By the New York Rangers, Matt Gilroy (above), who won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player after leading Boston University to the NCAA title. The two-year deal is reportedly worth $3.5 million. North American players become free agents if they are undrafted at age 20, which is how old Gilroy (who's from North Bellmore, N.Y.) was when he walked on at BU as an undersized defenseman. Four years later he set up the tying goal with 17 seconds left in the title game win over Miami (Ohio).
At age 69, Bruce Snyder, who in 1996 coached Arizona State to an 11--0 regular-season record and a Rose Bowl appearance. After stints at Utah State and Cal, where he led the Bears to their first bowl game in 32 years, Snyder took over the Sun Devils in 1992. Four years later Snyder brought his team to within 19 seconds of a likely share of the national championship before Ohio State scored a TD to win the Rose Bowl 20--17.
At age 82, broadcaster Merle Harmon. In a 40-year career Harmon called games for four major league teams—most notably the Milwaukee Brewers and the Texas Rangers—and handled the baseball game of the week for both ABC and NBC. He also called college and professional football.
After a 17-year career in the ring, Oscar De La Hoya, a 10-time world champion in six weight classes. De La Hoya, 36, won the lightweight gold medal for the U.S. at the 1992 Olympics, then turned pro and became boxing's most popular fighter. In June 1996 he won the WBC light welterweight title by beating Julio Cesar Chavez; 10 months later he added the WBC welterweight belt with a win over Pernell Whitaker. He eventually held titles at junior middleweight and middleweight, retiring with a 39--6 record and the most pay-per-view buys (14.1 million for 19 fights) of any fighter ever. De La Hoya will devote himself to Golden Boy Promotions, the highly successful boxing promotion company he launched in 2001. "Oscar has been more involved with the operations of fights than any fighter I have worked with," says Mark Taffet, HBO senior vice president for sports operations. "Oscar knows what it takes to be a successful superstar in this marketplace."
April 26, 2009
Of income tax evasion, Helio Castroneves. The two-time Indy 500 champ—who became one of open-wheel racing's most recognizable faces when he won Dancing with the Stars in 2007—was charged with evading taxes on $7 million from licensing and sponsorship deals. Last Friday a federal jury in Miami found Castroneves not guilty of six of the seven charges and was hung on the other charge, of conspiracy. Castroneves, who faced more than six years in prison, was in his car the next day qualifying for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. "It feels like I just woke up from a nightmare," said Castroneves, who finished seventh in Sunday's race.
The closest Boston Marathon women's race since its inception in 1972, Kenya's Salina Kosgei, who beat defending champion Dire Tune of Ethiopia in a sprint to the tape on Monday. Kosgei finished less than a stride ahead of Tune, but her winning time of 2:32:16 was officially posted as one second faster than Tune's. The men's race was won by Ethiopia's Deriba Merga in 2:08:42. Americans finished third in both races, the best combined showing by the U.S. since 1985. Ryan Hall came in 58 seconds behind the men's winner. Kara Goucher (above, right, with Kosgei, left and Tune) was the women's leader with a mile to go but wound up nine seconds behind Kosgei. "I'm proud of how I did," said Goucher, who burst into tears after crossing the finish line." I just wanted to be the one that won for everybody."
By Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, a mild heart attack. The 50-year-old was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital last Thursday after waking up with chest pains. He had missed Boston's season finale the night before after saying he didn't feel well. Ainge was discharged on Sunday, the day after the Bulls upset the Celtics in Game 1 of their playoff series—which his doctors advised him not to watch. "They just want him to take it easy for a while," Celtics managing partner Steve Pagliuca told the Boston Herald. "When I saw him after the game, he was doing well. He was in great spirits."
By an errant Bill Murray drive, Gayle DiMaggio, who lives on the Florida course that hosted the Outback Pro-Am. DiMaggio was in her backyard when Murray's tee shot on the 9th hole at TPC Tampa Bay hit her in the temple. The blow knocked DiMaggio down, and, after Murray came to check on her, she was taken to the hospital for stitches. The next day she was back in her yard, but she took no chances: When Murray teed off on number 9, she went inside. Several of her friends and family members stayed in the yard—wearing hard hats.
In a twilight ceremony in Austin, Andy Roddick, 26, and Brooklyn Decker, 21. The tennis star and the SI Swimsuit model have been dating since 2007. They tied the knot in front of a small group of guests that included Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi. Elton John, a friend of Roddick's, gave a musical performance.
THEY SAID IT
Midfielder for Everton of the English Premier League, on his post--playing career plans:
"I've never been so certain about anything in my life. I want to be a coach. Or a manager, I'm not sure which."
Batting average of the Twins' Jason Kubel entering last Friday's game against the Angels.
Kubel's average after back-to-back four-hit games, including a cycle on Friday.
Players who hit for the cycle last week (Kubel, the Dodgers' Orlando Hudson and the Rangers' Ian Kinsler)—the first time that's happened in a week since 1970.
ERA of Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher, who on April 13 became the third position player in the last 40 years to homer and pitch in the same game, in a 15--5 loss to the Rays.
ERA of the other Yanks relievers this year.
Free throw percentage of the Raptors' Jose Calderon, who broke Calvin Murphy's 28-year-old NBA season record of 95.8%.
Length of OT, in seconds, of Game 1 of the Blackhawks-Flames series, the third shortest in playoff history; Chicago won 3--2 on Martin Havlat's goal.