What a way to celebrate your 80th birthday. Pope John Paul II said Mass on Sunday at Olympic Stadium in Rome, then watched an all-star soccer game, his first at the famed stadium. The pope knows soccer, having played goalkeeper as a boy in Poland.
Golden, frozen pond
SportsBusiness Journal reports there's no end in sight for the stadium-arena building boom at U.S. universities. One of the latest projects: At Grand Forks, the University of North Dakota is building an 11,400-seat arena with 48 luxury suites to house its Fighting Sioux NCAA powerhouse ice hockey team.
No more running
Former Lions running back Barry Sanders, 32, and Detroit television news anchor Lauren Campbell, 35, plan to be married Nov. 11. The couple will finalize their on-again, off-again relationship at a ceremony at Plymouth Congregational Church, the Detroit News reported Wednesday. An evening reception is set for about 50 guests. Sanders announced his retirement without warning July 28, 1999.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
When was the last season that Miami, Florida State and Florida finished in the Top 10 of the final Associated Press poll?
"I don't believe for a second weightlifting is a sport. They pick a thing up and put it back down. To me, that's indecision."
_ PAULA POUNDSTONE,
After the 1994 season, Florida State was ranked No. 4, Miami No. 6 and Florida No. 7.
Ernie Els leads by one after the first round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta.