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Associated Press

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 24 at 9:01 AM


Ex-boxer Hector 'Macho' Camacho dies four days after being shot

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The director of the Centro Medico trauma center in Puerto Rico says boxer Hector 'Macho' Camacho has died after being taken off life support.

Dr. Ernesto Torres says Camacho went into cardiac arrest in the pre-dawn hours Saturday. He was then taken off life support and died shortly thereafter.

Camacho was declared brain dead on Thursday following a shooting in his hometown of Bayamon.

The former world champion was 50.


Celtics cool off Thunder...Lin gets 13 against Knicks

UNDATED (AP) — Paul Pierce scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half and the Boston Celtics snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100. That's just the second loss for the Thunder in their last 10 games.

Kevin Garnett had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics, who led by 14 in the second half and held on after the Thunder cut it to three points with under 2 minutes left. Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) had 16 assists and eight rebounds for Boston.

Kevin Durant scored 29 for Oklahoma City, and Russell Westbrook added 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

In the rest of the NBA slate:

— James Harden scored 33 points, and Chandler Parsons had a career-high 31 to help the Houston Rockets coast to a 131-103 victory over the New York Knicks. Jeremy Lin added 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Houston in the first game against his former team.

— Rudy Gay scored 21 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-98 as the Grizzlies improved to an NBA-best 9-2. Zach Randolph added 17 points and 12 boards.

— Tony Parker scored 33 points and the San Antonio Spurs erased a 17-point deficit on their way to a 104-97 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

— Andre Iguodala (ihg-woh-DAH'-lah) scored a season-high 29 points — 20 in the second half — and Ty Lawson had 18 points and nine assists to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Golden State Warriors 102-91.

— Gordon Hayward scored 23 points, including the winning basket with 4.5 seconds left, and the Utah Jazz rallied to beat the Sacramento Kings 104-102.

__ Portland reached the .500 mark by beating Minnesota 103-95. Wesley Matthews led the way with 30. Fellow guard Damian Lillard hit for 28.

— Markieff Morris scored a career-high 23 points, including a 3-pointer in overtime, and the Phoenix Suns rallied from a 19-point third-quarter deficit to hand the New Orleans Hornets their sixth straight loss 111-108.

— Brook Lopez had 26 points, including consecutive baskets during the game's decisive stretch, and the Brooklyn Nets shut down the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter, 86-76. Joe Johnson added 19 for the Nets.

— Al Horford had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-91 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

— Jameer Nelson had 22 points, Arron Afflalo scored 19 and the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-104.

— Brandon Knight converted a layup with 7.8 seconds left to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 91-90 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Greg Monroe had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons.


Wolverines take NIT Tip-Off title...Louisville meets Duke in Atlantis final

UNDATED (AP) — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points before he left late in the game after he was kneed in the head, and No. 4 Michigan beat Kansas State 71-57 to win the NIT Season Tipoff, the tournament formerly known as the Preseason NIT.

Glenn Robinson III had 12 rebounds for the 5-0 Wolverines. Trey Burke and Jon Horford added 10 points each.

Hardaway made 10 of 15 shots from the field before he was hurt with about four minutes left. He returned to the bench just in time to celebrate with the rest of his team.

In other AP Top-25 hoops:

__ Second-ranked Louisville used a suffocating defense to forced 22 turnovers and rout 13th-ranked Missouri 84-61 to reach the final of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament against Duke. Luke Hancock led five Cardinals in double figures with 18.

-- Third-ranked Ohio State more than doubled Missouri-Kansas City 91-45. Deshaun Thomas scored 15 of his game-high 21 in the first half. It's the final tuneup for the Buckeyes before their ACC/Big Ten showdown against Duke next Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

-- Fifth-ranked Duke reached the finals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tourney by holding off VCU 67-58. Mason Plumlee recorded his 21st career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

— Kenny Boynton scored a season-high 24 points, Scottie Wilbekin added a career-best 17 and No. 7 Florida beat UCF 79-66.

— Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin each scored 22 points and the No. 8 Wildcats ran away from winless LIU-Brooklyn 104-75.

__ Doug McDermott hit for 30 in leading 15th-ranked Creighton (KRAY'-tuhn) to a 5-0 start by beating Wisconsin 84-74.

— Keith Appling shook off a sprained right ankle in the first half and finished with 20 points to help No. 15 Michigan State beat Oakland 70-52.

— Richard Howell scored 23 points, including the go-ahead basket with 3:06 left, to help No. 16 North Carolina State rally past UNC Asheville 82-80.

__Elias Harris scored 18 points and No. 17 Gonzaga beat Oklahoma 72-47 in a semifinal matchup at the Old Spice Classic.

— Damyean Dotson scored a team-high 19 points, including a short jumper from the key to give Oregon the lead for good, in an 83-79 upset of No. 18 UNLV in the semifinals of the Global Sports Classic.

__Andre Hollins scored a career-high 41 points to lead Minnesota to an 84-75 victory over No. 19 Memphis in the consolation semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Hollins accounted for all the Golden Gophers' points in a 9-0 run to end the game.

— Sean Kilpatrick scored 32 points, leading No. 22 Cincinnati to a 78-70 win over Iowa State in the semifinals of the Global Sports Classic.


Morehead State coach draws one-game suspension for shove

UNDATED (AP) — Morehead State has suspended coach Sean Woods for one game after he appeared to shove Eagles point guard Devon Atkinson during Wednesday night's loss at No. 8 Kentucky. Woods will sit out Monday night's game against Norfolk State.

Athletic director Brian Hutchinson suspended Woods Friday after meeting with the coach. Woods apologized for his behavior in a statement and said the situation "will not happen again."

