His record ninth Association of Surfing Professionals world championship, Kelly Slater (above), in Mundaka, Spain. The 36-year-old won five of the first seven ASP events this year; he wrapped up the title with two events left in the season. Slater, who became the youngest surfer to win a championship at age 20, is now the oldest to take a title. "I'm stoked," he said. "I just try to do the best I can with what I've got."
Of armed robbery and kidnapping, former NFL star O.J. Simpson, who could spend the rest of his life in prison. Simpson, 61, was charged with leading a group of five men who threatened two memorabilia dealers and took photographs and other items from them at a Las Vegas hotel in September 2007. (Simpson said he was recovering memorabilia stolen from him.) Simpson was convicted last Friday—13 years to the day after he was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. Simpson, who will be sentenced Dec. 5, was convicted on 12 different charges; he could receive a life sentence for kidnapping. Simpson plans to appeal.
At age 79 of cancer, former All-Pro cornerback Milt Davis (below). After starring at UCLA, Davis was drafted by the Lions and the Army in 1954. He served in the military for two years, then joined the Lions, only to be released because, he later said, Detroit didn't want to carry just one black player on its roster; if it did, Davis would have no one to room with on the road. In '57 Davis had a tryout with the Colts and became a key member of their secondary: He led the NFL in interceptions in '57 and '59. Davis abruptly quit football after four seasons, in '60, fed up with the racism he encountered. He returned to Los Angeles, where he had grown up, to teach high school; he was a natural history professor at Los Angeles City College from '64 to '89.
At age 66 of kidney failure, former USC quarterback and TV analyst Craig Fertig. The California native was a member of the Trojans' 1962 national championship team and set eight school passing records as a senior in '64. As an assistant under coach John McKay from '65 to '73, he helped the Trojans win two more national titles, and after coaching at Oregon State and working as an NFL scout he returned to USC as a television analyst in '92. He was the voice of the Trojans until 2003.
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For federal tax evasion, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and former Dancing with the Stars champ Helio Castroneves. Last Friday, Castroneves, 33, pleaded not guilty in Miami to conspiracy and six counts of tax evasion; he allegedly failed to report about $5.5 million in income between 1999 and 2004. If convicted Castroneves could receive a five-year prison sentence for each evasion count.
By the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), five Chinese gymnasts suspected of being underage at the Beijing Olympics. China won the team gold, but the IOC asked the FIG to investigate rumors that some members were too young. (Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year.) On Oct. 1 the FIG closed its probe, saying China had properly documented its gymnasts' ages. However, the FIG uncovered evidence that two members of the Chinese team that won bronze in Sydney in 2000 may have been underage: Dong Fangxiao and Yang Yun were allegedly both 14. The FIG said it will continue investigating the 2000 cases.
Indefinitely, the Wisconsin marching band, which is being investigated by the school after allegations of hazing. Band director Mike Leckrone suspended the band last Friday, a move that kept it from playing during the Badgers' nationally televised game against Ohio State the next day. Leckrone did not give details but said a small percentage of the 300-member band had engaged in drinking and "inappropriate sexual behavior." The band will not perform until the school's investigation is complete.
They Said It
This year's FedExCup champion, on trying to stay in shape at age 45:
"The older you get, the harder it is to feel younger."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
An Elgin, Ill., high school student was forced to remove a Cubs jersey she wore to school because a staffer thought fukudome was a curse word.