Caught thirty-five miles off the coast of Louisiana, a
1,152-pound bluefin tuna, the biggest fish ever caught on a rod
and reel in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing in a blue marlin
tournament with three pals, Ron Roland, a 39-year-old software
salesman from Plano, Texas, hooked the mammoth fish at 3:45 p.m.
and didn't stop battling it until 9. "Imagine doing squats with
300-pound weights on your back for five hours," the 5'8",
190-pound Roland says. When the fish finally quit, it was too
big to fit aboard the 50-foot sport fishing vessel, Miss Cathy.
The men tied a rope through each gill and, much like Santiago in
The Old Man and the Sea, towed the tuna to shore, where it was
carved up for whomever felt like taking home a steak.
Accused by a police informant of killing Baylor basketball player
Patrick Dennehy, Carlton Dotson, Dennehy's former teammate and
roommate. According to an affidavit filed to obtain a search
warrant, Dotson told a cousin that he and Dennehy, 21, had an
argument while shooting guns near Waco, Texas. When Dennehy
raised his gun at Dotson, Dotson allegedly shot him in the head
with a 9-mm pistol. According to the affidavit, Dotson then drove
to his home in Hurlock, Md., disposing of both guns along the
way. (A body has not been found.) Dotson was questioned by police
last Saturday. SI's attempts to reach him for comment were
unsuccessful. He averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds as a junior
last year but was no longer on the team. Dennehy, a 6'10"
forward, transferred from New Mexico in 2002, after his sophomore
season, then sat out last year. He was last seen on June 11 and
his family reported him missing eight days later. His car was
found abandoned and without license plates at a strip mall in
Virginia Beach last Thursday.
Received by former Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, good news in
his battle with bladder cancer. "We really are encouraged that
the cancer regressed," said Tomjanovich's urologist, Rick
Goldfarb. "Rudy is going to be fine." Tomjanovich, 54, coached
Houston for 12 seasons before resigning in May because of his
Died of undetermined causes during the semifinals of the FIFA
Confederations Cup, 28-year-old Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien
Foe. Foe collapsed in the 71st minute of Cameroon's 1-0 win over
Colombia, shortly after refusing to be substituted off the pitch.
Doctors determined that his heart had stopped and tried to revive
him for 45 minutes on the sidelines. Foe was a mainstay for the
Indomitable Lions, playing every minute of their 2002 World Cup
run, and he scored eight goals last year for the Premier League's
Manchester City, which is retiring his number 23 jersey. "At
halftime his last words were, 'Boys, even if it means dying on
the pitch, we must win,'" said Cameroon captain Rigobert Song.
"And he was the victim. It's terrible." Cameroon lost to France
1-0 in the final.
Unveiled as part of Japan Airlines' Go Go Matsui marketing
campaign, a Boeing 747 with a 22-by-27-foot head shot of Yankees
outfielder Hideki Matsui. The plane, which will be used in Japan
for domestic flights, is also adorned with a giant picture of
Matsui's first major league home run ball. "It's a pleasant
experience, one that not everyone experiences, I guess," said
Matsui. The arrangement with the airline has not gone unnoticed
by Matsui's teammates. "I saw the picture," said shortstop Derek
Jeter, "and the first thing I asked him was if he was going to
fly me for free."
COLOR PHOTO: COURTESY RON ROLAND (FISH)
COLOR PHOTO: ITSUO INOUYE/AP (MATSUI)