In other college basketball news:

— Two players for No. 1 Indiana have lost their appeals for reduced suspensions. Freshmen forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea and center Peter Jurkin must sit out the remaining four games of their nine-game suspensions including Tuesday night's showdown with No. 9 North Carolina. The NCAA ruled Nov. 6 both players would have to sit out after accepting benefits from an AAU coach who donated $185 to the school's Varsity Club.


LSU keeps faint title hope alive...Cornhuskers secure spot in Big Ten finale

UNDATED (AP) — LSU is still alive for the Southeastern Conference championship game. But the Tigers need some help.

The eighth-ranked Tigers did their part by holding off stubborn Arkansas 20-13 in Fayetteville.

Zach Mettenberger passed for 217 yards and hooked up with Jarvis Landry for the play of the day with 1:12 left in the first half to put LSU up 10-0. Landry made a spectacular one-handed TD catch. He caught eight passes for 75 yards.

Now the Tigers have to depend on Auburn to upset No. 2 Alabama and Texas A&M to beat Missouri Saturday to gain traction in the title chases in the SEC and BCS.

LSU improved to 10-2 while Arkansas finishes 4-8. Interim Razorbacks coach John L. Smith is not expected to keep his job.

In other Top-25 action:

__Rex Burkhead scored the go-ahead touchdown in his return from a knee injury and No. 17 Nebraska beat Iowa 13-7 to secure a spot in the Big Ten title game. Burkhead was making his first appearance since spraining the MCL in his left knee on Oct. 20 against Northwestern. He broke through with a 3-yard TD run to late in the third quarter. The Cornhuskers will take on Wisconsin in the title game in a rematch of Nebraska's win in September.

__Kent State has finished off a perfect 8-0 Mid-American Conference season with a 28-6 win over Ohio University. C.J. Malauulu returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown 12 seconds after teammate Trayion Durham scored on a 15-yard run in the 23rd-ranked Golden Flashes 10th straight win.

__Kent State had already earned a spot against Northern Illinois in next week's MAC title game. The 24th-ranked Huskies won their 11th straight, 49-7 over Eastern Michigan, to finish their MAC season 8-0. Akeem Daniels rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns.


Really black Friday for hockey fans

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL is calling off all games through Dec. 14, plus the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend scheduled for Jan. 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio.

The league made the announcement on the 69th day of the NHL's lockout of its players.

The new cancelations come as no 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.


NFL may review replay rule that cost Lions

NEW YORK (AP) — A top NFL executive says the rule that negated using video replay to confirm a Houston touchdown Thursday "may be too harsh" and will be re-examined immediately.

Ray Anderson, the league's director of football operations, says a 15-yard penalty for throwing the challenge flag on a play that is automatically reviewed might be enough.

For now, throwing the challenge flag also eliminates the use of replay; all scoring plays otherwise are reviewed.

Justin Forsett's third-quarter 81-yard run in the Texans' 34-31 overtime victory at Detroit initially was ruled a touchdown, although replays clearly showed his knee and elbow touched the turf when he was hit by Lions defenders. Detroit coach Jim Schwartz challenged, resulting in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.


Polamalu works out, doubtful to play...Cutler return uncertain...Niners' Smith cleared

UNDATED (AP) —Troy Polamalu (pohl-uh-MAH'-loo) was on the practice field with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time in seven weeks. The four-time All Pro safety has been sidelined by a strained right calf and had not practiced since Oct. 5. Polamalu is still listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Cleveland.

But running back Isaac Redman has been given the all clear to play in the Browns game. He's passed all post-concussions test after a hard hit against Baltimore on Sunday.

In other NFL injury news:

__The status of Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler for Sunday's game against Minnesota remains uncertain because of a concussion. Coach Lovie Smith says he's is optimistic about Cutler's return.

Whether Cutler plays against the Vikings at Soldier Field hinges on passing a test from an independent neurologist Saturday. He went through a second straight limited practice session Friday but hasn't had a full practice yet this week. Backup Jason Campbell, who is suffering from a rib injury, went through his first full practice Friday.

— Jim Harbaugh expects Alex Smith to be medically cleared to play by Saturday. Still, the 49ers coach did not announce Friday who will start at quarterback at New Orleans in two days. Harbaugh says it serves no purpose to his team and organization to let anybody know what his plan at quarterback is for Sunday's game against the Saints. Colin Kaepernick (KA'-pur-nihk) quarterbacked the Niners in their win over Chicago last Monday.


Vonn to race slalom Saturday, skip Sunday

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Lindsey Vonn says she's healthy enough to race in one of the two World Cup races this weekend in Aspen.

The four-time overall champion will compete in the giant slalom Saturday, but skip the slalom Sunday.

The four-time overall World Cup champion recently returned to training after missing time with an intestinal issue that landed her in the hospital.


McIlroy, Donald share lead

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — 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.


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.


Hanyu wins NHK Trophy, books spot in GP final

SENDAI, Japan (AP) — Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu has won the NHK Trophy title, capturing the free skate Saturday to secure a place in next month's Grand Prix final.

A day after the 17-year-old Hanyu broke his own world record in the short program with a mark of 95.32, he opened with a quadruple toe loop and hit six triple jumps on the way to victory with a score of 261.03 points. He was unable to land the second quad — a salchow, and fell on his final jump, a triple lutz, but did enough to beat second-place finisher and compatriot Daisuke Takahashi by nearly 10 points. Ross Miner of the United States finished third with 235.37 points.

Mao Asada of Japan narrowly edged compatriot Akiko Suzuki for the women's title. Asada tallied 185.27 points to Suzuki's 185.22.