Fri, Mar 08, 2013 - Page 18


Staal out indefinitely

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will be sidelined indefinitely with a serious eye injury he sustained after being hit in the face by a puck, the team said on Wednesday. Staal was hit in the right eye by a deflected puck while playing against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, an injury that saw him collapse on the ice before skating off bleeding. “The injury has improved significantly and [doctors] are optimistic that Marc will make a full recovery,” the Rangers said in a statement. Staal also fell victim to injury last season when he missed the first 38 games due to a concussion. The 26-year-old has two goals and nine assists this year having played in every game this campaign before his latest setback.


Fan reports ref ‘crime’

A teenage Manchester United fan who dialled police to report a referee for the “crime” of sending off Nani during his side’s Champions League defeat by Real Madrid has apologized. The 18-year-old, who has not been named, was watching at home when, like thousands of United fans at Old Trafford on Tuesday, he was incensed by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir’s decision to show a red card to Nani. That prompted the supporter, who was watching the match on television in a village near Bingham in Nottinghamshire, central England, to dial Britain’s emergency 999 telephone line to tell operators a crime had been committed. United, leading 1-0 on the night, then lost the match 2-1 and the tie 3-2 on aggregate as they exited the Champions League at the first knockout stage of the last 16. “While this recent example may be amusing, it illustrates the sort of insincere calls we have to deal with on a daily basis in the control room,” chief inspector Ted Antill of Nottinghamshire Police said on Wednesday. “They waste our time and they direct us away from genuine victims of crime, particularly if we dispatch officers out to something that turns out to be a bogus report.”


Bruno denies ordering killing

Former Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno has acknowledged for the first time that he knew about the death of his ex-girlfriend, but denies ordering her killing. Bruno said during his trial in Minas Gerais on Wednesday that a friend hired someone to kill model Eliza Samudio, who allegedly was dismembered before her remains were fed to dogs. Bruno said he “was not the one who ordered” the killing but “in a way” feels “guilty” for her death. Bruno was captain of the Flamengo team that won the Brazilian championship in 2009. That year, Samudio made the first allegations to police that she was pregnant with Bruno’s child, and that the player and others kidnapped her and tried to force her to terminate the pregnancy. He is facing charges he ordered her killing.


Ronaldo slams Fergie

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo says Manchester United manager Alex Manchester was disrespectful when he made a comment about his weight, saying he was glad United lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League. Ferguson earlier in the week poked fun at the Brazilian’s recent weight issues while comparing him with current Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo. The Brazilian, who has gotten back in shape, said on Wednesday that “Real Madrid shut [Ferguson’s] mouth for me.” He said the comment made by Ferguson represented “a lack of respect” and “was not polite” for someone in his position. Ronaldo had already complained of Ferguson’s comments on Tuesday.