Second in his first bike race since winning the Tour de France in 2005, Lance Armstrong (above). The seven-time Tour winner competed in the Leadville Trail 100, a grueling 100-mile mountain-bike race through the Rockies. With Armstrong in pursuit, Dan Wiens won the race for the sixth time in a row in a record time of six hours, 45 minutes and 45 seconds. Armstrong was just less than two minutes behind. "At the end I realized I was thoroughly cooked, but I said, 'I am having a good time,'?" said the 36-year-old Armstrong.
At a pregame celebration of the Giants' 50th year in San Francisco, Barry Bonds. The alltime home run champ, who was not on the list of expected attendees, entered through the leftfield gates and walked to the infield with his godfather, Willie Mays. The crowd roared and chanted "Bar-ry! Bar-ry!" Bonds responded by taking the microphone, thanking the Giants and then declaring, "I haven't retired. Thank you."
By the NCAA, an appeal by Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk for an additional year of eligibility. Mauk, who last year led the surprising Bearcats to a final ranking of No. 17, redshirted as a freshman at Wake Forest in 2003, then sat out the 2006 season after transferring to Cincinnati. Mauk, who came back from career-threatening injuries to his arm to throw for 3,121 yards and 31 touchdowns last season, argued that he should be allowed to play in 2008 because injuries caused him to redshirt as a freshman, which would have made him eligible to play an additional season. Mauk is considering trying to play in the NFL or working as a graduate assistant at Cincinnati.
For two months and fined $12,000 for betting on matches, tennis player Mathieu Montcourt. The 23-year-old Frenchman, who is ranked No. 154 in the world, bet on matches in 2005. He did not wager on his own matches, and the ATP found no evidence that he sought to influence matches he bet on. At least seven tennis players have been suspended in the past year for betting, and several others reported being approached by would-be match fixers.
August 17, 2008
For divorce from actor George Lazenby, her husband of six years, former tennis star Pam Shriver. The winner of 22 Grand Slam doubles titles, Shriver, 46, cited irreconcilable differences. She and Lazenby, 68, who is best known for playing James Bond in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, have three children, including twins born in 2005.
At age 74, Orville Moody (below), whose only PGA title came at the 1969 U.S. Open. The Oklahoma native made the tournament by going through sectional qualifying; he's the last Open champ to have done so. A 14-year Army veteran, Moody was known as Sarge. Later in his career he became known for being one of the first players to employ a long putter, which he used with great success on the Senior tour, where he won 11 events, including the 1989 U.S. Senior Open. "Sarge was a good player and a terrific guy," said Jack Nicklaus. "He had this sort of dry sense of humor that everyone truly enjoyed."
At age 88, Peter Coe, who coached his son Sebastian to two Olympic gold medals for Great Britain. ThoughCoe—who referred to Sebastian as "my athlete"—was an engineer at a cutlery company who had no experience in track until his son took it up, he revolutionized training for middle-distance runners. He translated books on physiology from Russian and German and had his son train in short, fast bursts instead of long, slow runs. It paid off in 1980 and '84, when Sebastian won gold in the 1,500 meters in Moscow and in L.A. Sebastian, who is the head of the London 2012 organizing committee, delayed his trip to Beijing to be with his father.
They Said It
British badminton player, on how her Chinese opponents reacted to having to face her and partner Nathan Robertson:
"They probably looked at the draw and said, 'S---.' Well, maybe 'S---' in Chinese."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
The city of Kannapolis, N.C., took down flags honoring native son Dale Earnhardt because Martha Stewart was coming to town.