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Aussie coach loses locks

The trademark long locks of Australia's attack coach Scott Johnson are no more following the Wallabies' 20-15 Tri-Nations rugby upset of New Zealand on Saturday. Johnson honored a bet with the Wallaby players to mark the occasion of Australia's rousing victory over the World Cup favorites. In the Wallabies team hotel following the Tri-Nations triumph Johnson shaved off his signature grey locks as part of the bet. It was his first short haircut in 20 years. "We've haven't beaten New Zealand in a long time [three years] and I haven't coached a team that's beaten the All Blacks," he said. "I just put it to them [during preparations], if you win I'll cut my hair because it's always been a point of banter."


Champion runner collapses

Champion US marathon runner Alberto Salazar collapsed on Saturday at the Nike World campus and was hospitalized with a heart problem. According to a news release from Providence St Vincent Medical Center, in Portland, Oregon, Salazar did not have a heart attack. But the 48-year-old did have to have a stent inserted to open up an artery. Salazar was awake and alert when he arrived at the hospital. He was being treated in the cardiac care unit and was in serious condition. Salazar won three consecutive New York City marathons. He has set six US records and one world record. He is a longtime Nike employee and consultant.


Massa takes pole position

Felipe Massa signaled a possible Ferrari comeback by taking the pole position on Saturday for the French Grand Prix to stop Lewis Hamilton's run. Massa timed 1 minute, 15.034 seconds on the 4.41km circuit for his fourth Formula One pole of the season and the seventh of his career. The Brazilian had three straight poles earlier this season, but the first since the Spanish GP in May. "I am happy to start again in the pole position" Massa said. Hamilton was second for McLaren in 1:15.104, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari in 1:15.257. Two-time defending world champion Fernando Alonso was 10th in his McLaren in a limited session. Robert Kubica, who survived an horrific crash at the Canadian GP and missed the following US GP, was fourth in 1:15.493. He was cleared to race on Thursday after hurting his ankle when he crashed hard into two walls in Montreal. Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella and Heiki Kovalainen were fifth and sixth.


Bonds calls for more security

San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds has called for increased security at his home ballpark after a fan entered the field and approached him during Friday's game with Arizona. Bonds, who is on the verge of becoming baseball's all-time home run leader, was told security would be beefed-up as he nears Hank Aaron's record of 755. "This is about baseball players, all of us," Bonds told reporters. "This is not my ballpark. I just work here ... I'm an employee. All the employees should be protected." The fan rushed bare-footed onto the field in the seventh inning and ran towards Bonds. Bonds put his arm around him and walked him off the field to waiting security. Bonds said the fan told him he had no shoes, no money, and nothing in his life. "`I've been down in that neighborhood.' I said, `Let's just walk back together, though, so those guys don't get itchy and throw you to the ground, and you can show them that you mean no harm,'" Bonds said.

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