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FOR THE RECORD

June 18, 2012
June 18, 2012

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June 18, 2012

SI.com
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NBA FINALS
TENNIS
BOXING
BASEBALL
REVOLUTION GAMES
  • THE 1956 MELBOURNE OLYMPICS WERE PLUNGED INTO COLD WAR INTRIGUE AS DOZENS OF HUNGARIAN ATHLETES, UNWILLING TO RETURN HOME AFTER SOVIET TANKS CRUSHED A POPULAR UPRISING AGAINST COMMUNIST RULE, DEFECTED TO FREEDOM—WITH HELP FROM A YOUNG SPORTS MAGAZINE

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FOR THE RECORD

| DIED |

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At 52 after being hospitalized with stomach bleeding, Vladimir Krutov, the K in the Soviet hockey team's famed KLM Line, who had 156 goals and 174 assists in international competition from 1981 through '89. Krutov (above) helped lead his team to the '84 and '88 Olympic golds and five world titles in the '80s. He was one of the first Soviets to cross over to the NHL, spending the '89--90 season with the Canucks. After retiring from playing, he coached Moscow CSKA and worked as director at a state sports school, and he was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2010. "Volodya was such a dependable and steadfast man that I would have gone anywhere with him—to war, to espionage, into peril," said Russian hockey federation president and former Soviet goalie Vladislav Tretiak.

| DIED |

At 65 of cancer, former Reds reliever Pedro Borbon. A key cog in the Big Red Machine, the Cincinnati teams that won five division titles, four pennants and two World Series between 1970 and '76, the rubber-armed righthander pitched in six of seven games in the '72 World Series and tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings in the '76 NLCS. He remains the Reds' leader in career appearances with 531 and led the NL in total appearances between '70 and '78. Borbon (right) spent 9½ years in Cincinnati and was reported to have put a voodoo curse on the Reds when they traded him to the Giants in '79. In '90, the year the Reds won their first title since Borbon left, he said he removed the curse. Later he insisted that it never existed at all.

| RETIRED |

After an 18-year boxing career, three-time welterweight world titleholder Antonio Margarito. The Tornado de Tijuana finishes his career with a record of 38--8 with 27 KOs and was at times dominant—but he will be best remembered for a 2009 scandal in which he was found before a title defense against Shane Mosley to have illegal knuckle pads coated with a plasterlike substance under his gloves. (He claimed not to have known of the loaded gloves and insisted that he had never before fought with them, but he and his trainer were suspended for a year.) Margarito was knocked out by Mosley in the ninth, losing the WBA super welterweight title. He went 1--2 afterward before announcing his retirement in advance of what was to be a middleweight bout against Abel Perry. Margarito said that he did not feel physically prepared to continue to compete at an elite level but that he would remain involved in boxing in some capacity.

| KILLED |

In Auburn, Ala., former Tigers football players Edward Christian and Ladarious Phillips, both 20. At 10:03 p.m. last Saturday police on campus received a report of gunshots fired at the University Heights apartment clubhouse, where a pool party was being held. Minutes later officers found Christian, an offensive lineman who was off the team because of injury, dead on the scene. Phillips, a sophomore fullback who had quit football, and another 20-year-old, Demario Pitts, died later at the hospital. Three other people—including Eric Mack, 20, a current Auburn offensive lineman—were hospitalized in nearby Opelika. (Mack is expected to recover.) As of Monday, police were offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Desmonte Leonard, 22, who is charged with three counts of capital murder.

| MARRED |

By fans' racial slurs, Euro 2012. Three racially motivated incidents were reported during the soccer tournament's first week. On June 6, black Netherlands players were subjected to monkey chants during an open practice session. Last Friday, fans were heard shouting racial slurs at Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie, the only black player on the team, during a loss to Russia. And on Sunday, during an Italy-Spain draw, photographers reported hearing more monkey calls directed at Azzurri striker Mario Balotelli, who had threatened before the games to walk off the pitch if he was abused. (Instead, he ignored the harassment.) UEFA has vowed to investigate the two game-related incidents.

