His WBO and IBF heavyweight title belts, Wladimir Klitschko (above), with aninth-round TKO of Ruslan Chagaev in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, last Saturday. Thebout drew 61,000 fans, the largest boxing crowd in the country since 1939.Chagaev gave a game effort considering he was a last-minute fill-in; theUkrainian champ was supposed to fight David Haye, who pulled out with a backinjury two weeks ago. Klitschko (53--3) knocked down the challenger in thesecond round and bloodied his forehead in the eighth. "He did everythingtoday," Klitschko said, "but I was better."
This is an article from the June 29, 2009 issue
As executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, DonaldFehr (right), 60. Formerly the union's general counsel—Fehr's first work withthe union was to help on the 1975 Andy Messersmith case, which struck downbaseball's reserve clause—he became acting executive director in 1983 and twoyears later was formally selected for the job. What followed was a quartercentury of unprecedented growth in player movement and benefits tempered byintermittent controversy. In '83 the average player salary was $289,000; todayit is more than 10 times that. But the same headstrong mien and tenaciousbargaining style that made those gains possible for players also contributed tothree work stoppages on Fehr's watch, including a strike that wiped out the1994 World Series. More recently, Fehr faced heavy criticism from Congressionalleaders for the union's handling of baseball's steroid problem during histestimony in front of a House committee. Fehr will be replaced by generalcounsel Michael Weiner.
Indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Browns receiver Donte'Stallworth, who last week began serving a 30-day jail sentence for DUImanslaughter. After a night of drinking in Miami in March, Stallworth, 28,struck a pedestrian with his car. He pleaded guilty earlier this month andreached a financial settlement with the family of the victim, a 59-year-oldconstruction worker, last week. Goodell said he will meet with the player'srepresentatives to determine an exact length of the suspension and whetherStallworth will be allowed to play this season.
To qualify for the 2010 World Cup, Iran, after a 1--1 draw with South Korea inSeoul on June 17. The Iranians (above right) were coached by Afshin Ghotbi, aU.S. citizen and Iranian by birth who was hired in April (SI, June 15). Withmany of its players wearing green wristbands in support of presidentialcandidate Mirhossein Mousavi, whose loss in the disputed June 12 electionsparked a week of protests back home, Iran led 1--0 for much of the match butallowed a late goal. Still, the Iran Football Federation said that Ghotbi'scontract will be extended. Said IFF vice president Mehdi Taj, "We analyzedour team's performance ... and found out this coach is able to helpus."
For bankruptcy protection, former quarterback Bernie Kosar. The University ofMiami and Browns star, who retired from the NFL in 1996 and is now president ofthe Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League, listed liabilities ofbetween $10 million and $50 million, including $443,000 in federal and countyback taxes; $1.5 million of unsecured debt to the Browns; $3 million to hisex-wife, Babette, whom he divorced in 2007; and more than $9 million in bankloans that went toward sour real estate deals. Kosar, 45, who lives in Weston,Fla., listed assets of less than $10 million against those debts.
By 19 former and current NHL players, a golf course developer who allegedlyspent money they gave him for development projects on lavish parties forfriends, including Roger Clemens and Reggie Jackson. The plaintiffs, whichinclude Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar and Blue Jackets center MichaelPeca, allege that Ken Jowdy squandered $25 million in investment money, in partby throwing parties involving private plane rides, five-star hotelaccommodations and porn stars. Also among the beneficiaries, the players say,were Pete Rose and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan. Jowdy denied the charges, tellingthe New York Daily News, "The only reason that my friends are mentioned wasin order to gain the most publicity possible." The suit seeks return of the$25 million plus $15 million in damages.
Of cardiopulmonary arrest at age 82, former Giants outfielder Dusty Rhodes. Inseven big league seasons from 1952 to '59, Rhodes batted .253 and was never anAll-Star; he was a dangerous pinch hitter whose effectiveness waned when givenregular duty. But Rhodes won an eternal place in the hearts of Giants fans in'54, when he played a key role in the franchise's last World Serieschampionship. Rhodes went 4 for 6 with two home runs in a sweep of the Indians,including a 10th-inning, pinch-hit, three-run shot that won Game 1. Rhodes wasalso known as a clubhouse cutup and serial carouser. After a key pinch singlein Game 3 of the Series, he sat out Game 4. Years later he told The New YorkTimes, "It was just as well. After the third game, I was drinking toeverybody's health so much that I about ruined mine."
THEY SAID IT
Cubs manager, on criticism that he was too mellow during a recent losingstreak:
"What do I need to show fire for? I'm not adragon."
Years since brothers had homered in the same game for the Pirates before June17, when Adam and Andy LaRoche went deep for Pittsburgh.
Games in which brothers had faced each other as starting pitchers in the majorsthrough last Saturday, when the Dodgers' Jeff Weaver beat little brother Jeredof the Angels.
Wins the NCAA plans to strip from the career total of Florida State coach BobbyBowden as punishment for an academic scandal.
Wins by which Bowden trails Penn State's Joe Paterno, who has 383, for firstplace on the Divison I alltime list; the NCAA sanction would jeopardizeBowden's chances for catching Paterno.
Amount won in a settlement by a man who sued the A's for sex discriminationbecause he was not given a souvenir hat the club handed out to women at a gameon Mother's Day 2004.
Current major league players and managers, out of 1,042, who have collegedegrees, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal.