Of a stroke at age 69, Clarence Clemons, longtime saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. The Big Man, who stood 6'5" and weighed 270 pounds, belted out sax solos that became as key to the band's sound—and as beloved by fans—as the Boss's booming voice. A gifted young athlete growing up in Norfolk, he attended Maryland State College (now Maryland Eastern Shore) on a football and music scholarship from 1960 to '64, playing defensive end and center. A year or so later, while playing for a semipro team in New Jersey, Clemons (50, above, with teammates) was invited by the Browns to try out. But injuries he suffered in a car accident the day before the workout ended his football career. Clemons eventually made it to football's biggest stage: Springsteen and the E Street Band played the Super Bowl halftime show in 2009. "Maybe if I had made [the Browns]," Clemons said at the time, "I might have taken them there."
By the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, its class of 2012: Richie Evans, Dale Inman, Darrell Waltrip, Glen Wood and Cale Yarborough. The biggest stars in the group, which was selected by a 55-member induction panel and fan balloting on NASCAR.com, are drivers Yarborough and Waltrip, who helped build stock car racing's nationwide popularity in the 1970s and '80s. Yarborough, who won 83 races (sixth most alltime) in his 31-year career, was the first driver to win three straight Cup titles (1976--78). Waltrip, the current voice of NASCAR on Fox who won three Cups in 29 years behind the wheel, is tied for fourth alltime with 84 victories. Evans dominated the modified racing series in the '70s and '80s; Inman was the longtime crew chief for Richard Petty, NASCAR's winningest driver; and Wood helped launch the Wood Brothers racing team, which has been competing since 1950. The new class will be inducted in January.
June 26, 2011
After allegedly walking out on a $27 bar tab, free-agent defensive end Raheem Brock. Last Thursday the nine-year NFL veteran, who played for the Seahawks in 2010 after eight seasons with the Colts, was with friends at Copabanana, a chain restaurant in his hometown of Philadelphia. Brock's party was asked to leave after one of its members brought in food from another eatery, at which point the group departed without paying its bill. Brock, who made $3.79 million last season, was charged with theft and resisting arrest. Through Monday he had not yet entered a plea, but was scheduled to appear in court this week.
By organizers of an upcoming Veterans Day--themed college basketball game between Michigan State and North Carolina, that the Nov. 11 contest is tentatively scheduled to take place on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson, the same Nimitz-class aircraft carrier that on May 2 carried Osama Bin Laden's body out to the Northern Arabian Sea. On June 15, a month and a half after receiving the Navy SEAL team that had killed the former al-Qaeda leader, the Carl Vinson returned to its home port in North Island, near San Diego. Upon the ship's docking, Mike Whalen, a spokesperson for Morale Entertainment Foundation, which is putting on the game (to be played in front of some 7,000 fans), said that he was 99% certain the Carl Vinson would host the schools, but its selection was unrelated to the Bin Laden mission. "It's strictly by schedule," he said. "It's just the way it worked out."
With a gunshot wound suffered during an early-morning altercation in Reno last Saturday, Nevada receiver Brandon Wimberly, who was named WAC freshman of the year in 2009. According to authorities, the 22-year-old rising junior was with four other Wolfpack players (so far unnamed by police) when the teammates became involved in an argument with another group. When that group got into a car, Wimberly reportedly approached the vehicle, at which point he was shot once in the abdomen. Wimberly (left) suffered injuries to his colon and intestines and underwent extensive surgery, after which his doctor said that he was unlikely ever to play football again but that the damage was not life-threatening. "Another centimeter," reported Nevada coach Chris Ault, "and the doctor said he might not have made it to the hospital." As of Monday no suspects had been identified.
By Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope, a six-year-old boy who was drowning last week in a backyard pool in Pope's hometown of Americus, Ga. According to witnesses at an evening birthday party that he was attending, Pope—the only person there who knew how to swim—responded to partygoers' cries for help when the child, Bryson Moore, who had been playing nearby, slipped and fell into the deep end of the pool. Fully dressed and with a cellphone and wallet in his pockets, Pope leaped in and rescued the boy, who was said to have been in shock for the next half hour. "I wasn't waiting on anyone else," said the five-year NFL veteran, who would have otherwise been in training camp during a non-lockout year. "I have my own kids... . I would want someone to do that for my kids, also."
Total amount of fines for 395 parking citations run up from March '07 through August '10 by 11 North Carolina football players.
Sale price for Carmelo Anthony's mansion, near Denver, $3.3 million below the asking price when he put it on the market last year and $6 million less than he paid for it in '07.
Average runs per team per game in Division I baseball at midseason, down from 6.98 at the same point in '09, after the NCAA mandated the use of a new, less flexible metal bat.
Age of golfer Herb Schmidt, who last week shot his first hole in one, acing the 130-yard 8th at Maple Leaf Golf Course in Linwood, Mich.
Wins removed from basketball coach John Calipari's record by Kentucky because of vacated victories from his time at Memphis and Massachusetts. Kentucky said it was "in error" to have celebrated Calipari's 500th win in February.
Years outside Spanish soccer's first division for Granada before the team beat fellow second-division Elche last Saturday to earn promotion to La Liga.
THEY SAID IT
Former high school basketball star who has been playing abroad for two years, responding to a question about the Trail Blazers' coach during a workout in Portland:
"Nate McMillan? What college is that?"