Broncos receiver dies
Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley died Monday at the age of 23 in an apparent suicide, police in Colorado said. “It is an ongoing matter, however, our initial investigation indicates he died from a self-inflicted gunshot,” Arapahoe County Sheriff J Grayson Robinson said. The tragedy is the second to hit the Broncos in recent years following the murder of cornerback Darrent Williams in a drive-by shooting in 2007. McKinley, a fifth-round pick in last year’s NFL draft, played in eight games with the Broncos as a rookie. He was placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the 2010 season after suffering a knee injury. “Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room,” Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels said.
Getafe draw with La Coruna
Mexico forward Javier Arizmendi’s equalizer gave Getafe a 2-2 draw with Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league on Monday. Deportivo led 2-1 after winger Andres Guardado scored penalties in the 50th and 57th minutes following teammate Diego Colotto’s own-goal in the 33rd. However, Arizmendi’s left-footed shot in the 69th minute earned a point for Getafe at El Riazor stadium. Valencia leads the standings with nine points, two more than Real Madrid and Sevilla. Defending champion Barcelona has six.
Maneza sets women’s record
Maiya Maneza of Kazakhstan has set a world record by lifting 143kg in the clean and jerk in the women’s 63kg category at the world championships in Turkey. Maneza beat the old mark on Monday by 1kg set by Pawina Thongsuk of Thailand in 2006 at the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. The championships end on Saturday.
Rojos claims title
Mexican fighter Tomas Rojas beat Kohei Kono by a unanimous decision in Saitama, Japan, on Monday to capture the vacant WBC super flyweight title. The 30-year-old Rojas dominated his Japanese opponent in the early rounds and survived being knocked down in the final round to improve to 34 wins, including 23 KOs, against 12 defeats, one draw. Kono dropped to 25-5 with nine knockouts. The title became vacant when Vic Darchinyan moved up to bantamweight to capture the IBO championship. In another match, Takashi Uchiyama defeated Roy Mukhlis of Indonesia on a technical knockout in the fifth round to defend his WBA super featherweight title. Uchiyama sent Mukhlis to the canvas with a right hook before the referee stopped the bout.
Robredo goes to next round
Former champion Tommy Robredo of Spain beat Daniel Brands of Germany 6-1, 7-6 (3) to reach the second round at the Open de Moselle in Metz, France, on Monday. Robredo had seven aces and broke serve twice in the second set. In other first-round matches, Michael Berrer beat Rainer Schuettler 7-6 (5), 6-2 and Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan beat Florent Serra 6-4, 6-4. Berrer saved all four break points in the first set and beat Schuettler for the first time after two previous losses. Istomin appeared in control when he broke Serra’s serve to lead 4-1 in the second set, but Istomin lost his next two service games as Serra pulled back to 4-4. Serra then lost his serve for the fourth time in the match and Istomin held his to love to complete the win.