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This is an article from the June 25, 2012 issue
After an 11-year career with the Chargers and Jets, running back LaDainian Tomlinson. L.T., as he is known, signed a one-day contract on Monday to rejoin the Chargers so that he could retire from the team with which he spent the first nine years of his career and won the 2006 MVP award. San Diego made him the fifth overall pick in '01 out of TCU, where he won the Doak Walker award as the nation's best running back after his senior year, and he led the Chargers to five AFC West titles. During his MVP season, Tomlinson (above) set NFL single-season records with 31 touchdowns (28 rushing) and 186 points, and he finishes his career as the fifth-leading rusher in league history, with 13,684 yards, and with the second-most rushing touchdowns in history, 145.
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At 83 of undisclosed causes, former SI senior writer Clive Gammon. Though Gammon (below), who wrote for the magazine from 1966 through '90, stayed true to his Welsh roots and focused on soccer and fishing, he covered almost every sport during his career. He got his start doing fishing columns in the U.K. while teaching full-time in a grammar school, then moved to writing general sports columns for The Sunday Times, where his work was noticed by SI. Gammon would fly anywhere in pursuit of a great story—and of a great catch. Once a year he would set off after whatever storied game fish had recently captured his attention and chronicle the adventure. "I remember telling him one year, 'Clive, it'd be nice if this year—for once—you even got the fish on the line,'" says former SI managing editor Mark Mulvoy. "He looked at me and said, 'Oh, I don't know if I can fish with all that pressure.'"
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Of all charges against him, seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens. The 49-year-old Clemens, who pitched for the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros in his 24-year career, had faced one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury. The trial, which centered on Clemens's 2008 insistence when testifying under oath before a House committee that he had never taken steroids or human growth hormone, lasted just over eight weeks and came a year after the prosecution in an initial trial showed the jury inadmissible evidence, resulting in a mistrial. Clemens could have faced up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted on all counts.
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By an NBA security officer of employment discrimination, the league, USA Basketball and UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma. In a lawsuit filed in New York City, Kelley Hardwick, 46, contends that in October 2009 Auriemma, who was coaching Team USA at the time, followed her to her hotel room during a USA Basketball trip to Russia, grabbed her arm and tried to kiss her. Hardwick says she refused his advances and alleges that Auriemma later had her removed from her position as the team's top security official at this year's Olympics. Hardwick also alleges that the NBA ignored her complaints and refused to investigate Auriemma. The coach denied the allegations, while the NBA and USA Basketball declined to comment. The U.S. Olympic Committee said it would investigate.
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Of a heart attack at age 60, Cuban boxing champion Teofilo Stevenson. The winner of three Olympic heavyweight gold medals—in 1972, '76 and '80—and three amateur world championships, Stevenson (right) retained his amateur status throughout his career even though he could have made millions by defecting and turning pro. "No, I will not leave my country for one million dollars or for much more," he said to SI in '74. "What is a million dollars against eight million Cubans who love me?" Stevenson retired in '87 after a 20-year career in which he won 301 of his 321 bouts. He later served as vice president of Cuba's boxing federation and its national sports institute.
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At 67 of a heart attack, former Twins pitcher Dave Boswell. He put together a solid career—a 68--56 record (including a 20-win season in 1969), with a 3.52 ERA before a shoulder injury ended his career at age 26—but was best known for his membership in the fraternity of those who have brawled with Billy Martin. In August '69, while in a pennant race, Boswell reportedly refused to run laps before a game, after which he was confronted by Martin, then the Twins' manager. Boswell first scuffled with teammate Bob Allison, who Martin said was trying to calm things, and then Boswell and Martin went at it. Both later claimed that the other threw the first punch. Boswell needed 20 stitches in his face and missed nearly two weeks. Martin was fired after the season, and Boswell was released in the spring of '71, but the two reunited briefly (without incident) on the Tigers later that year.
Vertical face-mask bars on Giants defensive end Justin Tuck's new helmet, making it harder, he says, for opponents to hold onto.
Age, in years, of the 12-ounce bottle of Budweiser that former L.A. Kings trainer Pete Demers poured into and drank out of the Stanley Cup last week in a nod to the team's last Finals appearance, in 1993.
NBA players who are older than Robert Pera, 34, who last week agreed to buy the Grizzlies.
Career winning percentage in interleague play (17--2) for Tigers RHP Justin Verlander, the best of any pitcher with at least 15 such starts and more than 100 percentage points better than that of runner-up Jered Weaver's .786.
Qualifying speed, in mph, for Marcos Ambrose, who took the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at the newly resurfaced Michigan International Speedway. In all, 19 drivers topped 200 mph, a mark that had not been reached in NASCAR qualifying since 1987.
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For the first time in 144 Sprint Cup races, Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose victory in Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway was the 19th of his career but his first in four years almost to the day—since June 15, 2008, also at Michigan. Earnhardt's gap between checkered flags was the sixth longest in Cup history. Here are some other racing numbers put up during Junior's drought:
Jimmie Johnson had 23 wins, the most of any driver
Earnhardt amassed seven second-place finishes
Busch brothers Kurt and Kyle racked up six fines or suspensions
Fans voted Earnhardt Most Popular Driver four times
MLB PLAYERS POLL
Who is the most underrated position player in baseball?
MICHAEL YOUNG, RANGERS IF 10%
HOWIE KENDRICK, ANGELS 2B 4%
MARTIN PRADO, BRAVES LF 3%
SHIN-SOO CHOO, INDIANS RF 3%
Diamondbacks leftfielder Gerardo Parra, Orioles rightfielder Nick Markakis and Rays rightfielder Ben Zobrist tied for fifth with 2% of the vote.... Choo, Prado and Young—in that order—made up the top three in last year's poll.... Since 2002, his first full season, Young has 2,037 hits—second in the majors during that span only to Ichiro Suzuki (2,257). A seven-time All-Star, batting champ ('05) and Gold Glove winner ('08), Young has never finished higher than eighth in MVP voting.
BASED ON 271 MLB PLAYERS WHO RESPONDED TO SI'S SURVEY