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Plastic football injury nets $165,000
By wire services
Published March 25, 2005
A jury awarded $165,000 to the father of a former Interlachen High football player who suffered an eye injury when hit by a plastic football at a game.
Jesse Blitch, 62, of Hawthorne, was videotaping the Oct. 12, 2001, game between Interlachen and West Nassau when he was hit in the left eye by the plastic football, court records show.
School officials said they will examine the district's policy on tossing plastic footballs into the stands during games, something they called "a time-honored tradition."
BOXING: Mesi hearing set
A hearing to determine whether suspended heavyweight Joe Mesi is healthy enough to resume boxing has been tentatively set for April 18 in Las Vegas. Keith Kizer, Nevada's chief deputy attorney general, said Thursday the date was set after the Nevada State Athletic Commission received all of the requested medical records dealing with Mesi's head injury within the last week.
Mesi (29-0) sustained his injury in the final two rounds of a fight with Vassiliy Jirov in March 2004.
CURLING: U.S. beats Italy at worlds
The United States defeated Italy 9-5 Thursday to complete its round-robin portion of the World Women's Curling Championship with a 10-1 record. Sweden, after its 9-3 victory over Switzerland, took first place in the tournament. Canada rallied past Norway to take third place for a playoff spot.
CYCLING: Tour de California?
The inaugural Tour of California, a race organizers hope will become the United States' version of the Tour de France, will be held early next year. "There has been a long-standing appetite for a race like this in California," said Bob Colarossi, managing director of the race. Tentative plans call for an eight-stage race of more than 700 miles, with the event beginning in Northern California and finishing in Southern California.
HORSES: Second win for Bloomberg
Georgina Bloomberg edged out Beezie Madden for the second week in a row at the Winter Equestrian Festival Challenge Cup. The $25,000 Challenge Cup Series, round eight was Thursday's featured event at the nation's largest and longest running equestrian showcase.
GOLF: Development tours to join
Officials with the Golden Bear Tour intend to merge their 10-year-old developmental tour into the Grey Goose Gateway Tour starting with the 2005 series. The tour will maintain the Grey Goose name, and all Golden Bear players will have their playing spots ensured in the 2005 Beach Series in West Palm Beach, May 31 to Sept. 23.
ROWING: Race adds commercials
Oxford and Cambridge universities, whose boat race attracts 140-million television viewers worldwide, are turning to commercials for the first time to boost revenue at the 176-year-old event.
ITV Plc, the U.K.'s largest commercial broadcaster, paid $3.4-million to show the March 27 event for five years, ending the 67-year monopoly of the British Broadcasting Corp., which doesn't show advertisements. Neither university gets any income from the race.
ARENA FOOTBALL: Storm receiver/linebacker Lawrence Samuels was named ironman of the mid year by the Arena Football League Writers Association. Samuels leads Tampa Bay in receptions (56) and all-purpose yards (641) and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. Former Storm lineman B.J. Cohen, now with New Orleans, was lineman of the mid year.... Former Orlando defensive specialist Damon Mason signed with Grand Rapids. The Storm was among the teams that pursued Mason after Orlando waived the three-time All-Arena selection on Tuesday to make room to sign former Tampa Bay defensive specialist Johnnie Harris.
SEMI-PRO FOOTBALL: Four-time SSFL champs St. Pete Sharks will host its last regular season home game Saturday against Cape Coral Fear. The game will be held at 4801 31st S. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.