| SUSPENDED |
The NHL season, by team owners on Sunday after they were unable to reach a deal with players on a new collective bargaining agreement. It was the fourth suspension of the pro hockey season since 1992. The CBA, which had been ratified in the wake of the 2004--05 labor stoppage that cost the league the entire season, expired at 11:59 p.m. last Saturday. The main issue dividing the two sides is the distribution of hockey-related revenue: Under the expired CBA, players were entitled to 57% of HRR. The owners' last proposal offered them a gradually decreasing share that would end at 47%; the players suggested that their stake be tied to league growth and that it gradually decline to about 50%. The regular season was scheduled to begin Oct. 11. "This is a lockout of choice," players' union head Donald Fehr (above) said last week. "They don't have to do this."
| DIED |
At age 61 of cardiac arrest, skateboarding and snowboarding innovator Tom Sims. The founder of Sims Skateboards and Sims Snowboards, he was the 1983 world snowboarding champion and was responsible for much of the sport's popularity, relentlessly pushing ski resorts to allow snowboarders on their chair lifts. It was his childhood passion for skateboarding that led Sims (right) to invent the snowboard, which he put together in his seventh-grade shop class at Haddonfield (N.J.) Central School. "I couldn't skateboard on the snow-covered streets in the wintertime," he said, "and the simplest solution was to make a skateboard for the snow."
September 24, 2012
| DIED |
At age 84 of a reported heart attack, Sid Watkins, the former Formula One medical chief and president of the Federation International Automobile Institute for Motor Sport Safety. In 1978, with the backing of F1 president and CEO Bernie Ecclestone, Watkins began to implement changes that would transform the safety standards of the circuit. All F1 tracks now have portable intensive-care facilities and access to medevac helicopters, as well as cars that trail the field in order to quickly remove injured drivers from the scene. Those changes are among the main reasons there has not been a death in F1 racing in 18 years. Watkins retired from the series in 2005 and stepped down from his post with the FIA last year.
| IMPLICATED |
In what's believed to be the largest academic cheating scandal in Harvard's history, approximately 125 students, including as many as 70 student athletes. Similar mistakes and phrasing—and even two instances of the same typo—in 13 take-home exams for the course Introduction to Congress led assistant professor Matthew Platt, who graded the test in May, to contact the school's administrative board. Harvard officials spent the summer reviewing the tests and determined that the cheating had been widespread. In the wake of the scandal, sources told SI, at least three men's basketball players—senior co-captains Kyle Casey, an All--Ivy League forward, and Brandyn Curry, the starting point guard—have withdrawn for the year to preserve their final season of eligibility. (No findings have been announced, but had they remained in school and been found guilty, they would have lost their senior seasons.)
| WON |
By Ryan Hunter-Reay, with a fourth-place finish in the MAVTV 500 in Fontana, Calif., the 2012 IndyCar Series Championship. After his main rival, Will Power, who had a 17-point lead entering the day, crashed 55 laps into the race, Hunter-Reay (below) merely had to finish fifth or better to win the title, which he took by three points. (Power finished second in points for the third year in a row.) Despite a late red flag and a restart that he called "the most pressure I've ever had in my life," Hunter-Reay kept his composure long enough to bring Michael Andretti his fourth IndyCar championship as an owner.
| CLEARED |
To return to the sidelines, Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini, who left Memorial Stadium during the Cornhuskers' 42--13 victory over Arkansas State last Saturday because of heartburn and a sense of disorientation. Pelini, who admits to being alarmed, says that a series of tests performed at a local hospital were negative. "I'm as healthy as can be," he says. "It was an isolated incident."
Pitchers used by the Cubs (five) and the Astros (six) in Houston's 1--0 victory on Sept. 11, the most in a nine-inning 1--0 game in MLB history.
Estimated pieces of furniture, fixtures and fittings from London's Olympic Village, including four-piece "athletes' bedroom sets" at $160 each, for sale on the website remainsofthegames.co.uk.
Years since Silver Creek (Ind.) High—which cut its football program in 1942 and didn't restore it until 2010—had won a game before the Dragons routed Eastern Pekin High 44--18.
Ferraris that lapped England's Silverstone Circuit last Saturday. The procession, a world record, was led by F1 star Felipe Massa in a 458 Spider.
Winnings of harness racing driver Tim Tetrick in three races this year, after he piloted Market Share to victory in the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic. Tetrick also won the $1.5 million Hambletonian and the $1 million Metro Pace.
| SHARED |
A civil handshake, by Lions coach Jim Schwartz and his 49ers counterpart, Jim Harbaugh, after San Francisco's 27--19 home win over Detroit on Sunday. The gracious midfield moment (left) was a bit of an anticlimax after the pair's postgame meltdown last October. But two other on-field encounters last week offered gripping drama.
GREG SCHIANO : TOM COUGHLIN
Shouting, then a shake
ANTON FERDINAND : JOHN TERRY
As promised, a snub
MLB PLAYERS POLL
Which player would you most want as a mentor?
DEREK JETER, YANKEES SS 13%
ROY HALLADAY, PHILLIES P 12%
ALBERT PUJOLS, ANGELS 1B 8%
MARIANO RIVERA, YANKEES P 8%
JAMIE MOYER, P 8%
The righthanded Halladay received 35 of his 36 votes from pitchers, with 31 coming from fellow righties.... Jeter's totals were almost as lopsided: 35 of his 38 votes came from position players.... The 49-year-old Moyer, who began the season with the Rockies and also served brief stints with the Orioles and the Blue Jays (though he did not pitch for either club), was released by Toronto on July 5.
BASED ON THE RESPONSES OF 301 MLB PLAYERS TO SI'S SURVEY