Camacho declared clinically brain dead
• Famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho is clinically brain dead, doctors said Thursday, though they said family members were disagreeing on whether to take him off life support.
Dr. Ernesto Torres said doctors have finished performing all medical tests on Camacho, who was shot in the face Tuesday night.
“We have done everything we could,” said Torres, who is the director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan. “We have to tell the people of Puerto Rico and the entire world that Macho Camacho has died, he is brain dead.”
He said at a news conference that the family expects to say by today if Camacho should remain on life support.
Torres said Camacho’s father has already indicated that he wants the boxer taken off life support and his organs donated, but one of his sisters opposes the idea.
“This is a very difficult moment,” he said.
Ismael Leandry, a longtime friend and former manager, told reporters that Camacho’s mother also is wavering on taking her son off life support and would like more time with him. He said the family is waiting for Camacho’s oldest son to arrive Thursday night before having a family reunion and making a decision.
Camacho has a career record of 79-6-3.
San Diego poised to set U.S. record
• The San Diego Sockers will set a U.S. professional team record if they win their 41st consecutive game tonight. The Sockers will face the Toros de Mexico at the former San Diego Sports Arena. The Sockers beat the Arizona Storm last weekend to tie the record of 40 consecutive victories set by the Sioux Falls Storm of United Indoor Football from 2005-2008.
• Defending champion Atletico Madrid was one of 13 teams to advance to the knockout stage in the Europa League, while Liverpool must wait after conceding a stunning late equalizer to Young Boys. Raul Garcia scored early in Atletico’s 1-0 victory over Hapoel Tel Aviv, allowing the Spanish side to reach the last 32 from Group B with Viktoria Plzen.
• Referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared by the English Football Association of using racist language toward a Chelsea player. Chelsea midfielder Ramires said he heard Clattenburg tell teammate John Obi Mikel “shut up you monkey” during the Oct. 28 match against Manchester United.
Swiss skier suffers serious knee injury
• Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht seriously injured his left knee in a crash in training for a World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise, Alberta. Albrecht has rarely raced in speed events in nearly four years since spending 16 days in an induced coma to recover from brain and lung injuries after he crashed heavily in downhill training in Kitzbuehel, Austria. The Swiss ski federation says Albrecht sustained a “complex injury” to the knee Thursday. The 29-year-old skier was airlifted by helicopter from the slope and treated in Calgary. Albrecht was the 2007 world champion in super-combined.
• Sebastian Vettel says he will not approach the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo any differently from previous races, despite having a significant lead over Fernando Alonso in the Formula One drivers’ championship. Vettel says he doesn’t plan to play it safe in Sao Paulo even though a fourth-place finish Sunday will be enough to secure the Red Bull driver his third consecutive Formula One title. Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will finish F1’s most successful career Sunday. Brazilian GP organizers are planning a surprise to honor Schumacher’s career, just like they did in 2006 when he retired the first time.
• Former Hawaii receiver Chad Owens was honored as the Canadian Football League’s outstanding player three days before he leads the Toronto Argonauts against Calgary in the Grey Cup. Owens led the CFL in receiving with 94 catches for 1,328 yards and six TDs.
— From wire reports