High Five: September 2012

first_img1. Woman Kicked in the Face by Rabid Deer: Lavale, Md.Theresa Stevens was letting her Yorkie out of the house for some morning relief when she found herself face to face with a deer. The startled animal stood up on its hind legs and kicked Stevens in the face. The deer—emaciated and obviously not well—then retreated to rest under Stevens’ cars. Feeling compassion for the animal, she told the Cumberland Times-News, “I got it a bucket of water and it stuck its head in it.”It turns out the deer was rabid, and since Stevens had cuts on her hand, her Good Samaritan act exposed her to the deer’s saliva, giving her rabies as well. Nearly a month of treatment shots followed.2. When Beavers Attack: Louisa, Va. And if one animal attack wasn’t enough, another took place in Virginia’s Lake Anna, where two young girls were bitten by the same beaver in mid-July. Annabella Radnovich, 11, and her eight-year-old cousin Alyssa were swimming near Sorbie Cove when a beaver bit Alyssa on the leg as she tried to exit the water. Then the critter circled around Annabella and bit her on the back of the leg. The result was 15 stitches for the younger cousin and three wounds above the knee for the elder. The girls’ uncle didn’t take kindly to seeing his nieces being attacked, so he shot the beaver with a BB gun and killed it with a knife.3. High School Kid Hikes Across Belize: Richmond, Va. What did you do on your summer vacation? Joseph Gallagher, a senior at Richmond’s Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, hiked across Belize. His four-day, 92-mile walk from the Guatemalan border to Belize City was done to raise money for an organization in the country that helps the visually impaired. Gallagher walked with 14-year-old Rowan Garel, who has been blind since birth. Gallagher had met Garel during a previous family mission trip to Belize.4. A.T. Hiker Set on Fire: Gettysburg, Pa. This was not the zero day an Appalachian Trail hiker had in mind when he stopped in Gettysburg. An Alabama man working his way up the trail in mid-July went to a bar in town and on his way out he got into a confrontation with some people in a small blue car. When things escalated, two men got out of the car, one of them doused the hiker with a flammable liquid and the other lit him on fire. The hiker, whose named was not listed in a local news story, sustained burns to his arm, chest, and scalp.5. Watch Where You Swing that Thing: Knoxville, Tenn. A Knoxville man was arrested for indecent exposure after a neighbor called the cops on him for doing yard work in the nude. After the complaint, Lindsay Stevens was nabbed by the cops for chainsawing a tree naked. Apparently it’s not the first time he’s been seen baring all outside of his house. According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, other neighbors have seen him riding his lawn mower with no cloth between him and the seat.Beyond The Blue RidgeRunner Disappears During Rough Race: Seward, AlaskaThe three-mile Mount Marathon Race is an out and back to the top of a 3,000-foot summit. 66-year-old Michael LeMaitre was last seen 200 yards from the top, well behind the rest of the pack, but he never made it back down. As of late July he was still missing. Another racer had to be put into an induced coma after breaking his skull—a result of falling off a cliff. Organizers are considering a course change.Flying High at 90: Pittsfield, MaineLester Slate gave himself a great birthday present when he jumped out of a plane above Pittsfield Airport this past summer. Slate had learned how to use a parachute as a Navy pilot during World War II, but he waited until turning 90 to use his skills.Surfing Goats: San Onofre State Beach, Calif.Dana McGregor loves riding waves so much that he decided to teach his pet goats, Goatee and Pismo, to do the same, with the dynamic duo riding together on their own board.last_img read more

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Sunderland pull plug on Peruzzi bid

first_img Just a day after the 21-year-old’s current employers Velez Sarsfield claimed the deal would go through following the Black Cats’ return from Hong Kong, where they are playing in the Barclays Asia Trophy, the Italian revealed the deal had been put on hold because of a problem revealed by a medical on Wearside last week. Di Canio told the Sunderland Echo in Hong Kong: “At the moment, there is no chance for Gino Peruzzi to join us.” Press Association Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has revealed that Argentinian full-back Gino Peruzzi will not be joining the club after all.center_img Di Canio thought he had landed the right-back when he travelled to the north-east last week having finally agreed personal terms, only for medical tests to reveal the after-effects of a ligament injury he suffered last season. The Italian added: “My club is not a club that can sign players with some problems. “We are not Manchester City, who can think about buying a talented player with an injury and wait for him. “We are not very late [in the transfer window], but I would like a player ready to join the rest of the group because the process of integration is not just physical. “They have to understand how we play, which is not easy.” After the initial medical, Peruzzi was subsequently sent to see a specialist in Rome, and Velez were confident the programme with which he returned would address the issue and allow him to complete his move and become Sunderland’s 10th summer signing. last_img read more

