Sports Briefs 11/25/12: Boxer 'Macho' Camacho dies in Puerto Rico

DANICA COTO Associated Press Published:

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Former championship boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho died Saturday at the hospital in Puerto Rico where he has been unconscious since he was shot in the face in an attack in his hometown.

Camacho went into cardiac arrest in the pre-dawn hours and he was then taken off life support and died shortly thereafter, said Dr. Ernesto Torres, the director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan.

Camacho's mother, Maria Matias, said Friday night that she had supported removing him from life support after his three sons had arrived from the U.S. mainland and had a chance to see their father for the last time. They managed to visit him before he died, said former pro boxer Victor "Luvi" Callejas, a longtime friend.

"The family is destroyed," Callejas said outside the hospital.

Doctors had declared Camacho brain dead on Thursday. Matias had said she decided it was time for doctors to disconnect life support over the objections of the boxer's eldest son, Hector Jr., because there was no chance of recovery.

"I lost my son three days ago. He's alive only because of a machine," she said Friday night. "My son is not alive. My son is only alive for the people who love him," she added.

• Elsewhere

Freese in crash: 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.

More games cancelled: The NHL has called off all games through Dec. 14, plus the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend scheduled for Jan. 26-27 in Columbus. The league made the announcement Friday, the 69th day of the NHL's lockout of its players.

The new cancellations come as little surprise. The two sides had an unproductive negotiating session on Wednesday that produced no movement to break an impasse over splitting more than $3 billion in revenue and also player contracts. A total of 422 regular-season games, more than 34 percent of the season, have now been lost.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said losing the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus is "extremely disappointing." The Columbus Blue jackets, the club hosting the All-Star game and the skills competition, said fans with tickets to events on that weekend could receive refunds.

Harvin ruled out: The Minnesota Vikings have declared wide receiver Percy Harvin out of Sunday's game at Chicago because of his sprained left ankle.

Harvin was listed doubtful on Friday after missing another week of practice, and the team downgraded him to out on the injury report Saturday while deciding not to take him on the trip so he can continue to rest. Harvin was hurt Nov. 4 at Seattle and missed the Nov. 11 game against Detroit. The Vikings had a bye last week.

Harvin is tied for 10th in the NFL with 62 receptions. He entered the week second in the league behind Green Bay's Randall Cobb in total yards, including receiving, rushing and returning.

Tie at the top: Top-ranked Rory McIlroy sank a short birdie putt on the 18th hole to join Luke Donald at the top of the leaderboard, putting them three shots ahead of a star-studded field after the third round of the Dubai World Championship on Saturday.

The two-time major champion, who has already wrapped up the European and PGA Tour money titles, struggled early when he bogeyed the first hole and missed several makeable birdie putts. But he stepped up his game on the back nine, carding three birdies and an eagle for a 6-under 66 that put him 17 under for the tournament.

Donald, tied for the lead with McIlroy and Marc Warren after the second round, sank several clutch putts on his way to a 66.

Bynum still out: Andrew Bynum's debut with the Philadelphia 76ers is on hold again.

General manager Tony DiLeo said Saturday that Bynum is out indefinitely and there's no timetable set for his first game. The All-Star center was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team trade before the season.

"We don't know when he'll be back," DiLeo said. "Only Andrew's body can answer that question. When he feels better, we can step up the rehab program. We just have to wait to see how he reacts to the rehab."

Bynum had been recovering from a bone bruise on his right knee and the Sixers were hoping he would be cleared to return to basketball activities by Dec. 10. But he injured his left knee while bowling two weeks ago and now his return has been pushed back four times since the beginning of training camp.

Bolt awarded: Usain Bolt won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time Saturday after defending his 100 and 200 meter gold medals at last summer's Olympic Games in London.

The Jamaican sprinter, who beat out American hurdler Aries Merritt and Kenyan runner David Rudisha, had previously won the award in 2008, 2009, and 2011.

Sprinter Allyson Felix of the United States took home the women's award.

In 2003, Bolt and Felix won the Rising Star awards for the most promising young athletes of the year.

Dutch sweep: Svet Kramer led a Dutch sweep of podium places in the men's 5,000-meter race, while countrywoman Marrit Leenstra earned her second career speedskating World Cup victory Saturday by winning the women's 1,500-meter race.

Olympic champion Kramer clocked 6 minutes, 10.62 seconds to mark his second straight victory in the discipline this season. Jan Blokhuijsen was timed in 6:11.97 for second and Jorrit Bergsma was 2.46 seconds behind the winner in third.

Vonn struggles: Tina Maze of Slovenia has won her second straight World Cup giant slalom race, while an exhausted Lindsey Vonn finished 21st in her return after missing time with an intestinal illness.

Maze had a combined two-run time of 1 minute, 59.39 seconds Saturday to hold off Kathrin Zettel of Austria by nearly a second. Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany was third.The 29-year-old Maze also won the season-opening GS race in Austria last month.

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