Notre Dame was fined $77,500 for six safety violations tied to the death of 20-year-old Declan Sullivan, who was killed when the hydraulic lift he was on fell over as he filmed a practice for the football team in October.
Student was killed when hydraulic lift he was on fell over as he filmed a practice: A 20-year-old Notre Dame student who was killed when the hydraulic lift he was on fell over as he filmed the team on a windy day had expressed displeasure about practice being held outside, according to a state report released Tuesday.
Declan Sullivan wasn’t happy when he found out the Fighting Irish would be practicing outside Oct. 27, assistant video coordinator Reuel Joaquin told an Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigator.
Earlier, Sullivan had tweeted concerns about what he described as “terrifying” weather.
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“Gusts of wind up to 60 mph today will be fun at work … I guess I’ve lived long enough,” he wrote.
The details were released as IOSHA fined Notre Dame $77,500 for six safety violations tied to Sullivan’s death. The junior from Long Grove, Ill., was killed when the hydraulic lift toppled in gusts of up to 53 mph while he was filming practice.
The Rev. John Jenkins, university president, said the school would study the report and take necessary actions to protect students and staff. The school announced last week it was replacing the lifts with remote-controlled cameras.
“As I said last fall, we failed to keep him safe, and for that we remain profoundly sorry,” Jenkins said in a prepared statement.
Notre Dame has until April 7 to accept the findings and pay the fines, contest the safety orders or meet with IOSHA.
South Carolina QB is suspended: South Carolina opened spring practice without starting quarterback Stephen Garcia, who coach Steve Spurrier said was suspended from workouts for a week because of a violation of team rules last year.
Time stands still in London: A giant clock counting down to the 2012 London Games stopped for several hours, less than a day after it went on display in Trafalgar Square.
The digital clock, made by Olympic sponsor Omega, was stuck at 500 days, 7 hours, 6 minutes, 56 seconds before workers fixed it.
“It’s one of those windups set to test us, but it’s working again,” London organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe said.
There was another glitch when 6.6 million tickets went on sale. Fans with Visa credit cards that expire before the end of August found organizers were unable to process their orders. Visa is an Olympic sponsor and the only card that can be used to purchase tickets.
General managers decide against ban on head shots: League general managers decided against recommending major rule changes to curb concussions, opting to push for tighter enforcement of charging and boarding penalties. The GMs, who met in Boca Raton, Fla., also will stress the need for longer suspensions for illegal head hits, particularly for repeat offenders.
Canucks recall Sauve: The league-leading Vancouver Canucks recalled defenseman Yann Sauve from Manitoba of the American Hockey League after defenseman Sami Salo was injured in Monday’s 4-2 victory over Minnesota.
Salo, struck in the arm by a puck, did not practice Tuesday and is listed as day to day.
Inter Milan, Manchester United advance in UEFA Champions League: Defending champion Inter Milan of Italy staged a second-half comeback to oust Bayern Munich of Germany on away goals in a repeat of last season’s final and Manchester United of England advanced to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive year, beating Marseille of France 2-1.
Goran Pandev’s 88th-minute goal for Inter produced a 3-2 victory at Bayern. Bayern won the first match of the home-and-home series 1-0.
Javier Hernandez scored both Man U goals in a 2-1 victory after the match in France was a scoreless draw.
“Hernandez’s pace and movement is helping us — he is real handful,” Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said.
Solo, Wambach are on U.S. roster: Top goalkeeper Hope Solo and standout forward Abby Wambach are on the U.S. roster for the national team’s April 2 match in England.
The match will be part of a 20-day training camp in the United Kingdom for the Americans as they prepare for this summer’s Women’s World Cup in Germany.
Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout from Richland, is at the end of a lengthy recovery from right-shoulder surgery in September.
Player says he was beaten into breaking contract: A player from Montenegro who fell out of favor with his Russian team said he was beaten into terminating his contract by armed men and feared for his life. A team executive dismissed the claim as “pure idiocy.”
Nikola Nikezic, who played for Kuban Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League, outlined his allegations in a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter. He contends the 20-minute beating by two men took place March 7 at team headquarters.
Federer, Djokovic win at Indian Wells: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic rolled on at the BNP Paribas Open, easily winning third-round matches in Indian Wells, Calif., while in the women’s bracket Kim Clijsters exited because of a painful right shoulder.
Clijsters retired from her fourth-round match against 15th-seeded Marion Bartoli after winning the first set 6-3 and trailing 3-1 in the second when she left the court.
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