By Marcus Jordan (above) and his Whitney Young high teammates, the Illinois 4Abasketball championship. Marcus, the younger son of Michael Jordan, had agame-high 19 points, including four straight free throws in the final 26seconds, as Young beat Waukegan 69--66. His father, who is part-owner of theBobcats, skipped Charlotte's game last Saturday to watch his son, a senior whohas reportedly received scholarship offers from Iowa State, Miami, Nebraska andPenn State. Afterward, a reporter asked Michael about the tears in his eyes."Crying? I'm not crying," he said. "Not for me, anyway."
After he was knocked from his bike during a race on Monday, the rightcollarbone of Lance Armstrong. The seven-time Tour de France champion was inSpain competing in the five-day Vuelta of Castilla and Leon as part of hiscomeback after a three-year retirement when he was caught in a large pileup.Armstrong, 37, had planned to race in the Tour de France later this summer, butsaid of his injury, "I think for the Tour it's a very big problem."
Of her world record in the 50-meter butterfly, Therese Alshammar (below). TheSwedish swimmer broke her own mark with a time of 25.44 seconds in Sydney onMarch 17 but was disqualified because she was wearing two bathing suits, whichcan give a swimmer additional buoyancy. Alshammar said she was wearing a secondsuit because her skintight outer layer left little to the imagination. "Iwas wearing a unisex suit which does not cover my chest completely so I need towear an old cut-down suit underneath," said Alshammar, who was once namedSweden's sexiest woman by Café magazine. "I thought it was a modesty suit.It's just so I don't fall out the side, to feel more comfortable."
At age 82, Whitey Lockman, who was on second base when Bobby Thomson hit hisShot Heard 'Round the World. A first baseman and outfielder, playing againstthe Dodgers in the decisive third game of the 1951 National League playoff,Lockman sliced a one-out opposite-field double in the bottom of the ninth,chasing Brooklyn starter Don Newcombe—who was replaced by Ralph Branca—andbringing the potential winning run, Thomson, to the plate. Thomson homered,giving the Giants the pennant. The following season Lockman made the All-Starteam for the only time in his 15-year career.
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At age 20, 1992 Kentucky Derby winner Lil E. Tee, who was euthanized afterfalling ill a month ago. The chestnut colt was a 17--1 long shot, but he blewby Casual Lies down the stretch. Lil E. Tee then finished fifth in thePreakness and skipped the Belmont Stakes because of a lung infection; in 13career starts he won seven times. He was active as a stud at Old Frankfort farmin Lexington, Ky., until his death.
At age 49, Walt Poddubny, who played for five teams in his 11-year NHL career.The cause of death was not immediately known. Poddubny's pregame ritualinvolved watching Three Stooges videos—"He's a pretty weird dude,"former Rangers teammate Pierre Larouche once said—but it worked well enough:Poddubny had three 30-goal seasons.
At age 52, Jeff Komlo, a former NFL quarterback. Komlo was killed in a carcrash in Greece, where he was apparently living as a fugitive after failing toshow for sentencing on drunken driving charges in Pennsylvania four years ago.At the time he disappeared, Komlo was also under investigation for two housefires. Jim Vito, a Chester (Pa.) County detective who was working the case,said he was suspicious when he heard that Komlo had been killed because hethought it was possible that given his history, he might have faked his owndeath. But the State Department matched the fingerprints on the dead body toKomlo. In four seasons with the Lions and the Buccaneers, Komlo threw for 2,603yards, 12 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.
They Said It
Free-agent reliever, on why he finally signed, on March 13, with the haplessNationals:
"When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, andyou're just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J-Lo.... So, Nationals:Jennifer Lopez to me."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Police in Indiana drove a high school basketball coach45 miles to his team's playoff game after he posted bond on a DWI charge.