Detained By U.S. immigration officials, jockey Stewart Elliott, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness aboard Smarty Jones last year. In 2001 the Toronto native pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge stemming from a fight at a friend's house in New Jersey. Elliott paid a fine and served a year of probation, but foreigners with certain felony convictions can be deported. (Elliott, who lives in Pennsylvania, is a permanent U.S. resident.) When he returned from a trip to Hong Kong in December, a computer flagged his name and customs agents ordered him to appear on March 1 at a Philadelphia immigration office, where he was taken into custody. He was released the following day--he rode at Aqueduct last Thursday--and is awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge who will decide whether or not to deport him. "The arrest was many years ago," said Elliott, who will ride Derby hopeful Rockport Harbor in the Rebel Stakes later this month. "I thought this was all behind me."
Died Of cancer at age 56, Jan Gangelhoff, who in 1999 sparked one of the biggest academic scandals in NCAA history when she admitted that she did coursework for men's basketball players at Minnesota. A former office manager in the school's academic counseling unit, Gangelhoff helped 20 players cheat from 1993 to '98, violations that led to the resignation of coach Clem Haskins and the departure of other school officials. The Gophers forfeited 129 victories and removed the 1997 Final Four banner from Williams Arena. "Over time she became very proud of what she did," said her attorney, Jim Lord.
Died Of a stroke at age 83, Hall of Fame radio play-by-play man Chuck Thompson, whose career calling Orioles games began when the team moved to Baltimore, in 1955, and lasted until 2000. Thompson, who also called Baltimore Colts games for 30 years, was known for saying "Ain't the beer cold!" after big plays. Said Nationals manager Frank Robinson, whose 500th home run was called by Thompson, "He made [fans] feel like they were at the ballpark, and that's not easy to do on radio."
Resigned As president of the University of Colorado, Elizabeth Hoffman, whose five-year tenure was marked by a scandal in which the school's football program was alleged to have used sex, alcohol and marijuana as recruiting tools. Nine women have alleged they were sexually assaulted by Colorado football players or recruits since 1997, though at least one of the alleged incidents happened before Hoffman was president. Last week it was reported that a grand jury heard two female trainers allege they were sexually assaulted by an assistant coach. (In January, Hoffman found herself in the spotlight after a CU ethnic studies professor likened Sept. 11 victims to Nazi Adolf Eichmann.) "It has become clear to many in the CU family that our university ... has suffered greatly from a series of controversies that seem to be growing, not abating," said Board of Regents chairman Jerry Rutledge.
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