By Michelle Wie (above), her first cut in a men's tournament. Wie, 16, shot afive-under 139 in the first two rounds of the Asian Tour's SK Telecom Open inIncheon, South Korea. The cut was even par. She faded in the final round onSunday, shooting a two-over 74 to finish 12 strokes behind the winner,Thailand's Prom Meesawat. It was Wie's eighth appearance in a men's event, andshe plans to enter two PGA tournaments this year: the John Deere Classic inJuly, where she missed the cut by two strokes last year, and the 84 LumberClassic in September. "I was really, really happy I've passed the firststage," Wie said. "Now I want to make the next step."
The Democratic nomination for the U.S. House seat from North Carolina's 11thDistrict, former Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler, 34. On May 2 Shuler--whoplayed four NFL seasons after he was taken third overall by the Redskins in the1994 draft--took 75% of the vote in the primary. He will face longtimeRepublican congressman Charles Taylor, who has held office since 1990, in thegeneral election. "This is a good first step for us," said Shuler.
By a federal grand jury, San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wadaand Lance Williams, who were ordered to testify about leaked court documentsused in their reporting on the BALCO investigation. Fainaru-Wada and Williams,who detailed drug use by Barry Bonds and others in Game of Shadows, based thebook and nearly 100 Chronicle stories over the past three years partly onsecret grand jury testimony. The reporters were asked by the grand jury to turnover the testimony and to reveal their source. A lawyer for the paper said thereporters will fight the subpoenas. "The San Francisco Chronicleunconditionally stands by its reporters in fighting this effort by thegovernment to force them to reveal their confidential sources," saidexecutive editor Phil Bronstein. "Our reporters broke no laws."
By new Titans quarterback Vince Young, his draft day jersey, to a 12-year-oldfan who has Hodgkin's disease. Last week Texans linebackers coach JohnnyHolland asked Young to visit Archie Taylor Jr., a Hempstead, Texas,seventh-grader who was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in December. On May 3Young presented Taylor with the number 10 Titans jersey (above) that hereceived when Tennessee made him the third pick in last month's NFL draft. SaidYoung, "To see him smile right now, that's very exciting for me."
By George Mitchell as part of his investigation into steroid use in baseball,medical and telephone records for several current and former major leaguers, astep that the players' union says exceeds Mitchell's authority. In Marchcommissioner Bud Selig appointed Mitchell, saying the former Maine senatorwould "follow the evidence wherever it may lead." But in an e-mail toagents last week, union lawyer Michael Weiner asked them to inform the players'association if their clients are contacted by investigators. He also wrote,"The scope of the investigative efforts to date are plainly inconsistentwith the provisions of the basic agreement."
By freestyle motocross rider Mike Metzger, the world record for longestmotorcycle backflip. Metzger, 30, and his 220-pound bike flew 125 feet over thefountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas last Thursday, making him the secondperson to clear the fountains on two wheels. (Two others, including EvelKnievel in 1967, have tried--without a backflip--and failed.) "Everyonepushes the limits in Las Vegas," Metzger said. "It's something I'vewanted to do forever."
By food poisoning, 10 Tottenham Hotspur players on the eve of the Englishsoccer club's season-ending match against West Ham United. With seven membersof its starting lineup sidelined, Tottenham lost to the Hammers 2-1 lastSaturday, allowing rival Arsenal to pass Tottenham for fourth place and alucrative berth in the European Champions League. Spurs officials believe thesource of the illness was a lasagna consumed at the team's hotel--and theyhaven't ruled out foul play. London police were called to see if someone,perhaps a hotel worker who supports Arsenal, sabotaged the dish. Said coachMartin Jol, "The chairman and the doctor decided to call police becauseusually two or three people are involved, not 10."
At age 96, former Harlem Globetrotter and free throw shooter par excellenceHarold (Bunny) Levitt. In 1935 Levitt, who was white, sank a record 499consecutive foul shots during a contest in Chicago; he was soon recruited byGlobetrotters G.M. Abe Saperstein and toured with the all-black team from 1935to '40. Between quarters the 5'4" Levitt would challenge fans to outshoothim from the free throw line, offering a $1,000 prize. The Globetrotters neverhad to pay.
