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March 23, 2009
March 23, 2009

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March 23, 2009

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Stripped
To his Skivvies in the first round of the World Golf Championships--CA Championship to avoid dirtying his clothes, Henrik Stenson (above). On his 12th hole the Swede hit his drive into the muck on the edge of a pond. Without rain gear and fearing that mud-caked clothes would be a distraction over the final six holes, he stripped down. "I was only wearing two things when I hit the shot—my jocks and my golf glove," he said. Standing with his feet in water, Stenson hacked the ball back into the fairway and made bogey. He said he knew he'd face ribbing, but he tried to look on the bright side. "You never know," he said. "I might have a new endorsement with Playgirl or something like that."

This is an article from the March 23, 2009 issue

Released
By the Jaguars, troubled wide receiver Matt Jones. The 25-year-old was arrested last week after failing a random test last month for drugs and alcohol in violation of a plea deal reached after his 2008 arrest for cocaine possession. Jones, who admitted that he drank beer while playing golf with friends, was sentenced to a week in jail. He was released from jail last Saturday, and Jacksonville cut him on Monday. Last year Jones had 65 catches before being suspended by the NFL for the final three games of the season.

Received
By a California food bank, nearly two tons of cereal with Michael Phelps's picture on the boxes. The Olympic star was dropped by Kellogg's last month after a photo of him taking a hit from a bong surfaced on the Internet; last week the company donated 3,800 pounds of Frosted Flakes and Corn Flakes to the San Francisco Food Bank. Kellogg's refused to comment on the donation, but a spokesperson for the food bank told the San Francisco Chronicle, "We do regularly [receive] products with packages that are no longer desirable."

Investigated
By Miami Beach police, a vehicle fatality involving Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth, who struck a 59-year-old pedestrian with his Bentley. Last Saturday morning Mario Reyes was hit as he was crossing the street on a busy causeway in Miami. Stallworth cooperated with police, who took blood at the scene to test for alcohol and drugs. (Results were not expected until the end of the week.) As of Monday it was still unclear if Reyes was crossing the street legally, and Stallworth had not been charged.

Died
At age 78, Larry Regan, the NHL's 1957 rookie of the year. Regan was 27 when he won the Calder Trophy with the Boston Bruins, making him the third-oldest player to win the award. After a five-year career with Boston and Toronto, Regan became the first general manager of the Los Angeles Kings and also coached them for one season.

Died
At age 91, Alf Pike, who was one of two surviving members of the New York Rangers' 1940 Stanley Cup--winning team. As a rookie center Pike scored a goal in the third period of Game 6 of the finals against Toronto, tying the game at 2--2. New York scored in overtime to clinch the Cup, its last until 1994. After a six-year career, Pike—whose off-season job in a funeral home earned him the nickname the Embalmer—coached the Rangers for two seasons.

Died
At age 86, Bill Davidson, who owned the Detroit Pistons for 35 years. A former glass magnate, Davidson was known as a free spender—he dished out $90 million to cover the cost of the Palace at Auburn Hills—but he spent his money on more than just his sports interests. He donated more than $80 million to charity in the 1990s alone. Davidson also owned the Detroit Shock of the WNBA and the Tampa Bay Lightning, which he sold in 2008; all three of his teams won their league championships within nine months of each other in 2003 and '04. Davidson, who ran track at Michigan, was a charter member of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

They Said It

MIKE HARGROVE
Former major league manager, on what qualified him to serve as Italy's bench coach during the World Baseball Classic: "I know how to spell lasagna."

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

A Boston bar is serving an A-Roid cocktail: a shot of tequila, with a spicy tomato juice chaser served in a syringe.

TWO PHOTOSKYLE AUCLAIR/GETTY IMAGES (STENSON)PHOTODOUG BENC/WBCI/GETTY IMAGES (HARGROVE)PHOTOCOURTESY OF BONFIRE STEAKHOUSE (COCKTAIL)PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (CEREAL BOX)