Nearly a month after he disappeared as he was to begin serving a prison sentence, Mark Ingram (above and inset). The former NFL receiver pleaded guilty to money laundering and was to surrender to authorities on Dec. 5 to begin serving a seven-year, eight-month sentence. He told the court that he wanted to see his son, a running back at Alabama, play his final two games of the season. But his request to postpone his sentence was turned down, and he disappeared. Ingram was captured without incident in Michigan last Friday, hours before Alabama lost the Sugar Bowl. In 10 years with four teams he had 265 catches, including 51 for the Giants in 1991.
Of complications from Alzheimer's at age 59, Jan Kemp, who blew the whistle on academic irregularities at Georgia in the 1980s. Kemp was fired from her job as an English professor after complaining that the school inflated the grades of several football players. She sued in 1986 and was awarded $1.08 million and was reinstated in her job; extensive reforms by the school and the NCAA followed. Kemp was blamed by many Bulldogs fans for the team's struggles in the wake of the scandal. She attempted suicide twice after she was dismissed (SI, Feb. 24, 1986) but stayed at the school until she retired in 1990.
At age 73, Sam McQuagg (right), the 1965 NASCAR rookie of the year. McQuagg dominated the local track in Valdosta, Ga., winning 35 of 37 races in 1963. He parlayed that success into a full-time NASCAR ride in '65. McQuagg won one race but was best known for an incident in a race he didn't win. He was leading the 1965 Southern 500 in Darlington when Cale Yarborough bumped him while trying to make a pass. Yarborough went over the guard rail and out of the track, and the footage was used for years at the beginning of Wide World of Sports to illustrate "the agony of defeat."
Of heart failure at age 63, swimmer Roy Saari, who won two medals at the 1964 Olympics. Saari, who won nine NCAA individual championships at USC, also qualified for the Tokyo Games as a member of the U.S. water polo team. He chose to only swim and won a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle relay and a silver in the 400-meter individual medley.
January 12, 2009
On suspicion of DUI, Charles Barkley. Police in Scottsdale, Ariz., pulled over the TNT NBA analyst at 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 31 after he ran a stop sign. He was given a field sobriety test and failed. "I'm disappointed that I put myself in that situation," Barkley, 45, said the next day. The Hall of Famer had been partying at a club with former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and Jaleel White, who played Urkel on Family Matters. Barkley's next court appearance has not been scheduled.
Goalie for the Coyotes during a practice last week, the team's media-relations director, Sergey Kocharov. With Ilya Bryzgalov out with tightness in his back, Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky pressed Kocharov into service. Kocharov, 26, who plays in a local beer league, faced shots for 90 minutes as the Coyotes worked on their power play. "Hopefully that will give our guys some confidence on the power play," Gretzky said. "They were going against a p.r. guy. Hopefully that pumps them up."
By scientists in Scotland, a warning that golfers who use titanium drivers are risking damage to their hearing. The scientists found that the thin-faced clubs make a loud ping when they strike the ball. Dr. Malcolm Buchanan, an Edinburgh-trained ear, nose and throat specialist (and golfer), said the research showed the clubs "may produce sufficient sound to induce temporary or even permanent—cochlear damage in susceptible individuals." The report, which was cowritten by Buchanan for the British Medical Journal, advises players to consider earplugs.
They Said It
BILL GRIER San Diego basketball coach, on why Academy of Art University lost a game 74--23 before facing his Toreros: "Picasso didn't play."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
An English soccer match was abandoned after a player who was ejected returned to the field brandishing a sword.