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February 22, 2010
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February 22, 2010

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By a French judge, a warrant for the arrest of U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis (above), 34, in connection with a computer-hacking case. Landis made headlines in 2006 at the Tour de France, but his triumph was voided after a blood test revealed high testosterone levels. Landis alleged that the tests, conducted at Paris's Châtenay-Malabry lab, had been mishandled and erased, but antidoping officials shot down that claim, stripping Landis of his Tour title. On Monday, Judge Thomas Cassuto issued warrants for Landis and his longtime coach, Arnie Baker, both of whom are suspected of hacking files at Châtenay-Malabry in order to discredit its test. Landis, who previously denied hacking, had not commented on the warrant as of Monday.


More than a dozen people, many of whom broke arms and legs, when waves destroyed a viewing perch last Saturday at a surfing contest south of San Francisco. Enticed by forecasts predicting record waves, organizers of the Mavericks Surf Contest, the highest-paying event of its type, opted to hold this year's competition despite warnings that heavy winds could make swells unpredictable. Those fears were realized when two waves washed away the jetty, flinging dozens of people into the Pacific. "It's hard to explain how much water was moving around out there," said first-place finisher Chris Bertish. "I took the worst beating of my life."


By the BMW Oracle Racing team, the America's Cup. Powered by USA-17, its 90-foot trimaran, Oracle on Sunday brought the oldest active trophy in international sports back to the U.S. for the first time in 15 years. The American outfit won Race 2 in Valencia, Spain, by a five-minute, 29-second margin over the catamaran of reigning Cup champion Alinghi of Switzerland to sweep the best-of-three series. The 33rd edition of the race was especially hard fought—and that was before the boats even hit the water. Oracle's primary backer, Larry Ellison, had spent nearly two years battling in court, first for the right to challenge Alinghi and later to establish a protocol on boat construction, which in his case included a 223-foot wing sail that allowed his craft to travel at three times the speed of the wind.


Of cancer at age 90, Walter Fredrick Morrison, who invented the college quad staple that came to be known as the Frisbee. Morrison first fiddled with his idea as a 17-year-old, tossing the lid of a popcorn tin around at a picnic. He later marketed a plastic version called the Flyin-Saucer in 1948. (Instructions back then included the wordage: TO FLY, FLIP AWAY BACKHANDED.) In '57 Morrison struck a deal with the toy company Wham-O for his design, for which he would reap millions—a fair trade, one would think, for Wham-O's changing his product's name to Frisbee, which Morrison deemed "a horror."


To play football at Ohio State, Adam Griffin, 18. The back from St. Francis DeSales High in Columbus, Ohio, will be treading the same turf on which his father, Archie, ran to back-to-back Heisman trophies in 1974 and '75. Compact like his dad at 5'9" and 185 pounds, Adam (top, left) had been considered only a one- or two-star prospect despite having earned second-team All-State honors this fall. He was weighing offers from other schools when he dialed up Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel and asked for permission to walk on. Instead, Tressel offered him one of two scholarships that had freed up late in the signing period.

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