Soccer star David Beckham, 37, left his cleats behind when he lit the Olympic Torch after arriving in the U.K. from Greece on May 18 with the Olympic Flame. The event marks the beginning of the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay’s 8,000-mile, 70-day journey through the U.K. The race starts at Land’s End, in Cornwall (the southwest tip of England), and ends at the Olympic Stadium in East London on July 27 where this summer’s games will take place.
Former Party of Five star Scott Wolf, 44, and his wife, former star of 2000’s The Real World: New Orleans, Kelley, 35, will welcome their second child later this year. “Just between the 10,149 of you and me, my wife and I are expecting,” the star tweeted on May 19. The baby will join older brother Jackson Kayse, 3.
Baseball legend Babe Ruth (below) continues to break records-the slugger, who died in 1948, now holds the title for the most expensive sports artifact ever sold at auction. His 1920s gray wool Yankees road jersey, which was displayed in the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore, sold on May 20 for $4.4 million to memorabilia auction house Lelands.com.
Multi-Grammy winner Al Jarreau, 72, cancelled his May 20 Escondido, Calif., show due to a bout of pneumonia and is now recovering at his home. The jazz and pop legend, known for the TV show Moonlighting theme song and the hit “We’re in This Love Together,” believes his illness and fatigue resulted from “a very busy week on tour,” which included four concerts in Austria.
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 that took 270 lives when the U.S.-bound plane exploded over Scotland, died May 20 at the age of 60. After doctors diagnosed al-Megrahi with advanced prostate cancer in 2009 and predicted he had months to live, Scottish authorities allowed him to return to his native Libya. Al-Megrahi claimed to the end that he was not involved in the bombing. • Guitarist and singer Chuck Brown, 75, affectionately known as the “Godfather of Go-Go” music, died on May 16 of complications from sepsis following a battle with pneumonia. Brown developed his percussive-heavy brand of funk in the mid ’70s to compete with disco and is best known for the 1978 hit “Bustin’ Loose.”
DHARUN RAVI SENTENCED
Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, 20 (left), who used a webcam to spy on his gay roommate and tweeted about what he saw, was sentenced May 21 to 30 days in jail and three years’ probation. In 2010, Tyler Clementi, 18 (inset), committed suicide after learning he’d been spied on. Judge Glenn Berman called Ravi’s actions “cold, calculated and methodically conceived,” but did not recommend deportation to his native India. Ravi must report to jail May 31, get counseling and pay $10,000 to a program that helps victims of bias crimes. Prosecutors plan to appeal the decision.