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Work isn't safe for snooker player Mark Selby

At his quarterfinal match in Wales, snooker star Mark Selby is served with a writ and a bankruptcy notice.

March 02, 2009|James Wagner

Of all the places to be served with a writ, did it have to be at a snooker match?

Snooker star Mark Selby appeared visibly stunned when a member of the audience handed him an envelope last week during a quarterfinal match at the Welsh Open in Wales.

"You're officially served with a writ and a bankruptcy notice. I'll leave you with that," the man said with live television cameras rolling, before he was escorted off the premises.

The individual was George Bamby, Selby's former manager, who was requesting nearly $20,000, local reports said.

But why did Bamby appear at the snooker tournament instead of just mailing the writ? Bamby claimed his mailed letters were ignored, so his lawyer advised him to serve Selby at his place of work.

"So that's what I did -- it just happened his place of work was a snooker tournament being watched by millions of people on television," Bamby told a local newspaper. "He has 18 days to pay up."

It should come as no surprise that Selby lost the match.

Trivia time

Which player leads the NBA in turnovers per game?

Cookie caper

Dillon Kelley, a wrestler at Centerville High near Dayton, Ohio, won his court appeal last week to compete for the school in an upcoming tournament, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Kelley was arrested for allegedly stealing a $1.30 package of cookies from the school cafeteria in early February. His high school had fought to bar the sophomore from competing, even after he served his out-of-school suspension.

Moral: Check your boots

U.S. ski jumper Bill Demong was disqualified from the Nordic skiing world championships in the Czech Republic last week because he couldn't find his bib, which carried his start number.

Demong said he tucked his bib into his jumping suit after a trial round, and it got lost. He later found it in his boot, but it was too late.

"It's my fault," he told a German television station. "I'm an idiot."

The U.S. team was forced to pull out, and Japan took gold.

Trivia answer

Stephen Jackson, of the Golden State Warriors, averages just under four turnovers per game. In comparison, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant averages about 2.7 turnovers per game.

One powder for another

Four Orange County residents were among the six arrested a couple of weeks ago in a sting that involved the alleged selling of drugs for ski lift tickets, the Orange County Register reported.

The individuals responded to an offer on Craigslist asking for narcotics in exchange for ski lift vouchers to the Mammoth Lakes skiing area. They were arrested after allegedly delivering the goods to undercover officers.

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james.wagner@latimes.com

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