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More New York baseball craziness after the Mets' "rickrolling" saga last week. This time it involves the Yankees, who have spent $30,000 to excavate a Boston Red Sox shirt which had been placed in the foundations of their new stadium under construction in the Bronx. They are now contemplating suing Gino Castignoli, the construction worker and ardent Red Sox fan who deposited the shirt in an attempt to put a curse on the stadium, for the cost of removal. It turns out that Castignoli has a bit of previous for involvement with Mob-connected gambling operations, but any suggestions that he also has prior expertise in burying things under several feet of concrete are thought to be wide of the mark.

£50m

Price chelsea are allegedly prepared to pay Milan in the summer for their Brazilian midfielder Kaka. Not much point asking Avram Grant about it, though, if his monosyllabic performance at his post-match press conference on Thursday is anything to go by.

Ring debut of the week

Joe calzaghe is not the only Welsh boxer to have been in action recently; David Davies, the MP for Monmouth, has just won his first bout. "The Tory Tornado", fighting out of the blue corner, naturally, inflicted a points defeat on Charles "The Pink Pounder" Jones, billed as the only openly gay boxer in the country. Introducing the contest, the compere made a point of saying: "I'm not goingto make any cheap jokes about fisting in thering." And neither, of course, shall we.

Good week for

Mark Ramprakash, top county scorer last year, hit century in first innings this season... Trevor Immelman, South African golfer, won Masters to take his first major... Jorge Lorenzo, Spaniard rode to his first MotoGP win in Portugal... and Aldershot Town, in the Football League 16 yearsafter Aldershot's demise.

Bad week for

Tom Boonen, Belgian cyclist, pipped on the line in Grand Prix de L'Escaut by Britain's Mark Cavendish after celebrating too early... Catalans Dragons, French Super League side, lost coach Mick Potter to St Helens next season... Mauro Bergamasco, Italy rugby union flanker, had ban for gouging extended to 17 weeks on appeal... and Scotland curling team, lost to holders Canada in the final of the men's World Championship.

Diary suggestions of the week

Now that Prime Minister Gordon Brown has made it clear he won't be attending the Opening Ceremony at the Beijing Olympics on 8 August, he may have a gap in his diary for other sporting activities. Let's see now, what's on? The Kennel Club's International Agility Festival in Peterborough might appeal – he could always enter his pet Rottweiler, Ed Balls – and the UK Air Guitar Championships are scheduled to begin that day, though it might appeal more to someone else with time on his hands: Brown's predecessor Tony Blair, the former lead guitaristfor student band Ugly Rumours.

s.refern@independent.co.uk

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