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To the Davis Cup finals, the U.S., which eliminated Sweden in Göteborg onSunday. Andy Roddick (below) clinched the Americans' victory with a win overJonas Bjorkman, who never broke Roddick's serve. "If you would have told meI could get through three sets [against] Jonas without getting broken,"said Roddick, "I would have questioned your sanity a little bit." TheU.S., which hasn't won the Davis Cup since 1995, will host the finals againstdefending champion Russia beginning Nov. 30 in Portland, Ore.

From Buffalo to a hospital in Houston last Friday, Bills tight end KevinEverett, who suffered a spinal cord injury while making a tackle in Buffalo'sSept. 9 loss to the Broncos. Everett, 25, was initially paralyzed from the neckdown, and doctors said it was unlikely that he would walk again. But Everettmade unexpected progress and by last week had regained movement in his arms andlegs. Doctors now believe Everett could walk again within a matter ofweeks.

Guilty to drug possession and driving under the influence, Mike Tyson, who wasarrested after a traffic stop in Scottsdale, Ariz., last December. On Monday,Tyson, 41, told a Maricopa County judge that he was under the influence ofcocaine when he was arrested; police found bags of cocaine in his pocket and inhis car during the stop. Tyson, who put a tour of exhibition fights on holdafter the arrest and was treated at a drug-addiction facility, faces up to fouryears in prison when he's sentenced on Nov. 19.

By the NBA, the formation of a Chinese subsidiary. The NBA is already wildlypopular in China; the league says that a fifth of the traffic on comesfrom there. The NBA will hold 90% ownership in the venture, with 5% being soldto Chinese investors and 5% reportedly being owned by the Walt Disney Company.Last week the league hired Tim Chen, formerly Microsoft's top executive inChina, to oversee its Chinese operation.

By Floyd Landis (below), the 2006 Tour de France title, after an independentarbitration panel upheld his positive doping result obtained during the race.Landis was also banned from the sport for two years, retroactive to Jan. 30.After a four-month review, the panel ruled that a test that revealed Landis'stestosterone level to be artificially high was accurate. Landis, who has amonth to appeal the decision, is the first rider in the 105-year history of theTour to lose his title for a doping violation. "This ruling is a blow toathletes and cyclists everywhere," Landis said. "I aminnocent."

That he will run for Congress in 2008, former NBA coach, G.M. and broadcasterDick Versace. The Democrat will seek the spot held by Illinois Republican RayLaHood, who will retire when his term expires. Versace, 67, went 73--87 asPacers coach from 1989 to '90, then worked in TV before serving as presidentand then G.M. of the Grizzlies from 2000 to '05. The district he hopes torepresent includes Peoria, where as coach at Bradley he won the 1982 NIT.

At age 87 of pneumonia, former AFL and NFL coach Garrard (Buster) Ramsey(above). Ramsey was an All-Pro two-way lineman during a six-year career withthe Chicago Cardinals in the 1940s, and in '97 he was named one of the NFL's300 greatest players by Total Football. But his most lasting effect on the gamecame as a coach. While a Lions defensive assistant in the 1950s he helpeddevelop the 4--3 defense and popularized blitzing linebackers. The Lions wonthree NFL titles with Ramsey on staff, and in 1959 he became the first coach ofthe AFL's Bills.

By seven major golf governing bodies, including the PGA Tour and the LPGA, aworldwide antidoping policy. The rules outline a list of banned substances,including performance-enhancers such as steroids and human growth hormone.Testing procedures and penalties are expected to be announced later this year.Commissioner Tim Finchem said he believes the PGA Tour is clean, but drugscandals in other sports forced golf to consider its own doping measures."But for the problems we've had in other sports," he said, "I doubtwe would be at this point."

Unfunny Car

THE NEXTEL cup Dodge Dealers 400 was in progress, butfor a while on Sunday almost no one in the infield media center at DoverInternational Speedway was paying attention. Instead, reporters were gatheredaround a television monitor that was broadcasting updates on the condition ofdrag racing great John Force, who was involved in a horrific crash at the NHRAFall Nationals in Ennis, Texas. Force, 58, wrecked after his opponent, KennyBernstein, clipped a cone on the center line. The cone hit the back of Force'scar, which hit a retaining wall and then crashed with Bernstein's vehicle. Theimpact snapped Force's car in two, leaving him stuck in his protective cage inthe back end as the front half skidded along the wall. Bernstein walked awayunhurt, but Force was taken by helicopter to a Dallas hospital, where heunderwent surgery to treat serious but surprisingly routine injuries: acompound fracture of his left ankle, a dislocated left wrist, fractured fingerson his right hand and abrasions. A spokesman for his team, Force Racing, saidon Monday that Force had had six hours of surgery on Sunday evening and"came through it very well."

Force is a legend in motor sports circles. It's nostretch to call him the Richard Petty of funny-car racing: He's the sport'swinningest (125 victories) and most decorated driver (14 championships), andhis team has dominated since 1990. He has also started a family dynasty. Hisdaughter Ashley (above, with John), 24, is a funny-car rookie this year; shebeat her father when they raced in Atlanta in April—and pulled out of thesemifinals on Sunday after the crash.

This has been a tragic year for Force Racing: LastMarch, driver Eric Medlen died after a crash in testing. Force is expected tomake a full recovery, but these are the most serious injuries he has had sincehe started racing in 1979, and he will miss the rest of the NHRA season."He was talking to me [on the track], and he was asking if he hurt me,"said Bernstein. "That's typical John right there. He'll be O.K."

Go Figure

681 Plate appearances by the Reds' Adam Dunn when heset the major league record with 195 strikeouts in 2004.

623 Plate appearances by the Phillies' Ryan Howardthrough Sunday, when he tied Dunn's mark.

125 Consecutive losses by Doña Chepa, a 9-year-old marein Puerto Rico; it's believed to be the longest thoroughbred losing streakever.

25 Minutes it took to sell 42,000 tickets for theoutdoor Penguins-Sabres game in Buffalo on New Year's Day.

17 million to 1 Odds that two golfers in a foursomewould have aces on the same hole.

179 Yardage of the par-3 7th at Forsgate Country Clubin Monroe Township, N.J., where Thomas Brady, 41, and Dennis Gerhart, 57, hadconsecutive aces on Sept. 19.

646 Passing yards by Texas Tech's Graham Harrell in a49--45 loss to Oklahoma State, the fourth-highest total in Division Ihistory.


A few days after the Patriots' spying scandal, thebrother of the coach of Largo (Fla.) High's football team was caughtimpermissibly filming a future opponent.

They Said It

Mavericks owner, on how long it took him to get over Dallas's upset loss to theWarriors in last season's playoffs:
"About three six-packs."







PICTURE THIS Sept. 12 The Rolex Veteran Boat Rally off Porto Cervo, Sardinia.









  THINGS FALL APART The wreck was Force's most serious.