Sport: Season's End

At Lafayette, Ind. last week, in Purdue's big gym, a voice kept repeating over the public-address system: "Will you please move a little closer so more people can get seats?" The crowds hunched together on the planked seats, made room for more. At halftime, underdog Purdue left the floor, one point ahead of league-leading Wisconsin. As the crowd got to its feet cheering, one of the packed bleacher-stands sagged. There was the ugly rip of splintering wood; cheers died in people's throats, and instead there were panicky cries. The stand collapsed, bringing 4,000...

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