By the U.S., the Presidents Cup, with a 19½--14½ victory over the International team on Sunday in San Francisco. The win, the third straight for the U.S. and its sixth in the eight times the biennial tournament has been played, was clinched by Tiger Woods's 6-and-5 final round win over Y.E. Yang; Woods (above) became only the third player in Presidents Cup history to go 5--0 in one event. Combined, Woods, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker—the world's top three players—went 13-1-1 for the U.S. "It's one of my better Cup experiences," Woods said. "The fact that we won, that's the Number 1 thing. We came here to win as a team, and we did it."
By the Las Vegas Locomotives last Thursday, the first United Football League game. Las Vegas beat the California Redwoods 30--17 in the upstart league's opener, thanks to two touchdown passes from former Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman. The game drew a crowd of 14,209 to UNLV's Sam Boyd Stadium (capacity: 40,000). Each of the four teams in the league—the Florida Tuskers beat the New York Sentinels in the other Week 1 game last Saturday—will play six games, with the season culminating in a championship game on Nov. 27 in Las Vegas.
October 18, 2009
By NASCAR, the season credentials of Joey Logano's father, Tom, for arguing with driver Greg Biffle after a race. The younger Logano, 19, won the Nationwide Series race in Fontana, Calif., last Saturday, his fifth Nationwide title of the year. On Lap 50 he had a scrape with Biffle, who bumped Logano minutes after suggesting over his radio that he wanted to put the teenager into the wall. Logano's crew chief, Dave Rogers, called Biffle "a coward" over his radio, and after the race Tom Logano confronted Biffle and made threatening gestures at him in pit lane. NASCAR rescinded Logano's annual track pass; he can apply for single-event credentials.
Ineligible by Oklahoma State, All-America wide receiver Dez Bryant (right). Last summer Bryant, a senior and a top prospect for the 2010 NFL draft, spent a day with former All-Pro corner Deion Sanders and had dinner at Sanders's home in Prosper, Texas. The NCAA prohibits certain types of contact between active players and pros not associated with their schools; during an NCAA investigation into the relationship, Bryant lied about having visited Sanders at home. On Oct. 7, three days before the No. 15 Cowboys opened their Big 12 schedule with a win over Texas A&M, the school ruled Bryant ineligible for misleading investigators. Oklahoma State said it will apply to have Bryant reinstated by the NCAA.
After seven months on the job, acting U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Stephanie Streeter. The announcement came on Oct. 7, five days after Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Games was soundly rejected by the IOC and just hours after the U.S.'s 40 Olympic sports federations gave Streeter a unanimous no-confidence vote. Streeter, 52, a former CEO of Banta Corp., took over the USOC job after longtime head Jim Scherr was pushed out by the board of directors earlier this year; she said she would not seek the job on a full-time basis and would step down by next March. The USOC said it will hire a recruiting firm within a month to find her replacement.
By a group led by conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh (below), a bid to buy the St. Louis Rams. Last week Limbaugh said he and Blues owner Dave Checketts had made an offer to majority owners Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez, the children of late former owner Carroll Rosenbloom and his wife, Georgia Frontiere. (Terms were undisclosed.) After the bid became public, Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka was one of several current NFL players who said Limbaugh's history of racially insensitive commentary would make black players reluctant to play for him. "He can do whatever he wants; it is a free country," Kiwanuka told the New York Daily News. "But if it goes through, I can tell you where I am not going to play."
By the IOC, golf and rugby as Olympic sports beginning with the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Golf, which was last part of the Olympics in 1904, will have men's and women's 72-hole, stroke-play tournaments with fields of 60 each. Rugby, last in the Games in 1924, will be played as rugby sevens, a more TV-friendly, seven-to-a-side variant with shorter matches than the usual 15-per-side game.
At age 27, Tony Fein, an Iraq war veteran who played for the Ravens this preseason. Fein collapsed at a friend's house near Port Orchard, Wash., on Oct. 6 and died after going into cardiac arrest while being rushed to the hospital. The cause of death was unknown as of Sunday; police said there were no signs of foul play or illegal drug use, with autopsy results pending. After playing quarterback at South Kitsap (Wash.) High, Fein enlisted in the Army in 2000 at age 19. He served 3½ years and saw duty in Iraq as a reconnaissance scout. He was a linebacker at Mississippi in 2007 and '08 and this year signed with the Ravens as a free agent before training camp. He was released in the team's last round of cuts.
THEY SAID IT
Cavaliers center, to his two preschool-aged sons, whom he and his wife adopted from his native Lithuania this summer, when they asked if they were still in America after the family pulled out of its driveway one day: "It's a big country."
Snowplows that escorted the New Mexico football team's bus along I-80 from a Cheyenne hotel to Laramie last Saturday, after a foot of snow fell the night before the Lobos' game at Wyoming.
Score by which the 0--6 Lobos lost.
Consecutive wins for the Iowa football team after beating Michigan 30--28 last Saturday, the Hawkeyes' longest streak since they won 20 in a row from November 1920 to October '23.
Amount of his salary forward Stephen Jackson is expected to lose after being suspended by the Warriors for two games for reportedly cursing at coach Don Nelson during a preseason game last week.
Winning time by Kenya's Sammy Wanjiru in Sunday's Chicago Marathon, the fastest marathon ever run in the U.S.
Career catches by Chiefs linebacker and occasional receiver Mike Vrabel.
Career touchdown catches by Vrabel.