Page out of rehabilitation
Former heavyweight boxing champion Greg Page was released from a rehabilitation center in Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday, a month after he was hospitalized with pneumonia and other health problems. Page, 48, was released from Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville. He was sent there after being hospitalized on Nov. 24. The former WBA heavyweight champ suffered brain damage after a 2001 fight in northern Kentucky. After the fight, he slipped into a coma, then had a stroke during post-fight surgery. He is paralyzed on his left side and uses a wheelchair. Page became the champ in December 1984, when he beat Gerrie Coetzee in South Africa.
Nash nets athlete of the year
Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash, the NBA MVP for the last two seasons, was honored as Canada's male athlete of the year on Tuesday. He received The Lionel Conacher Award as the top vote-getter in a survey by The Canadian Press and Broadcast News. Nash beat out fellow MVPs Justin Morneau of baseball's Minnesota Twins and Joe Thornton of ice hockey's San Jose Sharks in balloting of sports editors and broadcasters across Canada. "It's incredible, I suppose," Nash said. "Somehow I believe though that they just pulled my name from a hat because there's no way I'm more deserving than those guys. I imagine it was just the luck of the draw." Nash, who is from Victoria, British Columbia, also won this award in 2002 and last year.
■ Ice Hockey
Young player dies
A 17-year-old ice hockey player collapsed and died during a tournament in Scarborough, Ontario on Tuesday, the Toronto Star reported. Alex Corrance, a defenseman, was playing for the Mississauga Rebels when he fell to the ice early in a game against the rival Mississauga Ice Dogs. His father, Alan Corrance, is the Rebels' team manager and was on the bench when the younger Corrance collapsed. Trainers and emergency officials weren't able to revive him. "You feel badly if someone gets a concussion or breaks an arm or leg but this ... this is terrible," Rebels general manager Bart Marcolini told the newspaper. "He was probably one of the healthiest on the team. You'd think there would be signs, but there weren't ... I've been in hockey for 66 years and nothing like this has ever happened before." An autopsy was scheduled for yesterday, the paper reported.
■ Rugby Union
Williams regrets red card
Wales flanker Martyn Williams has admitted he was stupid to pick up a red card which could mean he misses the start of the Six Nations. The 31-year-old Cardiff and British Lions star was dismissed for headbutting Neath-Swansea scrum-half Jason Spice in Saturday's Celtic League clash and now faces an anxious wait to find out what suspension he will receive. Wales' opening Six Nations match against Ireland is on Feb. 4 and Williams could be looking at a ban of around four to six weeks.
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