Vancouver rioting includes stabbings, nearly 100 arrests
Almost 150 people required hospital treatment and close to 100 were arrested after rioters swept through downtown Vancouver following a Canucks loss to the Boston Bruins in the decisive Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. Vancouver Coastal Health spokeswoman Anna Marie D'Angelo said Thursday that three stabbing victims had been admitted and an unidentified man was in critical condition with head injuries after a fall from a viaduct.
Rioting and looting left cars burned, stores in shambles and windows shattered over a roughly 10-block radius of the city's main shopping district. Police Chief Jim Chu said nine officers were injured, including one who required 14 stitches after being hit with a thrown brick. Chu said some officers suffered bite marks. He said 15 cars were burned, including two police cars.
He called those who incited the riot "criminals and anarchists" and said officers identified some in the crowd as the same people who smashed windows and caused trouble through the same streets the day after the 2010 Winter Olympics opened.
"These were people who came equipped with masks, goggles and gasoline," he said. "They had a plan."
Assistant Fire Chief Wade Pierlot said people had to be rescued from rooftops and bathrooms where they had hidden for safety. He said some people moved burning dumpsters away from buildings to prevent further damage.
Tar Heels had $13,000 in parking tickets
North Carolina has released documents showing a group of Tar Heel football players accumulated more than $13,000 in parking citations over a 3½ -year period. The school released the documents Thursday, a day after the state Court of Appeals denied the school's request to delay the release of those records pending an appeal. The documents show that the players combined for 395 citations between March 2007 and August 2010.
■ Chad Kelly, nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and a highly recruited high school prospect, committed to play for Clemson. Kelly led Buffalo's St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute to a New York State Catholic School title as a junior last season, passing for 2,159 yards and rushing for 1,057 yards.
Kanter to meet with Cavs owner
Former Kentucky recruit Enes Kanter will return to Cleveland on Monday for a second visit with the draft approaching. The 6-foot-11 Kanter worked out for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday. The Wolves own the second pick in the June 23 draft, while the Cavaliers have the first and fourth picks.
Kanter's agent said his client will meet with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. The Cavs are widely expected to take Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the first pick, but Max Ergul thinks his client is still in the mix for that spot.
The 19-year-old Kanter did not play basketball last season after being ruled ineligible to play at Kentucky because he had been paid to play professionally in Turkey.
Venus exits Eastbourne day after Serena
Venus Williams lost to Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in the quarterfinals Thursday, exiting Eastbourne a day after her sister was defeated but still pleased with her Wimbledon preparation in her return to tennis. Both sisters are back after lengthy injury breaks. Venus was playing her first event in five months since retiring with hip and abdominal injuries during the Australian Open in January.
Venus said she heads to Wimbledon with plenty of confidence as she targets a sixth title at the All England Club. The tournament begins Monday. "It's not the best luck today, but I feel good about my preparation," she said.
Cyclist suffers brain injuries in crash
Colombian cyclist Juan Mauricio Soler was hospitalized with severe brain injuries Thursday after a crash during the Tour of Switzerland. The 28-year-old rider has bleeding on the brain, multiple fractures and hematomas, his Movistar team said on its Web site. Soler was in second place overall and less than a minute behind the leader. Movistar told The Associated Press that Soler may have hit a curb, flown over his handlebars and hit a pole or fence. Safety in cycling has been under scrutiny since Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt was killed May 9 in a crash during the Giro d'Italia.
Ga. Tech's 3rd-leading scorer to transfer
Georgia Tech forward Brian Oliver, the team's third-leading scorer last season, is transferring to another school. Coach Brian Gregory said the 6-foot-6 forward hasn't announced where he will play his final two seasons. Oliver averaged 10.5 points as a sophomore. He had 32 points against Syracuse last season but missed the final eight games with a broken thumb.
■ Syracuse center DaShonte Riley has transferred to Eastern Michigan, where he'll be reunited with former Orange assistant Rob Murphy. The 7-foot Riley played in 17 games as a freshman but sat out last season with a foot injury that required surgery.
The last word
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen's career-long 14-game hitting streak ended Thursday despite his single in the sixth inning. He learned before the game — the Pirates beat the Astros 5-4 — that Major League Baseball had changed a double he hit on Saturday to an error on the third baseman. Said McCutchen:
"I don't think they can overturn us winning, so that's cool."