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Issue: "As the West burns," Sept. 6, 2003

Sometimes it takes a lot for track and field to grab the spotlight. American sprinter Jon Drummond sure found a way. After being disqualified on a false start at the track and field World Championships, Mr. Drummond tearfully argued with track officials. When that didn't work, the American sprinter staged a lie-down protest in the middle of the track which threw the event schedule into disarray. Mr. Drummond didn't get his way in the end, but he did earn the adoration of some French track fans. The International Association of Athletics Associations has advised USA Track and Field to take disciplinary actions against the sprinter. Said Mr. Drummond: "I protested because this is my livelihood. At this point in my career, for me to lose an opportunity to pursue a dream, it crushes me."

In an era when club loyalty is scarce, players like the NHL's Steve Yzerman are even more rare. The longtime Detroit Red Wings captain signed a one-year deal to stay in Detroit one more season. It will be the center's 21st year with the Red Wings.

Pete Sampras is finished playing competitive tennis. He means it, too. Mr. Sampras chose the stage of the US Open-site of his first and last major victory-to announce his retirement. "It's not painful, it's emotional," he said.

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