Originally created 11/29/97

Overtime: Grey Cup has vanished

Since 1909, the Grey Cup has been broken, forgotten, misplaced, lost and even held for ransom. But never stolen from a bar.

That is, until Thursday.

Toronto Argonauts kicker Mike Vanderjagt took the CFL championship trophy to a bar in his home town of Oakville, Ontario, on Thursday night, and according to police, allowed admirers to drink from it. When Vanderjagt was ready to leave, the trophy had vanished.

On Friday, it was returned.

Among the fans drinking from the Cup were college students celebrating a Christmas party. One student reportedly joked she would pay $100 to have the Grey Cup in her apartment. When she arrived home, she found the gleaming Grey Cup in her kitchen.

Police were called and the trophy was returned to Vanderjagt on Friday. No charges will be filed.

BASKETBALL: Atlanta Hawks guard Steve Smith will play tonight when the Hawks meet the Charlotte Hornets at the Georgia Dome.

Smith has been out because of back spasms since the Nov. 20 game against the New York Knicks.

BASEBALL: When Buck Leonard teamed with Josh Gibson in the Negro Leagues, they were often compared to a couple of other players. Their names were Ruth and Gehrig.

Leonard, known as the "Black Lou Gehrig," died at age 90 Thursday from complications of a stroke more than a decade ago.

He made few public appearances in his final years, among them a front-row seat in Zebulon, N.C., when Michael Jordan was making his bid at baseball with the Birmingham Barons.

Three weeks ago, Leonard entered the hospital because of respiratory problems and dehydration. He was in Nash General Hospital in his hometown when he died.


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