20,000 invalid tickets; ticket broker busted
LONDON – Britain said it has stopped a black market operation in London Olympics tickets, and the buyers of some 20,000 seats will be denied entry to Olympic venues.
Britain’s Office of Fair Trading said the Oslo, Norway-based Euroteam was not authorized to sell any Olympic tickets, but it did.
The agency did not say where the firm got the Olympic tickets – which were not fakes – but real tickets would have to come from international sports officials.
Those Olympics tickets are valid only for the original buyer or recipient.
The British consumer protection agency said it got police help to shut down Euroteam’s trading websites.
It said Euroteam assured a court in London it would give customers “a full refund.”
East London bicyclist struck, killed by Olympics bus
LONDON – London’s Metropolitan Police said an Olympics bus hit and killed a bicyclist near the Olympic Park in east London, an accident that required authorities to halt bus transportation in and out of the park.
Police said the 30-year-old cyclist was pronounced dead Wednesday about 30 minutes after the 7:45 p.m. accident on Ruckholt Road in east London about 1 mile north of the Olympic Stadium.
Ambulance units including a helicopter-borne unit tried to save the man.
The police said no one aboard the bus was reported injured, and nobody has been arrested.
The fatal accident is under investigation.
Former slugger Canseco files for bankruptcy
LAS VEGAS – Former Oakland Athletics slugger Jose Canseco filed for bankruptcy protection in Nevada.
The 1986 American League rookie of the year and 1988 league MVP with the A’s is seeking asset liquidation in Chapter 7 documents filed Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Las Vegas.
Canseco’s bankruptcy attorney, Mark Segal declined to comment Wednesday.
The bankruptcy petition said the 48-year-old Canseco lives in Las Vegas.
The filing was first reported by the Las Vegas Sun.
It lists less than $21,000 in assets and almost $1.7 million in liabilities, including more than $500,000 owed to the Internal Revenue Service.
Canseco hit 462 home runs during 16 years on eight major league teams.
He was a six-time All-Star and two-time World Series winner.
He later admitted using performance-enhancing drugs.
Wisconsin running back beaten up near campus
MADISON, Wis. – Five men roughed up star Wisconsin running back Montee Ball near campus early Wednesday, inflicting head injuries serious enough to send him to the hospital, authorities said.
Ball was walking down a street around 2:15 a.m. after “socializing” with friends, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.
Two friends walking ahead of him turned around and saw Ball on the ground. The men had surrounded him and were kicking him in the head and chest, DeSpain said.
One of his friends and a man across the street moved to help Ball, and the attackers fled, DeSpain said. No other Badger players were with Ball, he said.
Witnesses said Ball may have exchanged words with the men before they attacked him, DeSpain said. The motive for the attack remains a mystery. Ball told investigators his cellphone is missing, but it’s unclear whether the attackers stole it or someone just happened to pick it up, DeSpain said.
“We’re going to take a look at whether the victim was targeted for who he is,” DeSpain said.
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said Ball was released and under the care of the school’s sports medicine staff.
The Badgers open practice Monday.