Warrington prop forward Paul Wood lost more than a rugby match when his Wolves team went down 26-18 to Leeds in the Super League Grand Final.The long-serving Wood, who celebrates his 31st birthday on Wednesday, caught a knee in the groin early in the second half of the match at Old Traford and had to have a testicle removed after it ruptured.The father of two, who played on with the injury and made no mention of it during post-match interviews, has left hospital after undergoing surgery overnight and managed to joke about the incident on Sunday morning.He tweeted: “Ruptured my right testicle, got a knee 1 minute into the second half, had to have it removed.”This afternoon he added: “Just coming out the hospital to go home… Seriously feel like I’ve left something?”Wood’s heroism matches that shown by St Helens forward Chris Flannery, an Australian forward who played for almost a full match with a torn testicle for Sydney Roosters in 2004.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A group of angry equestrians protested Monday at a special City Council meeting, opposing the city’s plan to close the Pico Rivera Stables at the end of June. About 30 people who keep horses at the stables, next to the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, questioned the decision by the council at its March 7 meeting to close the stables because the city has to meet tough environmental standards imposed by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency permit program. The permit program, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, controls water pollution by regulating sources that discharge pollutants into rivers, streams or the ocean. In the case of the stables, those pollutants come from horse manure and urine. “I’m really angry and that is all I can say,” said Ronald Allen, a boarder from Whittier. “We think you failed at your job and I’m almost positive there is some financial gain that is not being told here.” City officials denied there was any financial gain and said the cost of putting in a new sewer system to keep bacteria out of the nearby San Gabriel River was forcing the issue. “We are looking ahead at what it will cost to comply with these measures and we feel we cannot justify the amount of money to retrofit the stables,” said Michael Moore, the city’s director of public works. He did add, however, that the city has known since 1999 that there would be a need to make improvements at the stables, which currently have 90 boarders and 163 horses, to meet the environmental requirements. John Bishop, executive officer of The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, which releases the permits, said it is strictly a city decision because stables with fewer than 500 horses have to answer to the city. “We are not saying close all the stables, what we are saying is improve the practices to reduce bacterial levels in the rivers,” he said. He added that he had not yet heard of any other stables closing, but had heard of others considering it. City Manager Chuck Fuentes said other factors coming into play in the closure include the cost to run the stables. The city has invested more than $800,000 in improvements and equipment at the stables since they opened in the late 1970s. And from 2001 to 2005, it has operated the facility at an annual net loss of $14,000, according to city officials. The city is also about to enter negotiations on the status of the sports arena and is also continuing to look into the possibility of building an 18-hole golf course at the site, said Fuentes. But the reasons did little to appease the horse owners, who learned of the stable closures from newspaper articles and have since met with Ventura Productions LLC, the company that runs the stables and the arena for the city, to discuss the issue. Sue Cermak, a boarder at the stable for 15 years, said the closure will leave almost 200 horses with no place to go. “Some people are thinking about putting their horses to sleep because there’s no place to take them and we are taking away the livelihood of all the trainers,” she said. “These stables are like a loving family and we really want them to stay open.” But although Council members Carlos Garcia and Gregory Salcido urged further dialogue on the issue, the council stood its ground. “This isn’t anything against horses or horse people, but it is a decision that is cut and dry,” said Councilman Ron Beilke. “We are looking at a situation that can’t be overcome and there is no way we can make this go away. Sorry.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028