By Sergio García (above), his first Players Championship. The best player neverto have won a major won golf's so-called fifth major by beating Paul Goydos insudden death. On Sunday, Goydos bogeyed 18 to drop into a tie with García, thenput his tee shot on the first playoff hole—the par-3 17th, with its famedisland green—into the water. García made par to break a 53-event winlessstreak. "It's been a lot of work," García, 28, said. "It feels likethe last three years I've been playing well. Unfortunately, I haven't been ableto come around and win."
This is an article from the May 19, 2008 issue
By a former associate, of receiving improper benefits while at USC, O.J. Mayo.Louis Johnson told ESPN that over the course of several years Rodney Guillory,an event promoter, gave Mayo cash and other gifts totaling approximately$30,000. Johnson claimed that Guillory received $200,000 from the sports agencyBill Duffy Associates. (Bill Duffy said that he "didn't give Rodney anymoney" and called Johnson's accusation "ludicrous.") After afreshman season in which he averaged 20.7 points, Mayo declared himselfeligible for next month's draft and signed with BDA. In a statement to ESPN,Mayo said, "I have not engaged in any wrongdoing."
Single-handedly, by Bonnie Richardson (below), the team title in the TexasClass 1A track championship. Richardson was the only Rochelle High athlete toqualify for the competition. She won the high jump and the 200 meters, wassecond in the long jump and the 100 and was third in the discus. Meet officialssaid they thought Richardson's feat was unprecedented for a girl. "Thistotally blows me away," said Richardson, a junior. "This is amazing. Ihad no idea it was even possible."
By Joe Montana, his first wife, after she allegedly sold love letters and otheritems from Montana's days at Notre Dame. Kim Moses, who was married to Montanafrom 1974 until '77, auctioned off memorabilia, including handwritten notes,Montana's freshman I.D. and a Ziggy greeting card he sent her. Montana claimsthe sale violated his privacy rights; the suit, which also names the auctionhouse, seeks damages in excess of $75,000.
A 300 game, by Dale Davis, a 78-year-old who is legally blind. Davis, who livesin Alta, Iowa, has no vision in his left eye and very blurry vision out of thecorner of his right eye, which is just enough to allow him to line up his shoton the lane. His perfect performance came on May 3 in a league playoff game."People on other teams were yelling and cheering," Davis told The StormLake Times of Iowa. "A few guys were hugging me and almost broke my skinnybones."
By Akron- and Cleveland-area Papa John's restaurants, 23-cent pizzas in honorof LeBron James. The price break was a form of apology. During the Cavs'first-round playoff series with the Wizards, a Washington Papa John's franchisehanded out shirts calling James a crybaby. Irked Cavs fans threatened toboycott the pizza chain, but the offer, which was good last Thursday, seemed toplacate them. Police were on hand at some stores to control the crowds; peoplewaited as long as 90 minutes for a pie.
To apologize after his players put two inflatable female dolls on display inthe clubhouse in Toronto, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. They were apparentlyemployed in an effort to reverse a team-wide batting slump. One wore a signthat read you've got to push, a slogan popularized by a coach in springtraining; the other was using a bat in an obscene and potentially painfulmanner. Said Guillen, "I'm not going to say I'm sorry ... because as soonas I say that, that means I'm guilty of something. I'm not guilty." SoxG.M. Kenny Williams said, "I will assure Major League Baseball that thedoll was not violated in any way, shape or form."
They Said It
Red Sox outfielder, on the team's decision to stop fans from spreadingcremation ashes at Fenway Park:
"It's kind of freaky knowing you're diving intosomebody's grandpa."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
The Swiss government agreed to relax restrictions onimported potatoes because of fears of a shortage of French fries at nextmonth's European soccer championship.