This is an article from the Aug. 23, 2010 issue
At age 42, sprinter Antonio Pettigrew, who confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs at the 2000 Olympic Games. A four-time NCAA Division II champion in the 400 meters at St. Augustine College in Raleigh, Pettigrew won two world championships in the 4 √ó 400 relay (including a world record run in '98), and in 2000 he joined Michael Johnson, Angelo Taylor and Jerome Young for the gold medal relay run at the Sydney Games (above). But at the '08 trial of coach Trevor Graham (who was convicted of lying during a steroids investigation), Pettigrew admitted to using HGH and EPO from 1997 to 2001. The '00 team was later stripped of its medals, and Pettigrew's results were erased. He last was employed by the University of North Carolina, where he coached track. Pettigrew's body was discovered on Aug. 10 in his parked car. Police, who found evidence Pettigrew had taken sleeping pills, have not ruled out suicide as a cause of death.
By FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the elimination of ties at future World Cups. Speaking on German television, Blatter admitted that teams playing conservatively to earn a single point for a draw "makes for a boring game" and said that he was weighing the measure after the most recent tournament witnessed 14 first-round ties. If a change is made, FIFA would likely switch to either a shootout or sudden-death overtime period. Responding to further criticism of this year's games, Blatter added that FIFA would institute computerized goal line technology "as soon as we have a safe, fast and uncomplicated goal indicator."
And charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment, punishable by up to a year in prison, Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, who allegedly beat up the father of his girlfriend on Aug. 11 following New York's 6--2 loss to Colorado. The 28-year-old Rodriguez was witnessed physically removing 53-year-old Carlos Pe√±a from the team's family lounge and dragging him into a hallway where, police say, he "repeatedly hit [Pe√±a] in the face and hit his head against a wall." (On Monday the team said Rodriguez tore a ligament in his right thumb in the attack.) Rodriguez, who fathered one-year-old twins with Pe√±a's daughter, Daian, but is not married to her, was taken into custody and released last Thursday. Two days later, after serving a two-game suspension, he apologized to the team and its fans and agreed to undergo anger-management counseling.
For the rest of the 2010 season while it addresses financial hardships, the Association of Volleyball Professionals. Created in 1983, the AVP has produced at least one gold-medal-winning athlete in every Olympic year since beach volleyball was added in '96. But recent years have seen sponsorship money dry up—while payouts have remained in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and admissions have mostly remained free—and last Friday the AVP laid off nearly all of its employees. The shutdown comes less than a week before the 50th anniversary of AVP's biggest event, the Manhattan Beach Open. That tournament will go on, organizers say, but with "no bells or whistles," such as stadium seating.
After a truck competing in a Mojave Desert off-road race rolled sideways into a spectator area, eight people. Witnesses at last Saturday's California 200 said that a 2000 Ford Ranger went over a jump in a section called "the rockpile" (which is considered attractive to viewers for its proximity to the action), braked on its landing and careened into a crowd. Rescue vehicles took more than 30 minutes to reach the wreckage (above), at which point six people had already died. Two others died en route to the hospital. Afterward bystanders blamed not the driver, 28-year-old Brett M. Sloppy (whose Facebook page was updated to include the note, "Soo incredibly lost and [sic] devistated"), but the unlimited access, which allowed some people to get within 10 feet of the track. "You could touch [the track] if you wanted to," said one fan. "It's part of the excitement. There's always that risk factor, but you just don't expect that it will happen to you."
From the women's baseball World Cup in Caracas after one of its players was struck by a stray bullet, the team from Hong Kong. Last Friday, Cheuk Woon Yee was taking the field in the top of the fourth inning against the Netherlands when she was hit in the left calf on her way to her position at third base. That game was halted and scored a 12--9 Dutch win while Cheuk was hospitalized and authorities looked into the shooting. Cheuk later was reported to be in good condition, but Hong Kong withdrew while the now-10-team tournament was suspended for three days. On Sunday organizers moved the remaining games away from Fort Tiuna military base, where nearby gun violence is pervasive, to the more central city of Maracay.
Teams that have turned a triple play in their manager's MLB debut after the Mariners did so for Daren Brown in an Aug. 9 win over the A's.
Age, in years and days, of Marlins rookie rightfielder Mike Stanton on Aug. 11 when he went 5 for 5 with four RBIs against the Nationals. The only younger player to match that single-game feat: the Cubs' Phil Cavarretta (19 years and 33 days old in '35).
Players who have homered on their 21st birthday after Braves rightfielder Jason Heyward did so against the Astros on Aug. 9. The others: Ted Williams (1939), Frank Robinson ('56) and Alex Rodriguez ('96).
Years between the 2000 Olympics and the awarding last week of bronze medals to the U.S. women's gymnastics team. In April, China was stripped of its bronzes after being busted for age- limit violations.
Amount paid at a Kentucky yard sale for a bicycle later discovered to have been designed for Floyd Landis.
Estimated value of the bike.
THEY SAID IT
Former Cowboys running back, on being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where he joins Dallas teammates Michael Irvin and Troy Aikman:
"Now I'm completing up the other half of that triangle."