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For The Record

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,
Ill., 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.