Armed rob­ber messes with wrong wrestler

The Times-Tribune - - TOP OF THE SECOND - BY DWIGHT PERRY

Try telling this sus­pect that pro rasslin’ is fake.

A would-be rob­ber armed with an 11-inch knife made the mis­take of tar­get­ing a 57-yearold Con­necti­cut man trained in Lucha Li­bre. As Stam­ford Po­lice Sgt. Robert Shaw­in­sky told the Stam­ford Advocate: “He punched (sus­pect Is­rael) Tor­res in the face and con­ducted a takedown move on him.”

The perp, pinned to the ground when po­lice ar­rived, had yet to de­mand a re­match at press time.

Head­lines

■ At @Not­sports­cen­ter: “Break­ing: The SEC Net­work is pro­ject­ing Alabama to take con­trol of both the House and Se­nate.”

■ At Theo­nion.com: “Com­pas­sion­ate fish­er­man doesn’t have heart to throw trout back into in­cred­i­bly pol­luted lake.”

Love on the run

A man pro­posed to his girl­friend when she hit the 16-mile mark while run­ning her first New York City Marathon.

He would’ve done it at 15, but he wanted her to go the ex­tra mile.

Just ask­ing

Which foot­ball coach boasts more fu­ture firstround draft picks, Jon Gruden or Nick Sa­ban?

Go­ing, go­ing, gone

For­mer Mar­lins pitcher Justin Wayne has been sen­tenced to four years in pri­son for in­sur­ance fraud.

But with the prom­ise of an ear­lier re­lease, if he pro­duces a qual­ity start.

Kick off the old block

Green Bay Pack­ers punter J.K. Scott’s wife Syd­ney gave birth to a son just hours af­ter the team re­turned from its game at New Eng­land.

He called it “life-chang­ing.” She’s just glad all the kick­ing is over.

Gone with the wins

Oil­ers goalie Mikko Kosk­i­nen went 7 years, 258 days be­tween NHL wins.

Or — to put that in per­spec­tive — nearly 4½ times longer than the Browns’ re­cent vic­tory drought.

Chuck the halls

Dec­o­rat­ing early for Christ­mas makes peo­ple hap­pier, ac­cord­ing to re­search pub­lished in the Jour­nal of En­vi­ron­men­tal Psy­chol­ogy.

If that’s the case, Raiders or­na­ments must be hot sell­ers in Oak­land.

Talk­ing the talk

■ Com­edy writer Tim Hunter, on re­searchers’ claims that they’ve dis­cov­ered the world’s old­est paint­ing in a cave in Bor­neo: “The re­ally in­ter­est­ing part is that it ap­pears to show four T-rexes at a ta­ble, play­ing poker.”

■ NBC’S Jimmy Fal­lon, af­ter the Red Sox won their first World Se­ries since 2013: “To­day, 5-year-olds in Bos­ton were like, ‘Fi­nally, the curse is bro­ken.’ ”

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