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Wenger tips Ozil to impress

first_img “I believe he is in positions where he can finish better and we want from him 10 goals per season.” Wenger insists this summer has been Ozil’s first chance for a true pre-season with Arsenal – and the long-serving Gunners boss believes that extended preparation will yield big benefits. And now that Ozil is settled and accustomed to London life, the Arsenal boss has admitted it is time for his big-money recruit to deliver. “He looks happy: London transforms people,” said Wenger. “I believe that at the start that for people who come from the south they feel a bit shocked because the climate is different and London is a big city. “But after a while London slowly gets people under the charm of the city, I have seen that many times. “Then they start to really enjoy living in London and the club is a bit the same, Arsenal is similar. “The Premier League is sometimes a shock as well for the players because they think, ‘oh, what’s happening here?’ “I remember when (Robert) Pires arrived, the first year I put him next to me at Sunderland and I said, ‘you will sit next to me today and watch the game’. “After 20 minutes he said, ‘is it always like that?’ And he adapted. “When Ozil signed he joined very late without any preparation with the team, after in 2014 he came back exhausted by the World Cup. “He got injured for four months and in the second part of the season he started to really adapt. “This is of course the test: it is a very important season for him. “But you could see that people have turned in favour of him recently, they start to enjoy his game.” Germany’s World Cup-winning playmaker is likely to go head-to-head with Chelsea star Eden Hazard in Sunday’s Community Shield. Wenger believes Sunday’s Wembley clash hands the 26-year-old the perfect chance to set the tone for his third campaign at the Emirates Stadium. Press Association Arsenal boss Wenger has called on Ozil to hit 10 goals a season, expecting the former Real Madrid man to rise to the challenge despite registering just four goals and five assists in last year’s Premier League. “What I think is that he shows more authority to dictate the game than before,” said Wenger of the £42.5million 2013 signing. “He is physically stronger, that is for sure, more equipped to deal with the Premier League and in the second part of the season last year we have seen that intelligence of his passing. “The fact that he added some steel to his game, that was needed, certainly in the Premier League, and I am confident he can be one of the great players of 2015/16. “I want more goals from him because he plays in that position and he is a good finisher. “But he does not take enough chances when he is in the position when he can finish. “He is conscious of it and he wants to do it now, so I am confident of that. “But his main aspect will always be the intelligence of his passing and his creativity. Arsene Wenger has tipped Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Ozil to be one of the Premier League’s “great players” this season. last_img read more

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Arsenal get Bayern again, Barcelona meet PSG

first_img(REUTERS) – Arsenal will have another chance to beat Bayern Munich in a Champions League knockout tie after the sides were paired yet again in the round of 16 following yesterday’s draw.The teams met at the same stage in 2005, 2013 and 2014 with the German champions winning on all three occasions – 3-2 on aggregate in 2005, on away goals after a 3-3 draw in 2013 and 3-1 in 2014.Paris St Germain will also try to break a jinx when they face Spanish champions Barcelona, who knocked them out in the quarter-finals in 2013 and 2014.Holders Real Madrid, who like Bayern finished as runners-up in their group and will therefore play the first leg at home, were given a tricky clash with Serie A side Napoli.The draw also produced a potential grudge match as it pitted Bayer Leverkusen against Atletico Madrid, whose respective coaches Roger Schmidt and Diego Simeone were involved in an ugly touchline spat when the sides met two seasons ago.On that occasion, Atletico went through on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate draw.Arsenal may feel this could be their best chance to beat Bayern, whose domestic and European form has not been as dominant as in recent seasons. `“We are through to the knockout stage for the 14th consecutive season, which is testament to Arsene Wenger and the teams throughout that time,” club secretary David Miles said.“The fans will think we have got the rough end of the draw again – at some stage the tide has got to turn and we will beat them.”Serie A champions Juventus were drawn against Porto in a repeat of the 1984 European Cup Winners’ Cup final which the Italian side won 2-1.Sevilla and English champions Leicester City will meet for the first time as will Manchester City and AS Monaco.Benfica and Borussia Dortmund will renew their rivalry after a 52-year wait, the sides having previously met in the 1963-64 European Cup.last_img
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