By Joey Logano (above), 19, the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, making him thefirst teenager to win a race in NASCAR's top series. The race, at New HampshireMotor Speedway, was cut short by rain with 28 of 301 laps left. The rookie, whowas making his 20th Sprint Cup start, elected to stay out during a late roundof pit stops under threatening skies. He took the lead when Ryan Newman, whoalso didn't pit, ran out of gas. Logano would have run out, too, had the rainheld off. "I guess I'd rather be lucky than good right now," Loganosaid as he waited for NASCAR officials to call the race, which they eventuallydid after a brief delay.
This is an article from the July 6, 2009 issue
By the Drug Enforcement Administration, an investigation into how Dodgersslugger Manny Ramirez received the performance-enhancing drugs that led to his50-game suspension. MLB president Bob DuPuy confirmed that the league iscooperating with the probe. According to ESPN, the DEA suspects that a Floridaphysician prescribed HCG—a drug that can lessen the effects of ending a steroidcycle—for Ramirez, with the doctor's son acting as a go-between. Ramirez, whosesuspension is scheduled to end on July 3, played four minor league games lastweek, going 2 for 7 with one home run.
By a Rays fan of striking him in a postgame incident, Phillies reliever J.C.Romero. After last Thursday's game, which Philadelphia lost, 25-year-old RobertEaton says he asked Romero for an autograph outside Tropicana Field. WhenRomero ignored him, Eaton reportedly made a comment about Romero's recentlycompleted 50-game MLB suspension for using a banned substance. Romero thenallegedly slapped Eaton. Asked about the fan's claim, Romero told ThePhiladelphia Inquirer, "What did he say? That he was drunk and got into afight? I'm not going to comment on it." Eaton filed a complaint withpolice; as of Monday no charges had been filed.
By Cheyenne Woods, the cut in her first pro tournament. The 18-year-old nieceof Tiger Woods (SCORECARD, June 1) was five over par in her two rounds at theWegmans LPGA in Rochester, N.Y., missing the cut by four strokes. With eightholes to play when darkness halted the second round last Friday, Woods was onlyone over; she triple-bogeyed her second hole the next day and couldn't recover."I could have made a couple more birdies—or not as many bogeys—but I'mhappy," said Woods, who recently finished her freshman season at WakeForest. She was in the tournament on a sponsor's exemption.
By Braves righty reliever Jeff Bennett, his left hand after he punched a doornear the dugout during Atlanta's 8--4 loss to the Yankees on June 24. A playerbreaking his hand is not uncommon; what is rare is the player pushing thebroken bone back into place and taking the field, which Bennett did. He lastedone more inning before finally telling a team trainer what he had done.Bennett, who gave up one run but also allowed two inherited runners to score,was placed on the 15-day disabled list. "It's good that he cares," saidmanager Bobby Cox. "It's not good if you break something."
By three Cowboys offensive linemen, a record deal for their heavy metal band.After just a few months together, the band Free Reign—which, according to theband's MySpace page, has been "kicking ass since March 2009"—was signedby Australian label Riot Entertainment. The band is comprised of (above, fromleft) guitarist Justin Chapman, who works for an oil company, and the threefootball players: Cory Procter (drums), Marc Colombo (vocals) and Leonard Davis(bass). An EP is expected to be released in the fall.
The Illinois basketball team, Jeff Jordan (right), the older son of MichaelJordan. Formerly a walk-on, Jordan was given a scholarship midway through lastseason, in which he averaged 1.0 points and 1.0 assists in 8.4 minutes per gameas a sophomore guard. "I have come to the point where I'm ready to focus onlife after basketball," he said in a statement. "I will concentrate onearning my degree [in psychology] ... and the opportunities that await upongraduating." Jeffrey's younger brother, Marcus, recently signed a letter ofintent to play at Central Florida.
From international baseball for two years after testing positive for marijuanaat the World Baseball Classic, Cubs catcher Geovany Soto. The reigning NLRookie of the Year was representing Puerto Rico at the tournament this springwhen he failed the test. Major League Baseball does not test for marijuana, soSoto will not be disciplined by the league or by the Cubs. "'I just feelembarrassed," Soto said. "I'm man enough to do stuff, I'm man enough toface it." Soto was not the only player to fail a test at the WBC; Royalspitcher Sidney Ponson, who represented the Netherlands, tested positive for abanned stimulant. Like Soto he was suspended by the International BaseballFederation for two years but will not be suspended by MLB.
Consecutive outs on strikeouts by Brewers reliever Mitch Stetter, a teamrecord.
Hits by Texas shortstop Omar Vizquel, who last Thursday surpassed Hall of FamerLuis Aparicio for the most hits by a player from Venezuela.
Games the Rays needed to reach 100 homers and 100 steals this season, thefewest of any team in history.
Pairs of teammates with three grand slams in a season: Hanley Ramirez and CodyRoss (2009 Marlins); Ben Grieve and Jason Giambi (2000 A's); and Alex Rodriguezand Paul Sorrento (1996 Mariners).
Winning score (22 under par) of Kenny Perry at the Travelers Championship, atournament record and tied for the fourth-lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tourhistory.
Margin by which the last-place Indians have been outscored in the eighth inningthis year.
Margin by which the Indians have outscored their opponents in all otherinnings.
THEY SAID IT
Michelle Larcher de Brito
On the loud noises she makes during her tennis matches: "If my body feelslike it needs to grunt more, it grunts. If not, it stays quiet."