DIED At his home in Broken Arrow, Okla., of undisclosed causes,
Warren Spahn, 82, the winningest lefthander in baseball history.
The affable Spahn was 363-245 with a 3.09 ERA in 21 seasons and
led the National League in wins eight times in a 20-year career
with the Boston and Milwaukee Braves. In 1957 he received the Cy
Young Award while helping Milwaukee win the world championship.
Spahn served three years in the Army during World War II and was
awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart while seeing combat in
Germany. Known for his high-kick windup and impeccable control,
and regarded as one of the game's most sophisticated pitchers for
the way he studied batters and mixed pitches, Spahnie, as he was
known to his many friends, had a feel for the game's deep truths.
"I'll tell you the secret of consistent pitching," he said in
1958. "You have to be able to throw strikes, but you try not to
WON By Bode Miller, the giant slalom at Utah's Park City Mountain
Resort last Saturday, making him the first American man to win a
World Cup ski event in the U.S. since Bill Johnson in 1984.
Miller, who called the U.S. drought "embarrassing," had a
combined time of 2:20.84 in what was his second straight World
Cup giant slalom win. "America is not a great second-place
country," Miller, 26, said. "For a World Cup racer, you get
second you're pretty psyched, but for the U.S. you're just the
first-place loser. I think it was important for the crowd, for
our team and maybe for our country to have a win." On Sunday,
Miller was disqualified in the slalom after falling in his first
run. He leads the World Cup standings with 200 points.
RETIRED Because of a worsening kidney disease that will require
him to get a transplant, 33-year-old Nets center Alonzo Mourning.
"It is no longer safe for him to play basketball," said
Mourning's doctor, Gerald Appel. Mourning, a seven-time All-Star
selection, learned he had life-threatening focal
glomerulosclerosis in 2000 and since then had played sparingly
for Miami, missing all of last season before signing with New
Jersey. Mourning averaged eight points and 18 minutes of playing
time this year but scored 15 against the Raptors last Saturday.
"When I took him out he was exhausted," said Nets coach Byron
Scott. "It scared me because I knew this guy was leaving it all
on the floor." Last week Mourning got into an argument with Nets
forward Kenyon Martin during which Martin reportedly mocked his
kidney problems, and the two nearly came to blows. "I apologized
to him right after," said Martin. "He accepted. But it still
doesn't take back that I said it." Mourning finishes with career
averages of 20.0 points and 9.7 rebounds.
B/W PHOTO: AP (SPAHN) Spahn
COLOR PHOTO: DAVID LIAM KYLE/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (MOURNING) Mourning