Fan fined for racism
A British football fan was fined ?1,000 (US$1,818) on Wednesday and banned from soccer matches for five years after pleading guilty to racially abusing Birmingham City striker Dwight Yorke at a game against Blackburn Rovers. Police said Jason Perryman, 22, admitted in court to charges of racially aggravated offences against Yorke. A second man, David Ashcroft, 21, denied the same charges at Blackburn Magistrates Court and has been released on bail pending a pre-trial preview on Dec. 22. Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce said after Sunday's Premier League match at Ewood Park that Yorke had suffered monkey chants similar to those faced by England's black players during last week's 1-0 friendly defeat in Spain.
Players get lock-out pay
The National Hockey League Players' Association will begin issuing lockout pay to more than 730 players. Payments will start this month, and players will get US$10,000 each for this month and another US$10,000 for next month, with subsequent monthly payments varying between US$5,000 or US$10,000, The Canadian Press reported. "As a result of the ongoing owners' lockout, the NHLPA executive committee has announced a player stipend plan which consists of an initial 24-month schedule and monthly payments for over 730 locked-out players," Ted Saskin, NHLPA senior director, said in a statement. "Each locked-out NHLPA member receives the same monthly payments." The National Hockey League club owners imposed a lockout on the players 70 days ago, refusing to let the season begin without a collective bargaining agreement.
Carmelo almost ripped-off
A lawyer and two ex-convicts remained in a New York jail after being arraigned on charges of trying to use a videotape of a fistfight to blackmail Denver Nuggets basketball star Carmelo Anthony for US$3 million. The videotape supposedly depicts the Nuggets forward in a fight with someone after a dispute involving his girlfriend inside Club Babalu on West 44th Street on Sept. 13. Rodrigo Sanchez, 36, a lawyer who lives in South Orange, New Jersey, and Santos Joubert, 29, and Jason Pabon, 26, both of the Bronx, were held after arraignment on Wednesday in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of grand larceny and possession of stolen property. The three were arrested after a meeting on Tuesday inside the Trump International Hotel where a check for US$1.25 million was given to Pabon by an undercover detective.