Champ hurt celebrating win
Lindsey Vonn’s chances of racing the women’s giant slalom at the World Ski Championships today are listed only as “possible” after she cut into the tendon of her right thumb with the top of a champagne bottle in celebrating her downhill victory on Monday. Vonn’s problems began when she couldn’t open the champagne bottle because the cork broke. Someone used a ski to extract the remaining piece of cork, breaking the bottle in the process. Vonn didn’t realize what had happened and grabbed the damaged bottle as the champagne flowed. She underwent surgery on Tuesday. The 24-year-old’s chances of competing in the giant slalom, traditionally her weakest discipline, were listed only as “possible” by the US Ski Team’s medical director, Richard Quincy.
Birmingham’s Brady arrested
Karren Brady, the managing director of Championship side Birmingham City, was re-arrested on Tuesday by police investigating allegations of corruption within English soccer. Brady, 39, was questioned by officers from the City of London police, England’s lead force in dealing with sporting corruption inquiries, and released on bail. Known as “the first lady of English football,” Brady was first arrested in April along with City co-owner David Sullivan. The pair were questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting. A City of London Police spokeswoman said on Tuesday: “A 39-year-old woman was today arrested on suspicion of a further offence as part of the ongoing football investigation.” She said she could not provide details of the offense, adding: “We have been working with HM Revenue and Customs [the tax department] from the outset of the investigation. The investigation has always focused on money laundering. The Fraud Prosecution Service has identified that tax offences may be involved.” Birmingham City later issued a statement saying that Brady “has not been charged with anything and vehemently denies any wrongdoing.”
Leader offers cash for goals
Salvadoran President Tony Saca offered US$10,000 for each goal the national team scored in their World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago yesterday. “We are talking US$10,000 per goal, but the money is going to be spread among all the players,” said El Salavador soccer association spokeswoman Karina Hernandez after Saca visited the players in training. The tiny Central American nation last figured in the World Cup finals in 1982 while Trinidad and Tobago played in Germany in 2006.
Player breaks ref’s arm
A Croatian player broke the arm of a referee after attacking him for being red-carded during a minor league match at the weekend, a daily reported on Tuesday. “When I showed him the red card, he attacked me,” referee Alen Jaksic, 21, told the Slobodna Dalmacija newspaper. “He hit me twice in the neck with his fist. After his teammates tried to separate us, he kicked me in the forearm,” he was quoted as saying. After the incident, which occurred on Sunday during a match between two local clubs on the island of Hvar, the referee sought medical help and an X-ray showed his left arm was broken. However, the father of the player, 22-year-old Juraj Petricevic, downplayed the incident. “From the very beginning, the ref’s decisions were not correct and when my son got the red card, he got so angry that he went after him ... They were pushing each other a bit and that was all,” the father said.