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OLYMPICS

US’ Quinn gets stuck again

If there was a gold medal for getting into scrapes at the Sochi Winter Olympics, it would surely have already gone to US bobsled team member Johnny Quinn. Two days after using his “bobsled push” skills to smash a hole in a door to escape a Sochi hotel bathroom when the door jammed, he found himself stuck in an elevator. Quinn had spent the morning on a media tour of the US networks to explain how he managed to smash a gaping hole in the door. The episode garnered huge interest, coming amid keen attention on the standard of accommodation for athletes and media. A few hours later, he tweeted: “No one is going to believe this but we just got stuck in an elevator.” The photographs taken by his teammates — who will know whom not to take the elevator with next time — showed Quinn again trying to use his brute strength to prise open the doors. After such a debut at Sochi before his own event has even started, the question now is: Where will Quinn’s next adventure take him?

SOCCER

Bilbao boost Champions bid

Athletic Bilbao hung on to draw 0-0 at RC Celta de Vigo to stretch their fourth-place advantage in La Liga on Monday. The Basque club moved four points clear of fifth-placed Villarreal in the duel for the last Champions League qualifying place. Celta improved to 11th. Os Celestes should have come away with more from the high-tempo game, with playmaker Rafinha — the on-loan Barcelona midfielder who has been one of the forces driving the Galician club’s strong season — sending a shot wide just before stoppage-time. Celta striker Mario Bermejo also had a missed opportunity from inside the box, which went over outstretched ’keeper Gorka Iraizoz, but over the goal in the final play of the game.

SOCCER

Gunners fan kills Reds rival

An Arsenal fan in Kenya stabbed a Liverpool supporter to death on Saturday while they were watching on television as the Merseyside club beat the Londoners 5-1 in the English Premier League, a local police chief said on Monday. Tom Odera, police chief in Kenya’s northeastern Meru region, said that “the assailant and the deceased had a bitter argument over the match.” “The assailant, David Mwangi, drew out a knife and stabbed Anthony Mutethia,” Odera said by telephone. Kenyans are fervent Premier League fans and that fanatical support has seen the nation’s soccer fans grab headlines for the wrong reasons. A Manchester United follower in the capital, Nairobi, last year committed suicide after the Red Devils lost to Newcastle United. In 2009, an Arsenal fan hanged himself after the Londoners lost to Man United in the second leg of a Champions League semi-final game.

SOCCER

Ribery to miss Gunners tie

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery will miss next week’s Champions League clash at Arsenal after undergoing surgery on bruised buttocks. The France international was confirmed as an absentee for the last-16 first leg at the Emirates Stadium in London in a statement on the German champions’ Web site on Monday. “Ribery will miss upcoming matches, notably the last 16 Champions League game against Arsenal in London,” it read. Ribery, 30, who had the operation on Thursday last week, is “on the mend” and will resume training next week, the statement added. The news came after Bayern coach Pep Guardiola had expressed hope that Ribery would make the Arsenal fixture on Wednesday next week.

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