Monday's intriguing people
June 20th, 2011
12:13 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Rory McIlroy

The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland became the U.S. Open's second youngest champion since World War II when he ran away from the competition over the weekend, posting the lowest four-day total in U.S. Open history, besting Tiger Woods' record set in 2000.

McIlroy's feat is even more impressive after he had a well-documented collapse on the final day of the Masters, costing him the coveted green jacket, which is given to the winner of the famed golf tournament. As one of the games biggest tweeters, McIlroy was noticeably absent the week leading up to the U.S. Open. However, on Sunday, he tweeted a photo of the U.S. Open trophy as well as two words that sum up the weekend: #winning #bounceback.


Monday's intriguing people
Dallas Maverick's star Dirk Nowitzki hoists the MVP trophy after his team beat the Miami Heat.
June 13th, 2011
10:04 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Dirk Nowitzki

The Dallas Mavericks star overcame illness and injury during the NBA championship series against the Miami Heat and was named MVP of the series after the Mavs beat the Heat in six games.

The 7-foot German has been the face of the franchise for 13 years, but the championship has always eluded him and the Mavs.

Nowitzki and the Mavs lost to the Heat in the 2006 championship series, and as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports wrote Monday, "He's been the most awkwardly graceful star the sport's ever seen, a testament to a game played far below the rim, and deep within the mind."


Thursday's intriguing people
Braylon Edwards is reportedly spending about $1 million to put 100 high school graduates through college.
June 9th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Braylon Edwards

The New York Jets wide receiver is picking up the college tuition tabs of 100 Cleveland high school students, according to The Washington Post. Edwards is keeping a promise he made to the students in the “Advance 100” program in 2008, when they were in the eighth grade. The former Cleveland Brown, in an apparent reference to LeBron James, tweeted over the weekend, "As the 2nd most hated man in Clev & a man of my word, today I will honor a promise made to 100 students in Cleveland years ago." Edwards’ arrangement with the students required each to complete 15 hours of community service and maintain a 3.5 GPA, in addition to demonstrating good conduct and avoiding unexcused absences. The students' tuitions are estimated to cost about $1 million.


Man allegedly stabbed by Duke assault accuser dies
Police say the stabbing occurred in an apartment shared by the victim and Crystal Mangum. She is being held without bail.
April 14th, 2011
10:03 AM ET

Man allegedly stabbed by Duke assault accuser dies

A man who police say was recently stabbed by the accuser in the 2006 Duke University lacrosse scandal has died, the Durham County, North Carolina, medical examiner's office confirmed Thursday.

Reginald Daye, 46, died Wednesday at Duke University Hospital as a result of the stabbing earlier this month, Durham police said.

Crystal Mangum, whose accusation of rape against three Duke athletes generated national attention and sparked debate over class and race, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious injury in the stabbing of Daye.

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