Couch potato with a cause
Cleveland Browns football fan Mike Meredith has a motorized sofa — the “Go-Kouch” — that he usually rides around a municipal parking lot for tailgate parties before games. But on Nov. 23, he decided to take the couch, a converted riding mower, the extra two blocks to the Browns’ stadium for a game with Houston. Meredith told the Plain Dealer newspaper several police officers waved him through. One didn’t, issuing him citations for driving an unregistered vehicle and having expired plates. Meredith pleaded not guilty and was to argue his case in court yesterday. He has prepared a defense, walking the couch route and snapping pictures of every officer who gave him the go-ahead.
Police arrest Govou
Lyon’s French international Sidney Govou was arrested and found five times over the legal blood alcohol content limit, police said on Monday. Govou was arrested in Lyon while driving during the night after Ligue 1 leaders Lyon’s 0-0 draw at home with Marseille in a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday, a Lyon police source said. A test showed the striker had 2.6g of alcohol per liter of blood. The French legal limit is 0.5g. The player, whose driving license was immediately confiscated, was held until he sobered up and released on Monday morning. He now faces a court hearing.
Blackburn sacks Ince
Premier League side Blackburn Rovers sacked manager Paul Ince yesterday, the club said. Ince was in charge at Ewood Park for six months. The Rovers have suffered six consecutive league defeats and sit five points from safety in the relegation zone. “It is with great sadness that the board announce that Paul Ince is to leave the club,” Rovers chairman John Williams said in a statement. “Three wins in 17 games has seen a squad, which finished seventh last season, fall to 19th position … Paul will bounce back, he is a fighter, and we wish him well.” Former England midfielder Ince, 41, was appointed on a three-year deal in June this year, replacing his former United teammate Mark Hughes.
No action against Rooney
UEFA has decided to take no disciplinary action against Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney over allegations he stamped on Aalborg’s Kasper Risgard in a Champions League game. Rooney trod on Risgard while the Aalborg player was on the turf as the United forward stumbled backward during last week’s 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. TV replays showed Rooney’s left boot land on Risgard’s chest and UEFA said it would analyze the footage. But soccer’s European governing body said on Monday it would not open any disciplinary proceedings against Rooney.
Board donates funds
The Indian cricket board has donated 30 million rupees (US$624,350) to the families of security officials who died during last month’s attacks in Mumbai, it said on Monday. The England team have already donated half of Monday’s match fees from the first Test to attack victims. India’s Sachin Tendulkar dedicated one of his finest centuries to the families of victims. “From my point of view I look at it as an attack on India, not on Mumbai. It is an attack on India and it should hurt every Indian, not only people from Mumbai,” he said. “We are Indians and that is how I look at it. I would like to dedicate this hundred to all those people who have gone through such terrible times.”