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Cameraman Falls Off Segway in Front of Thousands of Fans

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- An Australian cameraman unwittingly became the center of attention and put himself in front of the camera Monday when he fell off a Segway scooter while filming a cricket match in his home country.

Joe Previtera was cruising along the field filming the Boxing Day match between the Australian and Indian cricket teams for Australian Channel 9 when he failed to notice a spare helmet in his path. When he hit the helmet head-on, both he and the Segway promptly tumbled over, camera gear and all.

While the fall was dramatic, luckily for Previtera, he suffered no injuries more severe than a red face. “I am a bit embarrassed but fine,” he told the UK’s Daily Mail.

Previtera’s tumble occurred not just in front of the players he was there to film, but also in plain sight of the 52,858 fans gathered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the game, and the millions watching it on TV around the world.

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India Wins: Beats Pakistan in World Cup Cricket Collision

Daniel Berehulak/Getty ImagesREPORTER'S NOTEBOOK BY Nicholas S. Schifrin

(MOHALI, India) -- India has beaten Pakistan in the "thrilla in Mohali," the 2011 semifinal of the Cricket World Cup.

About 1.4 billion people live in the two countries, and hundreds of millions outside of South Asia were watching.

The match, as everyone in this part of the world has been tweeting and Facebooking about for nearly a week, is much more than an eight-hour sporting event. Serious sport, George Orwell once said, is "war without the shooting," as Time magazine's Omar Waraich noted -- and that is never more true than when India and Pakistan meet on the playing field.

The two countries that have fought three wars share culture, religion, history, even families -- and the love of the sport that the British left behind.

To help American readers understand what I'm talking about, consider this thought experiment:

Take baseball, the "national pastime," and everything it represents to U.S. culture -- read the prologue of Underworld, watch Field of Dreams, consider Lou Gehrig's story. Then, take the pre-steroid-era worship of the baseball player: the families around their TVs watching New York's teams (back when they included the Dodgers and the Giants), the four million kids playing Little League today, the image of a father and son sitting behind home plate. And then expand it out. Give every American kid -- rich and poor -- in every small park in every part of the United States a cheap baseball, bat, makeshift bases and a glove, because cricket doesn't need all that equipment. Eliminate basketball and soccer. Replace Babe with Sachin, Cy with Muttiah. Then, you will begin to understand what cricket means to South Asia.

Of course, this match wasn't even only about sport.

"Cricket diplomacy" is a 30-year-old phrase, but it is being practiced again. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited his counterpart, Pakistani Prime Minster Yusuf Raza Gilani, to watch the match together.

They undoubtedly talked a lot about Pakistan's low run rate and a little bit about the major issues that still separate the two countries politically: Kashmir, water, terrorism.

But still, even if there will be no major breakthroughs, South Asians can look back on Wednesday as continuing a legacy that has helped thaw enmities.

In 2004, the Indian national team toured Pakistan, helping reignite the peace process for the first time in 15 years. In 2005, then-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf tried to diffuse tensions over Kashmir during meetings with Singh that took place around an India-Pakistan cricket match in New Delhi. In 1987, then-dictator Gen. Zia ul Haq went to Jaipur, India to watch Pakistan play India at a time when both countries massed additional troops at their shared border. And then the opposite: In 2008, after Pakistani militants committed the worst act of terrorism in India's history, India's cricket team cancelled a highly anticipated tour of Pakistan.

As the Indian sports minister asked undiplomatically at the time, "Is it possible for one team to arrive in Mumbai and indulge in mass murder, and have another team go and play cricket in the winter afternoon sun at Lahore immediately after?"

Today, the relationship remains tense but has improved dramatically, and the Pakistan team was as gracious in defeat as the Indian team was gracious in victory. The same went for their fans.

"Congratulations India.... you outbatted and outfielded us..... Well done," wrote a Pakistani on Twitter.

"We won the match, you won our hearts!!" wrote one particularly generous Indian.

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