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Proving just how mighty a sword can be

Fencing instructor puts his epee to work to rescue a woman

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Well, that’s one way to foil a crime.

Fencing instructor Franco Scaramuzza — upon seeing two men trying to snatch a woman’s purse outside a Nashville, Tenn., shopping center — grabbed his teaching implement and went into action.

“I charged toward them, holding my epee up high, and, you know, yelling at them,” Scaramuzza told WSMV-TV. “I kept yelling throughout the entire thing. They completely panicked and dropped everything they stole and really took off.”

Police ended up arresting two men in the incident and charging them with robbery.

Headlines

• At SportsPickle.com: “Oakland A’s furiously Febreze-ing their stadium in preparation for playoffs.”

• At TheOnion.com: “Bud Selig credits healthy appearance to embalming process.”

Names in the game

Suspended by Alabama for breaking team rules: free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

But something tells us he’ll get the last laugh.

Ice capades

Game 3 and, if necessary, Game 4 of the WNBA Finals had to be shifted to a smaller arena because Disney on Ice was booked at the Atlanta Dream’s home court, Philips Arena.

“Still,” wrote Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “it’s not as bad as last year, when the Stanley Cup Finals nearly were moved because the arena was scheduled to host an open skating session for a 6-year-old’s birthday party.”

Letter rip

Forty-Niners safety Donte Whitner — angered after the NFL fined him $21,000 for an improper hit — says he’s dropping the first letter of his last name and legally changing it to “Hitner.”

Just be glad the Bears’ David Bass didn’t think of it first.

Talko time

• Meteorologist Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., after an Astros-Indians game scored a 0.0 Nielsen rating in Houston: “It’s the first time two teams were mathematically eliminated from having an audience.”

• Jets receiver Santonio Holmes, to New York reporters, after being held to one reception against the Titans: “I can’t throw it to myself and catch it, otherwise I would.”

• U.S. women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, on the advantages of conducting minicamp in Sin City: “It’s amazing how you say ‘Las Vegas’ and instead of 20 players, you get 30.”

Drawing two charges

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak helped catch two fleeing campus thieves — one stealing a bike, the other burglarizing athletic offices — in just five days.

Good luck trying to run a fast break against the Utes this basketball season.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or dperry@seattletimes.com

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