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Associated Press

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 24 at 6:06 AM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The mother of Hector "Macho" Camacho says she has decided to have doctors cut off life support for the former world champion boxer Saturday once three more of his sons get a last chance to see him.

Though opposed by Camacho's eldest son, Maria Matias, the boxer's mother, said she had decided it was time for doctors to disconnect the machines that have kept him alive since he was shot in the face earlier in the week.

"I lost my son three days ago. He's alive only because of a machine," Matias said. "My son is not alive. My son is only alive for the people who love him," she added.

PRO HOCKEY

More than a third of the NHL regular season and two of its marquee events have now been called off.

The league announced its latest round of cancellations on Friday — Day 69 of its labor lockout. All games through Dec. 14 were wiped out, and this time All-Star Weekend, scheduled for Jan. 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio, was lost, too. The New Year's Day outdoor Winter Classic already was scratched.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said losing the All-Star festivities is "extremely disappointing."

PRO FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — The rule that negated using video replay to confirm a Houston Texans touchdown "may be too harsh" and will be re-examined immediately, NFL director of football operations Ray Anderson said Friday.

Anderson, also co-chairman of the competition committee that suggests rules changes to the owners, said a change could come this year. The NFL traditionally resists changing rules during a season.

Anderson also said the play in which Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh kicked Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin will be reviewed. He called the play "out of the ordinary."

Suh could face a suspension if he is found to have intentionally kicked Schaub. A year ago on Thanksgiving, Suh was ejected for stomping on the right arm of Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith and subsequently was suspended for two games.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh expects Alex Smith to be medically cleared to play by Saturday.

Still, the 49ers coach did not announce Friday who will start at quarterback at New Orleans in two days.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster got an unexpected scolding from an elderly woman while delivering a free turkey and canned goods on Thanksgiving Day.

McCluster said he hadn't even had time to put away the groceries before the woman, who lives alone, let him have it.

"She said, 'I'm praying for you guys. Hopefully you guys can win a game soon,'" he recalled. "I told her we're working hard. She said, 'Well, work harder.'

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The status of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler going into the weekend remains uncertain because of a concussion, although coach Lovie Smith said Friday he is optimistic about Cutler's return.

Cutler, who missed Monday night's 32-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, is listed as questionable against the Minnesota Vikings.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two players for No. 1 Indiana lost their appeals for reduced suspensions.

Freshman forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea and freshman center Peter Jurkin must sit out the remaining four games of their nine-game suspensions including Tuesday night's showdown with No. 9 North Carolina.

The NCAA ruled Nov. 6 both players would have to sit out after accepting benefits from an AAU coach who donated $185 to the school's Varsity Club.

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Morehead State suspended coach Sean Woods one game for pushing one of his players during a loss at No. 8 Kentucky.

The first-year Eagles' coach will sit out Monday night's home game against Norfolk State while assistant Dylan Howard coaches in his place.

Morehead State athletic director Brian Hutchinson suspended Woods after meeting with the coach.

"This will allow coach Woods to consider his action and behavior, and allow him time to contemplate the appropriate way to conduct himself with his players and on the sideline," Hutchinson said in statement released by the university.

SOCCER

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's soccer federation fired national team coach Mano Menezes.

Federation president Jose Maria Marin made the change because he "wants new methods and new planning" ahead of the 2014 World Cup that Brazil will host.

World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is one of the names touted to replace Menezes, but Sanchez said he doesn't think negotiations for a new coach are under way.

LONDON (AP) — An Emirates executive says the airline will assess the extent of FIFA's anti-corruption reforms and public perception before renewing its sponsorship with the organization.

The Dubai-based carrier's $195 million eight-year deal with FIFA expires in 2014. FIFA has pledged to introduce measures to prevent a repeat of bribery and vote-buying scandals that have damaged soccer's governing body in the last two years.

But Emirates senior vice president Boutros Boutros says there's been a lot of talk about reforms, but he hasn't seen results yet.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Sockers set a U.S. professional team sports record with their 41st consecutive victory, 14-4 against the Toros de Mexico in the Professional Arena Soccer League on Friday night.

The Sockers had been tied with the Sioux Falls Storm of United Indoor Football, who set the old record of 40 from 2005-08.

SKIING

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Lindsey Vonn is healthy enough to race in Aspen this weeken.

Although weakened by a bad stomach bug, the four-time overall World Cup champion will compete in one of the two races this weekend. She will take part in the giant slalom Saturday and then skip the slalom Sunday to conserve energy.

Vonn recently returned to training after missing time with an intestinal issue that landed her in the hospital. But doctors have kept it under control with antibiotics.

OBITUARY

GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Gail Harris, the last player to hit a home run for the New York Giants before they moved, has died. He was 81.

A funeral home says former Major League Baseball player Gail Harris died at his Gainesville, Va., home on Nov. 14.

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