By Tiger Woods, a lawsuit against the builder of his 155-foot yacht Privacybecause the company used his name and image in advertisements without hispermission. After his wife, Elin, saw a picture of Woods and Privacy inpromotional materials at the 2004 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,Woods sued Christensen Shipyards of Vancouver, Wash., saying his contract withthe company prohibited it from disclosing the yacht's name or its owner. (Woodsbought Privacy in 2004 for $22 million.) Woods sought $75,000 in the suit;terms of the settlement were undisclosed. Said Joe Foggia, Christensen'spresident, "We made a mistake and truly regret the company'sconduct."
Strikeouts and walks by Mariners righthander Joel Pineiro in his complete-gamewin over the Twins on May 1, the first time since 1992 an AL pitcher has gonethe distance without a whiff or a base on balls.
Consecutive road losses by the Royals to start the season before they beat theTwins 1-0 last Thursday, one shy of the major league record shared by the 1969Houston Astros and the 1988 Baltimore Orioles.
Consecutive shutouts by Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov last week, the first rookiegoalie with three playoff shutouts in a row since Frank McCool of the MapleLeafs in 1945.
Nielsen rating for Game 6 of the Suns-Lakers series last Thursday, the highestrated first-round game in cable history.
Will supercross superstar Ricky Carmichael make aflying leap to NASCAR?
IF HE has his way, Ricky Carmichael won't slow downnow that his days as a full-time supercross rider are over. Last Friday, theday before he clinched the closest supercross points race with a second-placefinish in Las Vegas, Carmichael announced that this will be his last fullseason of supercross. "I'm happy with what I've accomplished," saysCarmichael. "I want to go out on top." He will run selected events in2007, and in the following years he'll work in testing and development for hisSuzuki team. His downtime will also give him a chance to pursue another goal:becoming a crossover star.
Carmichael has his eye on NASCAR, where, unlikemotorcycle racing, the quality of the equipment is far more important than theskill of the guy operating it. Put him in a bad car, and there's littleCarmichael can do. But in a good car someone with his racing bona fides couldbe dangerous. And Carmichael is likely to pique the interest of a big-name teamowner or two, given his experience in dealing with sponsors, his rabid fan baseand his ties to stock car racing. (He's pals with driver Kasey Kahne, and he'stested a car for owner Ray Evernham.) "I'm looking forward to takingadvantage of some great opportunities," says Carmichael.
One for the Ages
A new tournament--call it the wrinkled skinsgame--crowns an 87-year-old champ
LEO LUKEN'S golf game isn't exactly improving as heages, but the odds of him winning one kind of tournament are. Last week the87-year-old retired factory production manager won the Shoot Your AgeChampionship in The Villages, Fla., where par for each player was determined byage. Luken shot a six-under 81, topping a field that included Arnold Palmer (heshot a three-under 73) and Gary Player (who finished even at 70). "It'llget easier on the 14th of July," says Luken, who has shot his age 531 timessince he was 71. "That's when I turn 88."
Not bad for someone who took up golf in middle age.When Luken started playing, at 45, he was a star in another sport: fast-pitchsoftball. From 1940 to '54 he pitched for the Zollner Pistons of Fort Wayne,Ind., and helped win four national championships. In 1993 Luken, who worked atthe Zollner auto-parts plant for 42 years, entered the National Softball Hallof Fame.
Luken now lives on Hilton Head Island, S.C., where hegolfs three times a week and occasionally steps out for some ballroom dancing.(He and his wife of 63 years, Mickey, used to teach fox-trotting and waltzingat their home.) "We think all that dancing has helped us live so long,"he says. "But my wife has a bad knee so we don't get out that often. Whenyou get over 80, things start to happen."
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PUMPED Carmichael won his fifth title in Vegas.
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GRAY MATTERS Luken (greeting Palmer) has shot his age 531 times.
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