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Bat boy, 9, dies
after hit in
head by swing
at baseball game
WICHITA, Kansas (AP):
A nine-year-old bat boy has died after he was accidentally hit in the head during a lower-tier National Baseball Congress World Series game in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle says that the general manager of the Liberal Bee Jays team, Mike Carlile, confirmed late on Sunday the death of Kaiser Carlile.
The boy was struck by a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle on Saturday afternoon. A spokesman for the National Baseball Congress says the child was wearing a helmet, which is mandatory. Home-plate umpire Mark Goldfeder, who is a longtime paramedic, treated the boy until an ambulance arrived. The team played a game on Sunday, winning 8-0. The National Baseball Congress is made up of amateur and semi-professional teams.
Husbands dominates Woodbine weekend
TORONTO, Canada (CMC):
Veteran Barbadian rider, Patrick Husbands, snatched victory with 8-5 favourite Florida One in Sunday's CAN$162,100 Grade Three Seagram Cup, to win his fourth added-money race of the Woodbine season and complete a hugely successful weekend at the prestigious Toronto oval.
In a competitive contest over a mile and sixteenth on polytrack, Husbands managed to stave off the fast-finishing Pender Harbour on the inside, to claim victory by half-length in a time of one minute, 43.33 seconds.
The victory was part of a double on the nine-race card for Husbands, who also scored in race four with 4-1 chance Hot Hot Heat, when he made all the running with the four-year-old colt to beat the three-year-olds and upward by half-length over a mile and sixteenth.
Husbands also stole the feature race on Saturday's 10-race card, producing a brilliant ride aboard 9-1 bet Bear's Pride to get the better of the three-year-olds and upward fillies and mares, in the $126,600 Victoriana Stakes.
Etienne returned as DFA president
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):
Glen Etienne has been given an overwhelming mandate to serve as president of the Dominica Football Association, after convincingly beating out his rivals to gain re-election here Saturday. He secured 36 votes to easily win the election, which took place during a marathon six-hour annual
general meeting and against the backdrop of raging controversy over the leadership of the organisation.
Challenger Ibrahim Brohim finished with just 12 votes, Ronaldo Isidore got seven, while former president Dexter Francis secured just a single vote.
The DFA has been embroiled in controversy in recent time, with Francis challenging Etienne's initial appointment in court and managing to have a previously scheduled AGM postponed. However, football's world governing body, FIFA, had warned the DFA to settle the matter internally or face sanctions.
FIFA official Howard McIntosh and FIFA legal
officer Marco Leal oversaw the elections.
Missing Special Olympics athlete
LOS ANGELES (AP):
An Albanian athlete who disappeared from the Special Olympics in Los Angeles turned up safe Monday, 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in a San Francisco Bay Area city. Andi Gusmari, 44, came to the Hayward Police Department on his own early Monday and used a lobby phone to contact a dispatcher, said acting lieutenant Guy Jakub.
Gusmari, who had his documents with him, was safe and comfortable, but police were not able to communicate very well with him because of his speech disability, Jakub said. Gusmari, a bowling competitor, disappeared from the University of Southern California sometime Saturday night. How he travelled from Los Angeles to Hayward, east of San Francisco, remained a mystery.
"We all want to know," Jakub said. "We're glad he's safe."