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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida---
Memo Gidley and Matteo Malu-
celli were transported to a hospital
following a two-car crash right
before the three-hour mark of the
Rolex 24 at Daytona today.
Gidley, driving for the pole-win-
ning GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Rac-
ing team, had to be cut out of the
No. 99 Corvette.
The incident occurred when Gid-
ley plowed into the slower Ferrari,
from the GT Le Mans class, driven
by Malucelli. The cars were heading
into the kink in the infield portion
of Daytona International Speedway
and driving into the glare of the
Malucelli s car had lost power ---
he was definitely off the pace ---
and his team said he radioed he
was pulling out of the way as the
cars headed into a high-speed turn.
The race was red-flagged as
emergency workers tended to both
drivers. They were placed onto
stretchers, loaded into ambulances
and taken to Halifax Health Medical
Center, located roughly a mile (1,500
metres) outside the race track.
Olivier Beretta, Malucelli s team-
mate on the Risi Competizione
team, saw a replay of the accident
and wondered if the glare played a
role in the wreck.
"It s difficult to say because it s
the sun going down, and in this
corner you don t see very well,"
Beretta said. "I don t know. I hon-
estly don t know. The most impor-
tant thing right now is Matteo, the
rest I don t care."
The clock ticked off roughly 90
minutes under combined red and
yellow flag following the accident
before racing resumed. The sun had
gone down and the drivers had
turned on their headlights by the
time the field went green again.
The bizarre incident was yet
another disappointment for the
GAINSCO team, which was the
surprising pole winner on Thursday
despite limited preseason testing
and a thin budget that has the
organization planning to run only
five of the 13 events in the in the
inaugural United SportsCar Cham-
The odds were stacked against
the GAINSCO team winning the
race --- since 1994 only three pole
winners have reached Victory Lane
in the twice-around-the-clock
endurance event --- but a strong
showing would have sufficed. (AP)
Gidley and Malucelli taken
to hospital after crash
ASPEN, Colorado--- Olympic
gold-medal favourite Mark
McMorris of Canada fractured a
rib during a crash in the Winter
X Games slopestyle finals yester-
McMorris caught his snowboard
on the lip of a rail and went sliding
down the bar on his right side
before landing hard on the snow.
He stayed on the ground for a few
minutes before riding down the
hill under his own power.
He was treated and released
from the hospital, where X-rays
showed he had a fractured rib but
no other damage.
"I wasn t focused," McMorris
said during a brief interview at the
bottom of the hill.
He finished second, behind
another Canadian, Max Parrot
(96.33), in the event on the
strength of an earlier run. (AP)
Mark McMorris fractures
rib in slopestyle final
SAO PAULO---Waving flags,
carrying banners and chanting
"there will be no Cup" at least
1,000 demonstrators protested in
Sao Paulo yesterday against the
World Cup that Brazil will host
later this year.
On its Facebook page, the
Anonymous Rio protest group
billed "Operation Stop the World
Cup" as this year s first act against
the football tournament.
The demonstrators gathered in
front of the Sao Paulo Art Museum
for about one hour before heading
out to another part of the city
chanting slogans against the tour-
As they approached the down-
town area, some demonstrators
attacked an empty police car and
tried to overturn it, while others
torched a small car.
During the demonstration sev-
eral protesters chanted "If we have
no rights, there will be no Cup."
"By rights we mean the people s
right to decent public services,"
said university student Leonardo
Pelegrini dos Santos. "We are
against the millions and millions
of dollars being spent for the Cup.
It is money that should be invested
in better health and education
services and better transportation
Fellow student Juliana Turno
said "this is a small sample of the
protests that will happen when the
World Cup begins."
Last year, millions of people took
to the streets across Brazil com-
plaining of higher bus fares, poor
public services and corruption
while the country spends billions
on the World Cup, which is sched-
uled to start in June.
Those demonstrations coincided
with the Confederations Cup soc-
cer tournament, a warm-up tour-
nament for the World Cup
In Rio de Janeiro, about 50 pro-
testers gathered in front of the
Copacabana Palace hotel, holding
signs blasting the World Cup. After
about an hour, the crowd moved
onto a main street that runs along
Copacabana beach, halting traffic
as police watched from the side.
Hundreds protest against
the World Cup in Brazil
WELLINGTON, New Zealand
---New Zealand retained the
squad that completed a 2-0
series win over West Indies for
the two-Test cricket series
against India beginning on Feb-
The 12 players named by the
New Zealand selectors today took
part in the second and third Tests
against West Indies, winning both
after the opening match of the
series was drawn.
Selection manager Bruce Edgar
said while there were a number
of players pressing for places in
the squad, he and head coach
Mike Hesson were happy with the
form of the squad.
"We ve made a lot of progress
in the test format recently and
the two matches against India will
be another chance to continue
that development," Edgar said.
Hesson added: "We were
thrilled the way we played to beat
West Indies 2-0, but realise we ll
have to step it up another gear
when playing India.
"It s an exciting challenge and
we look forward to giving it our
all."Jesse Ryder will travel with the
squad as a possible replacement
for Ross Taylor, whose wife is
expecting their second child. (AP)
No changes to NZ squad for India Tests
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