At age 58 of undisclosed causes, former Steelers defensive end Dwight White (above). Known as Mad Dog, the two-time Pro Bowler was an anchor of the Steel Curtain defense that helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls in the 1970s. He made a name for himself in Super Bowl IX: After losing 18 pounds while fighting pneumonia and a lung infection, he left the hospital the morning of the game and starred in Pittsburgh's 16--6 win over the Vikings. White retired in 1981 and was managing director of a financial services firm.
Yet again, WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather. Last Friday boxing's unofficial pound-for-pound king, who has won belts in five weight classes and retired twice before, made the announcement in a letter to media members: "I loved competing and winning and also wanted to continue my career for the fans," Mayweather, 31, wrote. "However ... I realized I could no longer base my decision on anything but my own personal happiness." Mayweather (39--0) was expected to face Oscar De La Hoya this fall in a rematch of their May 2007 bout, which Mayweather won.
By Brad Walker (below), a new U.S. pole vault record. Walker, 26, cleared 19'9 3/4" at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday, the highest vault in the world in seven years. (The Ukraine's Sergei Bubka set the world mark of 20'1 3/4 " in 1994.) Walker is the defending world champion; in three weeks he'll return to Eugene for the Olympic trials and try to nail down a spot on the Beijing-bound U.S. team. "I'm confident that I can jump high here, so it just adds to my confidence," he said.
His WBC and WBO middleweight titles, Kelly Pavlik, with a third-round knockout of Wales's Gary Lockett in Atlantic City last Saturday. It was the unbeaten Pavlik's 34th win and his first fight since he won the belts from Jermain Taylor last September. The Youngstown, Ohio, hero says he wants to unify the division by winning the WBA and IBF titles, but promoter Bob Arum has discussed a fall fight against Welshman Joe Calzaghe.
June 15, 2008
For drunken driving in Austin early last Saturday, ex--Bears running back Cedric Benson. Austin police pulled over Benson after he ran a red light at 2:14 a.m. His lawyer, Sam Bassett, said Benson had "two or three drinks ... with dinner" and didn't feel intoxicated. This is Benson's second alcohol-related arrest in a month—on May 5 he was cited for boating while intoxicated—and on Monday, Chicago released him. "Cedric displayed a pattern of behavior we will not tolerate," G.M. Jerry Angelo said.
By House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Henry Waxman, the accuracy of testimony given by baseball commissioner Bud Selig and union head Don Fehr during the March 2005 congressional steroid hearings, according to The New York Times. Selig and Fehr told the House committee that baseball's drug-testing program had significantly reduced the number of positive tests of illegal performance enhancers since its inception in 2003. But Waxman, a Democrat from California, says that his committee was not told that far fewer players were tested in '04 than in '03, potentially skewing statistics cited in the hearings. In a statement to the Times, Waxman said, "The misinformation is unacceptable," and the committee is planning to send letters to Selig and Fehr seeking answers.
On Monday after 15 NFL seasons, Giants defensive end Michael Strahan. The 36-year-old Strahan, a second-round draft choice in 1993 and a seven-time Pro Bowler, considered retiring last summer and sat out all of training camp while deciding if he still wanted to play. He did—and capped his career with a Super Bowl win, his only championship. Strahan ranks fifth on the NFL's alltime sack list with 141 1/2 and set the league season sack record in 2001 with 22 1/2.
They Said It
Sixty-year-old fan who won a $10,000 funeral at a Grand Prairie AirHogs minor league game:
"I almost croaked many times. God has me around for a reason—to win a funeral."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A Georgia high school was fined $1,000 after its pitcher and catcher allegedly conspired to let a pitch hit the umpire in the face mask.