Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing upon Further Review

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing upon Further Review

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The snipe hunt ranks high among group activities for the Upon Further Review staff. One never knows what hilarity might ensue on such a safari.

Consider the case of the Fredericton Canadiens in the American Hockey League. Veteran Canadiens took five newcomers to Nova Scotia game preserve to hunt snipe, a type of wading bird.

Then the veterans had an off-duty policeman arrest the novices, book them on poaching charges and fingerprint them. Canadiens coach PAULIN BORDELEAU arrived to bail them out.

What might a criminal record do to a young career? Distraught goaltender MARC LAMOTHE punched a dressing room wall in frustration. But wait! This was all a gag! The hunt, the arrest, everything!

Lamothe was presumably laughing all the way to surgery, where doctors reassembled his fractured right hand. He will have at least two months of inactivity to think up a payback prank.

Elsewhere in the weird world of sports:

The UFR Cheap Shot of the Week came in Mexico City, where WBC super middleweight champion TERRY NORRIS drilled journeyman LUIS SANTANA in the back of the skull.

Santana, who was expected to lose Saturday night's bout, fell to the canvas as if poleaxed. Rink-side observers implored Santana to get up and fight like a man, but their pleas were ignored. Finally, the prone Santana was declared the winner by foul, thrown onto a stretcher and carted off to a local clinic for an exam.

Promoter DON KING, the tireless guardian of moral values in boxing, offered no sympathy for the dethroned champ. "Terry Norris hit his man flagrantly and blatantly in the back of the head when it wasn't necessary to do that," King said. "He had won the round."

(So if you're losing the round, sneak attacks are OK?)

The UFR Try Harder Next Time citation goes to boxer HENRY TILLMAN, who has been accused of making a rather weak effort to defraud the Hollywood Park Casino of $800.

Wearing a Miami Dolphins jersey with TILLMAN across the back, our hero allegedly used a counterfeit Discover card and another man's driver's license while seeking cash. When the casino cashier sensed a discrepancy, Tillman drove off and left the card behind.

After Tillman was arrested, police say he was carrying a counterfeit Visa card and using a cellular phone pirating another man's number. At least the Dolphins jersey was legit.

The entire international swimming community was stunned by the revelation that some Chinese women swimmers tested positive for steroids during the Asian Games. Maybe they should have gone easy on the Mennan Skin Bracer.

Would BOB BACKLUND please calm down?

Wedding plans for NADIA COMANECI and BART CONNER are still sketchy, but don't be surprised if pommel horses are involved.

Japanese baseball will never be the same once the Chiba Lotte Marines storm the shores with newcomer PETE INCAVIGLIA in the fold. …

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