Sports briefs for Nov. 25, 2012

Posted Nov. 25, 2012, at 6:13 p.m.

3 Pa. college students injured in Italy pub melee

PHILADELPHIA — Three Pennsylvania college students studying in Rome are recovering from injuries suffered in a melee instigated by Italian soccer fans.

A Swarthmore College spokeswoman says one student is hospitalized with a back wound but should be released in a few days.

Spokeswoman Alisa Giardinelli (jar-dih-NEL’-ee) says another student got stitches for a head injury, and a third suffered bruises.

Dozens of hooligans wielding cobblestones, knives and metal rods attacked supporters of England’s visiting Tottenham team at a Rome pub before a game Thursday.

Several people were injured, and two Italian men have been charged.

The Swarthmore students are enrolled in a study-abroad program sponsored by Temple University in Philadelphia. Temple spokesman Ray Betzner says the bar is popular with Americans and the students happened to be there with friends.

Former Buffalo Bills TE Ernie Warlick dies at 80

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Anyone who ever met Ernie Warlick couldn’t miss the size of his hands. It’s what earned the former Buffalo Bills star his nickname, “Hands,” and helped him become among the forerunners of pro football’s era of pass-catching tight ends.

Warlick, a member of the Bills’ two AFL championship teams in the mid-1960s, died at his home in Williamsville, N.Y., on Saturday after a brief illness. He was 80.

His death was confirmed by Amigone Funeral Home in Amherst, N.Y. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Former teammate Booker Edgerson said Sunday that Warlick had spent part of the past two weeks in a Buffalo hospital after complaining about pain in his shoulder.

In four seasons with the Bills, Warlick finished with 90 catches for 1,551 yards and four touchdowns. He was a four-time AFL Pro Bowl selection and helped the Bills win AFL titles in 1964 and ’65.

Warlick averaged 19.96 yards per catch in 1963, which still ranks seventh on the team.

Norway’s Svindal wins super-G, completes sweep

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won a super-G Sunday, completing a sweep at Lake Louise.

Svindal also won Saturday’s downhill, making him the first man to win both events at Lake Louise since Bode Miller in 2004.

Svindal was timed in 1 minute, 34.96 seconds, beating runner-up Adrien Theaux of France by 0.85 seconds. Joachim Puchner of Austria was third in 1:35.86, and Ted Ligety of the U.S. was fourth in 1:35.87.

Ex-UTEP cheerleader flips to beat Guinness record

EL PASO, Texas — A former University of Texas at El Paso cheerleader who traded her pom-poms for dog tags after graduating last spring has apparently backed into the record books — head over heels.

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jalyessa Walker did 49 consecutive back handsprings Saturday during halftime of the UTEP-Rice football game.

The crowd of nearly 20,400 in El Paso counted along as she tumbled from one end of the field to the other, past the end zone and into concrete, before stopping.

Walker said her goal was 50, but she ran out of room.

“As soon as I hit the concrete, I was starting to get tired and scared because I didn’t want to fall,” said Walker, 23.

In October, a Dallas high school cheerleader, Miranda Ferguson of St. Mark’s School of Texas, set the record with 35 consecutive handsprings, according to Guinness World Records.

The El Paso Times reports ( http://bit.ly/WOwoG6 ) that Walker will submit her tape to Guinness World Records, which will determine if it’s officially a new record.

UCLA guard Tyler Lamb to leave basketball team

LOS ANGELES — UCLA guard Tyler Lamb has decided to transfer.

No. 11 UCLA announced Sunday that Lamb has been released from the basketball team. The junior will leave school at the end of the fall quarter.

Lamb started 32 games for the Bruins last season and played in all 34 games as a freshman. He averaged 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in two seasons.

Lamb played in just one game for UCLA this season following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Oct. 9 and sitting out four weeks. He had fallen behind freshmen Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams for playing time among the Bruins’ swingmen.

Sprinklers briefly interrupt Miami-Seattle game

MIAMI — Stadium lawn sprinklers have briefly showered the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter of their game.

On a cloudless afternoon, the sprinklers came on between plays and covered most of the field Sunday, drawing a cheer from the crowd and causing a brief delay. The sprinklers were quickly turned off, and players toweled off before the action resumed.

Robert Guerrero wins decision over Andre Berto

ONTARIO, Calif. — Robert Guerrero knocked down Andre Berto twice on the way to a unanimous-decision victory in a welterweight bout on Saturday night.

Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) floored the former 147-pound champion in the first round and again in the second round before persevering through a physically punishing bout. Berto’s eyes were both swollen shut by the final bell, and Guerrero’s right eye was nearly closed after multiple rounds of close-range punching.

“I did tell Andre I was going to beat him down, so I had to be a man of my word,” Guerrero said. “But he did defend himself like a true champ. … I had to get on the inside with him, work his body and fight him on the inside.”

Guerrero, the former champion at featherweight and super featherweight from Gilroy, Calif., called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. after the fight. Guerrero and Mayweather both have promotional relationships with Golden Boy, making a matchup possible.

“Pretty Boy, let’s do it,” Guerrero said.

Berto (28-2) recovered from a slow start to test Guerrero despite a closed right eye from the second round onward. Guerrero took significant damage, but hung on for his eighth consecutive win.

All three judges at Citizens Bank Business Arena scored the bout 116-110 for Guerrero.

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