Ex-world champion Camacho dies at 50
• Hector Camacho, a boxer known for his lightning-quick hands and flamboyant personality who emerged from a delinquent childhood in New York’s Spanish Harlem to become a world champion in three weight classes, died Saturday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, four days after after being shot while sitting in a parked car. He was 50.
His death was reported by Dr. Ernesto Torres, the director of the Centro Medico trauma center in Puerto Rico, who said Camacho had a heart attack and died a short time later after being taken off life support. He was declared brain dead on Thursday.
Police said that Camacho was shot in the left side of the face on Tuesday night as he sat in a black Ford Mustang with a friend. The bullet fractured his vertebrae and was lodged in his shoulder when he was taken to the Puerto Rico Medical Center.
The police said that two men fled the scene in a sport utility vehicle, but that no arrests had been made. They said that nine bags of cocaine were found in the pockets of the late Adrian Mojica Moreno and that a 10th was found open in the car.
Maze claims giant slalom, Vonn 21st
• Tina Maze of Slovenia won her second consecutive 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 in Aspen, Colo., 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, with Zettel taking second there, too. Vonn was 10th after the first run, but didn’t have anything left for the second pass. Vonn wasn’t sure if she was even going to compete in Aspen this weekend because of a stomach bug that landed her in the hospital.
• Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won the season-opening World Cup men’s downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, beating Austria’s Max Franz by 0.64 seconds. Svindal finished the Olympic course in 1 minute, 48.31 seconds. American Marco Sullivan and Austria’s Klaus Kroell tied for third.
• Russia’s Alexander Zubkov raced to his third consecutive World Cup four-man bobsled victory, beating teammate Alexander Kasjanov by 0.24 seconds in Whistler, British Columbia.
• Severin Freund of Germany won the season-opening ski jump World Cup event in Lillehammer, Norway, for the third individual victory of his career.
• Anke Wischnewski led a German 1-2 finish ahead of Natalie Geisenberger in the women’s season-opening luge World Cup race in Igls, Austria.
• 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 by winning the women’s 1,500-meter race in Kolomna, Russia.
Hamilton wins pole for Brazilian GP
• Lewis Hamilton won the pole position for the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, while Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel will start fourth and title challenger Fernando Alonso seventh in today’s race. Hamilton set a lap of 1 minute, 12.458 seconds with his McLaren at Interlagos, just .055 in front of teammate Jenson Button. Alonso only managed a lap of 1:13.253, hurting his chances of overtaking Vettel for the championship. Vettel needs to finish fourth or better today to become F1’s youngest three-time champion at age 25. Alonso needs at least a podium finish to have any chance of overcoming a 13-point deficit to Vettel.
McIlroy, Donald share lead in Dubai
• 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 3 shots clear of a star-studded field after the third round of the Dubai World Championship in United Arab Emirates.
• 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.
• Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long says interim football coach John L. Smith will not return next season. Arkansas (4-8, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) began the season ranked in the top 10 but quickly fell out of the polls after a stunning loss Sept. 8 to Louisianan-Monroe.
• Inter Milan director Marco Branca says Wesley Sneijder won’t play again for the club until he makes a decision about his future, adding to speculation the Dutch playmaker might be set for a January move to Manchester United.
• Usain Bolt won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time after defending his 100- and 200-meter gold medals at last summer’s Olympic Games in London.
— From wire reports