At age 73, Toni Sailer (above), who in 1956 became the first skier to win goldin all three Alpine events at one Olympics. A native of Kitzb√ºhel, Austria—hewas known as the Blitz from Kitz—Sailer was a 21-year-old plumber when he wonthe giant slalom, slalom and downhill events in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Hewon each by more than three seconds, and his 6.2-second winning margin in thegiant slalom is still the largest for any Alpine event in Olympic history.Sailer retired in 1953 and became an actor and singer. In 1999 he was votedAustria's Sportsman of the Century.
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At age 52 after being shot while confronting prowlers outside his house, DaveLaut, who won a bronze medal in the shot put at the 1984 Olympics. Laut won theU.S. Olympic trials with a throw of 70'10", a distance that would have wongold at the Games in Los Angeles, but he had to settle for bronze after a bestthrow of 68'9¾". His career all but ended when he tore tendons in bothknees while taking a test to become a fireman. Laut went on to become a teacherand was the athletic director at Hueneme High near his home in Oxnard, Calif.,where he was shot last Thursday night. Police have made no arrests.
By Andrew Giuliani, the Met Open, one of the largest regional tournaments inthe country. The son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani finished the54-hole tournament at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., at three underpar to win by one stroke. The 23-year-old Giuliani, who turned pro in January,won $27,500. "It's just a first step, but a big first step," Giulianisaid. "I can't believe my name will join those on the trophy like WalterHagen, Gene Sarazen and Byron Nelson." He will attempt to qualify for thePGA Tour later this month in Tampa and will also appear on the reality show BigBreak on Golf Channel.
After a 13-year NFL career, linebacker Tedy Bruschi (right), 36. As a smalldefensive end at Arizona, Bruschi tied the NCAA career sack record with 52. ThePatriots drafted him in the third round in 1996 and moved him to linebacker,where he was a mainstay on three Super Bowl--winning teams. Three days afterplaying in the 2005 Pro Bowl, Bruschi suffered a stroke. Following intensiverehab he announced he'd sit out all of 2005, but he returned midway through theseason, made 10 tackles against Buffalo in his first game back and was namedAFC Defensive Player of the Week. "All the goals I ever had, Iaccomplished," Bruschi said on Monday. "Today is my end."
By Serena and Venus Williams, a minority stake in the Miami Dolphins. Thesisters, who live in Palm Beach Gardens, about an hour away from DolphinsStadium, become the first female African-Americans to hold an ownership stakein an NFL franchise. "We're just Go Fins!--type people," said Serena,who has dated NFL players Lavar Arrington and Keyshawn Johnson. The Williamssisters—Serena is seeded second and Venus third in the U.S. Open—join a rosterof celebrities who have invested in the Dolphins that includes singers MarcAnthony, Jimmy Buffett, Gloria Estefan and Jennifer Lopez. Venus said she hadone piece of advice for majority owner Stephen Ross: "Don't draftus."
By Division II St. Paul's College, its football season opener against WestVirginia Wesleyan, after the shoulder pads and helmets the team ordered didn'tarrive in time. The Tigers have been practicing in shorts and T-shirts whileawaiting the delivery of their gear; when it was apparent it wouldn't get toLawrenceville, Va., in time for last Saturday's opener, school officialsdecided to forfeit. The St. Paul's home opener is now scheduled for Sept. 12.It will be played at a high school in nearby South Hill, Va., as the college iswaiting for new bleachers to be installed at its on-campus field.
Guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct stemming from a fight with a Buffalocabbie, Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane. In exchange for the plea, all othercharges were conditionally dropped. The 20-year-old and his cousin James Kane,21, were accused of beating up a cabdriver who couldn't produce 20 cents tomake change for their fare. Kane, who was indicted on several misdemeanorcharges last month, was ordered to write a letter of apology and pay $125 incourt costs. (His cousin received the same deal.) Kane, the No. 1 pick in the2007 draft, was Chicago's second-leading scorer last year with 70 points.
After being struck by a car, Sweet Jasmine (below), the pit bull that appearedon the Dec. 22, 2008, issue of SI after being rescued from Michael Vick's BadNewz Kennels. Jasmine was owned by Catalina Stirling, the president of RecycledLove, a Baltimore animal rescue group. Both PETA and the Humane Societybelieved that the dogs rescued from Vick's dogfighting operation in 2007 werebeyond rehabilitation and favored euthanizing them, but 47 of the 51 weresaved.
Players who have homered in their first major league at bat, after Arizonacatcher John Hester hit a 420-foot shot against Houston last Friday.
Diamondbacks who have homered in their first major league at bats this year:Hester and outfielder Gerardo Parra, who did it on May 13 againstCincinnati.
Speed of the first two pitches thrown by Red Sox shortstop Nick Green, whopitched two scoreless, hitless innings (but allowed three walks) in Boston's9--5 loss to the White Sox last Thursday.
Times Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva has broken the world indoor and outdoor recordin the women's pole vault, most recently with a height of 16' 7¼" lastFriday in Zurich.
Amount the Original Whizzinator—a false penis designed for beating drugtests—that belonged to former Vikings running back Onterrio Smith sold for atauction last Friday.
Amount the Vikings' 2005 playbook sold for at the same auction.
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Mariners singles specialist, explaining to The New YorkTimes his thoughts on the notion that "chicks dig the long ball":
"Chicks who dig home runs aren't the ones whoappeal to me. I think there's sexiness in infield hits because they requiretechnique. I'd rather impress the chicks with my technique than with my brutestrength. Every now and then, just to show I can do that too, I might flirt alittle by hitting one out."