By Tiger Woods, the Memorial, his biggest victory since returning from kneesurgery in February. Trailing by three strokes with eight holes to play, Woodshit a five wood (above, in teeth) into the deep greenside rough. He chipped infor eagle (inset) out of a terrible lie, then went on to birdie three of thefinal four holes to beat Jim Furyk by a stroke. The win, his second since theoperation to repair his torn left ACL last June, answered any questions aboutwhether he was fully recovered. "I just wish you all would quit pissing himoff, that's what I wish," Furyk joked with reporters after the tournament."I wish you'd quit chapping him so he has to come back and keep provingstuff."
This is an article from the June 15, 2009 issue
By Kyle Busch (right), Pete Townshend. For winning the Nationwide Series racein Nashville last Saturday, Busch received a brand new Gibson Les Paulguitar—which he promptly smashed, a la The Who guitarist. "Everybody's[smashed a guitar] except race car drivers," he said. "Those sorry sapstake it home in one piece. I'll break it up and share it with the team."Alas, the guitar proved sturdier than Busch hoped. It chipped but didn'tshatter. "It didn't break according to plan," Busch said. "We'll goback to the shop and cut it up into smooth pieces so everyone on the team canhave one."
By one-woman squad Bonnie Richardson, the Texas Class 1A track and field teamchampionship. The only athlete representing Rochelle High, Richardson won thelong jump and high jump and finished second in the discus, third in the 200meters and fourth in the 100. That was good for 38 points, two more thanrunner-up Cayuga High. Richardson also single-handedly won the title forRochelle last year. "I'm really happy it's over," said Richardson."It took a lot out of me." Richardson, who recently graduated asvaledictorian of her 14-student class, will attend Texas A&M.
By George Foreman III (right), his professional boxing debut, a first-roundknockout of Clyde Weaver. The 26-year-old Foreman—one of five sons of theformer heavyweight world champ who bears his father's name—didn't box as anamateur but showed he packs a powerful punch in flooring Weaver less than aminute into the bout. Weaver (0--2) got back to his feet, but Foreman, who wastrained by his father, dropped him for good moments later. "It feels goodto know all the torture my father put me through paid off," said theyounger Foreman, who goes by the nickname Monk.
By Saints coach Sean Payton, a movie project that is being shopped in Hollywoodby the powerful Creative Artists Agency. The story, tentatively called The XboxKid, is about a boy who can control the outcome of NFL games with a video-gamecontroller. Payton said he got the idea in 2006 while watching his son playingout the Saints' future games on his Xbox. "I just wrote about four pages,piddling around with it," Payton told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Hethen turned the idea over to a professional screenwriter.
At Age 83, Dick Jacobs, whose purchase of the Cleveland Indians in 1986 andopening of the team's eponymous stadium in '94 reversed the then saggingfranchise's fortunes. A real estate magnate who was raised in Akron, Jacobs(and his brother, David, who died in 1992) bought the team for $40 million; hesold the Indians to Larry Dolan in 2000 for $323 million. During the 13 seasonsJacobs owned the Tribe, the team won five division titles and two pennants andbegan a string of 455 consecutive sellouts at Jacobs Field (since renamedProgressive Field), which helped revitalize the city's downtown. "He wastruly a part of the Cleveland turnaround and renaissance," said GeorgeVoinovich, a senator from Ohio and former Cleveland mayor.
At age 82, Jim Owens, who coached Washington to its first two Rose Bowlvictories and a share of the 1960 national championship. Owens took over amoribund Huskies program in 1957. After two three-win seasons, Washington went10--1 and beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. The next year the Huskies were again10--1 and beat top-ranked Minnesota in Pasadena. One of the few organizationsthat had a postseason poll, the Helms Foundation, voted Washington No. 1.Owens, who won 99 games in his 18 years at the school, was inducted into theCollege Football Hall of Fame in 1982.
Bonus injured pitcher Tom Glavine stood to collect for making the Braves'active roster this year; the team instead released him on June 3 after he threwsix scoreless innings in a minor league rehab assignment.
Strikeouts in as many at bats for the Blue Jays' Alex Rios last Thursdayagainst the Angels, making him the only player in the last 55 years to fan inall five trips to the plate in a nine-inning game twice in his career.
New zip code for Dodger Stadium, which was given its own delivery zone by theU.S. Postal Service last Saturday.
Doubles by the A's in their 9--4 win over Baltimore last Saturday; Oakland'sfirst seven hits were two-baggers.
Formula One wins for Jenson Button in the season's first seven races, after hetook the checkered flag in Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix.
Drivers in F/1 history who previously had won six of the first seven races in aseason; all went on to win the championship.
THEY SAID IT
Tony La Russa
Cardinals manager, after Albert Pujols nearly injured his ankle on an awkwardslide into second base: "My heart got quiet, but my underweardidn't."