At age 24 of head injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash, freestyle motocrossstar Jeremy Lusk (above, in 2008). On Feb. 7 Lusk, an X Games gold medalist,attempted a backflip on a 100-foot jump during a competition in San José, CostaRica. He failed to complete the flip and landed on his head; he suffered severebrain damage and died three days later. Lusk, from Temecula, Calif., had been apro freestyler since age 19; he won the freestyle motocross gold at lastsummer's X Games.
At age 68 after a heart attack, Ted Uhlaender. A centerfielder with the Twins,Indians and Reds from 1965 through '72, Uhlaender hit .263 with 36 home runs inhis career; he had worked as a Giants scout since 2002 before learning lastyear that he had bone-marrow cancer. His daughter Katie, a member of the U.S.skeleton team at the 2006 Turin Olympics, won a silver medal in a World Cuprace in Park City, Utah, last Thursday, the day her father died.
Guilty to a misdemeanor count of misleading Congress, Astros shortstop MiguelTejada. In August 2005 Tejada told House investigators he "had no knowledgeof other players using or even talking about steroids." But in the 2007Mitchell Report, Adam Piatt, a former Oakland teammate, said he gave Tejadatestosterone and HGH in '03 and discussed their use with him. Tejada is likelyto get probation when he is sentenced on March 26.
Second in her first start as an LPGA tour member, Michelle Wie (right), whoended up three shots behind Angela Stanford at the season-opening SBS Open inKahuku, Hawaii. After starting the final round tied with Stanford for the lead,Wie, 19, took a three-stroke lead with eight holes to play. But a double bogeyon number 11 and a bogey on number 17 gave Stanford, 31, the chance to overtakeher. Despite the collapse Wie, who has never won a Tour event and earned hertour card at Q school in December, had her best finish since she tied forsecond at the 2006 Evian Ladies Masters.
By NBA Hall of Famer and former Clippers G.M. Elgin Baylor, a discriminationsuit against the team and the league. Baylor, 74, resigned from the Clipperspost last October after 22 years in the job. In his complaint he alleges thatthe team and the NBA are guilty of race and age discrimination. He says ownerDonald Stirling forced him to work without a contract for most of his tenureand that he was not rewarded financially after the team made the playoffs in2006; coach Mike Dunleavy, who is white, was given a four-year, $21 millioncontract after that season. The Clippers denied the charges. Baylor, who isseeking unspecified damages, also says the team tried to force him toretire.
By Richland County (S.C.) sheriff Leon Lott, that Michael Phelps won't becharged in connection with the November 2008 party at which the swimmer wasphotographed smoking from a bong. On Feb. 1 the British paper News of the Worldpublished the photo, prompting Phelps to apologize for his "badjudgment." Last week police charged eight people who attended the partywith marijuana possession, and Lott said Phelps might also be charged. But onMonday the sheriff said he was dropping the case, though he defended theinvestigation. "Michael Phelps is truly an American hero," he said."He is still obligated to obey the laws of our state."
Cited fordisorderly conduct and criminal mischief, Steelers kicker Jeff Reed, after heallegedly trashed a gas station men's room dispenser because it had run out ofpaper towels. Early last Saturday morning Reed, 29, a seven-year Pittsburghveteran, stopped at a station in New Alexandria, Pa. Employees told police thatthey heard him in the bathroom "banging on something and that it was reallyloud," and profanely complaining that there were no towels. Each chargecarries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $300 fine. Reed has notcommented.
They Said It
PHILIP RIVERS Chargers quarterback and father of four,on being a dad: "The thing our kids hunger for is our time. And believe me,I have to fake it real hard that I care about Barbie dolls."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Former major league pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim was removedfrom South Korea's World Baseball Classic roster because he lost hispassport.
GRAY QUETTI/CAL SPORT MEDIA (LUSK)
ROBERT BECK (RIVERS)
ROBERT BECK (WIE)