JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—Two pro soccer players were hospitalized after lightning struck a field, injuring six members of the Moroka Swallows during their match against the Jomo Cosmos.
NAPLES, Fla.—Two-time swamp buggy world champion David Sims was hospitalized when his vehicle flipped in front of about 10,000 spectators at the Budweiser Fall Classic races at the Florida Sports Park. Sims's modified four-wheel-drive vehicle collided with another buggy, went end over end, then slammed into murky water and folded over Sims like a soggy paper plate. The Naples Daily News reports that Sims was helicoptered to Naples Community Hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair broken bones on his left foot. "I'm probably done," Sims said later about his driving career. "I don't have a buggy anymore, and I doubt I'll build another one. But I went out in a blaze of glory."
ST. PAUL—A Minneapolis Star Tribune poll shows pro wrestler Jesse (the Body) Ventura running a strong third in next week's election for governor of Minnesota. Urging voters to "drop the remote, get out and vote," Ventura espouses a libertarian philosophy—he would allow some private citizens to carry concealed weapons and said recently that he's open to the idea of government oversight of prostitution. His election-day message to voters: "A vote for Jesse Ventura is a vote for Jesse Ventura."
Chip off the Old Block
MONTREAL—Mike Pringle, a 31-year-old halfback with the Montreal Alouettes, set the Canadian Football League single-season rushing record in Montreal's 58-44 victory over Winnipeg. His 102 yards against the Blue Bombers gave him 2,064 yards with one game still remaining. Pringle, who set the old CFL mark of 1,972 yards in 1994, became only the fifth pro to gain 2,000 rushing yards in a season. The others: Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders and O.J. Simpson in the NFL, and Herschel Walker in the USFL.
ROSEMONT, Ill.—Lyman Sheats, an engineer for game-maker Williams Electronics, racked up 476,388,740 points to beat Glen Wilson in the finals of the Pinball Expo '98 championship. This year's event drew 7,500 players, including entrants from Argentina, Belgium, England, Japan and South Africa.
GRAND FORKS, N.Dak.—The University of North Dakota swimming teams are in the midst of a two-week rake-a-thon to raise $3,000 to pay for their annual Christmas-break training trip to Sarasota, Fla. "We charge a basic rate of $30 a lawn," says coach Mike Strom-berg. "If people want to give more, they can. If not, they can give less. No matter what, we have fun. Believe it or not, there are kids on this team who have never used a rake before, so this should be good for them."
PERTH, Australia—English cricketer Darren Gough ignores the advice of kibbitzers at the Vine Golf Club.
PHILADELPHIA—Arthur (Yah) Davis, who averaged 14.7 points per game as a freshman and helped St. Joseph's advance to the Sweet 16 of the 1997 NCAA tournament, was hospitalized because of what his agent described as "an adverse reaction to Excedrin." St. Joe's coach, Phil Martelli, told the Philadelphia Daily News that he'd received a call from a policeman who said someone had dropped off an incoherent Davis at the hospital, telling a staffer, "This is Arthur Davis. You have to take care of him." Davis declared his intention to turn pro last March, but he has not yet signed with a team.