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At age 26 of reported cardiac arrest during a pre-Olympic training camp in Flagstaff, Ariz., Norwegian swimmer Dale Oen, who won his country's first swimming world championship, in the 100-meter breaststroke, last July. Oen, having endured only a light workout and a game of golf earlier on April 30, was found in his bathroom by teammates who had grown concerned over the length of time he had been in the shower. Police are conducting an investigation but have found no signs of foul play. Oen represented one of Norway's best chances at a medal in London this summer, four years after taking silver in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Beijing Games (above).
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As a free agent by the Buccaneers, former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, who suffered spinal cord injuries while making a tackle against Army in October 2010, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Following that incident, doctors expected LeGrand to be a quadriplegic and spend the rest of his life on a ventilator. However, he was breathing on his own within five weeks, and today he can stand with the help of a metal frame. On May 1, Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano, who came to Tampa Bay in January after 11 years leading Rutgers, called LeGrand (right) to inform his former player that Tampa Bay would use its last roster spot on him. No money will be exchanged, and LeGrand's role with the Bucs has not been determined, but the team sent him a helmet, a number 52 jersey and a contract last week. "It was something I always dreamed about," LeGrand said. "You do the right things in life, and good things happen to you."
May 14, 2012
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By the NFL for their role in the Saints' bounty scandal, four current and former New Orleans players: Linebacker Jonathan Vilma (Saints) was banned for the entire 2012 season; defensive end Will Smith (Saints) for four games; defensive end Anthony Hargrove (now with the Packers) for eight games; and linebacker Scott Fujita (Browns, and also a member of the NFL Players Association's executive board) for three games. Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league's investigation determined that "a significant number of players" participated in the bounty program but that "the players disciplined participated at a different and more significant level." The NFL determined that Vilma, Smith and Fujita had pledged a substantial amount of money for bounty payouts and that Hargrove had actively obstructed the investigation. All four players have denied the allegations (save for Fujita, who admitted paying for big plays) and have appealed their suspensions. The NFLPA also filed grievances last Thursday claiming that the new collective bargaining agreement prohibits Goodell from punishing players for actions committed before it took effect and that officers for on-field actions should hear the players' appeals, not Goodell.
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At age 91, Lillian Musial, the wife for nearly 72 years of Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial. High school sweethearts who met when Lillian watched Stan play semipro ball for the Donora (Pa.) Zincs in 1934, the couple tied the knot in '40 and in the years since became known for the community work they did in their adopted hometown of St. Louis. Lillian, along with other players' wives, helped found the Cardinals Pinch Hitters group, which provided aid to children's charities. Recently she helped organize events benefitting Covenant House children's shelter in Missouri, which raised more than $20 million through the Stan Musial Hall of Fame Gala and an annual golf classic.
| DISCOVERED |
At Churchill Downs on Sunday morning, 11 hours after the Kentucky Derby, the body of Adan Fabian Perez, a groom who was reportedly employed by trainer Cecil Borel, the brother of three-time Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel. A track security officer found Perez, 48, shortly before dawn in barn number 8, near where this year's Derby winner, I'll Have Another, was stabled. (Perez had not been working in that barn.) Police, who say that the death is being investigated as a homicide, suspect that more than one person may have been involved, and they have yet to release autopsy results.
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At age 72 of a reported heart attack, former Alabama and NFL lineman Billy Neighbors. A unanimous All America as a Crimson Tide senior in 1961, Neighbors (left) helped coach Bear Bryant win his first national title by anchoring the line on both offense and defense, the latter of which shut out six opponents and allowed just three touchdowns and 25 points over 11 games. A year later Neighbors was drafted into both the AFL (in the sixth round, by the Boston Patriots) and NFL (fourth round, by the Redskins). He chose Boston and made All-NFL in three of four years before four more seasons with the Dolphins. After retiring, Neighbors was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, in 2004. Both of his sons and one of his grandsons went on to play for Alabama.
High school basketball players named Shaquille on Rivals.com's list of the top 150 prospects for the Class of 2012—20 years after Shaquille O'Neal was drafted by the NBA.
Consecutive playoff losses by the Knicks—moving them past the Grizzlies (2004--06) for the most NBA postseason defeats in a row—before they beat the Heat on Sunday.
Goals scored in 2011--12 by Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who broke Archie Stark's 87-year-old record for the most by any first-division player by netting four last Saturday against Espanyol.
Cost of a Crosby Tears beer at Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, which started making the orange-hued ale after the Flyers eliminated the Penguins from the NHL playoffs.
Amount paid last week for Bill Buckner's misplayed baseball from the 1986 World Series. The ball last changed ownership—from actor Charlie Sheen to songwriter Seth Swirsky—in 2000 for $64,000.
SPORTS INJURY STUPIDITY METER
Taking stock of the athletic world's latest hapless hurts
Tore knee ligament colliding with four-year-old son
Poked in eye celebrating a grand slam
Hospitalized play-fighting an opposing player
Lacerated hand punching a fire extinguisher
NHL PLAYERS POLL
Who is the league's best pure shooter?
RAY ALLEN, CELTICS SG 68%
DIRK NOWITZKI, MAVERICKS PF 7%
KYLE KORVER, BULLS SF 6%
ANTHONY MORROW, NETS SG 4%
STEVE NASH, SUNS PG 2%
Warriors PG Stephen Curry also received 2% of the votes. He leads all active players in three-point percentage (.441), which puts him behind only Steve Kerr (.454) all time.... Allen is the NBA's alltime leader in three-pointers attempted (6,788) and made (2,718) .... Knicks SF Steve Novak, who led the NBA in three-point shooting in 2011--12 (.472), tied for seventh in voting.... In a similar poll on Facebook, SI readers also had Allen (66%) and Nowitzki (16%) finishing 1--2.
BASED ON 146 NBA PLAYERS WHO RESPONDED TO SI'S SURVEY