| DIED |
This is an article from the July 9, 2012 issue
At 85 of complications from Alzheimer's disease, Doris Sams, a star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (which was immortalized in the movie A League of Their Own) from 1946 to '53. Playing with the Muskegon (later Kalamazoo) Lassies, she tossed a perfect game in '47 and then, after switching to the outfield, set a league record with 12 home runs in '52. Twice the league's Player of the Year, Sams (above) was the first player in the league to be an All-Star at two positions. A ball signed by Sams and the Lassies is part of the AAGPBL exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame. "I look over to the right and see Babe Ruth," she said in 1989. "I look over on the left and see Ted Williams. Then I look in the mirror and say, 'What are you doing here?' It's all so unbelievable."
| ARRESTED |
For allegedly trying to extort Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, Richard Khamir Hurd, a 25-year-old former Baylor basketball player. According to an FBI affidavit, Hurd, a walk-on who averaged 1.9 points per game for the Bears from 2004 to '08, contacted Griffin's agency on June 18 to request a "substantial sum" of money in exchange for not releasing "derogatory information" about Griffin (right), last year's Heisman Trophy winner. A representative from Griffin's agency met with Hurd to give him a check and to have him sign a nondisclosure agreement, after which Hurd was arrested by an undercover agent who had attended the meeting. Hurd's bond was set at $25,000. "There [are] vultures out there," Griffin said. "People who are looking to climb on top of all your money."
| WON |
By Arizona, the 2012 College World Series. The Wildcats went 10--0 in the postseason, including 5--1 and 4--1 victories over two-time defending champion South Carolina in the final, to earn the program's fourth title. Coach Andy Lopez, in his eighth trip to the NCAA playoffs in 11 years with the Wildcats, became just the second coach to win titles at two different schools. (He also won at Pepperdine in 1992.) Junior rightfielder Robert Refsnyder, the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, hit .476 in five games with six runs scored, including the series winner. But it was pitching that carried Arizona: Every starter went at least 7 1/3 innings, and the team's ERA was 1.12. "It's not the best team that wins," Lopez said, "it's the hottest team, and these guys got hot at the right time."
| DISMISSED |
From the Georgia football team following his arrest on three weapons charges, sophomore running back Isaiah Crowell. According to police, Crowell, a former five-star recruit who ran for 850 yards and five touchdowns last season (both tops for the Bulldogs, who are expected to compete for the SEC title in 2012), was stopped last Friday around 2 a.m. at a campus vehicle checkpoint. Officers smelled marijuana and, with Crowell's consent, searched the car. Though they discovered no drugs, they did find a black 9-mm Luger with an altered serial number under the driver's seat. Police charged Crowell (right) with possessing a concealed weapon, having a weapon in a school zone and for the altered ID mark. He was released early Friday afternoon after posting $9,500 bail. According to the police report Crowell told the arresting officers that he had no knowledge of the gun and that he is not the only person who drives that car. On Sunday, he posted the following statement to his Twitter account: "Only God can judge me, everybody makes mistakes. Learn from it and move forward."
| WITHDRAWN |
From consideration for a U.S. Olympic team position in the women's 100 meters, Jeneba Tarmoh, who on Monday declined to race in a scheduled runoff against training partner Allyson Felix after the two had finished in a dead heat for third place on June 23 at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. Tarmoh had at first been declared to have finished third by 0.001 seconds—the top three finishers in the race make the U.S. team for London—but officials changed their ruling shortly afterward. With no clear tiebreaking procedures in place, USA Track & Field gave the women a choice between a coin flip and a runoff, and both Felix and Tarmoh initially agreed to settle the deadlock on the track. Felix, who won Olympic gold in 2008 as a member of the 4 √ó 400 relay team, also qualified in the 200 meters. Tarmoh is now an alternate in the 100 meters and is eligible for the 4 ... 100. "In my heart of hearts, I just feel like I earned the third spot," Tarmoh said on Sunday. "I almost feel like I was kind of robbed."
| TRADEMARKED |
By Anthony Davis, who was taken No. 1 overall by the Hornets in last Thursday's NBA Draft, the former Kentucky forward's signature unibrow, as well as the phrases "Fear the Brow" and "Raise the Brow." In doing so, Davis becomes the face of the hirsute forehead. (Sorry, Bert, Frida Kahlo, etc.) His unibrow already has three unofficial Twitter accounts as well as a Facebook page with over 10,000 Likes. Now, thanks to SI, with little more than scissors and Scotch tape you can get in on the craze too!
MLB PLAYERS POLL
Who is the most overrated position player in the game?
ALEX RODRIGUEZ, YANKEES 3B 17%
DEREK JETER, YANKEES SS 9%
JAYSON WERTH, NATIONALS RF 6%
NICK SWISHER, YANKEES RF 5%
ALBERT PUJOLS, ANGELS 1B 5%
New York's Brett Gardner (1%), Russell Martin (0.5%) and Mark Teixeira (0.5%) were also among the 69 players named.... A-Rod (who got 54% of the fan vote in SI's Facebook poll) and Pujols have three MVPs apiece, while sixth-place Ichiro Suzuki (4%) of the Mariners has one. Also compiled by those top six: four batting titles, seven HR crowns, 10 World Series rings, 19 Gold Gloves and 47 All-Star appearances.
BASED ON 228 MLB PLAYERS WHO RESPONDED TO SI'S SURVEY
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