Australian swimmer ordered to pay damages



SYDNEY (AP) — A civil court judge has ordered swimmer Nick D’Arcy to pay at least $190,000 in damages to former Commonwealth Games champion Simon Cowley, who was injured in a bar room fight in 2008.

D’Arcy was convicted in a criminal court in 2009 of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to Cowley — causing fractures to his jaw, eye socket, cheekbone and nose — but his 14-month jail sentence was suspended, meaning he did not spend any time in prison.

D’Arcy was also kicked off Australia’s team for the Beijing Olympics and was not allowed to compete in the 2009 world championships.