At age 78 of congestive heart failure, longtime UTEP basketball coach DonHaskins (above). In 38 seasons Haskins, who was inducted into the BasketballHall of Fame in 1997 and retired in '99, led the Miners to 14 NCAA tournamentappearances, but wins and losses don't measure his full impact on the game. In1966 his team, then known as Texas Western, became the first with five blackstarters to win an NCAA title by beating heavily favored, all-white Kentucky;the story of that achievement was told in the 2006 movie Glory Road. TheMiners' win paved the way for widespread recruiting of black players by NCAAschools. Said former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson, who played for Haskinsfrom 1961 to '63, "He was able to win without worrying about what color[his players] were."
To competitive cycling next year, Lance Armstrong (right), according to areport Monday by VeloNews. Citing anonymous sources, the website said thatArmstrong, who turns 37 this month, will compete in five races in2009—including the Tour de France—for the Astana team. The seven-time Tourwinner, who retired in 2005, reportedly will post his team-conducted blood testresults online to show that he is not doping. Last month Armstrong reenrolledin the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's out-of-competition testing program; USADArequires an athlete to be in the program for six months before being grantedeligibility for international competition.
By the LPGA Tour, a new rule calling for the suspension of players who aren'tconversant in English (SI, Sept. 8). A storm of negative publicity andcomplaints from many Asian players followed the announcement of the plan lastmonth, and last Friday commissioner Carolyn Bivens said the penalties will bedropped. She left open the possibility that players who can't do interviews orspeak to sponsors in English could be fined.
From prison, disgraced sprinter Marion Jones, who served most of a six-monthsentence for lying to federal investigators about her steroid use. Jones, 32,left a halfway house in San Antonio last Friday and returned to her home inAustin; she will be on probation for two years. Jones admitted last Octoberthat she used designer steroids and returned the three gold medals and twobronzes that she won at the 2000 Olympics.
September 14, 2008
At age 92 of liver failure, 1958 U.S. Open champion Tommy Bolt. Bolt had one ofgolf's prettiest swings and won 15 PGA Tour events after turning pro in 1946,but Terrible Tommy was best known for his volcanic temper. The Tour fined himon several occasions for breaking his clubs and using foul language on thecourse. Bolt's last Tour victory was in 1961, and he won the Senior PGAChampionship in '69. "Now, I threw a couple of clubs," he once said."But I threw them at the most opportune time.... They always had the cameraon me."
At age 78 of congestive heart failure, former middleweight champion JoeyGiardello. A Brooklyn native, Giardello won the belt in 1963 and held it fortwo years; the boxing Hall of Famer retired in 1967 with a record of 101-25-8and 33 knockouts. In 1999 he sued the producers of the movie The Hurricane fordefamation, saying the film wrongly suggested that he unfairly won his 1964decision over Rubin (Hurricane) Carter. The suit was settled in 2000.
To a phone-sex line, callers to a number set up for the ordering of federalwaterfowl hunting permits. On July 1 the Fish and Wildlife Service beganselling this year's duck stamps (left), $15 permits that duck hunters arerequired to hold, which are accompanied by a card listing a number forreordering. The number is supposed to spell out 1-800-STAMP24, but a typo makesit 1-800-TRAMP24—which dials a service called Intimate Connections. Reprintingthe cards, which are to be sold through next June, would cost $300,000, so theywill not be corrected.
They Said It
On her surprise at how popular she is in Poland:
"I thought maybe my last name was Williamsowski or something."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A Russian high jumper was kicked out of an IAAF eventfor allegedly drinking Red Bull and vodka during the meet.