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BOXING

Ali’s condition improves

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s condition is improving and he is expected to be released from hospital soon, his spokesman said in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday. Bob Gunnell said two days ago when Ali was admitted to hospital, that the 72-year-old’s pneumonia condition was caught early and his stay would be a short one. “Muhammad Ali has vastly improved since being admitted to the hospital over the weekend with a mild case of pneumonia. Ali’s team of doctors hopes to discharge him soon,” Gunnell said on Monday.

SOCCER

Clarke Carlisle hit by truck

Former Burnley, Leeds and Queens Park Rangers defender Clarke Carlisle was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a truck on Monday, British media reported. The BBC reported the 35-year-old former chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association was in hospital and that his injuries were not life-threatening. England soccer body the Football Association wrote on Twitter: “The thoughts & prayers of all at The FA are with Clarke Carlisle & his family at this sad time.”

BOXING

Klitschkos’ ex-trainer dies

Fritz Sdunek, who was the trainer for Ukrainian heavyweight boxing brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, has died aged 67, following complications after a heart attack, SID reported. Sdunek, who also trained former world light heavyweight champion Dariusz Michalczewski, suffered the heart attack in the Canary Islands before being transported to Hamburg, Germany, where he died, Web site express.de announced. Sdeunek, a former amateur boxer, had had to reduce his training responsiblities in recent years as he battled heart problems and skin cancer. It was from his Hamburg base that he trained Vitali Klitschko, now mayor of Kiev, during his stellar 16-year career. Younger brother Wladimir was under his wing for eight years. “Wladimir and Vitali learnt the news from the family,” Wladimir’s manager Bernd Bonte told SID. “They are upset and very sad... He was a close friend to us all, we owe him a lot.” While Vitali, who was twice WBC champion and also WBO titleholder, has retired to focus on a political career in Ukraine, Wladimir, 38, holds three of the heavyweight championship belts (IBF, WBA and WBO), with his goal to become the first pugilist in history to hold all four by taking the WBC version next year.

BASKETBALL

Carl Herrera out of ICU

Former NBA player Carl Herrera is out of the intensive care unit (ICU) and improving following a weekend shooting, the team he coaches and one of his sons said on Monday. The Gigantes de Guayana team said in a series of Twitter posts that Herrera, the first Venezuelan to play in the NBA, is no longer in critical condition “and is improving day by day.” Herrera, 48, was shot on Saturday last week during an apparent robbery attempt at a restaurant on Margarita Island off Venezuela’s Caribbean coast.

CRICKET

Watson hit by bouncer

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was forced to cut short his training session in the Melbourne Cricket Ground nets yesterday after being hit on the helmet by a bouncer, three days before the start of the third Test against India. Watson, under pressure for his place at No. 3 in the batting order, was knocked to the ground when a short ball from James Pattinson hit him flush on the helmet.

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