By Kimmie Meissner (above), the gold medal at the World Figure Skating
Championships in Calgary, in one of the biggest upsets in the event's history.
The 16-year-old from Bel Air, Md., who finished sixth at the Olympics was
flawless during her free skate last Saturday. She landed seven triple jumps,
including the only two triple-triple combinations of the day. "It's always
nice after a program to feel this is the best I can do," she said.
"There was nothing I can do better." Olympic silver medalist Sasha
Cohen, who led entering the free skate, ended up third after falling during her
program. "A few years ago I used to cry," said Cohen, who blew a
final-day lead in Turin and has twice been runner-up at the worlds. "But I
used up all my tears."
The $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race,
Electrocutionist, a five-year-old owned by Dubai's crown prince, Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Electrocutionist started slowly but passed
Brass Hat and Wilko to claim the $3.6 million winner's share. The Sheikh also
scored in the $2 million UAE Derby. His 3-year-old Discreet Cat won and
established himself as a Kentucky Derby hopeful.
By a superior court judge in San Francisco, Barry Bonds's motion for a
temporary restraining order to seize the profits from a new book that alleges
he took steroids. Lawyers for Bonds filed a suit against the writers, publisher
Gotham Books, the San Francisco Chronicle and SI, which excerpted Game of
Shadows in the March 13 issue, saying that authors Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance
Williams used "illegally obtained grand jury transcripts." (The action
did not challenge the veracity of the book.) Last Friday, Judge James Warren
denied the motion but allowed Bonds to go forward with the suit, though he
noted, "I question the likelihood of success of the underlying
By Kansas State, former Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins (above). In 16 seasons
Huggins led the Bearcats to 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances and the
1992 Final Four. His tenure was also controversial: In '98 the NCAA placed
Cincinnati on two years' probation for lack of institutional control. He was
arrested for DUI in 2004, and last year the school's president forced him to
resign. None of that mattered to Kansas State, which went 15-13 under Jim
Wooldridge last season and is 10 years removed from its last NCAA tournament
Guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of writer Sam Kellerman, former
USBA super middleweight champion James Butler, 33. The boxer admitted killing
Kellerman, who was the brother of ESPN radio personality Max Kellerman, and
will be sentenced to 29 years and four months in prison. Butler, who fought as
the Harlem Hammer, had been staying with Kellerman in his Hollywood apartment
for a month before Kellerman was found beaten to death in October 2004; a
motive has not been revealed. "I think it's a fair resolution of the
case," Butler's public defender, Jack Keenan, said. "He's always been
sorry for what he did."
The comeback attempt by Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell, 37, who said last
week that he'll start the season on the disabled list and may not play again.
Bagwell (right) missed most of last season with an arthritic right shoulder and
this spring has been an awkward presence in Astros' camp. The team has an
insurance policy that will pay most of Bagwell's $17 million salary this season
if he doesn't play, and doctors who examined the first baseman during the
winter said he was too injured to perform. It seems they were right: Bagwell
has hit .219 this spring and has had trouble throwing. "I can only play
once every few days," he said, "and that's not what I'm out here to
On federal charges of tax evasion and embezzlement, former 49ers kicker Ray
Wersching. The 55-year-old, who retired in 1988, has owned an insurance agency
in Redwood City, Calif., since 1995. He is accused of misappropriating $8
million in premiums between 1997 and 2000, and with failing to pay taxes on
$3.6 million in corporate income in 1999 and 2000. Wersching, who faces up to
21 years in prison, has denied the charges.
From six months to five years, the prison sentence of Tank Carter, brother of
Steelers safety Tyrone Carter, because he failed to report to jail on time.
Carter, 31, who pleaded guilty in December to driving with a revoked license,
was to report to a South Florida prison on Jan. 6, but he stayed away because
his brother said the Steelers had a good chance to go to the Super Bowl. They
did, and Carter spent Super Bowl weekend in Detroit, watching Pittsburgh's
victory from the 50-yard line and partying with Snoop Dogg after the game. Last
week a Broward County judge increased his sentence--which didn't seem to bother
either Carter. Tyrone said he would have done the same thing; Tank, who
reported to prison on Feb. 13, added, "Even knowing what I know now, I
would do it again."
After a crash during warmups for the IRL's season-opening Toyota Indy 300 in
Homestead, Fla., rookie driver Paul Dana, 30. Shortly after practice began on
Sunday another driver, Ed Carpenter, spun out and hit a wall; as his car came
to a stop on the track, Dana's car plowed into it at 176 mph. Dana's car was
sheared in half, and he died two hours later of multiple injuries. (Carpenter
was uninjured.) A former sportswriter, Dana competed in three IRL events last
year with a top finish of 10th, at Homestead. His Rahal Letterman Racing
teammates, Danica Patrick and Buddy Rice, pulled out of the race, which was won
by Dan Wheldon.