Golfer Tiger Woods was brought to a hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday after suffering multiple leg injuries when he figured in a car crash, local authorities said.
In a statement, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Woods, 45, was the single occupant of a sport utility vehicle when it went off a road and rolled down a steep hillside at about 7:12 a.m.
The car crash occurred near the suburban communities of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, it added.
The incident required the “jaws of life,” which refers to tools used to pry open vehicles involved in accidents, to extricate Woods.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was conscious during the extrication and that his injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
Woods is currently in surgery, according to his agent, Mark Steinberg.
Woods is considered one of the greatest athletes in golf history, winning 15 major championship titles since 1997.
The NBA basketball jersey given to Michael Jordan on the day in 1984 when he first signed with the Chicago Bulls will go up for auction in December, Julien’s Auctions announced on Monday.
The red-and-white jersey emblazoned with Jordan’s name and the number 23 is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $400,000, the auction house estimated.
The basketball legend, age 21 at the time, smiled and held up the jersey at his first press conference as a member of the Bulls. He went on to become the heart of the Bulls dynasty that won six NBA championships in the 1990s.
Jordan’s career was back in the spotlight this year in documentary “The Last Dance,” which attracted a large television audience. An autographed pair of his Air Jordan sneakers sold for $560,000 at an auction in May, a record for sneakers.
Hannah Malin, business development manager for sports for Juliens Auctions, said Jordan items have drawn interest because he has transcended the world of athletics.
Jordan is “a pop culture phenomenon,” she said, “so everything he’s done holds so much more importance.”
Other sports items for sale at the December auction will include a Kobe Bryant jersey and a Lakers basketball signed by Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in February.
Bids will be taken online, by phone and at a live auction in Beverly Hills on December 4. (Reuters)
NBA great Michael Jordan’s autographed game-worn sneakers from his rookie season fetched a record $560,000 (463,380 pounds) in an online auction, Sotheby’s said on Sunday (May 17).
The Air Jordan 1s, designed for Jordan in 1985 and the first ever signature sneakers, were expected to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000 in the auction.
Known for selling multimillion-dollar art, Sotheby’s held its first auction dedicated entirely to sneakers last year and had then set a world record of $437,500 for a pair of 1972 Nike running shoes known as the “Moon Shoe.”
“We saw tremendous bidding up until the moment the sale closed, with the value more than doubling in the final hour alone,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s director of eCommerce development.
“That coupled with strong international bidding from six countries on four continents shows not only the incredible appeal of Michael Jordan… but also that sneaker collecting is truly a global and growing market.”
Like most of Jordan’s basketball shoes, they are a mismatched pair in a size 13 (left) and size 13.5 (right).
The auction coincided with the 35th anniversary of the Air Jordan brand and the screening of the 10-part ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” about the Chicago Bulls and Jordan. The final two episodes of the show are set to air later on Sunday.
The shoes were sold by collector Jordan Geller, the founder of the sneaker museum Shoezeum in Las Vegas. (Reuters)
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