By a runaway bobsled, World Cup skeleton champion Noelle Pikus-Pace (above). The 22-year-old Olympic favorite from Orem, Utah, suffered a broken right leg in the accident at Calgary Olympic Park when a bobsled piloted by an inexperienced team plowed into her as she stood in a waiting area. Pikus-Pace will be on crutches for at least four weeks, but she hopes to be ready for the Turin Games. "[The doctors] said it was really a clean cut, and my bones are really strong," she told a Salt Lake City TV station. "They have high hopes of me recovering much more quickly than the average person."
To four months in prison and four months of house arrest, BALCO founder Victor Conte. In July, Conte and Greg Anderson--Barry Bonds's personal trainer--pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute steroids and to money laundering. (Anderson got three months in prison and three months' home confinement.) Prosecutors had hoped Conte would implicate athletes, but they could only threaten him with a maximum sentence of one year. He didn't talk, and prosecutors agreed to the lenient sentence, which drew criticism from the case's judge, Susan Illston, who called the sentence "far less significant than what I mete out every day for offenses far less serious things than the offenses you committed."
Of injuries sustained while helping tear down a goalpost after a football game, University of Minnesota--Morris student Rick Rose. A 20-year-old junior who played on the basketball team, Rose was part of a small group of students who ran onto Cougar Field field to celebrate Minnesota-Morris's homecoming win last Saturday. According to the county coroner, Michael Busian, "The autopsy revealed that Mr. Rose died of head trauma from the falling goalpost."
At age 78, longtime broadcaster Bill King. Known for his handlebar mustache and his signature "Holy Toledo!" call, King had been the radio voice of the A's since 1981; he also called Raiders games for 27 years and Warriors games for 21 seasons.
At age 85, William (Barnacle Bill) Busik, an All-America tailback and punter who led Navy to a win over Army in 1941, eight days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ten months later he was serving in the Pacific. During his military career he was awarded a Purple Heart, the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Award. He was Navy's AD from 1962 to '65.
That male fashion models will be used as ball boys at next year's WTA Tour Championship in Madrid. Last year the Madrid Masters men's tournament raised eyebrows by using female models clad in tight skirts and low-cut tops as ball girls (below), prompting a Spanish group, Consumers in Action, to sue the company that hired the models "for attacking the dignity of women." The ball girls were used again last week, which led to more controversy. So tournament organizers announced that when the season-ending ladies' tournament is played in Madrid next year, the ball boys will be replaced with ball hunks.
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