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Cardinals reliever killed in SUV crash
ST. LOUIS, Missouri
Josh Hancock, a relief pitcher who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series last season, died on Sunday when his sport utility vehicle slammed into the back of a tow truck.
The Cardinals postponed their home game on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. It was the second time in less than five years that a St. Louis pitcher died during the season. Darryl Kile was found dead in his hotel room in 2002.
Police said the 29-year-old Hancock, who was single, was alone in his 2007 Ford Explorer when the SUV struck the rear of a flatbed tow truck after midnight Sunday. The tow truck was in the left lane with its lights flashing while assisting another car that had crashed, Police Chief Joe Mokwa said.
Hancock died upon impact, Mokwa said. The driver of the tow truck was in the truck at the time of the crash but was not injured.
Mokwa said it appeared Hancock was driving at or just above the speed limit, and there were no alcohol containers in his vehicle.
Pats gather Moss
BOSTON, Massachusetts
The New England Patriots have acquired wide receiver Randy Moss from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a fourth-round selection in this year's NFL Draft, the Patriots said on their Web site on Sunday.
The 30-year-old Moss has spent two unproductive seasons with the Raiders. He previously played for seven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
Moss has caught 676 passes for 10,700 yards and 101 touchdowns in 138 career games.
He is the only player in NFL history to record 1,000 or more receiving yards in each of his first six NFL seasons.
"I'm still overwhelmed and, at the same time, kind of star-struck that I am part of this New England Patriots organization," Moss told reporters on Sunday.
Week-long marathon
LONDON, England
"Slow motion" marathon runner Greg Billingham finished the London Marathon on Sunday - one week after the event itself started.
Billingham, 39, decided to "run" the 26-mile event at an ultra-slow pace of 4.8 kilometers every ten hours, to raise money for the charity Children with Leukaemia, because people who become ill often find their lives slow down.
"At first people look at you strangely," the Briton, who hopes to have raised between 30,000 and 40,000 pounds for the charity, said after he crossed the finish line.
"People weren't too sure whether it was a joke."
But now, Billingham is finding it hard to shake off his success - he said that when "people waved at me I would look at them in slow motion."
"I'm still adapting to it."
Motz dies at 67
WELLINGTON, New Zealand
Fast bowler Dick Motz, who was the first New Zealander to take 100 wickets in test cricket, died on Sunday aged 67, his former test captain Graham Dowling said.
Dowling discovered Motz's body when he called at his Christchurch home.
"He was a great fast bowler who never knew when to stop," Dowling said.
"Although he had back trouble, he kept on going."
Motz, a burly seamer who was also a hard-hitting lower order batsman, played 32 tests from 1961 to 1969.
He took his 100th wicket against England at The Oval but retired almost immediately when he found he had been bowling for some time with a displaced vertebra.
Motz took five wickets in an innings five times in tests and scored three half-centuries, all against England. In spite of his efforts, New Zealand won only four of the 32 tests in which he played.
He was Wisden's Cricketer of the Year in 1966.


Updated : 2021-05-17 18:40 GMT+08:00