media credential was dated 20008:
"Were you sent here to kill us all?"
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
According to former big leaguer Jesse Barfield, baseball may be losing female fans because players wear baggy uniforms that don't show off their "sculpted bodies."