At age 65, Jim Bibby, a hulking righty whose enormous hands allowed him to hold eight baseballs at once (above). The older brother of Memphis Grizzlies assistant Henry Bibby and the uncle of Hawks guard Mike Bibby, the gentle giant entered the majors in 1972 and threw a no-hitter for the Rangers, the franchise's first in Texas, in just his 19th start. In '79 Bibby started Game 7 of the World Series, helping the We Are Family Pirates to a title. The next year he finished 19--6 and third in Cy Young voting. Bibby hung up his spikes in '84 with a 111--101 record.
By the Chargers on Monday after nine seasons, LaDainian Tomlinson. A two-time NFL rushing champion (2006, when he was league MVP, and '07), Tomlinson is the active career rushing touchdowns leader with 138. However, his production fell off in '09 at age 30; in 14 games he gained just 730 yards on 3.3 yards a carry. If he had remained a Charger into March, Tomlinson was due to earn a $2 million bonus on top of his 2010 $3 million salary. Said Chargers president Dean Spanos in a statement: "I respect LT as much or more than any player I've ever known. And no one appreciates his contributions to this organization more than I do. That is why this is such a difficult announcement for me to make."
After collapsing during the first day of spring football practice at Ole Miss, 20-year-old safety Bennie F. Abram. A walk-on transfer from Itawamba Community College (Fulton, Miss.), Abram was doing agility drills last Friday when trainers noticed that he was having trouble breathing. Team officials called 911, and Abram was taken to a nearby hospital, where he went into cardiac arrest before dying. According to doctors, Abram passed a team physical in January without any indications of a preexisting medical condition. Autopsy results may be available as soon as next week.
After being shot, 18-year-old McEachern High (Powder Springs, Ga.) running back Rajaan Bennett, one of the most heralded recruits ever at Vanderbilt. The nation's 19th-best incoming back, according to Rivals.com, Bennett was at his home on Feb. 18 when an ex-boyfriend of his mother, Narjaketha, forced entry into the family's residence. Police responding to a 2:30 a.m. 911 call say they heard gunshots before SWAT team members recovered the bodies of Bennett and 39-year-old Clifton Steger, who'd recently split with up with Narjaketha. (Steger's wound was self-inflicted.) Bennett's death comes 5½ years after the tragic death of another young Commodores back, Kwane Doster, who was gunned down shortly after being named 2004 SEC freshman of the year.
A deal that opens the door for Yuri Foreman to defend his super welterweight title against Miguel Cotto at Yankee Stadium on June 5, a day on which the park had previously been reserved for a bar mitzvah. Boxing promoter Bob Arum had been trying to move the fight from Madison Square Garden to the Stadium, home to such classic bouts as Ali-Norton in '76, when Yankees officials realized they had a conflict: They'd promised use of the centerfield Diamond Vision to Jonathan Ballan, who was the lead bond lawyer on the ballpark's financing, for the ritual entrance into manhood of his son Scott. Terms of the Ballans' agreement with Arum (who has yet to seal a deal for the venue) were withheld, though the bar mitzvah boy might not be up late enough to watch Foreman, a hero in the Jewish community for his training to become a rabbi. Because Foreman observes the Jewish Sabbath and cannot step into the ring before at least sundown, the bout isn't slated to go off until after 11:30 p.m.