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June 24, 2002
ProposedBy sports historian Heiner Gillmeister of Germany's Bonn University, that golf originated in the Netherlands, not in Scotland. Gillmeister, whose thesis appears in The International Journal of the History of Sport, says that long-cited evidence that golf began in Scotland in the 15th century—including government documents that refer to people playing "gauf"—in fact refers to a form of hockey. Gillmeister has found golf rules in a 16th-century Dutch document and cites an 18th-century Dutch painting of a man hitting a ball with a stick as the earliest known visual representation of golf.
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June 24, 2002

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Proposed
By sports historian Heiner Gillmeister of Germany's Bonn University, that golf originated in the Netherlands, not in Scotland. Gillmeister, whose thesis appears in The International Journal of the History of Sport, says that long-cited evidence that golf began in Scotland in the 15th century—including government documents that refer to people playing "gauf"—in fact refers to a form of hockey. Gillmeister has found golf rules in a 16th-century Dutch document and cites an 18th-century Dutch painting of a man hitting a ball with a stick as the earliest known visual representation of golf.

Injured
At least 20 fans of Brazil's and Argentina's soccer teams when a brawl broke out in a remote Bangladeshi village. The rival fans, who fought with stones and iron rods, were battling to raise national flags on the village's tallest coconut tree.

Burned
A 39-year-old fan of the South Korean soccer squad who doused himself in paint thinner and lit himself on fire hours before the team beat Portugal last week. The man, who was in critical condition, left a note in which he wrote, "I will become the 12th soccer player by becoming a spirit and will run for the victory of the Korean team."

Recovered
In a bust of a money-laundering operation in New York City, a stained, shriveled righty baseball glove purportedly worn by the lefthanded Babe Ruth. The mitt, along with a pair of Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves, a Michael Jordan basketball and other items, was allegedly bought by Silvio (Crazy Sal) Salome to launder
proceeds from illegal loans. A spokesman for the Brooklyn D.A. said Ruth may have used the glove as a boy.

Requested
By PETA, that Shaquille O'Neal stop going on hunts in which animals are kept in fenced-in areas and then shot at close range by trophy seekers. In a letter to O'Neal, Dan Shannon, PETA's sports campaign coordinator, says that the animals "have less of a chance against you than the New Jersey Nets." O'Neal couldn't be reached for comment.

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