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July 05, 2004
ChargedWith assault by officials in British Columbia for an on-ice punch that left Avalanche center Steve Moore with a broken neck, Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi (right). On March 8 in Vancouver, Bertuzzi, 29, hit Moore, 25, on the side of the head then drove him to the ice, fracturing three vertebrae, cutting his face and stretching nerves in his neck. (Moore, who hasn't spoken with the press since March, might not play hockey again.) The NHL suspended Bertuzzi for Vancouver's final 13 regular-season games and all playoff games, a punishment that cost Bertuzzi over $500,000 in lost salary. If convicted, Bertuzzi, who offered a tearful apology to Moore two days after the incident, faces up to 10 years in jail. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 9.
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July 05, 2004

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Charged
With assault by officials in British Columbia for an on-ice punch that left Avalanche center Steve Moore with a broken neck, Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi (right). On March 8 in Vancouver, Bertuzzi, 29, hit Moore, 25, on the side of the head then drove him to the ice, fracturing three vertebrae, cutting his face and stretching nerves in his neck. (Moore, who hasn't spoken with the press since March, might not play hockey again.) The NHL suspended Bertuzzi for Vancouver's final 13 regular-season games and all playoff games, a punishment that cost Bertuzzi over $500,000 in lost salary. If convicted, Bertuzzi, who offered a tearful apology to Moore two days after the incident, faces up to 10 years in jail. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 9.

Offered
By British supermarket chain Asda, free eye tests to all Swiss nationals living in the U.K. The store got the idea after Swiss referee Urs Meier controversially disallowed a potential game-winning goal by England's Sol Campbell in his side's 2-1 loss to Portugal in the Euro 2004 soccer championship. "Let's face it, we were robbed," said David Rutley, Asda's director of financial services. "Sol obviously scored. Well, it was obvious to everyone apart from the Swiss referee, who clearly needs his eyes tested." If Meier himself takes Asda up on its offer, says Rutley, "We will throw glasses in as well."

Withdrew
From college football's Bowl Championship Series rankings, The New York Times. Saying that influencing an event the paper covered could constitute a conflict of interest, editor of news surveys Richard Meislin announced that the Times's computer rankings will no longer be one of the seven such lists used to calculate BCS standings. (Times policy also prohibits Heisman voting.) The Times tended to be the most erratic member of the mix; last season its computer had Texas ahead of Oklahoma, even after the Sooners beat the Longhorns 65-13. But it was the only computer to have last year's co-champs, USC and LSU, as its top two teams. The BCS is not planning to replace the Times in its formula.

Died
Of injuries suffered when his car broke up while traveling more than 300 miles per hour, drag racer Darrell Russell. The 35-year-old driver had just deployed his parachute after crossing the finish line at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, III., on Sunday, when his car broke into pieces and burst into flames. Russell was the 2001 National Hot Rod Association rookie of the year, and the last of his six career top-fuel events came two weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio. He is the first participant killed at an NHRA event since 1996.

Paid
By Three Chimneys Farm of Midway, Ky., $24 million to be the retirement home of Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ Smarty Jones. Owners Pat and Roy Chapman will decide when the horse retires, and when he does, they will retain half ownership. The stud farm, which is located on 1,500 acres, will syndicate the other half, bringing Smarty's overall value to $48 million—second only to the reported $60 million Fusaichi Pegasus was syndicated for in 2000.

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