The U.S. Women's Amateur, Jennifer Song (above). The 19-year-old, who also won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in June, is the second woman to win two USGA championships in the same year; it was first done by Pearl Sinn of South Korea in 1988. On Sunday at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Song rallied from four holes down to beat 17-year-old Jennifer Johnson of La Quinta, Calif., 3 and 1. "I may have looked calm outside," said Song, a USC sophomore who was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., and moved to South Korea as a child, "but it was like a volcano eruption inside my body."
With robbery after an altercation with a Buffalo cabdriver, former NHL rookie of the year Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks winger, 20, and his cousin James Kane, 21, left Buffalo's nightclub district in a taxi early on Sunday morning; when they reached their destination, they allegedly argued with the driver because he didn't have 20 cents in change to give them. The driver, Jan Radecki, 60, told police that James Kane ripped the money the cousins had given him out of his hand and both Kanes then punched him in the head. Patrick Kane was arrested and charged with robbery and misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and theft of services.
That he has used steroids, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, whose name, The New York Times had reported, was on the list of players who failed MLB's 2003 test for performance-enhancing drugs. Last Saturday, Ortiz said the positive test was likely triggered by an over-the-counter supplement. (The Times report did not specify the substance, and the list is under court seal.) MLB, which intended the test results to be anonymous, said on Saturday that despite widespread reports that 104 players failed tests in '03, the actual number is no more than 96 and that 13 of those positives are disputed by the players' union.
To sit out the season and reenter the NFL draft next spring, wideout Michael Crabtree (right), the 49ers' first-round choice. Crabtree, a former Texas Tech All-America who was the No. 10 pick in April, is in a contract dispute and as of Monday had not reported to training camp. Last week a cousin of his, David Wells, told ESPN that the receiver thinks San Francisco's offers have been "unacceptable." Crabtree reportedly wants a deal similar to the five-year, $23.5 million package the Raiders gave receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was drafted at No. 7.
August 16, 2009
By the NCAA, a ban on states that allow sports betting on individual games from hosting championship events. The announcement was made last Thursday, a day after a federal judge denied a legal challenge by the NCAA to a Delaware plan for sports wagering. Delaware is one of four states in which single-game bets are legal (along with Montana, Nevada and Oregon). Delaware plans to implement a lottery allowing such wagers on all sports in September. "Delaware law prohibits any type of sports betting on any [game involving a] Delaware college," said a spokesman for governor Jack Markell. "This new policy only serves to punish the very students the NCAA claims to be trying to protect."
From the badminton world championships, England, after the event reportedly was threatened by Islamic terrorists. The English team left host city Hyderabad, India, on Sunday. British officials cited reports that a Pakistan-based militant group was targeting the event, which began Monday. It wasn't the first sporting event in Southeast Asia disrupted by terrorists. In March an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan, left seven players injured.
At age 77 after a heart attack, Peter Kohn, longtime field manager of the Middlebury College lacrosse team. Kohn, who was mildly autistic, began assisting the Panthers in 1981; by the time the Baltimore native retired in 2003 he had become one of the sport's most beloved and inspirational figures. He also served as equipment manager for several U.S. national teams and was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2004.
At age 95, author, screenwriter and boxing scribe Budd Schulberg (below, with Muhammad Ali). In 1947 Schulberg wrote The Harder They Fall, a novel about corruption in the boxing world. Seven years later he turned out the script for On the Waterfront, which starred Marlon Brando and won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Screenplay. That same year Schulberg was part of the founding staff of SI, and the premiere issue, Aug. 16, 1954, included his column on great boxing bantamweights. Later he worked on investigative pieces that led to corruption reforms by several state boxing commissions. Schulberg was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.
THEY SAID IT
Orioles catcher, on Baltimore's having five rookie pitchers win their big league debuts this year, the most in a season since the 1888 Chicago White Stockings had six: "That's when they started baseball, so everybody was debuting."
Players on the Indians' 25-man Opening Day roster who have been traded, demoted or placed on the disabled list during the season.
Amount that Indians president Paul Dolan says the club will lose this season, even after the July trades of high-priced stars Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez.
Major leaguers who have had at least 250 home runs, 2,000 hits, 1,000 runs, 1,000 RBIs, 1,000 walks and 300 stolen bases; Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu joined the club last week.
Americans who played basketball at some point in 2008, making hoops the most popular team sport according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association's annual participation survey.
Americans who played lacrosse last year, making it the team sport with the largest increase (117.6%) in participation since 2000.
Days Royals lefty Bruce Chen went without a win before he beat the Mariners last Thursday; his previous victory came on Oct. 2, 2005, as a member of the Orioles.