| DIED |

At 88 of lung cancer, former NASCAR driver and owner Cotton Owens (left), just two weeks after his election to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. As a driver Owens dominated the modified car circuit, won nine races in what is now the Sprint Cup series and just missed out on the 1959 championship, to Lee Petty. As an owner who liked to build his own cars and engines, he fielded machines that won 38 races and 33 pole positions in 405 starts from '50 through '73, driven by the likes of David Pearson, Ralph Earnhardt, Junior Johnson and Mario Andretti. Pearson won the '66 Cup title in Owens's Dodge—two years after Owens, to prove that he could beat his driver, had come out of retirement to race Pearson at Richmond. He was right. They finished one-two.

| BLOODIED |

In two separate scraps on Sunday's season finale of Mad Men, ad exec Pete Campbell, who has now been in three fistfights this season. (At least he trash-talks like a champ: He asks older coworker Lane Pryce before an earlier bout, "You wanna take your teeth out? Or do you want me to knock them out?") For boxing fans still smarting from last week's real-life scoring outrage (page 58), Campbell's tomato-can-ish career at least offers clear-cut results.

Season 5, Episode 5

Campbell connects to Pryce's face and ribs before the classically trained coworker lands an elegant combo (far left) that puts Pete down for the count.

WINNER: Pryce, KO

Season 5, Episode. 13

Heavyweight hugging until Howard Dawes, a fellow commuter (whose wife Campbell slept with) connects to the face, leaving Campbell with another busted lip.

WINNER: Dawes, decision

Season 5, Episode 13

Fire in his veins from the Dawes fight, Campbell calls a train conductor a "fat piece of crap," shoves him and gets floored with one shot. Duck, maybe?

WINNER: Conductor, KO

GO FIGURE

1

Days after being named manager of the Spanish Primera Division soccer club Valencia that 54-year-old Manuel Preciado died of a heart attack last Thursday.

$3.36

Amount—all that was in his piggy bank—that a six-year-old Giants fan mailed to 49ers RB Brandon Jacobs, after the boy had been told that the reason Jacobs left New York for San Francisco was because the Giants couldn't pay him enough.

34.3

LeBron James's scoring average in his three Game 7s (including 31 against the Celtics last Saturday), the highest in NBA history of anyone who's played at least two such games.

112

Yardage of the par-3 17th hole at Sevierville Golf Club, outside Knoxville, on which 59-year-old former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt got her first hole in one, last Friday.

$90,300

Amount bid on eBay for a preordered pair of Nike Air Yeezy 2 basketball sneakers designed by rapper Kanye West. LeBron James has already been seen wearing the $245 shoes, which were released last Saturday.

MLB PLAYERS POLL

Which catcher is the hardest to run on?

YADIER MOLINA, CARDINALS 71%

MIGUEL OLIVO, MARINERS 3%

MATT WIETERS, ORIOLES 3%

BUSTER POSEY, GIANTS 2%

JOE MAUER, TWINS 2%

FAST FACTS

Molina, winner of four straight Gold Gloves, is the active career leader in caught stealing percentage (43.7—minimum 100 games), as well as pickoffs, with 40.... His closest pursuer in the latter category, his brother Jose, of the Rays (with 23), placed eighth here (1%).... The Red Sox' Kelly Shoppach, who in 2011 led the majors in caught stealing percentage (41.0—minimum 81 games) was not among the 28 backstops to receive at least one vote.... In a similar poll on Facebook, Yadier caught 62% of the votes.

BASED ON 306 MLB PLAYERS WHO RESPONDED TO SI'S SURVEY

PHOTOBRUCE BENNETT STUDIOS/GETTY IMAGES (KRUTOV)PHOTOJOHN IACONO (BORBON)PHOTORON JAFFE/AMC (MAD MEN)PHOTOTOM DIPACE (MONK)PHOTOJEFF ROBERSON/AP (MOLINA)PHOTORACINGONE/ISC IMAGES & ARCHIVES/GETTY IMAGES (OWENS)