Player sent off for hairstyle
A player was sent off because his gelled mohawk haircut was deemed dangerous, a report said yesterday. Nathan van Someren, who plays for the Simpson Tigers, was told to leave the field in the third quarter of their match against Otway Districts at the weekend. Tigers coach Leigh Walsh told Fairfax Radio the reason given was “because his hair was too dangerous” and it might have poked another player in the eye. Van Someren said he had played with the hairdo for three years without a problem. “I was just standing there and [the umpire] came across to me and goes: ‘I thought I told you you couldn’t come on the ground,’” van Someren told Fairfax Radio. “I sort of just looked at him like: ‘What?’ And he’s like: ‘No, I told you you couldn’t come on the ground with that hairstyle, you have to go off.’” The Victorian Country Football League said the umpire was wrong, with the rule used to have van Someren sent off referring to items such as jewelry and protective equipment that could injure another player. “In this case, it’s probably been interpreted a little bit too broadly,” umpiring general manager Gerard Ryan told reporters.
Beach hole traps swimmer
It took 60 rescuers two hours to free a member of the Austrian Olympic swimming team who was buried in sand up to his neck on Florida’s Pompano Beach. Authorities say 19-year-old Jakub Maly had spent much of Sunday digging a hole that was more than 2m deep and nearly 2m across. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that at 7pm, Maly jumped into the hole as a joke and sand collapsed around him. Pompano Beach Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King said the man was in danger of being crushed by the pressure from the sand. He was freed at about 9pm and taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released.
Cash-strapped team crushed
Caroni, already relegated after one season marked by serious financial problems in Venezuela’s first division, were crushed by a national record score of 15-0 by El Vigia at the weekend. The team from Puerto Ordaz made the 25-hour journey to El Vigia with 11 youth players, the daily El Medidiano reported on its Web site. The referee ended the match five minutes before time when Caroni, who had no substitutes, were down to seven players because of injuries. Striker Genlis Pinero scored a hat-trick and substitute Yan Salazar four goals. The first team squad, owed unpaid wages, refused to play.
Howard wins defensive vote
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, who won a record third consecutive defensive player of the year award last month, headlines the NBA all-defensive team, the league said on Monday. Howard comfortably beat Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo as the team’s top vote getter, receiving 56 points to Rondo’s 39. Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant completed the first team. The voting was done by the NBA’s 30 head coaches.
Els voted into Hall of Fame
Ernie Els led a class of six inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday. Japanese icon Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki was elected on the international ballot. The two were inducted along with the late Jock Hutchison and Doug Ford, former US president George H.W. Bush and the late Frank Chirkinian, whose work set a standard for TV golf coverage.