At age 31 in a mountain climbing accident, Karine Ruby (above), who dominatedwomen's Alpine snowboarding for nearly a decade. Ruby, of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc,France, won a gold medal in the giant slalom at the 1998 Olympics and a silverin the parallel giant slalom in 2002. She also won 67 World Cup races and sixworld championships before her retirement following the 2006 Olympics. She wastraining to be a mountain guide when she fell into a crevasse on Mont Blanc, onthe border of France, Switzerland and Italy. "Karine incarnated theemergence of snowboarding in France," French prime minister Fran√ßois Fillonsaid in a statement. "The people of France will hold on to the memory ofher talent and her joie de vivre."
At age 73 of complications from Alzheimer's, Terry Barr, a two-time Pro Bowlreceiver for the Lions. Originally a defensive back, Barr returned aninterception for a touchdown as a rookie in Detroit's 59--14 win over theBrowns in the 1957 NFL Championship Game. He shifted to offense three yearslater, catching 227 passes (12th on the team's alltime list) and making the ProBowl in 1963 and '64. "I don't think Terry ever dropped a ball," saidformer Detroit teammate Gail Cogdill.
Of a rare blood disorder at age 44, former NHL center Peter Zezel (below). Atalented all-around athlete—he played in a few games with the Toronto Blizzardof the North American Soccer League—the handsome, outgoing Zezel helped theFlyers outgrow their Broad Street Bullies image in the 1980s. But there was nomistaking his toughness; after proving his mettle as a scorer withPhiladelphia, he reinvented himself in Toronto, where he anchored the MapleLeafs' checking line in 1993 and '94, when they made the Western Conferencefinals. "Everybody recognized him on and off the ice," formerPhiladelphia teammate Rick Tocchet said. "Peter was a matinee idol."Zezel retired in 1999 and two years later was diagnosed with hemolytic anemia,a disease that destroys the body's red blood cells.
On three counts of murder stemming from the hit-and-run accident that killedAngels pitcher Nick Adenhart, Andrew Gallo. The 22-year-old allegedly had ablood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when his vehicle plowedinto the car in which Adenhart was riding just hours after his fourth majorleague start, on April 8. Adenhart and two friends were killed; a fourth personin Adenhart's car was seriously injured. Gallo was also charged with threeother felonies.
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In his mixed martial arts debut, Jose Canseco. The 44-year-old former sluggerlasted 77 seconds with 7'2", 327-pound Hong Man Choi, a sumo wrestler andkick boxer from South Korea. Canseco spent much of the bout, which took placein Yokohama, Japan, avoiding Choi. When Choi finally caught him, he droppedCanseco to the mat face-first and hit him in the head until the referee steppedin. Up next for Canseco (above), according to celebrity fight promoter DamonFeldman: a July 24 bout with 300-pound competitive eater Bill (Wingador)Simmons, whose nickname comes from his ability to devour chicken wings.
The University of Kentucky Athletic Association, by former Wildcats basketballcoach Billy Gillispie—who was promptly sued by the school the next day.Gillispie was working without a contract (though he had signed a memorandum ofunderstanding) when he was fired in late March. Gillispie claims the memorandumentitles him to a $6 million buyout; the school says the agreement isnonbinding. Gillispie was 40--27 in two seasons before he was replaced byformer Memphis coach John Calipari.
By the NCAA, an investigation into alleged major infractions in the Memphisbasketball program. The most serious allegation is that an unidentified persontook the SAT in place of a player—believed to be point guard Derrick Rose—fromthe '07--08 team. Rose left school after his freshman season and was the toppick in the NBA draft. If found guilty, the Tigers could be forced to forfeittheir 38 wins that season and vacate their title-game appearance. The NCAA toldJohn Calipari, who coached the Tigers for the last nine years before his hiringat Kentucky in April, that he was not "at-risk" in the investigation,but he was strongly urged to participate in a hearing that has been scheduledfor June 6. Calipari, who will be in China, said he will call in. "I amvery willing to cooperate with the committee and provide my views on the issuesinvolved in this case," he said.
The 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee, by Kavya Shivashankar. The 13-year-oldfrom Olathe, Kans., won after her two remaining competitors missed words in the15th round of the competition in Washington, D.C. Kavya then spelled Laodicean,which means indifferent toward religion or politics. It was her fourth top 10finish. "I'm really going to miss spelling," said Kavya, who hasexhausted her eligibility. "I'm really happy, but I'm sad that this is theend of my spelling career."
THEY SAID IT
Japanese competitive eater, after downing 5¾ pounds of pizza in six minuteslast Saturday to win a competition in Culver City, Calif.: "When I come toAmerica, pizza is my happiness."
Career wins by Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte that have been saved by MarianoRivera, one more than the old major league record for one starter-closer comboheld by Oakland's Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley.
Wild pitches by the Red Sox on May 27, the fifth time since 1900 that a teamhas had six in a game.
Consecutive years in which a Pac-10 softball team has made the finals of theWomen's College World Series, after Washington advanced to face Florida.
Runs given up by Ohio State in its two NCAA tournament losses: 24--8 to Georgiaand 37--6 to Florida State.
Tickets for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa that have been sold in the U.S.,the most of any country as of Sunday.
NASCAR wins for Brad Keselowski this year.
Total laps Keselowski has led in those wins: one at Talladega in April and twolast Saturday at Dover.