The U.S. Amateur championship, Danny Lee (above), who at 18 years and one month is the tournament's youngest winner. Lee, who was born in Seoul and now lives in Rotorua, New Zealand, beat Scottsdale, Ariz., native Drew Kittleson 5 and 4 in match play on Sunday. Lee, the fourth foreign-born Amateur champ in the last six years, is six months and 29 days younger than Tiger Woods was when he won his first Amateur in 1994.
This is an article from the Sept. 1, 2008 issue
By a Fulton County, Ga., judge, a request for a restraining order against Shaquille O'Neal. The request was made last Thursday by Alexis Miller, a 23-year-old hip-hop artist who performs under the name Maryjane; she claimed that she ended a relationship with the Suns center last month and that he threatened to pay other artists $50,000 not to work with her. The order prohibits O'Neal, who filed for divorce from his wife, Shaunie, last year, from having any contact with Miller or her 19-month-old son. O'Neal, who has not commented, and Miller are due in court on Sept. 4.
For life by the Japan Sumo Association, Russian wrestler Wakanoho, after his Aug. 18 arrest for suspicion of possessing marijuana. In June the 357-pound Wakanoho, 20, whose real name is Soslan Aleksandrovich Gagloev, lost his wallet in Tokyo. It was turned in to police, who found a marijuana cigarette inside. He was taken into custody, and the JSA executive board handed down what's believed to be the first ban of an active wrestler in the ancient sport's history. If convicted Wakanoho could face five years in prison and be exiled from Japan for life.
At age 18 after a battle with cancer, inspirational Pittsburgh sports fan John Challis. In April, Challis, who was diagnosed with terminal liver and lung cancer at age 16, made national headlines when, despite being too weak to run, he got a base hit in a game for his Freedom (Pa.) High baseball team. Over the next months he befriended several sports figures, including Penguins owner Mario Lemieux, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Alex Rodriguez, who met Challis when the teenager threw out the first pitch before a Pirates-Yankees game in June. Last month Challis visited Rodriguez's apartment in New York City. "He was a very brave boy," said Rodriguez last week. "I'll be inspired for the rest of my life."
That he will undergo a televised colonoscopy, NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley. The procedure will be part of Stand Up to Cancer, an hourlong fund-raising special that will air simultaneously on NBC, CBS and ABC on Sept. 5. Barkley, 45, told the Philadelphia Daily News that he was happy to help raise awareness of cancer screening. He added that a friend told him the show's organizers were "probably just looking for the celebrity with the biggest ass."
With the Lions, former Michigan quarterback and Yankees prospect Drew Henson (below). After splitting time with Tom Brady at Michigan, Henson, 28, signed a six-year, $17 million contract to play third base for the Yankees. He struggled in the minors, however, and retired from baseball in 2003 after hitting .111 in nine career major league at bats. In 2004 he joined the Cowboys but was cut two years later, having played in only seven games. Henson signed with the Vikings in March 2007 but was cut during training camp last year. The Lions signed him when backup QB Drew Stanton went down with a sprained thumb.
As a competitor on Dancing With the Stars, Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor. The beach volleyball star, who won gold with Kerri Walsh in Athens and Beijing, will be one of three athletes on the seventh season of the ABC show; former NFL defensive lineman Warren Sapp, who tipped the scales at 300 pounds during his playing days, and sprinter Maurice Greene are the others. They'll compete against a roster that includes singer Lance Bass and 82-year-old actress Cloris Leachman.
They Said It
British triathlete, on competing in Beijing while feeling nauseated:
"It's not great when you've got sick down your arms and your new white shoes are ruined."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A North Carolina man caught a state-record 21-pound catfish with his granddaughter's 2 1/2-foot Barbie fishing pole.