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On his final step of the Chicago Marathon, winner Robert K. Cheruiyot of Kenya. Cheruiyot (above), who won in 2:07:35, raised his arms in victory just before he slipped on a sponsor decal on the ground. Cheruiyot fell back and banged his head on the street. (He spent the night in the hospital but wasn't seriously hurt.) For a moment it was unclear whether his body crossed the finish line because he never broke the tape, but officials declared him the winner. Runner-up Daniel Njenga, also of Kenya, ran past five seconds later and fleetingly thought he might have won. "I'm not the luckiest man," said Njenga, who earned $80,000—$60,000 less than the winner.

Arrested
And charged with making a terrorist threat over the Internet, Jake J. Brahm. The 20-year-old grocery-store clerk from Wauwatosa, Wis., allegedly wrote on several sites last week that radioactive dirty bombs would be detonated at seven NFL stadiums on Sunday. Investigators traced the posts to Brahm and quickly determined that it was a hoax. "As I understand it, Mr. Brahm had put out this threat thinking it was so preposterous that no one would take it seriously," said Richard Ruminski of the FBI. "Unfortunately, he was wrong." Brahm faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Written
By a younger brother of former Cardinals safety and U.S. Ranger, Pat Tillman (SI, Sept. 11, 2006), an indictment of the war in Iraq. On the website truthdig.com, Kevin Tillman, 28, who enlisted with his brother in 2002 and was discharged in '05, wrote, "Somehow American leadership, whose only credit is lying to its people and illegally invading a nation, has been allowed to steal the courage, virtue and honor of its soldiers on the ground." He also called the war "an illegal invasion." Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire in 2004.

Questioned
In connection with the shooting of two men in the Dominican Republic, White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe. Two men were shot and wounded, allegedly as they passed near his jeep on Oct. 13 in the city of Juan Baron. One of the men has claimed that he clearly saw Uribe (above), who has denied any part in the shooting. Uribe says that the allegations are an effort to extort money from him. Uribe's agent, Martin Arburua, says that "this stuff goes on a lot over there" because people recognize major leaguers and know they have money. "Hopefully once they get the ballistics report, it will all be over with."

Charged
With attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault, Mitchell Cozad, the Northern Colorado backup punter who allegedly stabbed starter Rafael Mendoza in his kicking leg last month (SCORECARD, Sept. 25). Mendoza, who returned to the team after missing one game, was attacked outside his apartment complex in Evans, Colo., on Sept. 11. Police say Cozad's motive was competition for the starting job; they are also still looking for an alleged accomplice.

Reached
By baseball owners and players, an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The deal, which contains no radical changes from the current agreement, ensures labor peace until 2011. This is the first time the sides have agreed to a new CBA before the existing one expired.

Found
The missing head of Kansas State mascot Willie the Wildcat, nearly two years after it was stolen from a car. An anonymous tip helped the Riley County police department recover the head, which was in good condition. Unlike most mascots, Willie's head essentially is the costume (right); the rest of it is the team uniform. Kansas State always keeps an extra Willie head on hand, so with the return of the missing one the school now will have three.

Cut
By the Nets, Jay Williams, who was attempting to return to the NBA more than three years after breaking his leg in a motorcycle accident (SCORECARD, Sept. 26, 2005). "It's heartbreaking [to cut someone] regardless, and then to do it with a guy like him," said Nets coach Lawrence Frank, who said Williams could catch on elsewhere. "I think he's an NBA player."

Conducted
By physicists at the University of Texas--Arlington, a study that found significant differences between the new synthetic NBA basketballs and the old leather ones they are replacing. The scientists were asked to look at the new balls—which have been anything but a hit with players—by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Their preliminary findings were that the new balls don't bounce as high as the old ones, and the synthetic material doesn't absorb moisture as well as leather. "The results support [that] there is a definite difference," Cuban told The Dallas Morning News.

Died
At age 87 of complications from a stroke, Marc Hodler, the International Olympic Committee member who exposed the IOC Salt Lake bribery scandal. Hodler was chairman of the IOC finance commission when, in 1998, he detailed the high stakes bidding scheme that purchased votes for Salt Lake City's successful bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics. "No revolution has been possible without scandal," Hodler said in 1999. "We have a great opportunity at this time. Let us make changes." Ten IOC members resigned or were dismissed, and the city selection process was reformed, including a ban on IOC members making visits to prospective host sites.

