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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fatal Hoops

KIEV () -- A 13-year-old boy was killed during a schoolyard basketball game when he grabbed the rim and accidentally pulled the backboard down on his head, police in Kiev said Thursday.

Sergei Zhilinsky was playing with classmates after school Tuesday. When he pulled on the rim, the backboard came off its post, landing on the youth and splitting his skull as he crashed to the ground, regional police spokesman Oleg Kabanidze said.

Kiev newspapers reported that a woman had seen a group of youths trying to remove the backboard recently, and at the time of the accident it was inadequately secured to the post.