At age 76, Andrea Mead Lawrence (above), the only American woman to win two skiing gold medals at one Olympics. After competing at the 1948 Games in St. Moritz as a pigtailed 15-year-old, Lawrence won the giant slalom four years later in Oslo and then took the slalom with a blistering second run that vaulted her from fourth place to first. "In a way the second run was a perfect run," Lawrence said in 2002—the same year Olympic documentarian Bud Greenspan chose her as the greatest Winter Olympian of all time. "There are few times in our lives where we become the thing we're doing."
At age 95, Herman Franks, who managed the Giants to four consecutive second-place finishes in the 1960s. A catcher who hit just .199, Franks was known for his handling of pitchers and became a Giants coach under Leo Durocher in 1949. He was in the centerfield clubhouse when Bobby Thomson hit his pennant-clinching home run against the Dodgers in 1951; at least two authors have alleged that Franks was stealing Brooklyn's signs. ("If I'm ever asked about it, I'm denying everything," Franks told the AP in 2001.) He took over as manager of the Giants in 1965 but was never able to win the pennant. He later managed the Cubs for three years.
At age 84, Gus Cifelli, a tackle who helped Notre Dame to three national titles before serving as a district court judge in Michigan for 27 years. After being awarded a Purple Heart as a Marine in World War II, Cifelli played for the Irish. He was a member of the Lions in '52, when they won the NFL title. He retired in '54 and was elected to the bench in 1973.
To carry through on her promise to return her scholarship money, Oklahoma center Courtney Paris. The four-time All-America guaranteed last month that the Sooners would win the national title and said she'd give back the almost $64,000 she's received in scholarship money if they didn't. Oklahoma was bounced in the Final Four by Louisville; after the game Paris—whose father, Bubba, played nine seasons in the NFL—stood by her pledge, saying, "I do make good on the guarantee. Not today, though. Obviously, I don't have $64,000 waiting, but I do make good on it."
April 12, 2009
By the Pirates, an exhibition game to Manatee Community College. If the 6--4 defeat was embarrassing for the players, it was mortifying for the fans who printed up T-shirts boasting that Pittsburgh held a 10--0 record against the two-year school in Bradenton, Fla. The front of the shirt read: MY TWO FAVORITE TEAMS ARE THE PIRATES AND WHOEVER IS PLAYING THE MANATEE CC LANCERS. The Pirates' split squad, which was made up of minor leaguers, had two hits in the final six innings against six Manatee pitchers.
That he will enter a car in the Indianapolis 500, Richard Petty (left). NASCAR's King will field a car driven by John Andretti. It's the first foray into open-wheel racing for Petty, who gave up control of his stock car operation when Petty Enterprises merged with Gillett Evernham Motorsports in January. Andretti, who won once in 183 starts for Petty Enterprises, has made nine Indy 500 starts.
By new Broncos safety Brian Dawkins, a pair of tickets to a man fired by the Eagles over a Facebook post. After Dawkins announced he was leaving Philadelphia after 13 seasons for Denver, part-time gate attendant Dan Leone posted an update that read, "Dan is [expletive] devastated about Dawkins' signing with Denver ... Dam Eagles R Retarted!!" He was fired by phone two days later. Dawkins said he'll give Leone his tickets to this season's Eagles-Broncos game in Philadelphia. "I thought it'd be a good gesture," Dawkins told the Philadelphia Daily News. "Had I not ... signed with Denver, that guy would still have his job."
They Said It
Explaining to The Times of London why he turned to boxing as a youngster: "I had a fear of humiliation, and pulverizing an opponent was one way to banish those fears."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A team in Brazil's top soccer league is giving its players Viagra when they play at altitude to improve their circulation.