By the NFL, new guidelines on how teams must treat players with concussions. Previously, decisions on when players who sustained brain injuries were ready to return to the field were handled by team doctors. But the league will now require teams to consult independent neurologists in an effort to ensure that players receive impartial medical treatment. Several high-profile players have suffered concussions this season, including Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner (above) on Sunday. Said commissioner Roger Goodell, "This is a chance for us to ... bring more people into the circle to make sure we're making the best decisions for our players in the long term."
By police in Germany and Switzerland, 17 people accused of being involved in a soccer match fixing scandal. Officials said they suspect that criminal gangs influenced players, coaches and officials in some 200 matches in competitions ranging from Turkish top-division play to the European under-21 championships to the early stages of the UEFA Champions League. But at a press conference that was televised live in Germany, where 32 games are under suspicion, Bochum police director Friedhelm Atlhans said, "This is only the tip of the iceberg." Earlier this year UEFA (the governing body for soccer in Europe) implemented a betting fraud detection system, partly in response to the 2005 conviction of a German referee who admitted to manipulating the outcomes of games in his country's domestic league.
For one game for making offensive remarks about Iranian-born center Hamed Haddadi of the Grizzlies, Clippers announcers Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith. During a game on Nov. 18 the pair began a discussion in which they pronounced Iranian as eye-ranian, and Smith joked that Haddadi, the league's first player from Iran, might be "Borat's older brother." After a viewer complained, Fox Sports Prime Ticket suspended the duo for last Friday's game. Lawler has been the Clippers' play-by-play man for 31 years, while Smith has been with the team for 12 years.
By the University of Kansas, claims by current and former players that football coach Mark Mangino (right) abused them verbally. Former receiver Raymond Brown said that Mangino dressed him down in front of his teammates and said, "I'm going to send you back to St. Louis so you can get shot with your homies." Other players have reported hearing similar remarks, including one that allegedly mocked a player's father's alcoholism. Last week current Jayhawks linebacker Arist Wright reportedly complained to school officials that Mangino had poked him in the chest, which prompted the internal probe. As of Monday the investigation was ongoing. Since taking over as coach in 2002, Mangino has turned around the once moribund Kansas program. He was the 2007 national coach of the year, but the Jayhawks are 5--6 this season after winning their first five games. Of the allegations, Mangino said, "The fact of life is, these types of things are going to come up when things aren't going good. That's life."
After 12 years in the WNBA, the Sacramento Monarchs. In a surprising move, owners Joe and Gavin Maloof, who also own the Sacramento Kings, announced that they would no longer operate the WNBA team. "We love the Monarchs, but it's time to refocus," Joe Maloof said. "Our focus is to turn the Kings around, and to do that we have to put all our efforts and good salespeople on the Kings." The Monarchs, who were one of the WNBA's original eight franchises, are the second team to fold in a year; the Houston Comets ceased operations last December.
At age 74, Rena (Rusty) Kanokogi, who came to be known as the Mother of Women's Judo. A native of Brooklyn, Kanokogi (SI, March 24, 1986) first competed in the sport (often disguised as a man) in the 1950s, after she married a Japanese immigrant. She was instrumental in opening judo to women, helping get the women's sport into the Olympics in 1988 and coaching the first U.S. team, at the Seoul Games. Last year Kanokogi was honored by the government of Japan—the sport's homeland—when she was awarded the Emperor's Order of the Rising Sun.
At age four after nearly two seasons as the mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs, Uga VII. Loran's Best—who inherited the job from his late father, Whatchagot, Loran—died of a heart attack last Thursday and was entombed in a mausoleum at Sanford Stadium on Saturday before Georgia's 34--27 loss to Kentucky. "There was a certain sweetness about this dog that we need not forget," said school president Michael Adams. Uga VII was 16--7 in his two seasons. Georgia has had a live bulldog mascot for 54 years.
Price that the Silverdome sold for at auction last week, to a Canadian developer.
The Suns' record since the start of the 2008--09 season in games not broadcast nationally by TNT.
The Suns' record in that span in TNT games.
TD passes by the Lions' Matthew Stafford, 21, against the Browns on Sunday; he's the first NFL QB to have that many in a game before his 22nd birthday.
Passing yards for Houston QB Case Keenum in the Cougars' 55--14 win over Memphis; he also threw for five touchdowns.
Time left in the third quarter when Keenum was removed from the blowout.
Years Michigan went without consecutive losing seasons before a loss to Ohio State gave the Wolverines a second straight sub-.500 mark.
Combined yards of offense in West Liberty's 84--63 win over Edinboro in the Division II playoffs, a single-game NCAA record for that division.
THEY SAID IT
Spurs rookie who is missing both anterior cruciate ligaments after childhood operations, on which player he most resembles:
"Who you gonna compare me to? Everybody else got ACLs."
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