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Of a heart attack at age 64, former Australian Olympic sprinter Peter Norman(above, left), who shared the medal stand with Tommie Smith (center) and JohnCarlos (right) when the U.S. runners gave their black power salutes at the 1968Games. Norman, who won the silver medal in the 200 meters, supported theprotest by wearing a human-rights button during the ceremony. He also helpedplan it: When Carlos realized that he had forgotten his black gloves before theceremony, Norman suggested that Smith and Carlos each wear one from Smith'spair. On Monday, Smith (inset, left) and Carlos (right) were pallbearers atNorman's funeral. "Peter never flinched, he never turned his eye or hishead," Carlos said at the funeral. "When I looked into his eyes, I sawnothing but love."

At age 51 of a heart attack, U.S. national soccer team assistant coach GlennMyernick, who also played on the national team for five years. In addition tobeing Bruce Arena's righthand man at the 2002 and '06 World Cups, Mooch (hissister gave him the nickname after a cartoon character) also served as the headcoach of the U.S. under-23 team. "We lost a great person today," Arenasaid on Monday. "He was an unbelievable husband and father, and the finestsoccer person I've ever come across in the United States."

By Nikolay Valuev, the WBA heavyweight title, with an 11th-round TKO of MonteBarrett in Rosemont, Ill., last Saturday. The 7-foot, 328-pound Russian, thelargest heavyweight champ ever (SI, Oct. 9), knocked down Barrett in the eighthround and twice more in the 11th; the fight was stopped when the challenger'strainer, James Ali Bashir, jumped into the ring with 48 seconds left in theround. Valuev (45--0) is now four wins shy of Rocky Marciano's record forvictories without a loss. "I haven't fought in the U.S. in a long time, sothis was a new thing to me," said Valuev, 33, who was making just his thirdappearance in the U.S. "I was a little nervous and need to settle downmore."

After firing five shots during a fight outside an Indianapolis strip club,Pacers guard Stephen Jackson (above). The 28-year-old, who was with threeteammates, claimed he fired the shots in self-defense. As of Monday,prosecutors had not decided whether to charge Jackson--who had a permit for thegun--and the team hadn't decided if he would be punished. Jackson was suspendedfor 30 games two years ago for going into the stands during a game against thePistons.

To 90 days in prison, Packers receiver Koren Robinson, for violating probation.Robinson, 26, was arrested for drunk driving in August (he has an Oct. 17 courtdate for that charge), a violation of his probation from anotherdrunken-driving charge last year. Robinson, who caught four passes against theRams on Sunday, can wait until after the season to serve his time, and half ofit can be served in a work-release program.

By Jose Canseco and his twin brother, Ozzie, an appeal of a $1.2 millionjudgment against them in a lawsuit filed by two men who were beaten up by theCansecos at a Miami Beach bar in 2001. The brothers pleaded guilty to batteryin 2002 for attacking Alan Cheeks and Christian Presley on Halloween, and lastweek a Florida appeals court ruled that the Cansecos, who were dressed asleather-clad vampires, attacked "without any provocation." The Cansecoswere ordered to pay the victims $730,000 in compensatory damages and $290,000in punitive damages.

A charge of assault and battery against Phillies pitcher Brett Myers, 26. Therighthander was accused of hitting his wife in the face outside a hotel after agame against the Red Sox. Myers's wife, Kim, asked that the charge be dropped,and last week a Boston judge agreed, over the objection of prosecutors."There's no violence in our family," Kim told the judge. "Thatnight in Boston we had both been drinking. I was not hurt."

By New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball, a new NCAA Division I careertouchdown receptions record. Ball caught his 51st last Saturday, on a one-yardpass from Ricky Santos, in a 27--17 win over Richmond to break Jerry Rice's22-year-old mark. Ball (left) tied Rice's mark on Sept. 23 but was held withouta touchdown catch in his next game. "I'm glad it's over with," said thesenior. "It's been a fun experience, but it's been haunting me for awhile."

To Canadian businessman Jim Balsillie for $175 million, the PittsburghPenguins. Balsillie, 45, the CEO of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion,purchased the team from a group headed by Mario Lemieux. Balsillie pledged tokeep the team in Pittsburgh--as long as a deal can be struck to replace45-year-old Mellon Arena, the NHL's oldest facility. The Penguins have anagreement with the Isle of Capri casino chain to build a $290 million arena atno expense to the team or taxpayers, pending state approval for a slot machineparlor the casino plans to build in downtown Pittsburgh. "I really hope weget it done quickly," Balsillie said. "It should have been done a longtime ago."

By Clinton Portis, his practice of showing up for his weekly press conferencein costume. Last year the Redskins running back unveiled characters includingSoutheast Jerome and Sheriff Gonna Getcha, who investigated Jerome's tragicdisappearance. Last Thursday, Portis met the media as Dolemite Jenkins, whobore a resemblance to Napoleon Dynamite, and campaigned for Washington receiverSantana Moss to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Month. He wore a shirtthat read VOTE FOR SANTANA and said, "Santana offers you hisprotection." (Both were plays on Napoleon Dynamite gags.) Jenkins alsorelayed a message to the Giants ("They can vote for Santana too") andvowed to keep looking for Jerome.

Go Figure

1 NFL players who have had multiple interceptionreturns of at least 100 yards: the Eagles' Lito Sheppard, who had a 102-yardreturn against the Cowboys on Sunday and a 101-yarder in 2004.

3 Consecutive games in which Arizona has rushed fornegative yardage; the Wildcats had a total of 36 yards in losses to USC,Washington and UCLA.

1:04 Winning time by former U.S. Olympic cross-countryskier John Farra in the North American Wife Carrying Championships lastSaturday over a 278-yard course in Newry, Maine; Farra and his 110-pound wife,Tess, won $550 and her weight in beer.

7 Overtimes in North Texas's 25-22 win over FloridaInternational last Saturday, tying an NCAA record.

BUCK O'NEIL 1911-2006

"SHED NO TEARS for Buck." That was how JohnJordan O'Neil Jr., who died last week at age 94, responded in February when hewas snubbed by voters in a special Hall of Fame election for Negro leaguefigures. O'Neil had the credentials: Over eight decades in baseball he won twoNegro league batting championships (separated by a stint in the Navy duringWorld War II) and managed the Kansas City Monarchs. As a scout he signed a slewof stars and, in 1962, the Cubs made him the majors' first African-Americancoach. Though O'Neil came up a vote short in the election--which prompted ErnieBanks to say that he wished he could give his spot in the Hall to O'Neil--hestill went to Cooperstown to speak at the induction ceremony.

O'Neil's gracious response was no surprise. Largelyunknown to fans for his first 80 years, he became, in his words, "anovernight sensation" when he appeared in Ken Burns's 1994 documentary,Baseball. What viewers saw was a man with an effusive love for the game, eventhough he was barred from playing it at its highest level. O'Neil talked aboutmore than the great players he saw. He told of a life full of joy--hanging outat the Apollo Theater after games, hobnobbing with Cab Calloway and dancingwith Lena Horne. In his 1996 autobiography, O'Neil, who late in life dedicatedhimself to getting the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum built, wrote, "Wasteno tears for me. I didn't come along too early. I was right on time."







GOOD EYE As a big league scout, O'Neil (in 1994) signed Banks, Lou Brock, Lee Smith and Joe Carter.