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September 28, 2009
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September 28, 2009

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To police in the Dominican Republic, where he is the prime suspect in a fatal shooting, Giants prospect Angel Villalona (above). The 19-year-old first baseman signed with San Francisco three years ago for a bonus of $2.1 million, which was then a franchise record. He played in the Futures Game during the 2008 All-Star festivities, and ranked him as the 48th best prospect in the majors before this season. Police say that Villalona is suspected in the death of 25-year-old Mario Felix de Jesus Velete, who was shot in a bar last Saturday night. Villalona—who this year played for the Giants' Class-A Advanced affiliate in San Jose, batting .267 with nine homers in 74 games before suffering a hamstring injury—turned himself in the following day.


Of reckless homicide and wanton endangerment in the death of a 15-year-old Kentucky high school football player, former coach Jason Stinson, 37. Max Gilpin, a sophomore offensive lineman at Pleasure Ridge Park High in suburban Louisville, died of heat stroke on Aug. 23, 2008, three days after he collapsed while running sprints at practice. Prosecutors argued that Stinson withheld water from players while forcing them to run in the 94º heat. But two doctors—a former Kentucky chief medical examiner and the chairman of the University of Louisville department of emergency medicine—testified that excessive running did not cause Gilpin's heat stroke. (They said more likely contributing factors were a viral infection, his prescription for Adderall and his use of creatine.) Stinson, who faced 10 years in prison, left the courtroom without speaking to reporters. He was reassigned to noninstructional duties at Pleasure Park Ridge during the trial but now can return to teaching and is allowed to apply for coaching jobs.


And charged with two counts of weapons possession, Cavaliers guard Delonte West (below). Last Thursday, West was riding his motorcycle in Upper Marlboro, Md., when he was stopped for allegedly speeding. Police found a loaded handgun in his waistband and another strapped to his leg. He also had a loaded shotgun in a guitar case on his back. West was released on his own recognizance and has not yet entered a plea.


By 21-year-old Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman, residency in Andorra. The lefthander's move to the tiny European nation between France and Spain means that a major league bidding war is imminent. Given his age, his 102-mph fastball and his three-pitch repertoire—along with the lackluster free-agent pitching market—Chapman will command a contract at least as big as the four-year, $32 million deal the Yankees gave Cuban righthander Jose Contreras in 2002. Chapman defected on July 1 by walking away from the Cuban team hotel during a tournament in the Netherlands.


At age 76, artist Bernie Fuchs, whose works ranged from paintings of golf tournaments for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED to portraits commissioned by presidents. After he lost three fingers in an accident at a machine shop as a young man, Fuchs's dreams of becoming a jazz trumpeter ended and he enrolled in art school. He worked as a commercial artist drawing automobiles, and his style—largely rooted in realism but tinged with enough abstract impressionism to stand out—quickly attracted the attention of magazines. His first painting for SI was of the 1961 Masters (right); his final one was a 2005 portrait of Negro league star Oscar Charleston.

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