By Tiger Woods (above), the Deutsche Bank Championship, his fifth consecutive
victory--a streak that includes the last two majors. In a head-to-head duel
with Vijay Singh, Woods shot a 63 on Monday to win by two strokes. Woods said
his ultimate goal is to break Byron Nelson's record of 11 straight wins, set in
1945. His next PGA Tour event is the World Golf Championships, outside London,
on Sept. 28; before that he'll play in the World Match Play Championship. Until
then, his plan is to get sleep and work on his game. "You can always get
better," Woods said on Monday. "I can hit the ball better, putt better,
chip better, think better--other than that...."
His major league career with a bang, Indians rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff, who hit
the first pitch he saw in the bigs for a grand slam. Hours after being called
up from Buffalo, Kouzmanoff took a pitch from Edinson Volquez over the fence in
the first inning of last Saturday's 6--5 win over Texas. He became the third
major leaguer to hit a grand slam in his first at bat. "I don't even
remember running around the bases," Kouzmanoff said.
From the stands to handle UNLV's kicking duties against Idaho State, true
freshman Ben Jaekle. When Mountain West Conference preseason special teams
player of the year Sergio Aguayo went down with a knee injury in the first
quarter, Rebels coach Mike Sanford put in a call to Jaekle--who was expected to
redshirt this year. Said Sanford, "They got him on the phone and I told him
he needed to start coming down and get dressed and he asked 'Who's this?'"
After getting into uniform, Jaekle's first field goal attempt was blocked, but
he later made a 26-yarder and three extra points.
And charged with second-degree rape of a former girlfriend, former running back
Dave Meggett. The two-time Pro Bowler turned himself in to police in North
Carolina last week after the 27-year-old woman accused him of assaulting her at
her home. Meggett, 40, who was working as a parks and recreation director in
Martin County, N.C., had his bond set at $200,000.
With cancer, Red Sox rookie pitcher Jon Lester. The 22-year-old complained of a
sore back; tests revealed that the cause was anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a
treatable form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Lester was to begin treatment this
week. The news came at a tough time for the Red Sox; the injury-plagued team
went 9--21 in August. "Dealing with horrible things in human life, that's a
whole lot worse than losing," said pitcher Mike Timlin.
Three times by an off-duty police officer, Chargers linebacker Steve Foley
(above). Early on Sunday morning the officer was following Foley's car, which
police say was weaving in and out of traffic at speeds approaching 90 mph.
After the two cars stopped, Foley, 31, walked toward the officer, and a woman
with Foley, Lisa Maree Gaut, drove their car alongside him. The officer fired a
warning shot, at which point, police say, Gaut began driving at the officer.
"The officer fired two rounds at the vehicle," Lt. Dennis Brugos of the
San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. "The male then came at the
officer and put his right hand by his waistband, and the officer fired at
him." Foley was hit three times--in the arm, leg and chest--but his wounds
were not life-threatening. Police have not said what charges Foley, who will
miss the coming season, might face; Gaut was booked on suspicion of DUI and
assault with a deadly weapon.
By former Bengals tackle Matthias Askew, the city of Cincinnati. The $50
million suit accuses Cincinnati police of using excessive force when they
Tasered the 6'5", 302-pound lineman in July. (Askew, 24, was arrested in a
dispute over his illegally parked car.) After receiving the 50,000-volt shock,
Askew was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat. He was kept out of the
Bengals' first preseason game and was cut before the second. On Aug. 24, Askew
was acquitted of charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest stemming
from the parking incident.
By Carl Pavano, two of his ribs after his Porsche crashed into a garbage truck.
The Yankees pitcher, who hasn't played this year due to a variety of maladies,
kept his latest injury from the team for two weeks, which did not sit well with
the Yankees' brass. (The New York media, though, had a field day with it. A
Daily News headline called Pavano a crash test dummy.) A frustrated G.M. Brian
Cashman didn't rule out attempting to void the remaining two years of Pavano's
four-year, $39.95 million contract.
By Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, an emergency appendectomy, which
will keep him out of Pittsburgh's season opener. Said coach Bill Cowher,
"The surgery went well." Roethlisberger has had two other operations in
the past 10 months: one on his knee, and the other to repair facial injuries
suffered in a June motorcycle crash. The Steelers did not say how much time
Roethlisberger would miss; Charlie Batch is expected to start in his
Before it began, the latest comeback of Jeff George (left). The quarterback,
who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1990 draft and last played in the NFL in
2001, signed with Oakland last week when backup Andrew Walter complained of a
sore shoulder. George was with the Raiders for their final preseason game
against Seattle but didn't play. Walter did, and came through unscathed; George
was released. Coach Art Shell didn't rule out calling George again if the team
needs a signal-caller. "He'll be on speed-dial," Shell said.