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At age 87, College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Pete Pihos (above). An All-America for Indiana at end and fullback—whose college career was interrupted by an Army stint in World War II—Pihos debuted in 1947 for the Eagles, who saw him as more of a split end. A year later, he helped Philadelphia win the first of two straight NFL titles with a 31-yard touchdown catch in the '49 championship game. A five-time All-Pro, he led the league in receptions in each of his last three seasons before retiring in '55. In 2004 Pihos's ex-wife tried to raise money to care for his Alzheimer's Disease and dementia by auctioning a football signed by Hall of Famers, but the high-bidder's checks bounced. The NFL and its players' union, among others, stepped in to provide financial aid.
| DIED |
At age 27 of undisclosed causes, former Canucks center Rick Rypien. The Alberta native, who this off-season signed with Winnipeg after spending six seasons with Vancouver, stood just 5'11", 190 pounds but had nonetheless earned a reputation for his willingness to fight, dropping his gloves 39 times in a 119-game career. In the last three seasons, however, Rypien (right) took two leaves of absence, most recently last October after he accosted an official and a fan; and the Jets' assistant G.M., Craig Heisinger, disclosed that Rypien had suffered depression for at least 10 years. On Aug. 15, a family member discovered Rypien's body at his home after he missed a team physical. Police have ruled the death "not suspicious."
August 28, 2011
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In the parking lot outside of Candlestick Park in San Francisco following a preseason game last Saturday between the 49ers and the Raiders, two as-of-yet-unidentified men. Police say that one of the victims, a 25-year-old male who was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with an obscene reference to the home team, was shot two to four times in the stomach before he drove to a gate to alert security, at which point he was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. (He was upgraded to fair condition on Monday.) The second fan, a 20-year-old male, was shot in the parking lot and treated for superficial facial injuries. (A third man was reportedly assaulted and knocked unconscious mid-game in a restroom; he was also deemed in fair condition on Monday.) Following the game, authorities say they removed a male fan wearing a Raiders jersey whom they considered a suspect in the shootings, from a party bus.
| FLOORED |
When he was hit in the face by the head portion of a bobblehead figurine that had been thrown at him by a fan during a game against the Portland Timbers on Aug. 17, Sporting Kansas City goalie Jimmy Nielsen. The home keeper was struck in the 25th minute, shortly after a K.C. score, and lay on the pitch for four minutes before he was able to stand. (He resumed playing after his left cheek was stitched up.) Afterward, team officials say they were able to use hi-res security cameras to pinpoint two fans who had thrown that night's giveaway (which was made in the likeness of forward Omar Bravo) onto the field, and police arrested both suspects, one a former Kansas State walk-on quarterback. Asked about the mishap, Nielsen later joked, "First I thought I walked into the post. Then I realized I was a long way from the post."
| RETIRED |
Following 12 NHL seasons, including a Stanley Cup win with Colorado in 2001, former Avalanche, Flames, Sabres and Rangers center Chris Drury. The 35-year-old Trumbull, Conn., native, who broke into the league in 1998 (nine years after his five-hitter, at age 12, led Trumbull to victory at the '89 Little League World Series) with a Calder Trophy--winning campaign, hung up his skates last Friday after being hampered last season by hand and knee injuries. Drury ended his career ranked 30th among American scorers, with 615 points, and he stands fifth all time in playoff-game-winning goals, with 17.
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By the Raiders in the third round of Monday's supplemental NFL draft, former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor (left). The dual-threat passer, who will be suspended for the first five regular-season games (and whom the Raiders reportedly envision as a receiver), left school in June after spending the off-season embroiled in a scandal that saw Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel resign in May. Pryor's availability had been in limbo until the league issued a memo last Thursday declaring his eligibility and the duration of his suspension, which matches the length of the punishment he would have received from the NCAA for trading memorabilia for tattoos and money. The league, which reportedly consulted NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith on the issue, drew criticism for its penalizing of Pryor for violating another organization's rules. Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, however, called it "a small price to pay."
At the Iowa State Fair, the new Cy-Hawk trophy, for the winner of Iowa--Iowa State football. Some have pegged the prize as the ugliest ever. Concur? Consider these options.
Event: Western & Southern Open, tennis
Event: Samsung Mobile 500, NASCAR
Evokes:Walker, Texas Ranger
Event: Castelló Masters, golf
Evokes: The Kool-Aid Man
Event: Volvo World Match Play, golf
Evokes: A dustbin
MLB PLAYERS POLL
Which manager would you most like to play for?
Joe Maddon, Rays 14%
Terry Francona, Red Sox 12%
Jim Leyland, Tigers 10%
Mike Scioscia, Angels 9%
Dusty Baker, Reds 8%
The five managers listed average 14 years' experience and have combined for 10 Manager of the Year awards and seven pennants; only Francona, the lone two-time World Series winner, is without an MOY... . Scioscia, Maddon and Francona finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the same SI poll in 2009... . In another SI poll this year, Ozzie Guillen of the White Sox was voted the skipper players least want to play for.
Based on 291 MLB players who responded to SI's survey
Amount won by 11-year-old Nate Smith for making an 89-foot hockey shot between periods of a youth charity game in Minnesota last week. The prize is being disputed, however, after organizers learned that Nate's twin brother, Nick, had in fact drawn the raffle ticket to take the shot.
Funds raised by teammates in a passed baseball hat to hire a plane to fly Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan, following a game in Boston, to Cleveland, where his wife was giving birth. (Hannahan's annual salary is $500,000, just above the MLB minimum.)
Career home runs hit by the Rockies' Todd Helton on the date Aug. 20, after he went yard last Saturday, tying him with Al Simmons and Derrek Lee for the most birthday bombs in MLB history.
Athletes who appeared last week on the Miami New Times' list of 10 Cheapest Celebrity Tippers—Tiger Woods (No. 1) and LeBron James (4)—the same athletes who appeared in a Reuters poll of the 10 least- trusted celebrities.
Number of people from June's post--Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver who have been charged, according to the Toronto Star, despite the fact that 268 suspects have been identified, 41 people turned themselves in and 100 more were arrested.