At age 89 after a recent stroke, former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute andCornell hockey coach Ned Harkness (above). In 1954, two years after he coachedRPI's men's lacrosse team to an NCAA title, Harkness led the hockey team to anNCAA championship. In 1963, after 14 years as a coach at RPI, he moved toCornell, where he won NCAA hockey titles in 1967 and '70. He is one of only twocoaches to win NCAA hockey championships with two different schools.
At age 92, Mary Garber, one of the nation's first female sportswriters. In theearly 1940s Garber was a society writer for the Twin City Sentinel inWinston-Salem, N.C., but she moved to the paper's sports department because itsall-male staff was depleted by World War II. She was banned from press boxesand locker rooms, but she continued covering sports until 1997—even though shedidn't gain access to a male locker room until the 1974 ACC basketballtournament. In 2005 Garber was the first female recipient of the Red SmithAward for contributions to sports journalism.
From the Kansas State football team after he was charged with child abuse byRiley County (Kans.) police, junior running back Leon Patton. Patton, 20, wasaccused last Thursday of shaking a two-month-old boy "feloniously andintentionally" on July 15 in the Manhattan area; police have not releasedany information on Patton's relationship to the child or the child's condition.If convicted Patton could serve 31 months in jail.
To a contract with the Pirates, Pedro Alvarez (below), the second overall pickin this year's June draft. Last month the 21-year-old third baseman, who playedthree seasons at Vanderbilt, committed to a deal with Pittsburgh that includeda $6 million signing bonus. But his agent, Scott Boras, contended it should bevoided because Alvarez agreed to it—without Boras's approval—shortly after themidnight Aug. 15 deadline for draftees to sign. The players' union filed agrievance on Alvarez's behalf. An arbitrator was to rule on the case later thismonth, but on Monday, Alvarez, with Boras's blessing, reportedly signed afour-year deal worth a guaranteed $6.4 million.
For 10 games for violating the NBA's antidrug program, Celtics forward DariusMiles. Miles, 26, the third overall pick in the 2000 draft, by the Clippers,has missed the last two seasons after having microfracture surgery on his rightknee. His suspension—the NBA said it was for use of phentermine, an amphetamineand appetite suppressant—will take effect with the first games that Miles isphysically able to play.
At Syracuse, an anachronistic statue (left) of former running back Ernie Davis.In 1959 Davis led the Orangemen to a national championship and two years laterbecame the first black Heisman Trophy winner. (He died of leukemia in 1963.)Last week the school introduced a bronze statue of him following the premiereon campus of The Express, a film about his life. Created by New York Citysculptor Bruno Lucchesi, the statue depicts Davis with Nike swooshes on hisjersey and cleats—even though the company wasn't founded until 1972. A schoolspokesman said the sculptor will fix his mistake.
For unpatriotic remarks made in a YouTube video, Mavericks forward Josh Howard.In the clip Howard, 28, is shown at a charity flag-football game in Landover,Md. With the national anthem playing, Howard says to the camera, "TheStar-Spangled Banner is going on right now. I don't even celebrate that s---.I'm black." The video led to a flood of angry e-mails to Dallas owner MarkCuban; he posted many of them on his blog, including some that directed racistinsults at Howard. Cuban removed the e-mails last Friday, saying that he wastrying to point out the irony of bigoted people attacking Howard. He also saidthat Howard had apologized for the video.
They Said It
To Politico.com, on his response to The Washington Post's saying it wouldn'tcover his presidential campaign because he has no chance of winning:
"Then why are you covering the Nationals?"
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
In an e-mail to the student body last week, Auburn'sdean of students asked fans not to boo the football team.
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