Died
At age 38, Nelson de la Rosa, the 28-inch-tall Dominican actor who was adopted as an unofficial mascot by the Red Sox during the 2004 postseason. The cause of death was undisclosed. After befriending then Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, de la Rosa, who had a role in The Island of Dr. Moreau, became a regular in the Boston clubhouse. "He's our lucky charm now," Martinez (above, with de la Rosa) said in 2004. "Guys are falling in love with him."

Go Figure

$1,500
Total per diem given to the Temple football team for its road game against Clemson; the Owls donated their meal money to a trust fund to aid Clemson freshman safety Ray Ray McElrathbey, who has custody of his 11 year-old brother.

3
NHL goalies with 450 career victories: Patrick Roy (551), Ed Belfour (458) and the Devils' Martin Brodeur, who won his 450th against the Penguins on Oct. 18.

85.2
Peyton Manning's passer rating this season on first and second downs, when he has thrown two touchdowns and two interceptions, according to STATS, Inc.

130.7
Manning's rating on third down, when he has 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions.

On the Road with...
MIKE TYSON

IT WAS a homecoming for Iron Mike, as he returned to Youngstown, Ohio, to kick off his "World Tour." Tyson, 40, once owned a mansion just north of the city, though he didn't spend much time there because, as he once said, "Ohio is a small town. You know... my lifestyle. I wear Versace. Ohio doesn't sell Versace." Since he can no longer afford Versace, Tyson—a day after proclaiming himself "worn out and washed up"—got back in the ring for a four-round exhibition with former sparring partner Corey Sanders, 31. With tickets going for as much as $200, the 6,000-seat Chevrolet Center was about two thirds full. They didn't like what they saw. Ten seconds into the fight Tyson, wearing a T shirt, floored Sanders, who was wearing headgear. After that, the fighters danced around as frustrated fans chanted "Bull----!"

A few days before, at a press conference at an Italian restaurant, Tyson wore a T-shirt from the campaign of Michael Steele, an ex-brother-in-law now running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland. Tyson stated that he'd like to fight women on the tour, probably not the message a candidate wants to be associated with. It didn't take long for Steele's spokesman to say, "[Tyson] is not connected to the campaign." But at least one person is interested in associating with Tyson. Former Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss, who wants to open a human stud farm in Nevada, told a Los Angeles Times blogger last week that she has invited Tyson to come work for her. According to Fleiss, Tyson's response was, "It's every man's dream to please every woman and especially get paid for it.... Hell, yeah, I'll be your Number 1 stud."

Losing Altitude
With the season disintegrating, a Flyers icon steps down in a teamwide shake-up

THE NHL season is less than a month old, but anyone who has seen the Flyers might have guessed that the players have already lost interest. Philadelphia began the year with a 1-6-1 record, the franchise's worst start since 1989--90, and scored only 15 goals in those eight games. So it was no great surprise when coach Ken Hitchcock, who signed a two-year contract extension during training camp, was fired on Sunday after three-plus seasons behind the bench.

More shocking was the news that accompanied Hitchcock's axing: The Flyers' malaise extended to G.M. Bobby Clarke. On Sunday, Clarke (left), the toothless face of the franchise as a player and executive for three decades, resigned, saying he was disinterested and not fully engaged with the job. "I don't know if I was burned out or tired," said Clarke, 57, who was G.M. for 19 years. "But the decisions that had to be made, I was not willing to make them and was letting other people make them."

Clarke was succeeded by assistant G.M. Paul Holmgren, who promoted assistant coach John Stevens to replace Hitchcock. The new regime will try to revitalize the Flyers with some new faces on the ice. The management changes were preceded by a roster shake-up that saw two veterans—center Petr Nedved (right), 34, and winger Nico Dimitrakos, 27—get banished to the minors. "I feel brutal," said captain Peter Forsberg on Sunday. "Hitch is a good coach, but sometimes you need a change."

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TEDDY B. BLACKBURN/TBB ENTERPRISES (TYSON)

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MARY ALTAFFER/AP (CLARKE)

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LOU CAPOZZOLA (NEDVED)

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JOHN IACONO (URIBE)

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KANSAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION (MASCOT)