Her 2,500-mile journey from Cape Verde Islands to Trinidad and Tobago, Jennifer Figge (above), the first woman to swim across the Atlantic Ocean. Figge, a 56-year-old mother of one from Aspen, Colo., made the journey in 25 days. She swam up to eight hours a day in a shark cage and spent the rest of her time with her crew on a support boat. "I was never scared," Figge said. "Looking back, I wouldn't have it any other way. I can always swim in a pool."
By USA Swimming for three months, Michael Phelps, after a British tabloid ran a photo on Feb. 1 of the 14-time Olympic gold medalist taking a hit off a bong at a college party last November. Kellogg announced it was not renewing him as a spokesman; Subway said last Friday it was keeping Phelps. The suspension puts his summer plans in question. Phelps had recently begun training for July's world championships. "We had a plan of meets to kind of get us ready for the end of the summer, and now we'll have to adjust that," said his coach, Bob Bowman. "That kind of comes with this territory."
At age 89, Betty Jameson (below), one of the 13 women who founded the LPGA in 1950. An oil painter who enjoyed reading T.S. Eliot aloud to friends, Jameson won the first of two consecutive Women's Amateur titles in '39 and turned pro in '45. She helped start the women's tour five years later and finished her career with 13 LPGA wins. Jameson was a charter member of the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame.
As defensive coordinator of the Cardinals, six days after the team lost Super Bowl XLIII, Clancy Pendergast. Arizona was 28th in the NFL in scoring defense, allowing more regular-season points (426) than any other Super Bowl team in history. "I took a look at the last two years as a whole and felt this move was necessary to help us continue the progress we've made," said coach Ken Whisenhunt. Pendergast's departure after five years with the team means that the NFC champs are without both of their coordinators; Todd Haley, who ran the offense, was hired last week by the Chiefs as their head coach.
February 16, 2009
By the Los Angeles Galaxy, a bid by AC Milan to purchase the rights to David Beckham. The English midfielder, who signed a five-year deal with the MLS team in 2007, joined the Italian club on loan in January. He is scheduled to return to Los Angeles for preseason training on March 9, but last week he expressed an interest in making the loan permanent. "We need to end the distractions, the circus and the zoo," Tim Leiweke, the chief executive of AEG, which owns the Galaxy, told the Los Angeles Times. "We just received an offer. It was rejected." The terms of Milan's bid were not disclosed; Los Angeles is reportedly holding out for between $10 million and $20 million.
After an off-duty police officer witnessed him allegedly snorting cocaine in the men's room of an Atlanta bar, former Falcons running back Jamal Anderson. The 36-year-old, who retired with knee problems in 2001, ran for a franchise-record 1,846 yards in 1998, when Atlanta made its only Super Bowl appearance. Anderson, who worked last year as an analyst for ESPN, was booked for felony possession of cocaine and a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession. He was released on bond Sunday night.
By Peyton Manning and two other Pro Bowl players, Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler. Linemen Nick Mangold of the Jets and Kris Dielman of the Chargers tossed Cutler into the pool at their Honolulu resort. "We gave him a Pro Bowl baptism," Dielman told the Denver Post. One problem: While Manning had the foresight to swipe Cutler's cellphone so it wouldn't be damaged, they forgot that Cutler has type 1 diabetes and carries a blood sugar monitor, which was ruined. "It was a bad audible on our part," Manning said. A replacement monitor was found at a drug store, and Cutler played in Sunday's game without incident.
They Said It
Minnesota Wild goalie, after a 3--0 win over Anaheim: "You have a better chance to win when the other team doesn't score a goal."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A high school basketball coach in Kansas was ordered by his school board to stop having his players hypnotized.