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This is an article from the March 19, 2012 issue
At age 94, Sol Schiff, who was known as Mr. Table Tennis. Schiff (above) picked up the sport at P.S. 151 in New York City, when a gym teacher, sympathetic to Schiff's flat feet, let him play table tennis on a lunch table rather than basketball. In the 1930s, Schiff won one national singles title, one world doubles championship (with Jimmy McClure) and was part of a U.S. team championship. After retiring from play, he started a table tennis equipment business and then served as president of USA Table Tennis from '76 to '84 and then from '86 to '88. He was inducted into the USATT Hall of Fame in '66 and won a lifetime achievement award in 2000.
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At age 29 of head injuries sustained when he crashed near the finish line of a World Cup race in Grindelwald, Switzerland, last Saturday, Canadian skicross racer Nick Zoricic. Zoricic (below), who finished fifth in last season's World Cup standings and eighth at the '11 worlds, was competing in the round of eight when he went wide over the last jump and tumbled into the safety net lining the course. He was airlifted to a hospital in Interlaken, but died of "severe neurotrauma," according to an International Ski Federation spokesman. Zoricic's death comes just two months after Canadian freeskier Sarah Burke crashed during a superpipe training run in Park City, Utah. She died a few days later.
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Last Thursday to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, her first foal. The colt was sired by '06 Preakness winner Bernardini, who is descended from Secretariat. Zenyatta won 19 consecutive times in her 20-race career, setting a North American record. She is the only female to have won the Breeders' Cup Classic, in '09. After the first mating between Zenyatta, 8, and Bernardini, 9, resulted in a miscarriage, a second mating in April produced the 130-pound dark bay colt, who, with a white star on his forehead and white markings on his feet, is said to resemble his mother.
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By federal authorities, Auburn point guard Varez Ward, for his possible role in an alleged point-shaving scheme in at least two games this season. The FBI's inquiry apparently began in late February and focuses on losses to Arkansas on Jan. 25 and to Alabama on Feb. 7. A Yahoo! Sports report stated that a teammate of Ward's raised concerns with an assistant coach in late February. The university immediately opened an investigation and alerted the FBI, NCAA and SEC. Point shaving is against both NCAA rules and federal law. Ward was suspended for violation of team rules; he did not play in the final four games of the season. According to a report by al.com, he has denied the allegations to authorities.
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At 73 after a 10-year battle with brain cancer, former National League umpire Harry Wendelstedt, who officiated 4,500 games in a 33-year career that included five World Series, seven NL Championship Series and four All-Star Games. Perhaps Wendelstedt's most famous call came in 1968 at Dodger Stadium, where Don Drysdale was going for his fifth straight shutout. With the bases loaded, the L.A. righthander hit Giants catcher Dick Dietz with a high slider, but before Dietz could take first and force in a run, Wendelstedt ruled that Dietz had not tried to avoid the pitch, making it only a ball. Dietz flied out, and Drysdale went on to break the alltime record for consecutive scorless innings. Wendelstedt (right) also owned and ran the Wendelstedt Umpiring School in Daytona Beach for 35 years—the school where he trained when it was the Al Somers Umpire School.
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From the Mexican League after allegedly refusing to undergo a drug test, former MLB star Jose Canseco, who in his 2005 book Juiced admitted to using steroids and alleged that up to 85% of major leaguers did as well. In the Mexican League refusing a drug test is considered the same as testing positive. Canseco, 47, was trying out for the Quintana Roo Tigers, when, according to the team's president, doctors advised Canseco against taking the test after Canseco had informed them that he was undergoing testosterone therapy because his body does not produce it naturally. Canseco defended himself on Twitter on March 7. "The truth always comes out," he tweeted. "I am not using any illegal substance."
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By Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, the 650th victory of his career. Brodeur, 39, made 18 saves in a 4--1 win over the Flyers on Sunday, extending his margin to 99 over the NHL's second-winningest netminder, Patrick Roy, with 551. (Closest among current goalies: the Canucks' Roberto Luongo, with 335.) Here's a look at some other big winners and their closest active pursuers.
Cy Young 511
Jamie Moyer 267
Brett Favre 188
Peyton Manning 141
Richard Petty 200
Jeff Gordon 85
NBA PLAYERS POLL
What college star could keep up in the league right now?
Anthony Davis, Kentucky PF 27%
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina SF 14%
Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut SG 11%
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State PF 9%
Thomas Robinson, Kansas PF 6%
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky) and PG Austin Rivers (Duke) tied for sixth, with 5% of the vote.... Thirteen of the 21 who received votes are frontcourt players.... Six are freshmen (Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist, Rivers, C Andre Drummond of Connecticut and PGs Quinn Cook of Duke and Tony Wroten of Washington), and only two are seniors (SG Darius Johnson-Odom of Marquette and PF JaMychal Green of Alabama). In a similar Facebook poll, Davis polled at 40%, Barnes 23% and Rivers 9%.
Based on 104 NBA players who responded to SI's survey
Batters hit by pitches—an NCAA single-game record—in TCU's 9--4 win over Baylor on March 6. The Horned Frogs hit 10, matching the record for one team.
Cost of a one-eighth-scale replica of the 1961 version of Yankee Stadium hand-built by artist Steve Wolf and sold by Hammacher Schlemmer.
Hours that kite surfer Jan Lisewski of Poland spent adrift in the Red Sea after the wind died 80 miles into his 124-mile sail from Egypt to Saudi Arabia; Lisewski survived on energy bars and energy drinks while fighting off sharks with a knife.
Total points scored in the Oregon 5A girls' high school basketball championship game, the fewest in state history, with Springfield beating Willamette 16--7.
Percent of the 1,002 U.S. college presidents responding to an Inside Higher Ed survey who said that colleges spend "way too much" on intercollegiate athletics.
Percent of college presidents who said that their own schools spent too much on sports.