The problem for the NBA in trying to deal with its referee scandal is that the league won't be credited for its efforts. The more David Stern tries to create solutions, the more the public will be reminded of the problem.
Named in 1999 as the male "athlete of the century" by the International Association of Athletics Federations, Carl Lewis embodied the Olympic motto -- "Citius, altius, fortius" (Faster, higher, stronger).
1886 Twenty-four-year-old Welsh cyclist Arthur Linton dies during a race from Bordeaux to Paris; though the cause of death is reported as typhoid fever, he is believed to have taken trimethyl, a stimulant.
Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou, who was banned from all competitions for two years following a controversial doping rule violation at the 2004 Athens Olympics, has competed in her first race since the ban ended.
In the hallway between the locker rooms in Madison Square is a large photo of Irish miler Eamonn Coghlan breasting the tape with arms aloft -- and eyes closed. By the time he won the Millrose Games Wanamaker mile for a record seventh time, in 1987, Coghlan didn't need to see where he was going. "I could have run Millrose by the sound of the crowd," he says. "The oohs meant I was going to pass someone. The aahs meant somebody was trying to pass me. If somebody just won the high jump, that was another sound. I knew what every sound meant and felt like. The Garden was so alive. There was never anything like running at Millrose, and there won't ever be again."
Women's Olympic shot put champion Irina Korzhanenko of Russia will lose her gold medal after testing positive for a banned steroid, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee's anti-doping body has announced.