Saying goodbye to the woman who changed sports forever – USA TODAY
You don’t have to care about sports to care about her
Role model. Hero. Legend. Champion. Pat Summitt was an extraordinary woman,Â who lived an extraordinary lifeÂ and touched people in extraordinary ways. She showed that a woman could be tough and unrelenting and powerful â and be rewarded for it. The illustrious coach, who won more games than anyone in college basketball history, man or woman, died Tuesday, five years since being diagnosedÂ with early onset dementia in the form of Alzheimerâs at age 59. The disease is relatively rare, affecting about 5% of the 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease. There are too many important things to say about Summitt, who she was and what she left behind, so we made this listÂ instead:
- As a young head coach earning $250 a month in the mid-1970s, Summitt personally loaded her playersâ uniforms into a washing machine after each game because she knew if she didnât do it, no one else would.Â
- She was a proud Tennessean who, when she went into labor while on a recruiting visit, demanded the pilot return to Knoxville so her son could be born in her home state.Â
- Years ago, Courtney Banghart, Princeton womenâs basketball coach, got caught in one of Orlando’s signature flash floods and couldn’t find herÂ rental car. Pat Summitt was trailing her in the lot. âDonât you have an umbrella?â she asked. SheÂ didn’t. âCome here. Get under here with me.â
- President ObamaÂ awarded Summitt the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012,Â the nationâs highest civilian award. His statement on her death: “As Pat once said in recalling her achievements, ‘What I see are not the numbers.Â I see their faces.'”
- She never had a losing record in 38 seasons.
- She had a 100% graduation rate among her players who completed their athletic eligibility.
- She learned to shoot hoops in a barn loft with her brothers, became an All-America basketball player at the University of Tennessee-Martin and won a silver medal on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team.Â
- This is what she said about how to win: “Here’s how I’m going to beat you. I’m going to outwork you. That’s it. That’s all there is to it.”
Legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt lost her battle with dementia “Alzheimer’s Type” at the age of 64. She made NCAA history with eight national championships and a 1,098-208 record.
Victim of the Dieselgate scandal? You may be getting a fat check.
It doesn’t pay to cheat. Volkswagen’s learning the hard way. The automaker will pay a $15 billion settlement to make up for cheating on emissions tests, the largest auto-related class-action settlement in U.S. history.Â In September, we learned VW had put software in 2-liter diesel cars to dodge emissions regulations.Â Cue dirty vehicles on the road. Now the company will pay just over $10Â billion to either buy back or repair those 475,000 vehicles. It’ll also dish out payments of $5,100 to $10,000, depending on how old your car is. The rest of theÂ cash is going to its mea culpa: environmental mitigation and research on zero-emissionsÂ vehicles.
Why we’re still talking about Benghazi
Two reports. Two very different interpretations of what happened during the September 2012 terror attackÂ in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed four American lives. Recap: The attack, which killed U.S. AmbassadorÂ Chris Stevens, has been repeatedly cited by Republicans as a serious failure by the ObamaÂ administration and by Hillary Clinton, who now is the presumptive Democratic nominee forÂ president.Â The GOP’s reportÂ out TuesdayÂ blames the deaths on lax security, a slow response and Clintonâs political agenda. Democrats, in their competing report, called the GOP version a political effortÂ that revealed no new information and argued Clinton should be absolved. Bottom line: With theÂ fall presidential campaign heating up, don’t expect to stop hearing “Benghazi” any time soon.
Doping,Â Zika,Â hackers. Welcome to Rio.
Excitement for the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics is building. But the same can be said forÂ the drama surrounding it.Â The Games’ chief organizer, Sidney Levy, hasÂ citedÂ security as his No. 1 concern. As for the Zika virus? It only cracks his top 10. But aÂ slew of U.S. athletes have bowed out from competing because of it,Â withÂ golferÂ Jason DayÂ joiningÂ their ranks Tuesday. Meanwhile, some Russian and KenyanÂ athletes are at risk of being banned from competing altogether due toÂ doping controversies. ThenÂ thereâs theÂ whole dirty water thing (though U.S. rowers have these snazzy new suits to help with that). And if all of that werenât enough,Â U.S. intelligenceÂ officials also advise Americans traveling to Argentina to be wary of hacking. But things willÂ get better before the Aug. 5 opening ceremony, right?Â Rio’s governor isn’t so sure. He warned Monday that the Games could be a “big failure.” Very reassuring.
Zika, pollution, political turmoil, muggings, doping, floating corpses among concerns
IKEA’s fatal recall
If you have a toddler, listen up.Â IKEA has issued a recall on 29 million dressers after they resulted in the deaths of three children from 2014 to 2016.Â If you have one of these modelsÂ and they’re not anchored to the wall, stop using them immediately: MALM 3-drawer dresser, MALM 4-drawer dresser, MALM 5-drawer dresser, and three types of MALM 6-drawer dressers. A list of non-MALM furniture affected by this recall can be found here.Â If you own one of the recalledÂ dressers or chests that was manufactured between January 2002 and January 2016, you can get a full refund. IKEA is also offering free wall-anchoring repair kits and a one-time free in-home installation service upon request.
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