After being shot in an apparent robbery, boxer Vernon Forrest (above). The 2002 Ring magazine fighter of the year was 38. According to police in Atlanta, Forrest was putting air in the tires of his Jaguar last Saturday night when two unidentified males held him up. Forrest, who was armed, then chased the suspects on foot. Gunfire was exchanged, and Forrest was hit several times. The highlight of Forrest's career was a pair of wins over Shane Mosley in 2002 that gave Forrest the WBC welterweight belt. One of the most admired men in the sport, Forrest devoted much of his free time to charities for the disabled.
By NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on a conditional basis, Michael Vick, who on July 20 completed a 23-month sentence for running a dogfighting ring. Last week Goodell met with Vick, and on Monday he cleared the quarterback, who was released by the Falcons in June, to participate in preseason practice and the final two exhibition games, assuming a team signs him. Once the regular season starts, Vick would be permitted to practice but not to play in games until being fully reinstated. Goodell said he would consider that step—taking into account reports from Vick's probation officer and others charged with supervising his activities—in mid-October (Week 6 of the season). "I fully understand that playing football in the NFL is a privilege, not a right, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity I have been given," Vick said in a statement issued by his agent.
From a gruesome wreck that left him with a fractured skull and an eye injury, Formula One driver Felipe Massa. The 28-year-old Brazilian, who finished second in the F/1 championship last year, was struck in the left side of the helmet by a spring that broke loose from another car in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Massa's car then plowed into a tire barrier. Doctors operated on Massa's skull and kept him heavily sedated through the weekend. On Monday a doctor said that while Massa's life was no longer in danger, the eye injury could affect his future as a racer.
By international swimming's governing body, the high-tech full-body suits that contributed to 108 world records being set in the past year. Last Friday, FINA voted to accept a proposal by the U.S. that would allow men to wear suits that go only from the waist to the knee; women will be permitted to wear shoulder-to-knee suits. The ban will be instituted next year. "A lot of us are joking that this might be the fastest we ever go," U.S. backstroker Aaron Peirsol said. "We might as well enjoy this year.... Some of these records might not be broken for a long, long time."
August 2, 2009
By the Mets, vice president for player development Tony Bernazard. Over the past month Bernazard allegedly cursed at the Mets' manager of baseball operations in front of fans at Citi Field, nearly came to blows with closer Francisco Rodriguez on the team bus, and removed his shirt and challenged players on the club's Double A affiliate to a fight. On Monday, after an investigation by the team's human resources office, Mets G.M. Omar Minaya dismissed the 52-year-old Bernazard.
By Mexico, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with a 5--0 victory over the U.S. on Sunday. The game, played at Giants Stadium before a crowd of 79,165 mostly in support of the visitors, was the first win for Mexico on U.S. soil in nine years (a run of 11 games). The tournament started less than a week after the Americans had finished second in the Confederations Cup, so virtually all of their best players were held out of this competition. Still, the B team advanced to the final and outplayed Mexico in a scoreless first half, but after Gerardo Torrado converted a penalty kick in the 58th minute, the U.S. defense fell apart, conceding four goals in 26 minutes, the last by Guillermo Franco (above). "It seemed every shot they took was going in," said U.S. midfielder Kyle Beckerman. The U.S. will send its best players to Mexico City for a rematch on Aug. 12 in a World Cup qualifier.
By Plaxico Burress, a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for two years. The Giants receiver faces weapons possession charges after an incident last November in which he accidentally shot himself in a nightclub. He has pleaded not guilty. According to the New York Post, Burress would have accepted one year in jail, but prosecutors are insisting on two. Burress's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told the paper, "Now that they have drawn a line in the sand, this is going to be a battle." The trial is set to begin in September.
By Loren Roberts, his second Senior British Open. Roberts won a three-way sudden-death playoff with Fred Funk and Mark McNulty at Sunningdale Golf Club. Crowd favorite Tom Watson, fresh off his near-win at the British Open, was abandoned by his putter and finished tied for eighth. Roberts (left), who was playing Sunningdale for the first time, made four birdies on the back nine on Sunday to force his way into the playoff. "[I] absolutely fell in love with this golf course," he said. "To be able to pull it out on the back nine is the culmination of a lot of hard work."
Amount David Beckham was fined by MLS for getting into a verbal altercation with a Galaxy fan in his first game at Home Depot Center this season; the fan was banned from the stadium for life.
Value of the BMW Leif Olson won for his hole in one at the 15th in the second round of the Canadian Open last Saturday; Olson's ball caromed off that of his playing partner, Kris Blanks, and rolled into the cup.
Amount Olson had won on the PGA Tour this year before the Canadian Open.
SEC coaches who did not vote for Florida's Tim Tebow as the preseason all-conference QB: South Carolina (and former Gators) coach Steve Spurrier, who said his director of football operations filled out his ballot and voted for Jevan Snead of Ole Miss.
Points by Seattle's Swin Cash in the WNBA All-Star Game, a record for the event.
Weeks Kansas City's Jose Guillen is expected to miss after hurting his knee while putting on a shin guard before an at-bat against the Angels.
THEY SAID IT
Newly inducted Hall of Famer, on why he had someone help him write the speech he gave in Cooperstown: "Speech and me don't even get along sometimes."