By California on a goal as time expired, its 12th NCAA men's water polo
championship. With Cal leading USC 6--5 in the fourth quarter, goalie Mark
Sheredy (above), the tournament's most valuable player, stopped a penalty shot,
but the Trojans finally got the equalizer past him with 1.78 seconds left.
After a timeout Cal's assistants drew up a play—coach Kirk Everist had been red
carded—and Jeff Tyrrell scored on a tipped shot from about 30 feet. It was
Everist's first championship as a coach after winning two as a Cal player.
By Lincoln University, the NCAA Division III record for points in a basketball
game. The No. 11 Lions beat Ohio State-- Marion 201--78 last Saturday. ( Marion,
which is 1--5, dressed only six players.) Sami Wylie made 21 three-pointers and
had 69 points in 24 minutes for Lincoln, which set a D-III record with 97
points in the first half and broke it with 104 in the second. The Lions lost
the previous night and were chewed out by coach Garfield Yuille. "I don't
like it when my coaches get on me," Wylie said. "So I had to take it
out on the team that we were playing."
By the Arena Football League, that New Orleans will host ArenaBowl XXI next
July, the first team championship game in the city since Hurricane Katrina. The
city's AFL franchise, the VooDoo, suspended operations last year but will
return this season. "It is our hope that ArenaBowl XXI can, in its own
small way, encourage other [events] to consider returning to New Orleans as
soon as possible," said AFL commissioner David Baker.
For the Houston Texans, Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin. The Athens
gold medalist is facing an eight-year suspension from track after testing
positive for testosterone in April. ( Gatlin, 24, has maintained that he does
not know how synthetic testosterone got into his system, and he will appeal his
suspension in coming months.) Gatlin, who last played football in high school,
impressed Texans coaches with his speed—he reportedly ran a 4.1 in the 40-yard
dash—and his hands. Coach Gary Kubiak said the Texans are not ready to sign
Gatlin (who has reportedly worked out for several teams) just yet. If Houston
picks up Gatlin, he would be a teammate of Pro Bowl kick returner Jerome
Mathis, who ran in the 2004 Olympic trials.
By 94-year-old legally blind bowler Esther Medley, a 244 game. Medley can see
enough of the floor to line up her shot, but she relies on her husband to tell
her which pins are still standing after her first ball. Her 244 came in a
league game in Centralia, Wash.
The 95th Davis Cup, by Russia, which beat Argentina in the finals. Marat Safin
(above), who lost his first singles match to put Russia in an early hole,
rallied to win the fifth and deciding match in Moscow on Sunday, beating Jos�
Acasuso in four sets. ( Russia reached the finals by beating the U.S., extending
the Yanks' streak of not winning the Davis Cup to 11 years.) Russia had a
chance to wrap up the title before Safin took the court, but David Nalbandian
upset the world's No. 3 player, Nikolay Davydenko. "I wasn't nervous in the
locker room, but when I got out onto the court, it was a totally different
story," Davydenko said. "I froze up."
To help his hometown replace a police dog that was killed, Steelers quarterback
Ben Roethlisberger. Flip, a 5 year-old Belgian Malinois who worked for the
Findlay, Ohio, police department, was shot after he wandered away from his
handler's home and onto a neighbor's property. Roethlisberger said he will
donate money for the department to buy a new dog. "My dad instilled in me a
love and respect for animals," Roethlisberger said. "This is a good way
to combine that passion with a desire to support the police and fire
By coach Pete Carroll during a USC team meeting, receiver Dwayne Jarrett, after
rapper Snoop Dogg was arrested while wearing a Trojans jersey with Jarrett's
number 8. Snoop, who in 2004 ran pass routes and took a few throws at a USC
practice, was arrested on weapon and drug charges after leaving a TV appearance
(right) last week, prompting some ribbing of Jarrett. "It was cool because
he wore it on the Jay Leno show and it was all fun, like, 'OK. He's wearing
it,'" Jarrett told the Los Angeles Times. "And then afterward I was
like, Oh, man. That's all I could say: 'Man.'"
By a security guard at a charity event, Vikings wide receiver Troy Williamson.
Early on Nov. 27 Williamson was at a club participating in Sharperpalooza, a
birthday party--charity event thrown by Minnesota safety Darren Sharper, when
he reportedly got decked for refusing to leave at closing time. Williamson
wasn't hurt and no charges were filed, but the 24 year-old was placed on the
inactive list for Sunday's loss to the Bears. The confrontation was yet another
black eye for the Vikings, who have been involved in several controversial
off-field incidents. "We have been so ... used to dealing with distractions
from last year ... guys don't let that bother them when they come to play on
Sunday," said Sharper.
With resisting arrest, Bengals rookie wide receiver Reggie McNeal, after he
allegedly became belligerent upon being denied entrance to a Houston club early
Sunday morning. When McNeal, 23, arrived at The Red Door, two police officers
near the entrance told him the club was about to close. McNeal allegedly swore
at the officers and elbowed one of them in the chest; he was released on a
$1,000 bond and is due in court on Friday. McNeal is the seventh Cincinnati
player to be arrested in the last 12 months.