Tony Hinkle, 93, who coached basketball (560-392), football (165-99-13) and baseball (335-309-5) at Butler University in Indianapolis from 1921 to '70. A decade before the national basketball tournament was born. Hinkle's 1928-29 Bulldogs went 17-2 and were declared national champions. Hinkle, who also served as Butler's athletic director for 40 years and as president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, never let success go to his head. After guiding a U.S. all-star squad to victory over the Soviet national team in a 1965 match, he said, "All I did was root like hell."
By Richard Abruzzo, 29, and Tony Bradley, 28, both of Albuquerque, a record 144 hours, 22 minutes aloft in a hot-air-balloon gondola, surpassing the standard set in 1978 by Abruzzo's father, Ben, by seven hours and 16 minutes. Abruzzo and Bradley made their mark while losing the transatlantic race they had started in Bangor. Maine, on Sept. 16. Two European teams beat them to the Continent, but the Americans became the first balloonists ever to travel from the U.S. to Africa when they touched down in a valley near Casablanca on Sept. 22.
Resoundingly, at the B.C. Open, by golfer John Daly, a 13-month losing streak that began after his lone Tour victory, in the 1991 PGA. Daly won by six strokes and was clearly relieved to put his troublesome year behind him. "I don't care what anybody says." Daly said. "The first tournament is not the hardest one to win. It's always the second one."
As champions of the five-team American Professional Soccer League, the Colorado Foxes, for whom midfielder Chad Ashton scored in the 33rd minute on a direct free kick from 22 yards for a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the title game. He had been tackled illegally just outside the penalty area.
Magic Johnson, from the National Commission on AIDS, in reaction to the lack of support the Bush Administration has given the panel. President Bush appointed the former Laker guard to the bipartisan commission last November after Johnson revealed he was HIV-positive. Johnson, who has no symptoms of AIDS, had threatened to quit the post in July after the Administration failed to act on any of 30 steps the commission had recommended to fight the disease. "I am afraid." he wrote Bush last week, "that there is little that will be accomplished in the next four months."
Former righthanded reliever Aurelio Lopez, 44, known in the U.S. as Senor Smoke; when he was thrown from his car and it rolled over him on a highway 300 miles north of Mexico City. In Game 5 of the 1984 World Series, Lopez retired all seven batters he faced to help the Detroit Tigers to an 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres and the title. That year was the best (10-1, 14 saves) of his 11 in the majors, during which he also played for the Kansas City Royals, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros. After retiring in '87, he returned to his hometown of Tecamachalco and became mayor.
Bald truth: Hinkle could coach.