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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As a Christmas gesture to our loyal Upon Further Review readers, the staff searched long and hard for particularly heart-warming tales of sportsmanship and sharing.

First, there is this:

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) - A judge has sentenced a rugby union player to six months in jail for stomping on an opponent's head during a game.

It seems a jury was convinced that HOWARD COLLINS thoughtlessly kicked CHRISTIAN EVANS in the head twice during a match between Pencoed and Cardiff Institute.

"This was wholly outside the rules of the game and totally unacceptable," the prosecutor said during Tuesday's hearing at Cardiff Crown Court. "It was a deliberate and malicious attack on a defenseless man. It incensed the crowd."

Not to mention Evans, who suffered a 10-stitch wound and temporary deafness after the attack. But hey, at least Collins was playing to win.

Then there was this item:

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A high school soccer player who tore two ligaments during overtime play is suing the Broward school system, claiming he was kicked on purpose on a coach's orders.

The victim, GARY BEHARRIE of Piper High School, has a pretty good case. With the game in overtime, Deerfield coach PHIL DROSDICK yelled "Waste him! Waste him!" to his players.

Obedient Deerfield player SEBASTIAN TENUTTA kicked Beharrie from behind while another player slid at him with his cleats up. Referee ROBERT MANN issued a red card and immediately awarded the victory to Piper. He also testified on the victim's behalf in the trial, where Beharrie is seeking $100,000 in damages.

"I felt a contract was put out on that player," Mann said. "There's no part in the game for that."

Tenutta already settled out of court for $25,000. Drosdick admitted using the phrase "waste him," but he said it was not meant to be taken literally.

Oh. Elsewhere in the weird world of sports:

As a giveback to her many fans, TONYA HARDING decided to perform as MRS. SANTA CLAUS Friday in an informal skating exhibition at her home rink in Clackamas, Ore. - to the chagrin of rink managers, who didn't want their place turned into a zoo.

The routine called for our hero to skate alone in a red felt costume with white fur trim to the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Her second number, "Please Come Home For Christmas," was a duet with partner PATRICK PAGE.

Japanese television producers were scrambling to arrange coverage; Tonya is even bigger overseas than The Monkees.

Speaking of SANTA CLAUS and cheapjack goon tactics, ol' Saint Nick got jumped by 6-foot-10 east coast wrestling champion 9-1-1 recently while he was passing out gifts to wide-eyed youngsters. Santa was elevated by his throat and slammed to the mat.

What ever happened to our civility, our compassion for fellow men?

A UFR update: ROD BAXTER, the York College coach who ordered his 0-15 team to score three lay-ups to put greedy MIDLAND LUTHERAN over the 100-point mark Dec. …

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