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Dozens arrested on anniversary of deadly Egypt soccer riot

Published: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 @ 2:54 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 @ 2:52 PM

Egyptian security forces arrested dozens in central Cairo on Wednesday, the anniversary of a soccer riot that killed over 70 fans in 2012.

Lawyer Mokhtar Mounir told The Associated Press that over 80 people were taken into custody, with some arrests made near the club grounds belonging to the Al-Ahly team.

Most of the victims of the rioting five years ago were fans of Al-Ahly. The rioting was Egypt's worst soccer disaster to date and one of the world's deadliest.

The lawyer said the police likely made the arrests Wednesday on suspicion those detained had planned to stage a protest. Public gatherings without a permit are banned under Egypt's draconian anti-terrorism laws.

Mounir said the detainees were undergoing security checks and officials would determine whether to release them or press charges. In 2015, a court declared Al-Ahly's hardcore "Ultras Ahlawy" fan group a terrorist organization.

The arrests came as Egyptians gathered in cafes all over the country to watch the national team play Burkina Faso in the first semifinals match of the African championship in Gabon. At least a dozen police and security forces' vehicles as well as armed troops were stationed near the Al-Ahly club grounds in the evening Wednesday.

In 2015, an Egyptian criminal court in the Mediterranean city of Port Said sentenced 11 people to death over the riot. No officials or security personnel were among the convicted. A court is set to review the appeals of the convicted later this month.

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This story has been corrected to note that Egypt was playing Burkina Faso in the first semifinals match of the African championship in Gabon.

Charlie Sheen auctioning Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 11:11 AM

New York Yankee's' Babe Ruth's 1927 World Series ring.
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“Wild Thing” is quite the collector, and now he’s about to cash in.

Charlie Sheen, who played the comical Indians pitcher Rick Vaughn in “Major League,” is putting two Babe Ruth memorabilia items to auction Friday, per ESPN.

The Yankees defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1927 Series. Ruth’s ring and a copy of the document that sent Ruth from Boston to New York will be available from Lelands.com. Sheen bought the items from the same destination. 

The ring’s bidding is already over a record-breaking $600,000. The document is slated to exceed $400,000.

The document, of course, signaled the beginning of the “Curse of the Bambino,” which, if you’re the superstitious type, last 86 years in Boston.

Sheen said he bought the items in the 1990s and displayed them in a residence bar that he named after Ruth. Sheen also once owned the ball that slipped between Bill Buckner’s legs in the 1986 World Series.

“I’ve enjoyed these incredible items for more than two decades and the time has come,” Sheen said. “Whatever price it brings is gravy.”

Wounded officer Crystal Griner throws out first pitch at Congressional softball game

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 9:28 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 10:23 AM

Injured police office Crystal Griner threw the first pitch at Wednesday’s Congressional Women’s Softball game in Washington, D.C. June 21, 2017. (Al Drago/The New York Times)
Al Drago/The New York Times

After being released from the hospital for injuries sustained during the Congressional baseball practice shooting, Capitol Police special agent Crystal Griner threw out the first pitch at the Congressional Women’s Softball Game on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C.

Griner was one of two officers injured while responding to a gunman who began shooting at the GOP baseball team during a practice in Alexandria, Va. on June 14. 

Griner was in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to her ankle, according to Sports Illustrated.

Ryan O'Callaghan, former Patriots offensive tackle, comes out as gay

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 3:37 AM

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 21: Tackle Ryan O'Callaghan #68 of the New England Patriots watches play against the Miami Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium on October 21, 2007 in Miami, Florida.  The Pats won 49 - 28. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Former New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Ryan O’Callaghan revealed in an interview with Outsports on Tuesday that he is gay.

“No one is going to assume the big football player is gay,” O’Callaghan said in the interview. “It’s why a football team is such a good place to hide.”

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O’Callaghan, who said he originally contemplated suicide after his NFL career was over, initially came out to then-Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli in 2011. O’Callaghan said in his interview that he hopes he can use publicly coming out as a way to help other LGBTQ people struggling with their identity.

O’Callaghan, who played in the NFL for five seasons, made 20 starts in his career for both the Patriots and the Chiefs. The 33-year-old Cal product was originally taken in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by New England.

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Published: Sunday, June 11, 2017 @ 11:06 PM

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