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DIED Of complications from Alzheimer's, Herman Keiser, 89, the
1946 Masters champion. Keiser pulled off one of golf's greatest
upsets when he defeated Ben Hogan by a stroke to win the green
jacket. Regarded as a rank outsider, Keiser, who had just
completed a 31-month stint in the Navy aboard the USS Cincinnati
during World War II, bested a field that also included Byron
Nelson and Sam Snead, and he delighted in reminding listeners in
later years that he had collected $1,000 for betting on himself,
at 20 to 1. Keiser, who never won another major, later became a
driving range owner in Copley, Ohio. In '96 he called his Masters
victory "the greatest thing that has ever happened to me."

DIED Of Parkinson's disease, James (Doc) Counsilman, 83, who
coached U.S. swimmers to 21 gold medals in the 1964 and '76
Olympics and led Indiana to 23 Big Ten championships as the
Hoosiers' coach from 1957 to '90. Counsilman taught himself to
swim as a teenager in fish hatcheries in public parks in his
hometown of St. Louis. After a stint in the Army in World War
II--he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after flying 32
missions--he graduated from Ohio State, then earned a doctorate
in human performance from Iowa. (His dissertation was on the
crawl.) He later applied Bernoulli's principle of fluid mechanics
to determine that the optimal stroke involved bending the arm, a
discovery that revolutionized the sport. (His 1968 book, The
Science of Swimming, is still the sport's bible.) Even as he
coached, Counsilman remained a competitive swimmer. In '79, just
before he became, at 58, the oldest person to swim the English
Channel, he said, "I don't mind getting old. I just don't want to
get old before my time."

REVOKED By the Patriots, the six season tickets belonging to the
Bristol, Conn., company Yarde Metals. During the Oct. 13
Packers-Patriots game one of the firm's male customers used a
women's restroom at Gillette Stadium because there was a long
wait outside a men's room. Yarde--which made national headlines
in the late 1990s because it was building a plant with unisex
restrooms--sued to regain the tickets it had had for 20 years.
But last week Suffolk Superior Court judge Thomas Connolly ruled
that the Patriots were within their rights, although he noted
that "the harshness of the penalty ... seems to the court
Draconian." Getting new tickets won't be easy: The waiting list
has 40,000 names on it.

EJECTED Erroneously, from what would be his 900th NBA win,
Pistons coach Larry Brown. During the third quarter of last
Saturday's Warriors-Pistons game, Brown and Detroit guard Richard
Hamilton received technicals for arguing after Hamilton was
whistled for a foul. But ref Pat Fraher thought both had been
called on Brown, and because two T's mean a mandatory ejection,
he ordered the coach to go. When the mistake was caught a few
minutes later, Brown was told he could return, but he chose to
leave and watch the game on TV at home. "I was emotionally sick
... [and] I just didn't think it was appropriate for me to come
back," Brown said after Detroit's 99-93 win. "The crowd was so
emotional, I thought it would be bad for the officials, for