March 23, 2007
Bob Woolmer: The Full Statement
Here's the full police statement on the murder of Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan team coach:
"Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen of the local and international media.
"Consistent with our approach from the time Pakistani Cricket Coach, Mr Robert Woolmer was found in his hotel room on Sunday, March 18, the Jamaica Constabulary Force has updated the media on all developments concerning our investigations of this case.
"The Jamaican Police are in a position to inform that it is now in possession of the official post-mortem report from the government pathologist who conducted the autopsy on the late Mr Woolmer.
"The pathologist report is now available and states that Mr Woolmer's death was due to asphyxia as a result of manual strangulation. In these circumstances, the matter of Mr Robert Woolmer's death is now being treated by the Jamaica Police as a case of murder.
"Steps are being taken to conclude these investigations which include collecting statements from all persons who in the opinion of the police can be of assistance to these investigations.
"In due course further announcements will be made as to the progress our investigations of Mr Woolmer's murder.
"The JCF is making an appeal to anyone who may have information that would help us to identify Bob Woolmer's killer or killers to come forward in order that his wife, Gill and his family can begin the process of healing.
"It is our belief that those associated with or having access to Mr Woolmer may have vital information that would assist this inquiry. We appeal to these individuals to come forward now to assist us with our investigation.
"Our condolences go out to Gill, Bob's widow and their sons, friends and members of the Pakistan team."
Bob Woolmer: Murdered
You what? Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan cricket coach, was murdered?
Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan cricket coach, was strangled in his hotel room "in extraordinary and evil circumstances", the British officer leading the Jamaican police inquiry into his death announced late last night.
There are unconfirmed reports that an arrest has been made in connection with his death.
Deputy Commissioner Mark Shields, formerly of Scotland Yard, said that Mr Woolmer, 58, was murdered in the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, the Jamaican capital, some time between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
A central mystery was that there was no evidence of forced entry into the room and relatively few marks on the former England batsman's body.
"There were no real visible signs externally... There was little evidence of a struggle," he said.
I know that there is huge betting on cricket in Pakistan but it's difficult to think that he would have been involved. Some disgruntled punter after the loss to Ireland?
February 01, 2007
Wrestlers and Herpes
Now wait a minute, wait a minute. I realize that wrestling can be rather homoerotic (think that scene with Oliver Reed wrestling naked in the movie Tom Jones) but an outbreak of herpes amongst wrestlers?
An outbreak of a contagious rash called herpes gladiatorum among Minnesota high school wrestlers led the state to suspend matches and halt contact practices, authorities said on Wednesday.
The eight-day suspension affecting 7,500 wrestlers on 262 teams was the first time a U.S. state's entire high school program in a sport has been shut down, authorities said.
The Minnesota State High School League acted after 24 wrestlers from 10 schools contracted the rash, which was first noticed and spread at a tournament in December.
What are these people doing out there on the mats?