By MLS to Portuguese team Benfica, the rights to Freddy Adu. The transfer price
for the 18-year-old was $2 million. Adu has been inconsistent in his 3 1/2-year
MLS career; this season he had one goal in 11 games for Real Salt Lake. But he
has shown flashes of brilliance, especially at the recent FIFA Under-20 World
Cup. "I had headaches thinking about [the decision to leave]," Adu told
SI.com. "But Benfica has developed some of the best players in Europe, and
they have a great tradition, a great stadium and a great following. This
happens once in a lifetime."
By X Games skateboarder Jake Brown, a 40-foot fall after he lost control of his
board in the Big Air competition. Brown suffered only a lung contusion and a
fractured wrist in the fall, which hushed the Staples Center crowd. The Aussie
was out cold for about five minutes, but ultimately walked away. He spent two
nights in the hospital. "I had a few seconds to actually contemplate how I
was going to fall; I think I chose the best way," Brown said. "I tried
to break my fall with my feet."
Two weeks after they went missing at the Pan-Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, two
Cuban boxers. It turned out that the duo—Guillermo Rigondeaux, 25, and
Erislandy Lara, 24—hadn't defected, as they were accused of doing by Fidel
Castro. Instead, they were at a Brazilian coastal resort partying and running
up a large tab. When discovered, they said they wanted to return to Cuba.
By the ATP, an investigation into irregular betting patterns on a match
involving Nikolay Davydenko, the No. 4 player in the world. A British book
received $7 million in bets—10 times the norm—on his match with No. 87 Martin
Vassallo Arguello in the second round of a tournament in Poland on Aug. 2. Most
of the money was on Arguello to win, which he did when Davydenko retired in the
third set with a toe injury. (The book, Betfair, returned all bets.)
Davydenko's agent denied the player was involved in any betting scheme. "It
is important that we not jump to conclusions, especially when players'
reputations could be unfairly tainted," said ATP chairman Etienne de
Villiers. "What we must do is carry out a comprehensive and immediate
investigation, and that is what we are doing."
To five years in prison after pleading guilty to running a sports betting ring
with a former NHL player and coach, ex-- New Jersey state trooper James Harney.
Last year Harney admitted to running the ring with Rick Tocchet, who was then
Wayne Gretzky's assistant with the Phoenix Coyotes. Investigators said
Gretzky's wife, Janet Jones, placed bets (reportedly totaling $500,000), but
she wasn't charged with a crime. Tocchet, who also pleaded guilty, will be
sentenced later this month. Authorities said there was no evidence that any of
the bets were on hockey.
For 80 games for his third violation of baseball's policy on banned stimulants,
Tigers infielder Neifi Perez, 34. The failed test came while Perez was already
serving a 25-game suspension for his second violation. Perez (left), who is
hitting just .172 this year, claimed the substance was approved by his doctor
and said, "It's not fair."
With violating the protective order banning him from making contact with his
wife, Devil Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes. NiShea Gilbert, who is in the process
of divorcing Dukes, obtained the order in May after Dukes allegedly threatened
to kill her and the couple's two children. Last week she told police that Dukes
had called her and that she received a call from a woman who Gilbert believed
was calling at Dukes's behest. Dukes, 23, who has been on the inactive list
since June, faces a year in prison.
At the trial of a teammate accused of stabbing him to take his starting job,
Northern Colorado punter Rafael Mendoza. Mitch Cozad (top) is on trial for
attempted murder and various other charges stemming from an incident last
September in which Mendoza (middle, bottom) was stabbed in his kicking leg in a
dark campus parking lot by a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Mendoza
broke down on the stand when a tape of his 911 call was played, but he could
not identify his assailant. Cozad's lawyers contend that Kevin Aussprung, who
testified for the prosecution that he drove Cozad from the crime scene, is the
real attacker. Aussprung denied that, saying that when Cozad returned to the
car "he seemed like he was in a hurry and that something went wrong with
whatever he was doing." Aussprung said that they later removed tape from
the car's license plates. Mendoza, who recovered to play in 10 games last year,
plans to punt for the Bears this season.