At age 85, College Football Hall of Fame guard Joe Steffy, who won the Outland Trophy at Army in 1947 as the country's best interior lineman. Weighing a mere 190 pounds, Steffy was nonetheless a dominant two-way trench man, first at Tennessee and later at West Point (above), where he was twice named All-America. He won two national championships with Army, in '45 and '46, but his team's famous 0--0 tie against Notre Dame in '46 still bothered him more than 60 years later. "They didn't beat us," Steffy declared defiantly in 2007. "Nobody did." Following his stint at West Point, Steffy served in the Korean War and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He returned to the academy, where he served as an assistant coach for four years, and he later turned down a tryout with the AFL's Dallas Texans, instead choosing to sell used cars in Newburgh, N.Y. Steffy's number 61 remains one of only four numbers retired at West Point.
And charged with assault with a deadly weapon, while being held on $1 million bail, one of two suspected assailants in the attack following an Opening Day Giants-Dodgers game in L.A. on 42-year-old San Francisco fan Bryan Stow, who suffered brain damage and remains in critical condition at a Bay Area hospital. The suspect, 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez, was nabbed in a Sunday evening S.W.A.T. team raid on his apartment, five miles from the stadium in an area plagued by gang activity. That arrest followed a two-month-long police search that employed 20 LAPD detectives and included 300 billboards with composite sketches in addition to a reward that had reached $250,000 for tips leading to an arrest. Police chief Charlie Beck said that authorities were still seeking a second suspect as well as a woman who was wearing an Andre Ethier jersey when she allegedly drove the vehicle in which the assailants fled.
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With multiple brain tumors, Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter. The 57-year-old former Expo and Met, who famously belted a 10th-inning two-out single that rallied New York to a Game 6 victory in the 1986 World Series, issued a statement last Saturday revealing that doctors had discovered four "very small" brain tumors following an MRI at a facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. Carter, who will be evaluated at Duke Medical Center on Thursday, had been complaining of headaches and forgetfulness recently, according to a source who spoke to the New York Daily News. Nicknamed the Kid, Carter (right) played 19 seasons in the majors and won two All-Star Game MVPs in 11 trips as well as three Gold Gloves. After stints managing independent league baseball, he has coached at Palm Beach Atlantic University for two seasons and runs a foundation that raises money to educate impoverished children.
At age 22 of undetermined causes, Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box, who was found unresponsive last Thursday at a friend's home in El Reno. Authorities are investigating whether drugs played a role in the athlete's death after one witness, J.T. Cobble, the son of Box's Enid (Okla.) High School coach, told an emergency dispatcher that he believed Box had overdosed, adding, "There's a guy who stayed with me last night... . He takes pain pills, and he's not responding." As a junior in 2010 the 6'1", 228-pound linebacker started the last five games of the season, and he had eight tackles in Oklahoma's 48--20 Fiesta Bowl win over Connecticut. He was expected to start at middle linebacker this fall.
Into a California rehabilitation clinic for undisclosed problems, retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya. Richard Schaefer, who is CEO of De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions and who was in Montreal last week for that outfit's Bernard Hopkins--Jean Pascal bout, confirmed reports that De La Hoya, 38, was absent from the fight and that he had entered rehab in the past few weeks. Online, TMZ reported that the boxer was seeking help for infidelity and substance-abuse issues, but Schaefer wouldn't specify the nature of the problems, and De La Hoya provided no clarity with a statement in which he said, "Like everyone, I have my flaws. I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws." An Olympic champion and former titleholder in six divisions, De La Hoya retired in 2008 after losing on an eighth-round TKO to Manny Pacquiao. Since entering rehab he has continued to use Twitter, sending inspirational messages and promoting last Saturday's fight.
By former world champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, allegations of sexual abuse, which are detailed in his forthcoming autobiography, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring, due out next month. In the book Leonard, 55, writes that a prominent unnamed Olympic boxing coach watched him bathe in hot water and Epsom salts when Leonard was 15 and later attempted a sexual advance while sitting in a car in a deserted parking lot. "I didn't scream," Leonard writes of the incident. "I didn't look at him. I just opened the door and ran." A champion in five weight divisions during the 1970s and '80s, Leonard credits Diff'rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges's courage in revealing the sexual abuse that he suffered in childhood for convincing the boxer it was time to come forward. Writes Leonard in the book: "I realized I would never be free unless I revealed the whole truth."
THEY SAID IT
ESPN analyst, on Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki's 48-point performance in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference final:
"Look at this fallaway... . Off one leg, off two legs—he might have three legs tonight, the way he's shooting."
Top four picks in the 2011 NBA draft held by the Cavs following the May 17 lottery. No team has entered a lottery-era draft with as many as two picks in the top five.
Tiger Woods's World Golf Ranking as of Monday, the first time he's been outside the top 10 since April 6, 1997, the week before he won his first major.
Woods's ranking last week in Forbes's annual Celebrity 100, five places behind Lady Gaga and the highest among athletes.
Earned runs allowed by Royals pitcher Vin Mazzaro over 2 1/3 innings on May 16, the most by a reliever in one outing since 1942.
Age, in years and days, of Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi when he hit three home runs against the Phillies last Thursday. Only one older player, Stan Musial (41 years, 229 days, in 1962), hit as many in one game.
Record in two years at Chelsea, second best in the English Premier League in that time, of manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was fired on Sunday, one year after he led the team to the EPL title.