At a memorial service at the soccer stadium in Hannover, Germany, on Sunday, German national team goalkeeper Robert Enke (above), who committed suicide on Nov. 10. Enke, 32, who was seen as Germany's likely starting keeper in next year's World Cup, stepped in front of a train near his Hannover home. His widow, Teresa, said the next day that her husband had been suffering from severe depression for six years; she said he kept it secret from teammates and coaches because he was afraid their adopted eight-month-old daughter would be taken away if his disease became public. The Enkes lost their two-year-old biological daughter, Lara, to a heart defect in 2006. More than 45,000 fans attended Sunday's service.
At age 68 after a long battle with lymphoma, Hall of Fame thoroughbred trainer Bobby Frankel. A Brooklyn native who began training at New York tracks before moving to California in 1972, Frankel won four straight Eclipse Awards as the country's top trainer from 2000 through '03. His most heralded victory came in the 2003 Belmont Stakes with the 3-year-old colt Empire Maker, who fought off Triple Crown hopeful Funny Cide at the top of the stretch and pulled away to a ¾-length win over Ten Most Wanted. Frankel also won six Breeders' Cup races and is second on the alltime career earnings list with $227,947,775.
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At age 92, Hall of Fame pro basketball player and coach Al Cervi. A gritty, defensive-minded, 5'11" guard nicknamed Digger for his on-court tenacity, Cervi began his pro career in 1937 with the Buffalo Bisons of the National Basketball League, a precursor to the NBA. After five years in the Army he joined the NBL's Rochester Royals in 1946; he helped them win a championship in his first season and by his third was the team's player-coach. He later coached the Syracuse Nationals for nine seasons and led them to the 1955 NBA title. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985.
By the NFL for pretending to bribe an official during a game on Nov. 8, Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco (right). During a replay review of one of his catches in Cincinnati's 17--7 win over the Ravens, Ochocinco approached an official with a dollar bill in his hand. The ref waved him away and did not take the cash, but the NFL still cracked down on the stunt and fined Ochocinco $20,000. "You don't fool with the integrity of the game in the NFL," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "We're not WWE."
By Tiger Woods, the Australian Masters in Melbourne. Woods was in a three-way tie for the lead heading into the final round but pulled away by shooting a four-under 68 on Sunday; he beat runner-up Greg Chalmers by two strokes. It was Woods's first appearance in Australia in 11 years and his first win there. The victory overjoyed the Victoria state government, which paid half of Woods's $3 million appearance fee and estimated that his presence Down Under generated $17 million for the Victoria economy. Asked what his legacy in Australia would be, Woods said, "I got a W."
By David Duval, the cut at the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., last week, a misstep that will likely cost the former world No. 1 his PGA Tour card. Duval reached the top of the World Ranking in 1999 and won the 2001 British Open, but that was his last Tour victory; his runner-up finish at this year's U.S. Open was his first top 10 since '02. Duval, 38, finished 130th on this year's money list, five spots below the cutoff for full exempt status on Tour next season. He will likely receive sponsor exemptions and is guaranteed spots in the 2010 Masters, U.S. Open and British Open; but Duval said he will go to Q school next month to try to earn a full-time card.
That he is being treated for a rare form of leukemia, basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The NBA's alltime leading scorer, who is 62, said that last December he received the diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia, which afflicts approximately 5,000 people each year in the U.S. It is treatable with medication; Abdul-Jabbar, who is a special assistant with the Lakers, said he is taking an oral drug and hasn't had to alter his lifestyle significantly. "This condition can be treated," he said. "You can still live a productive, full life."
For making an obscene gesture in the direction of the Buffalo sideline following Tennessee's 41--17 home win over the Bills, Titans owner Bud Adams. The 86-year-old was pictured raising both middle fingers several times from his booth at LP Field. On Monday Adams issued a statement apologizing, but his players showed support for their boss. "I don't know if he did it, but I condone fun things,'' cornerback Cortland Finnegan said. "If he was having fun doing it, then by all means, do what you do." And linebacker Stephen Tulloch said, "To have an owner like that, it's cool." On Monday the NFL fined Adams $250,000.
THEY SAID IT
Warriors coach, explaining why rookie guard Stephen Curry has been coming off the bench: "How can the guy start in the NBA without tattoos?"
Value of the Maple Leafs, the top-ranked team in Forbes's annual appraisal of NHL franchises.
Value of the Raiders, the lowest-ranked team in Forbes's NFL franchise appraisal released in September.
Games the Yankees won this November.
Games New York City--area NFL and NBA teams (the Giants, Jets, Knicks and Nets) combined to win in November through Sunday.
Games won by Texas's Colt McCoy, tying the record for victories by a Division I-A QB set by David Greene at Georgia, from 2001 through '04.
Consecutive 10-win seasons for Texas, the second-longest streak in Division I-A history after Florida State's 14 (1987 through 2000).
Saves by the Canadiens' Carey Price in a 2--0 loss to Nashville last Saturday, tying the record for the most by a Montreal goalie in the team's 100-year history.