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Boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho is clinically brain dead, doctors say

Camacho, 50, was shot in the face Tuesday night in Puerto Rico. His family has asked for two more days before taking him off life support.

November 22, 2012
  • Hector Camacho celebrates after defeating Roberto Duran for the super middleweight championship.
Hector Camacho celebrates after defeating Roberto Duran for the super… (Mark Leffingwell / AFP /…)

Famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho is clinically brain dead, doctors said Thursday.

Dr. Ernesto Torres said doctors have finished performing all medical tests on Camacho, who was shot in the face Tuesday night.

Two of Camacho's aunts say his family has decided to wait two more days before taking him off life support.

Aida Camacho says two of Camacho's sisters have asked to have the extra time to spend with him, and other family members have agreed even though they feel it is time to give in.

Another aunt, Blanca Camacho, also says the family has agreed to the wishes of the two sisters from New York to hold off on ending life support.

"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."

The 50-year-old Camacho was shot as he and a friend sat in a Ford Mustang parked outside a bar Tuesday night. Police spokesman Alex Diaz said officers found nine small bags of cocaine in the friend's pocket, and a 10th bag open inside the car. Camacho's friend, identified as 49-year-old Adrian Mojica Moreno, was killed in the attack.

Doctors had initially said Camacho was expected to survive, but his condition worsened and his heart stopped briefly overnight Tuesday, Torres said. The bullet entered his jaw and lodged in his shoulder after tearing through three of four main arteries in his neck, affecting blood flow through his brain, doctors said.

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The San Diego Chargers say Sunday's home game against the Baltimore Ravens will be blacked out in Southern California because more than 9,000 general admission tickets remained unsold 72 hours before kickoff.

It will be the second blackout this season for the Chargers (4-6), who are desperately trying to remain alive in the wild-card race. Their home game against Atlanta on Sept. 23 was blacked out.

The blackout for their game against Kansas City on Nov. 1 was lifted only after several corporate sponsors guaranteed the sale of an estimated 10,000 tickets.

Of the three remaining home games after Sunday, only the season-finale against the Oakland Raiders has a realistic chance of selling out.

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An apologetic Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin acknowledges he was wrong and will not dispute a $75 fine for failing to follow a crew member's orders during a flight to Buffalo.

McKelvin said that he was ticketed for refusing to turn off his cellphone and failing to buckle his seatbelt while traveling from New York City on Tuesday.

"Yeah, you've got to know what you're doing and who you are. You've got to do what you're basically told," McKelvin said. "It was a misunderstanding. I apologized for it, and I'm going to pay the fine, pay my dues for what I did."

According to a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police report, McKelvin refused to comply with a request to turn off his cellphone and place the bag that was under his seat into an overhead compartment. He was fined upon arriving in Buffalo.

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The NBA said that officials Ed Malloy, John Goble and Violet Palmer missed a foul by Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist against Toronto's Andrea Bargnani on a jump shot in the final seconds of the Bobcats' 98-97 victory Wednesday night.

The NBA said Bargnani should have been given two free throws and the clock stopped with approximately 2.4 seconds remaining. Replays showed Kidd-Gilchrist's right hand made contact with Bargnani's left wrist as the Toronto player shot, with the ball coming up well short.

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Luke Donald shot a seven-under-par 65 to lead Rory McIlroy and two others by one stroke after the opening round of the season-ending Dubai World Championship in the United Arab Emirates.

Donald saved par on the first and fourth holes with clutch putting, and some accurate up-and-down play helped him make four birdies in a stretch of six holes.

Donald fended off a challenge from McIlroy at the tournament last year to become the first player to clinch both the European and PGA Tour money titles. McIlroy has repeated the feat this season, and he surged into contention at the $8-million event with three birdies on the back nine. The PGA Championship winner could have matched Donald, but his tee shot on the 18th went into a creek.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain and Marc Warren of Scotland are also at six under.

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Referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared by the English Football Association of using racist language toward a Chelsea player during a Premier League match.

Chelsea midfielder Ramires said he heard Clattenburg tell teammate John Obi Mikel "shut up you monkey" during the Oct. 28 match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, but the FA decided there was no evidence to back up the accusation.

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