Fan grabs four foul balls
A baseball fan at Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, caught four foul balls, a once-in-several-lifetimes achievement. Greg Van Niel, a season-ticket holder who was not sitting in his usual seat, grabbed the four souvenirs during the Indians’ 6-4 win. “Three of them were catches and one was a ball I picked up off the ground,” Van Niel told the team. “The third one I think was the hardest one — I think I ended up sprawled across a few rows, and I got some cheese on myself, but the other ones were just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.” Van Niel tossed the “pick-up” ball to another fan and he planned to give the three other balls to children who were part of his group. He posed for a photograph for the Indians clutching three of the souvenirs in his right hand. He said he had never caught a foul ball before his amazing one-day haul.
Melancon on All-Star team
Pittsburgh pitcher Mark Melancon has been picked as a replacement for the NL All-Star team, giving the Pirates five players in the game for the first time since 1972. NL manager Bruce Bochy also selected Sergio Romo, his San Francisco Giants closer, as a replacement pick on Sunday. Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke and Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, both on the original NL All-Star roster, are hurt and will miss today’s game at Citi Field. Baltimore pitcher Chris Tillman was picked by AL manager Jim Leyland of Detroit to replace Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who started on Sunday. Under baseball’s labor contract, pitchers who start on the Sunday before the All-Star game may opt not to participate. Verlander was the starter and loser of last year’s All-Star game at Kansas City.
Post-bout riot kills 17
Seventeen spectators were crushed to death at a boxing match in remote eastern Indonesia after supporters of the loser started a riot, police said yesterday. “Seventeen people died in the crush, 12 of whom were women, and another 38 were injured and have been hospitalized for treatment,” Papua provincial police spokesman I Gede Sumerta Jaya said. About 1,500 people had watched the local championship match late on Sunday night at a stadium in the town of Nabire, when supporters angered by the outcome began throwing chairs. “Everyone else made a quick dash for the exit in fear the violence would get out of control, and dozens of people were trampled on,” Jaya said. A witness, who did not want to be named, was quoted by news Web site Detik.com as saying: “There are five gates to the stadium, but only two were in operation during the match.”
Racer dies in crash
A motorcycle racer trying to top 482kph died after losing control and zooming off a runway at a former US air base. Bill Warner, 44, was clocked at 458kph before he lost control, said Tim Kelly, race director for the Loring Timing Association. Warner was conscious and talking after the crash, but died about an hour and 15 minutes later, Kelly said. Riding his modified turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa, Warner previously hit 500kph on the same course in 2011, using 2.4km of pavement. That is considered to be the world land speed record for a conventional motorcycle, Kelly said. This time he was trying to hit 482kph using just 1.6km of pavement, Kelly said.