To Washington, quarterback Nick Montana (above), the 16-year-old son of former NFL star Joe Montana. Nick, who is entering his senior season at Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, Calif., is ranked as the nation's 13th-best high school quarterback by Scout.com; the 6'1" 185-pounder led Oak Christian to a 14--0 record last season. He had offers from Notre Dame (his dad's alma mater), LSU, Ohio State and Stanford but decided on Washington after visiting the campus last week. The Huskies were 0--12 last season, but Montana said new coach Steve Sarkisian is "going to get the place turned around."
This is an article from the June 22, 2009 issue
After fainting at a charity bicycle ride in Simsbury, Conn., last Saturday, UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun. The 67-year-old Hall of Famer, a prostate and skin cancer survivor, was taking part in the Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride, his annual fund-raiser. With 16 miles to go on the 50-mile course, Calhoun hit a pothole and fell off his bike. He completed the ride, but shortly afterward he collapsed while talking with friends. Later Calhoun learned he had broken ribs in the fall; a team spokesman said dehydration contributed to the fainting spell. Calhoun, who missed the Huskies' first 2009 NCAA Tournament game after being hospitalized for dehydration, was released on Sunday.
By the Falcons, quarterback Michael Vick, who is serving a 23-month sentence for running a dogfighting ring. Vick, 28, was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after he pleaded guilty in August 2007; he has not been reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell but can sign with any team. Vick is being held in home confinement in Hampton, Va., until his sentence ends on July 20. "Everybody always knew that Mike wouldn't be playing with the Falcons," Vick's agent, Joel Segal, said. "He's really just taking it one day at a time."
On three years' NCAA probation, 16 Alabama athletic teams, including the football squad. The NCAA said 201 athletes in 16 sports gained impermissible benefits by using their scholarships to obtain free textbooks for other students. Among the athletes were seven football players; the NCAA also ruled that the football program must vacate 21 victories that those players appeared in between 2005 and '07, including the '05 Cotton Bowl win over Texas Tech. The violations, most of which occurred before current football coach Nick Saban joined the Crimson Tide in 2007, will not cost the school postseason eligibility or scholarships.
By a fellow inmate at a federal prison in Pensacola, Fla., former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who is serving a 15-month sentence for his role in a gambling operation. Donaghy, 42, told Executive Prison Consultants (a firm that advises the incarcerated on how to cope behind bars) that in November he was clubbed by an inmate with mob connections. Donaghy said he suffered knee and leg injuries that will require surgery; he also claimed he was told he would be shot in the head. (Prison officials have not commented.) Donaghy, who in 2007 pleaded guilty to supplying bettors with information on NBA games, is to be released to a Tampa halfway house next week.
High school early so he'll be eligible for the 2010 major league draft, 16-year-old baseball phenom Bryce Harper (SI, June 8). The 6'3", 205-pound catcher (below) recently completed his sophomore season at Las Vegas High, where he batted .626 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs while doing nothing to dampen expectations that he will be a top draft pick. Players must complete high school to be draft-eligible; last Saturday, Harper announced that he will earn his high school equivalency and that he has registered at the College of Southern Nevada, a junior college where he will play and take classes beginning in August. "There are going to be critics," said Harper's father, Ron. "Honestly, we don't think it's that big a deal."
At age 77 of cancer, former major leaguer Woodie Held. In 14 seasons between 1954 and '69 the versatile Held—he played second, shortstop, third and all three outfield spots—spent time with seven AL teams. The bulk of his career came with the Indians, who acquired him in 1958 from the Kansas City A's in exchange for a young slugger named Roger Maris. Held's best season was '59, his first full year with Cleveland, when he hit 29 home runs; by the time he was traded to the Senators after the '64 season, Held had hit 85 home runs as a shortstop, an Indians franchise record that stood until Jhonny Peralta broke it this season. He finished his career with 179 homers.
By home plate umpire Don Briggs, the crowd at a high school game in West Burlington, Iowa, last Friday. During the fifth inning of West Burlington High's 12--11 win over Winfield--Mount Union, Briggs had arguments with both team managers. He warned that further complaints would get the skippers tossed and issued the same warning to the boisterous crowd of more than 100. When an unidentified fan shouted at him, Briggs ejected everyone and called police to have the stadium emptied. After a 40-minute delay, school superintendent James Sleister decided the fans could stay but that anyone who criticized the umps would be run and charged with disorderly conduct. The game was completed without incident.
THEY SAID IT
A's pitcher, after teammate Jack Cust hit a towering home run that stayed aloft for nearly seven seconds: "I had time to run to the bathroom and come back, and he was still on third."
Pitches Kansas City's Luke Hochevar threw in a 4--1 win over Cincinnati last Friday, the fewest in a complete game since Colorado's Aaron Cook needed 79 last July.
Innings—the first and the ninth—in which Hochevar retired the Reds on four pitches.
Amount Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was fined for taking too long to warm up in Boston's June 10 game against the Yankees.
Time it took Papelbon to get ready; the interval between half innings is supposed to be no longer than 2:25.
Times that three players named Fernando have appeared in the same major league lineup: last Saturday, when the Mets trotted out Fernando Martinez (LF), Fernando Tatis (1B) and Fernando Nieve (P).
Years since a British player last won the Queen's Club Wimbledon warmup before Andy Murray's victory on Sunday; Bunny Austin triumphed in 1938, the same year he became the last Brit to make the finals at Wimbledon.