World's fastest man adopts world's fastest cat
Usain Bolt welcomed a new baby cheetah named Lightning Bolt into his life Monday. The Jamaican sprinter's sponsorship of the 3-month-old male cheetah is part of an effort to boost Kenyan conservation efforts of its famous wildlife, whose survival is threatened by trophy hunting, climate change and human encroachment.
The world record-holder in the 100 and 200 meters paid $13,700 to formally adopt the cub. He will also pay $3,000 a year to care for Lighting Bolt, who will be raised at an animal orphanage in Nairobi. The money will go to the Kenya Wildlife Service, and some will be used to protect Kenya's endangered species, KWS Director Julius Kipngetich said.
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Philly paper's premature congratulations
A Philadelphia newspaper has apologized to readers for mistakenly running an ad congratulating the Phillies on winning back-to-back World Series titles. The Yankees held a commanding 3-1 lead in the championship as of Monday, the day the ad was printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The three-quarter-page Macy's ad is on the back of the front section and features a T-shirt with the Phillies logo, the commissioner's trophy and the phrase "Back To Back World Series Champions." The Inquirer released a message to readers saying the paper deeply regrets the error.
■ Mets right fielder Jeff Francoeur has undergone thumb surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training. The Mets said the operation on Francoeur's torn ligament in his left thumb took place in Atlanta on Monday.
Keselowski to replace Stremme early
Brad Keselowski will start his new job at Penske Racing a little early. Keselowski will drive the No. 12 Dodge for the final three NASCAR Sprint Cup races of the season, replacing David Stremme. Keselowski, who won the Cup race at Talladega in April, signed a deal in September to take over the No. 12 in 2010. Team owner Roger Penske opted to bring Keselowski in ahead of schedule so the driver can get a jump start on next season.
Ovechkin 'week-to-week' with injury
The Washington Capitals say Alex Ovechkin is "week-to-week" with an upper-body injury. The Capitals said Monday that the two-time league MVP suffered an "upper-body strain" in Sunday's overtime loss to Columbus. Ovechkin was at the Capitals' practice facility on Monday for treatment. He also underwent an MRI exam.
■ Flyers winger Simon Gagne is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks after having abdominal and hip surgery. Gagne, who missed the past two games, is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday.
■ The Phoenix Coyotes' bumpy six-month journey through U.S. Bankruptcy Court has come to an end with a judge's approval of the sale of the franchise to the NHL. Judge Redfield T. Baum signed the order Monday after a quiet, brief hearing in a mostly empty courtroom, a stark contrast to earlier scenes featuring countless high-priced attorneys locked in often-bitter arguments. The NHL's bid totals about $140 million.
CollegesFans' chant imperils Ole Miss fight song
University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones said Monday one of his school's fight songs, From Dixie With Love, will be eliminated if fans continue to chant "the South will rise again" after football games. Jones said the university's head coaches and numerous alumni have supported attempts to stop fans from uttering the phrase, which is considered racially offensive to some. Last month, Jones asked the band to modify the tune to discourage the chant, but he says that didn't solve the problem. He says fan reaction during Saturday's game against Northern Arizona will decide the fate of the song.
Dubai making push for 2020 Games
The ruler of Dubai has taken part in a high-level meeting to discuss the Gulf emirate's possible bid for the 2020 Olympics. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his son, Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, led a working group meeting Monday to push the joint effort for the 2020 Olympics and 2020 World Expo. Dubai is the second Gulf state trying for the Olympics. Doha, the capital of Qatar, failed to make the list of finalists for the 2016 Games.
Wadkins, Olazabal, O'Connor in Hall
Lanny Wadkins, Jose Maria Olazabal and Christy O'Connor Sr. were inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., on Monday night, a reward for hundreds of international victories and stellar performances under intense pressure in the Ryder Cup. Joining them posthumously was President Dwight Eisenhower, whose love of golf has been credited for a surge in interest in the game while he was in office from 1952-1960.
■ The Kentucky women's golf team was in 17th place out of 21 teams through 33 of 36 holes after play was suspended because of darkness at the Challenge at Onion Creek Monday. The remaining holes will be played Tuesday starting at 8:30 a.m., with the final 18 holes immediately following. San Francisco is in first-place with a 21-stroke lead at 10-under 265.
The last word
The Texans took advantage of another offensively inept performance by the Bills, who produced a meager 204 yards offense and nine first downs, three in the second half Sunday. Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans joked about the difficulty of containing Buffalo's popgun attack:
"It was easy. They kind of had the same formations, they didn't give us a lot of motions and things. So it was a simple offense to go against."