Camacho dies, four days after being shot
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho has died after being taken off life support at his family's direction. The 50-year old had been unconscious since being shot in the face in a parked car outside of a bar Tuesday night. He was declared clinically brain dead by doctors on Thursday.
Camacho went into cardiac arrest this morning and was taken off life support shortly after that.
Camacho's three decade boxing career was marked by high profile fights with the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Roberto Duran. He won world championships in three different weight classes. He ended his career in 2010 with a record of 79-6-3.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TOP 25 SCHEDULE
Irish look to complete perfect season
UNDATED (AP) — Notre Dame can wrap up a perfect season and clinch a spot in the BCS title game with a win over Southern California today. The 11-0 Fighting Irish go into the game with their intersectional rival sixth in the nation in total defense and first in scoring defense, surrendering just 10.09 points per game. Linebacker and Heisman Trophy hopeful Manti Te'o (TAY'-oh) leads the Irish defense.
Facing them will be a formable task for redshirt freshman quarterback Max Wittek, who gets the start in place of the injured Matt Barkley. The Trojans starter is sidelined with a sprained shoulder. Wittek is bigger and stronger than Barkley, but has only played in mop-up roles for 7-4 USC.
Number-two Alabama has its sights set on another trip to the BCS championship and has two more hurdles to overcome to get there. The first comes this afternoon against struggling Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl. The 10-1 Crimson Tide is favored by more than four touchdowns, based in part on the strength of the second-ranked defense in the country.
The emotions of the in-state rivalry are going to have to spark the Tigers, because their 3-8 record and 0-7 mark in the SEC suggests they'll be in for a tough afternoon.
If Alabama wins, it'll be on to the SEC title game where they will find third-ranked Georgia. The 10-1 Bulldogs hope to use that game as a springboard to the BCS championship game. But they'll have to get by Georgia Tech first. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray leads the nation in passing efficiency and has thrown 11 touchdowns with no interceptions in his last three games. He'll be joining against a Yellow Jackets defense that has struggled most of the season.
Georgia Tech would like nothing more than to end the national championship aspirations of their in-state rivals. The Yellow Jackets are 6-5 and headed to the ACC title game.
Fourth-ranked Ohio State tries to close out a perfect 12-0 season when it hosts arch rival and 20th-ranked Michigan. Going unbeaten will have to be the equivalent of a national championship for the Buckeyes, who are ineligible for the postseason. The Wolverines are 8-3.
Fifth-ranked Oregon fell out of the top spot in the BCS standings with their overtime loss at home to Stanford last week. The explosive Ducks still have an outside chance of sneaking back into the title conversation, but will need a win against No.15 Oregon State first, then hope for some help.
In all, there are 15 games involving ranked teams on the schedule.
Arkansas dumps Smith
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long says interim football coach John L. Smith will not return next season. Long says in a statement released by the university that he met with Smith on Saturday, a day after the Razorbacks' season-ending 20-13 loss to LSU, and told him the school was making a change in leadership in the program.
Smith was hired in April to replace the fired Bobby Petrino and signed to a 10-month contract.
Arkansas began the season ranked in the top 10 but quickly fell out of the polls after a stunning loss to Louisianan-Monroe on Sept. 8. The Razorbacks finished with a 4-8 record including a 2-6 mark in the Southeastern Conference.
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Duke tangles with Louisville for Atlantis crown
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — It's Duke and Louisville in an early-season college basketball blueblood showdown in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas tonight.
The fifth-ranked Blue Devils played their way into the title game by beating VCU 67-58 last night behind Mason Plumlee's 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The second-ranked Cardinals got into the Atlantis final by beating Missouri last night. The Tigers will play VCU in the Atlantis consolation tonight.
Heat back in action
UNDATED (AP) — Miami is home again, where nothing has gone wrong for them this NBA season. The Heat welcome Cleveland to town as part of an eight-game Saturday slate.
Miami is 5-0 on the home hardwood, including an overtime victory over Milwaukee on Thanksgiving eve. That ran the Heat winning streak to a modest three games. Things haven't gone quite so well for the 3-8 Cavaliers this season. Cleveland dropped six in a row before winning at home Wednesday over Philadelphia.
The search for the first win of the season resumes for the Washington Wizards tonight. They host a Charlotte Bobcats team that is one of the early surprises this NBA season. Charlotte is off to a 6-5 start, including five wins in their last seven games. That has the Bobcats just a win away from matching their total from all of last season.
An inexperienced roster has nonetheless led to a 5-0 record for the Bobcats in games decided by four points or less.
That's what the 0-10 Wizards are going to have to overcome to break into the win column.
Oklahoma City at Philadelphia, the Clippers at Atlanta and Dallas hosting the Lakers are some of the other matchups on the schedule.
GOLF-DUBAI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
McIlroy, Donald share lead
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy sank a short birdie putt on the 18th hole to remain tied with Luke Donald as the world's two top-ranked golfers pulled three shots clear of the field after the third round of the Dubai World Championship. McIlroy also sank a long eagle putt on the way to a 6-under 66 that put him at 17-under par. Donald matched the 66 for a share of the lead.
South African's Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn) and Charl Schwartzel (SHAR'-uhl SHWORTS'-uhl) are tied for second.
FORMULA ONE-BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX
Qualifying set for final race of the season
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) — Qualifying is on tap for the Brazilian Grand Prix, the season-ending race for the Formula One circuit.
Sebastien Vettel (VEHT'-ehl) is poised to win his third straight title, holding a 13-point lead over Fernando Alonso. All Vettel has to do to claim the title is finish fourth or better. The 25-year old could become the youngest driver to win three Formula One championships.
In the final practice today, Jenson Button set the fastest time, with Vettel second and title challenger Fernando Alonso only eighth.
Cardinals' David Freese unhurt in accident
WILDWOOD, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese is OK after crashing his SUV while trying to avoid a deer.
The accident happened Thursday afternoon in the St. Louis suburb of Wildwood.
The 29-year-old, who was the MVP of the 2011 World Series, crashed his black 2011 Range Rover into a tree, missing the deer.
Freese refused medical attention and his SUV was towed from the scene.
Investigators say alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
Bolt named World Athlete of the Year
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Usain Bolt has won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time over United States hurdler Aries Merritt and Kenyan runner David Rudisha.
The Jamaican sprinter, who defended his 100 and 200 meter gold medals at this summer's Olympic Games, also won the award in 2008, 2009, and 2011.
United States sprinter Allyson Felix won the women's World Athlete of the Year award. The other finalists were Valerie Adams and Jessica Ennis.
The awards were announced on the final day of the IAAF's 100th anniversary celebration.