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From Mike Tyson to Luis Suarez, a look at famous sports bites

Referee Mills Lane inspects the damage after Mike Tyson took a bite out of Evander Holyfield’s ear in 1997.
Referee Mills Lane inspects the damage after Mike Tyson took a bite out of Evander Holyfield’s ear in 1997.(Mark J. Terrill/AP file photo)

Uruguay soccer player Luis Suarez added his name once again to the list of famous biting incidents in sports when he appeared to bite an Italian player in the World Cup Tuesday.

The Liverpool striker has twice before been suspended for biting incidents. A look at those incidents and other prominent sports bites:

■  Suarez suspended twice for biting. Suarez was banned seven games by the Netherlands football federation in 2010 after biting PSV Eindhoven player Otman Bakkal in a league game when he played for Ajax. After joining Liverpool in England’s Premier League, he bit Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic in 2013 and was banned for 10 games.

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■   Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield. Perhaps the most famous sports bite of them all. During their 1997 heavyweight fight in Las Vegas, Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield’s right ear as they clutched in the third round. He was disqualified.

■   Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron. In Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, the Bruins center was mixing it up with Vancouver’s Burrows when Burrows bit Bergeron’s finger. He was not suspended.

■   Marc Savard accused of biting: In the second period of Game 2 of the Bruins-Flyers playoff series in 2010, Philadelphia’s Daniel Carcillo accused Savard of biting him. Said Savard, “He pummeled on my face. He pulled on my teeth, so I guess that’s biting when a guy tried to pull your front teeth out like his.”

■   Tree Rollins bites Danny Ainge: During a fight in a 1983 Celtics-Hawks playoff game, Atlanta’s Wayne “Tree” Rollins bit a finger on Ainge’s right hand, leading to a tetanus shot and stitches. The headline in the Boston Herald famously read, “Tree Bites Man.”

■   Jarrko Ruutu bites Andrew Peters: In a Senators-Sabres game in 2009, Ottawa’s Ruutu responded to having Peters’s glove in his face by biting his thumb. Ruutu was suspended two games.

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■   Arron Asham accuses Matt Cooke of biting: In 2010, the Flyers’ Asham described his side of an on-ice altercation with the Penguins’ Cooke this way: “There was a scrum, I grabbed him. There were two guys on [Flyers teammate Scott Hartnell] and my glove got tangled in his mouth and he bit me, so I lost it.”


Material from the Associated Press was included in this report.