Of cancer, at age 68, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson (inset). In 22years as an NFL assistant Johnson gained a reputation as one of the league'ssharpest defensive minds, and Philadelphia's unit was consistently one of theNFL's best during his 10 seasons in charge (1999--2008). During the playoffs inJanuary, Johnson worked from the coaches' box because of back pain; it wasdiscovered after the season that he had a tumor on his spine. Johnson'sinitials were painted on the field at Eagles camp (above). "Jim wastailor-made to coach in Philadelphia," said Broncos safety Brian Dawkins,an Eagle from 1996 to 2008. "He was a tough coach ... [but] he cared aboutus deeply."
Of cancer, at age 76, Bobby Robson, former English national team coach and oneof the giants of British soccer. In 1969 he took over as coach of the club teamIpswich and transformed it into a Premier League powerhouse. In '82 he becamecoach of the national team, and he led England to the semifinals of the 1990World Cup, the country's best performance since winning the '66 title. He latermanaged several club teams in Europe—even after his '91 cancer diagnosis—andserved as an ambassador for the sport.
By Major League Baseball, an investigation last year into steroid use in theRed Sox' organization. According to The Boston Globe the probe led to thefiring of two Fenway Park security guards. The paper reported that policeconfiscated a vial of Anadrol, a powerful steroid, from Nicholas Alex Cyr, 27,during a traffic stop last July. Cyr said that he told police the drugs weresold to him by Jared Remy, 30, a fellow security staffer, an avid bodybuilderand the son of former Red Sox second baseman and longtime TV analyst JerryRemy. No criminal charges were filed, but Cyr said they were asked by MLBofficials if they knew of steroid use by Red Sox players. Both men denied anyknowledge of use by players and were fired shortly after being questioned.
By Scotland's Catriona Matthew (right), the Women's British Open on Sunday, 11weeks after she gave birth to her second child. Matthew, 39, a 14-year pro,beat runner-up Karrie Webb by three strokes at Royal Lytham & St. AnnesGolf Club. It is Matthew's first major title. "I never thought I could comeback, play as well as I have done and win," said Matthew, whose daughterSophie was born on May 16. "It feels amazing." The victory capped anemotional 10 days for Matthew: On July 22 she and her husband, Graeme, ranthrough flames to escape a fire at a hotel in Évian, France.
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For using a homophobic slur against Notre Dame players, Hawaii football coachGreg McMackin. During the Western Athletic Conference's media day in Salt LakeCity last Thursday, McMackin joked to reporters about a dance some of theFighting Irish did the night before last December's Hawaii Bowl, in which NotreDame crushed the Warriors 49--21. Later McMackin told the media that hiscomments were "inappropriate" and that he "was trying to make ajoke.... It was really stupid." He was suspended without pay for 30 days bythe university, though he will coach as a volunteer during his ban.
From a Brazilian jail, Amanda Rodrigues, the wife of boxer Arturo Gatti, whomshe had been accused of strangling on July 11 while they were vacationing inthe resort town of Recife. Last Thursday, Brazilian police ruled that Gatti'sdeath was not a homicide, as they initially thought, but a suicide; they saidthe former junior lightweight and junior welterweight champ hanged himself witha purse strap. Gatti's family disputed the results and last Saturday had asecond autopsy done in Montreal, the native Italian's adopted hometown. It wasconducted by Michael Baden, the former chief pathologist for the New York StatePolice; he said a homicide could not be ruled out.
To Formula One, seven-time series champ Michael Schumacher, who retired in2006. Schumacher, 40, who drove for Ferrari for 10 years beginning in 1996,will rejoin the team as a replacement for Felipe Massa, who suffered multipleskull fractures in a crash during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix onJuly 25. Massa, 28, took his first steps after the crash on July 29 and likelywon't race again this season. Schumacher, who has been a Ferrari consultant,will drive Massa's car until the Brazilian is ready to return. His first racewill be the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain, on Aug. 23.
In a San Francisco art gallery, a photograph of a nude Joe DiMaggio. Thepicture is part of Hunted and Gathered, an exhibition of classic shotscollected by curator Robert Flynn Johnson. The black-and-white photo showsDiMaggio, circa 1940, standing in a postgame shower, facing the camera with agrin on his face and far less modesty than the notoriously private YankeeClipper was known for. When asked how he acquired the picture, Johnson told theSan Francisco Chronicle, "I have friends in low places." The photo,which is not for sale, will be on display at the gallery Modernism through Aug.29.
THEY SAID IT
Giants pitcher and career .125 hitter, after going on the DL with a tornrotator cuff suffered during an at bat:
"Obviously the first thing I thought is that Iwon't be able to do my instructional hitting video."
Years since the Yankees' A.J. Burnett had issued a walk with the bases loadedbefore he gave Jayson Nix of the White Sox a free pass in the second inninglast Saturday.
Innings until Burnett issued another bases-loaded walk—to Nix again, inChicago's 14--4 win.
Pirates from the 2008 Opening Day lineup who are still with the team: catcherRyan Doumit.
Pirates who make the major league average salary ($3.26 million); pitcher PaulMaholm ($2.5 million) is their highest-paid player.
Shutouts by the Giants through their first 105 games this year.
National League teams in the past 10 years that have had more than 15 shutoutsin a season: the 2003 Dodgers (17) and the '07 Padres (20).
Pounds Titans running back LenDale White—a self-professed "big Patrónconsumer"—has lost since last season by giving up alcohol; White reportedto camp at 228 pounds.