By distance runner Chris Solinsky, 25, at Stanford's Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, the nine-year-old American record in the 10,000 meters. Solinsky (above), who ran for Wisconsin and now competes for Nike, clocked in at 26:59.60 in the first 10K of his life last Saturday, breaking Meb Keflezighi's record by more than 14 seconds and becoming the first non-African-born runner to crack the 27-minute barrier. His effort is the latest in a series of U.S. distance breakthroughs that include Olympic medals by Deena Kastor (marathon bronze in 2004), Keflezighi (marathon silver in '04) and Shalane Flanagan (10,000-meter bronze in '08); top finishes by Ryan Hall in international marathons; and Dathan Ritzenhein's U.S. record of 12:56.27 last summer in the 5,000 meters.
By the Major League Baseball Players Association, the immigration statute passed on April 19 by the state of Arizona—home of the Diamondbacks and 11 spring training facilities—which permits law-enforcement officials to demand residence papers from anyone suspected of being in the state illegally. Last Friday the MLBPA issued a statement seeking repeal or modification of the law, citing its potential negative impact on a sport in which 28% of players on MLB's Opening Day rosters were foreign-born. Baseball is now said to be discussing moving the 2011 All-Star Game away from its scheduled venue, Chase Field (home of the Diamondbacks), which last week saw protestors picketing the legislation. "In most cases you won't want to see baseball get involved in politics," said Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, an MLBPA rep, "but it can be unavoidable."
As the NCAA's next president, succeeding the late Myles Brand, 57-year-old Mark Emmert, most recently president of the University of Washington. By his own description an "average" multisport athlete while growing up in Fife, Wash., Emmert earned a B.A. in political science from Washington in 1975 and a Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse in '83, then began making what he calls his "lap around America," including teaching and administrative posts at Northern Illinois, Colorado, Montana State, Connecticut, LSU—where he hired Nick Saban—and back to Washington; he championed sports at every stop. That odyssey, Emmert told SI's Kelli Anderson, taught him that there's no one-size-fits-all answer to integrating sports into a university's ecosystem. "The way it's done at Montana State is different from the way it's done at Syracuse or LSU," Emmert says. "Yet the games themselves—and this is where the NCAA comes in—have to have the same integrity, consistency and fairness everywhere."
And charged with first-degree murder in the suspected killing of a Virginia women's lacrosse player, 22-year-old George Huguely (above, right), a senior midfielder on the school's men's team, ranked No. 2 in the nation. Charlottesville police responded to a report of a possible alcohol overdose at the apartment of 22-year-old Yeardley Love at 2:15 a.m. on Monday; they discovered Love, a senior defender on the fourth-ranked Cavaliers, deceased of undetermined causes but showing signs of physical trauma. Nearly four hours later authorities arrested Huguely, who reportedly had been romantically involved with the victim, at his apartment and charged him with the killing. Police said on Monday that there were no other suspects.
At age 85 of complications from pancreatic cancer, American Olympic champion diver Victoria Manalo, who became the first woman to win gold in the springboard and platform competitions in the same Games, which she accomplished in London in 1948. Born to immigrant parents—her father was from the Philippines, her mother from England—Manalo faced the hurdle of her then controversial mixed background: At age 17, she once told the San Francisco Chronicle, she was denied access to a Bay Area swimming and diving club on account of her last name, which she would change for two years to Taylor. She later paired up with renowned diving coach Lyle Draves, whom she married in '46 and under whose tutelage she medaled two years later, making her the first Asian-American to do so in any sport.
By South Plaquemines (La.) High, football and track coach Cyril Crutchfield, one of the faces of rebirth in New Orleans following the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. On April 26 Crutchfield was fired from his coaching position for an incident on April 19 in which he is alleged to have used profane language in front of a female teacher and her class. Crutchfield, who denied the charge, will appeal to the school board on June 7. The 43-year-old Crutchfield came to prominence in '06 at South Plaquemines, a combination of three displaced schools, and led the football team to Class 1A state titles in '07 and '08, inspiring news articles and, in '08, a book named for the team, The Hurricanes. But Crutchfield also came to be known for his fiery temperament and for his team's swaggering play, which earned the school a $1,000 fine, probation and, for Crutchfield, mandatory coaching classes in response to the team's unsportsmanlike behavior after a loss in the '09 state final.
THEY SAID IT
U.S. vice president, consoling the families of the victims of a West Virginia coal mine explosion: "They were fathers, grandfathers, sons, nephews, husbands and fiancés. They loved hunting, fishing, riding horses and four-wheelers. They hated the way Coach [Rich] Rodriguez left West Virginia for Michigan."
Consecutive games at the start of his career in which Tigers centerfielder Austin Jackson struck out at least once, breaking the record of 17 shared by pitchers Bob Johnson (1970) and Tom Parsons (1963--65).
First-quarter points scored by the Mavericks in their series-ending Game 6 loss to the Spurs last Thursday, tying the playoff low for an opening quarter during the shot-clock era.
Consecutive games in which Padres righty Kevin Correia was the winning pitcher without completing six innings, joining Ed Whitson (1984) as the only hurlers to do so.
Overnight rating for NBC's coverage of the Kentucky Derby, highest since 1992.
Age of Hall of Fame college football coach John Robinson when he resumed his career last week as defensive coordinator at San Marcos (Calif.) High.
Consecutive games in which Farragut (Tenn.) High senior catcher Ethan Bennett hit at least one home run, establishing a new national record.
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