| WON |
By Dallas Seavey, the Anchorage-to-Nome Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Seavey, who turned 25 on the same day that the nearly 1,000-mile trek began, finished in nine days, four hours, 29 minutes and 26 seconds (an hour ahead of the runner-up), becoming him the youngest winner by more than a year. A third-generation musher, he competed against his father and grandfather: 52-year-old Mitch Seavey, who won in '04, finished seventh; and 74-year-old Dan Seavey, who was competing on the 40th anniversary of the first Iditarod (in which he raced), was 51st. The youngest Seavey—mushing what he described as a young, fragile team (above)—won by using five different lead dogs, playing to each one's strengths and often running alongside his sled to lighten its load.
| WAIVED |
After five star-crossed years in Portland, center Greg Oden, the NBA's No. 1 draft pick in 2007. Selected after a standout freshman year in which he led Ohio State to the NCAA final, Oden was expected to be an All-Star. Instead, an array of injuries sidelined him for his entire rookie season (cartilage damage, right knee), three quarters of '09--10 (patella fracture, left knee), all of '10--11 (cartilage damage, left knee) and '11--12 (microfracture surgery, left knee). He was recovering from his latest ailment when, following a flurry of deadline deals, the Trail Blazers found themselves over the roster limit and cut Oden (right), who leaves Portland after 82 games (9.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and five knee surgeries—three on his left knee, two on his right.
March 26, 2012
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By HBO, the horse racing drama Luck, after a horse used in production had to be euthanized because of a head injury, the third equine fatality connected to the show since it began filming in March 2010. According to track officials the horse, while being led to its stall by a groom on the Santa Anita backstretch, reared up, fell backward and struck its head. Luck, which had debuted to mostly positive reviews, was seen by many in the industry as great exposure, even though it focused on the grittier aspects of racing. Its cancellation was another reminder of the dangers of the sport to the animals involved. As if to underscore that, three days after news broke of the death at Santa Anita, 3-year-old filly Deferred Risk snapped the cannon bone in her right front leg while sprinting for the wire at Aqueduct and had to be euthanized. Her death was the ninth in 16 racing days at the track, and the 18th since Nov. 30.
| HOSPITALIZED |
After going into cardiac arrest during a game at Tottenham last Saturday, Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba. The 23-year-old collapsed facedown in the 41st minute and TV cameras turned away while he was taken off on a stretcher; he was revived only when he reached a hospital. Shortly afterward officials called the game, and on Sunday Bolton's next match, scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed. Muamba, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, moved to England in 1999 when his family was granted asylum, and he has played seven years professionally, all in England. On Monday, Muamba remained in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital's heart attack unit, but teammates reported that he had started talking.
| DIED |
At age 93, following a heart attack, sportswriter Furman Bisher (right), who up until his retirement covered golf, baseball and NASCAR, as well as every Kentucky Derby since 1950 and every Super Bowl but the first for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and who also wrote for such magazines as SI, The Sporting News and The Saturday Evening Post. Bisher's most famous scoop came in '49, for Sport magazine, when Shoeless Joe Jackson spoke to him about his alleged involvement in the '19 Black Sox scandal. (It was the only interview Jackson ever gave on the scandal. He denied all charges but claimed no bitterness toward the sport.) Bisher was named one of America's five best columnists by TIME in '61 and was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in '89. In 2009, following 59 years with the Journal-Constitution, he composed his final column for the newspaper on the same typewriter he used for his first, in 1950.
| DIED |
At age 81 of prostate cancer, former NCAA and NBA coach Dick Harter. A former Penn reserve guard, Harter coached Rider, Penn, Oregon and Penn State, going 295--196 and winning two Ivy League championships over 18 years. With the Ducks, where his teams were known as the Kamikaze Kids for their swarming defense, he ended UCLA's 98-game home winning streak, in '76. Leaving the college game in '83, he assisted under NBA greats Chuck Daly, Pat Riley and Larry Bird; his defensive acumen earned him the expansion Hornets' first coaching gig, in '88--89. Harter retired in 2010.
NCAA-record number of weight classes in which Cornell junior Kyle Dake has won wrestling championships: 141 pounds as a freshman, 149 as a sophomore and, last weekend, 157.
Consecutive shutout minutes and seconds by Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov over five games from March 6 to March 15, the second-longest goalless stretch (behind Brian Boucher's 332:01 in '04) of the NHL expansion era.
Miles traveled in a Honda Accord last week by Iowa State forward Royce White, from Ames to Louisville for the Cyclones' NCAA tournament game against UConn. White suffers from generalized anxiety disorder and is afraid of flying.
Amount spent on fried chicken and side dishes last week by Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco after he promised on Twitter to feed the first 200 people who showed up at a Harlem soul food restaurant.
Amount that Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz must pay to settle a $303.4 million suit filed by Irving Picard, trustee for the victims in the Bernie Madoff scandal.
| REVIVED |
In L.A., the fashionable face mask. Kobe Bryant has been wearing one since breaking his nose on Feb. 26. And last week Chris Paul adopted a shield after a nasal fracture. (He even made a replica for his son, Chris Jr.) Fashion-forward as the L.A. duo seems, neither Bryant (who was 3 of 20 behind the mask on Sunday, a career worst on so many shots) nor Paul (who ditched his after two L's) can claim to be the innovator. Can you ID these past masked men?
Left to right: Tyler Hansbrough, Petr Cech, Mankind, Galen Rupp, Bill Laimbeer
NHL PLAYERS POLL
Should the NHL ban fighting?
Only one player indicated that fighting should be banned.... In an SI Facebook poll, 90% of respondents were opposed to a ban.... The call to stop fighting, advocated by figures from USA Hockey's chief medical officer to Ralph Nader, stems largely from the deaths last year of three former enforcers (two by reported suicide; one by accidental drug overdose).... Based on 2011--12 stats at hockeyfights.com, the number of fights is at a five-year low (.45 per game).... In a separate poll, SI asked whom players most wanted to fight. The Canucks' Maxim Lapierre (13%), the Rangers' Sean Avery (10%) and the Penguins' Matt Cooke (5%) led the vote-getting.
BASED ON 202 NHL PLAYERS WHO RESPONDED TO SI'S SURVEY