The New York City Marathon for the third time, Paula Radcliffe (above) of Great Britain. Radcliffe, 34, the marathon world-record holder, easily beat second-place finisher Ludmila Petrova of Russia with a time of 2:23:56; Kara Goucher of Portland, came in third, the best finish by an American woman since 1994. Radcliffe has won eight of the 10 marathons she has entered—her only losses were at the 2004 and '08 Olympics. The men's race was won by Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil in 2:08:43, his second New York victory.
This is an article from the Nov. 10, 2008 issue
To the media in detail for the first time since he was questioned as part of the FBI probe into crooked NBA official Tim Donaghy, referee Scott Foster. In an interview with SI on Monday, Foster, 41, said he was unaware that Donaghy, a close friend, was feeding inside information to gamblers. (Donaghy, who pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud and transmitting wagering information across state lines, is serving a 15-month sentence.) Earlier this year FoxNews.com reported that Foster had received 134 cell phone calls from Donaghy between October 2006 and April 2007, the period covering Donaghy's illegal activity. The FBI and NBA found no evidence of wrongdoing by Foster. On Monday, Foster told SI that he realizes now he was probably an unwitting participant in Donaghy's plot. "I don't remember any specific questions like 'Hey, how hurt is [a player],' but I have to think that in some way I was," he said. "We talked so much. I've racked my mind for 18 months. I've tried to recount every possible question." (For more from SI's interview with Foster go to SI.com.)
To the Pistons by the Nuggets on Monday, guard Allen Iverson. Detroit has been an NBA powerhouse, but losses in the Eastern Conference finals each of the last three years motivated G.M. Joe Dumars to overhaul his roster. To get Iverson, 33, whose 27.7 scoring average is the NBA's third-best alltime, the Pistons gave up former NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups, forward Antonio McDyess and center Cheikh Samb. Said Dumars, "Iverson gives us a dimension that we haven't had here."
After being shot at a Halloween party, USC freshman sprinter Bryshon Nellum. Early last Friday morning Nellum, 19, was shot in the legs at a restaurant near the USC campus; as of Monday no arrests had been made. As a senior at Long Beach Poly High in 2007, Nellum was the Gatorade national boys' track and field athlete of the year, and he was the first athlete to win California state titles in the 200- and the 400-meters in consecutive years. He underwent successful surgery after the shooting, and doctors are hopeful that he will continue his track career.
That he will step down after this season, Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer (below, with Peyton Manning). The Vols are 3--6 overall and 1--5 in the SEC this year and could endure their second losing season in four years. Fulmer, 58, a Winchester, Tenn., native and former Vols guard, took over as coach in 1992. He won a national title in '98 and led Tennessee to 13 straight bowl appearances, but in the last seven seasons Fulmer has lost 31 games.
By the National Basketball Coaches Association, a deal to make designer Joseph Abboud the official outfitter of NBA coaches. During games this season coaches will wear Abboud suits, pants and sport coats; they all met with the company's designers in Chicago in September to be measured and to choose fabric swatches. JA Apparel also supplies NFL coaches with off-the-field clothing.
Of a heart attack after rolling the first perfect game of his life, longtime amateur bowler Don Doane. Doane, 62, a church deacon, had bowled for the same team at Ravenna Bowl in Ravenna, Mich., for 45 years, and on Oct. 16 he had his first 300 game. Minutes after his final strike, Doane collapsed while high-fiving teammates. Said one, Todd Place, to WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, "He died with a smile on his face."
They Said It
San Diego State football coach, on his 1--8 team:
"[We] really have done well from Sunday through Friday."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Schools in and around Athens, Ga., were shut down the day before the Georgia-Florida game because so many teachers called in sick.