At age 88 of injuries suffered in a car crash in Pinellas Park, Fla., longtimeCardinals official George Kissell (above). Kissell never made it to themajors—he played three seasons in the minors before serving in the Navy inWorld War II—but he was a Cardinals fixture for the past six decades. He was aminor league instructor and big league coach, and he was known as a high priestof fundamentals. (Former manager Whitey Herzog once said, "George Kissellis the only man I know who can talk for 15 minutes about a ground ball.")Kissell was a player development coordinator until his death.
With an injury to his right front hoof, 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preaknesswinner Big Brown. The 3-year-old, who won seven of eight career starts, wasworking out on Monday at Aqueduct; he appeared to kick himself and beganbleeding from his foot. The extent of the injury was unknown, but Big Brownco-owner Michael Iavarone said the colt will begin his breeding career. BigBrown's next start was to have been a showdown with star 4-year-old Curlin inthe Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.
With a brain tumor, Seve Ballesteros (below). The scrambler nonpareil—he wonthe first of his five major titles, the 1979 British Open, making a crucialfinal-round birdie after hitting his drive into a parking lot—collapsed inMadrid on Oct. 6 and was admitted to La Paz hospital, where the tumor wasdiagnosed last week. Ballesteros, 51, was to have a biopsy on Tuesday."Throughout my career I have been among the best at overcoming challengeson the golf course. Now I want to be the best confronting the hardest challengeof my life," Ballesteros said in a statement.
For nearly 10 hours by immigration authorities after agents allegedly caughthim bringing illegal fertility drugs into the U.S. from Mexico, Jose Canseco.The former major leaguer, who described his steroid use in a 2005 book, washeld at a border crossing in San Diego. According to Canseco's lawyer, GregoryEmerson, agents found human chorionic gonadotropin, which helps restoretestosterone and is illegal without a prescription, in Canseco's car. Nocharges have been filed, but he's scheduled to appear in court this week.
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For 30 games by the Warriors for injuring his ankle in a moped accident, MontaEllis. The guard signed a six-year, $66 million deal in the summer afteraveraging 20.2 points last season. He severely sprained his ankle in a crash inAugust, then told the team he was hurt playing basketball. Ellis isn't likelyto be healthy enough to play during his suspension, but the ban will cost him$3 million in salary. The standard NBA player contract prohibits players fromengaging in activity "exposing the participant to a substantial risk ofbodily injury" and specifically includes mopeds.
While he awaits trial for an alleged hit-and-run accident in the DominicanRepublic, Mets reliever Ambiorix Burgos. On Sept. 30 Burgos allegedly struckand killed two female pedestrians with his Hummer in his hometown of Nagua.Burgos, 24, is accused of fleeing the scene, which could land him in prison fortwo years. He is scheduled to go on trial in three months. "I am going tocome out of this fine because my conscience is clear," he said.
After shooting himself in the face, former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk. The47-year-old, who's now a goaltending coach with the Blue Jackets, was huntingrabbits at his Fish Springs, Nev., home when his .22-caliber rifle accidentallywent off, according to The Record-Courier of Reno. Malarchuk is expected tomake a full recovery. In 11 seasons from 1981--92 Malarchuk was 141-130-45, buthe's best known for having his jugular vein sliced by a skate blade during agame in '89, an incident that left a pool of blood on the ice and shocked twospectators so badly that they had heart attacks.
They Said It
Cowboys owner on embattled cornerback Adam Jones (below): "He's literallyon a high wire without a net."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A musician is reportedly suing Jon Bon Jovi for $400billion for allegedly stealing the lyrics to a song about the Red Sox.