CARDIFF, Wales (AP) _ A judge has sentenced a rugby union player to six months in jail for stomping on an opponent’s head during a game.
A jury decided that Howard Collins deliberately kicked Christian Evans twice during a game between Pencoed and Cardiff Institute.
Evans, needed 10 stitches in a head wound and also plastic surgery. He was left in severe pain and was temporarily deafened by the attack.
″This was wholly outside the rules of the game and totally unacceptable,″ prosecutor Huw Evans said during Tuesday’s hearing at Cardiff Crown Court. ″It was a deliberate and malicious attack on a defenseless man. It incensed the crowd.″
Collins denied a charge of wounding with intent, saying that any contact was accidental.
DENVER (AP) - Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe will skip the Pro Bowl because he plans to have surgery on both ankles after the season.
″If I go ahead and have surgery now, I can have a head start on rehabbing them,″ Sharpe said. ″I can be a month ahead. If I wait, the Pro Bowl is not until Feb. 5, and I would be a month and a half behind.″
Sharpe, selected to play in his third Pro Bowl, has played much of the season on two sore ankles, sitting out practices and taking injections before games to ease the pain. He expects to play Saturday against New Orleans in the Broncos’ final regular-season game.
On Monday, Sharpe underwent magnetic resonance testing that showed bones in his ankles that have caused irritation most of the season probably will have to be surgically shaved. He had a similar procedure done on one ankle last season.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Police detained an alleged bookie and two more soccer players Wednesday in their widening investigation of suspected match-rigging.
Meanwhile, a newspaper reported that Malaysia may withdraw its team from a tournament in Bangladesh next month due to the probe.
Federal police detained a 40-year-old businessman suspected of taking bets on matches, said Azhar Abdul Kadir, deputy chief of the Criminal Investigation Department.
The detention of players Badrul Isham Jalil and Zulkifli Hassan brought to 26 the number being held by police.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS will establish a $1 million endowment at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York, foundation president Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe said Wednesday.
It was also announced that the foundation’s fund-raising activities, set up by Ashe in 1992 before he died of AIDS, will end. Its work will be carried on by the endowment.
Moutoussamy-Ashe said the decision was reached only after the foundation reached the $5 million goal set by her late husband.