At age 78 of congestive heart failure, longtime UTEP basketball coach Don
Haskins (above). In 38 seasons Haskins, who was inducted into the Basketball
Hall of Fame in 1997 and retired in '99, led the Miners to 14 NCAA tournament
appearances, but wins and losses don't measure his full impact on the game. In
1966 his team, then known as Texas Western, became the first with five black
starters to win an NCAA title by beating heavily favored, all-white Kentucky;
the story of that achievement was told in the 2006 movie Glory Road. The
Miners' win paved the way for widespread recruiting of black players by NCAA
schools. Said former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson, who played for Haskins
from 1961 to '63, "He was able to win without worrying about what color
[his players] were."
To competitive cycling next year,
Lance Armstrong (right), according to a
report Monday by VeloNews. Citing anonymous sources, the website said that
Armstrong, who turns 37 this month, will compete in five races in
2009—including the Tour de France—for the Astana team. The seven-time Tour
winner, who retired in 2005, reportedly will post his team-conducted blood test
results online to show that he is not doping. Last month Armstrong reenrolled
in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's out-of-competition testing program; USADA
requires an athlete to be in the program for six months before being granted
eligibility for international competition.
By the LPGA Tour, a new rule calling for the suspension of players who aren't
conversant in English (SI, Sept. 8). A storm of negative publicity and
complaints from many Asian players followed the announcement of the plan last
month, and last Friday commissioner Carolyn Bivens said the penalties will be
dropped. She left open the possibility that players who can't do interviews or
speak to sponsors in English could be fined.
From prison, disgraced sprinter Marion Jones, who served most of a six-month
sentence for lying to federal investigators about her steroid use. Jones, 32,
left a halfway house in San Antonio last Friday and returned to her home in
Austin; she will be on probation for two years. Jones admitted last October
that she used designer steroids and returned the three gold medals and two
bronzes that she won at the 2000 Olympics.
At age 92 of liver failure, 1958 U.S. Open champion Tommy Bolt. Bolt had one of
golf's prettiest swings and won 15 PGA Tour events after turning pro in 1946,
but Terrible Tommy was best known for his volcanic temper. The Tour fined him
on several occasions for breaking his clubs and using foul language on the
course. Bolt's last Tour victory was in 1961, and he won the Senior PGA
Championship in '69. "Now, I threw a couple of clubs," he once said.
"But I threw them at the most opportune time.... They always had the camera
At age 78 of congestive heart failure, former middleweight champion Joey
Giardello. A Brooklyn native, Giardello won the belt in 1963 and held it for
two years; the boxing Hall of Famer retired in 1967 with a record of 101-25-8
and 33 knockouts. In 1999 he sued the producers of the movie The Hurricane for
defamation, saying the film wrongly suggested that he unfairly won his 1964
decision over Rubin (Hurricane) Carter. The suit was settled in 2000.
To a phone-sex line, callers to a number set up for the ordering of federal
waterfowl hunting permits. On July 1 the Fish and Wildlife Service began
selling this year's duck stamps (left), $15 permits that duck hunters are
required to hold, which are accompanied by a card listing a number for
reordering. The number is supposed to spell out 1-800-STAMP24, but a typo makes
it 1-800-TRAMP24—which dials a service called Intimate Connections. Reprinting
the cards, which are to be sold through next June, would cost $300,000, so they
will not be corrected.