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Boxer in surgery with head trauma

By wire services
Published September 18, 2005

LAS VEGAS - Leavander Johnson underwent brain surgery Saturday night after collapsing in his dressing room following his IBF lightweight title loss against challenger Jesus Chavez.

Johnson's promoter said his fighter underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain after being taken to University Medical Center. There was no immediate word on his condition.

Johnson left the ring on his own accord but passed out in his dressing room after being stopped by Chavez in the 11th round of their title fight at the MGM Grand hotel-casino. His promoter, Lou Dibella, said he was revived but passed out again in the ambulance on the way to the hospital after complaining of a bad headache.

The 35-year-old fighter from Atlantic City, N.J., who was defending his 135-pound title against Chavez, took a tremendous beating throughout the fight.

The fight was part of a card promoted by Oscar De La Hoya that featured bouts with Marco Antonio Barrera and Shane Mosley.

The fight was stopped 38 seconds into the 11th round by referee Tony Weeks but not before Johnson took what appeared to be about two dozen punches to the head.

MORE BOXING: Former two-time world champion Lakva Sim of Los Angeles stopped Ebo Elder of Newnan, Ga., in the 12th and final round of their WBA lightweight title elimination bout Friday night.

BASEBALL: Cuba wins Cup again

Dany Betancourt gave up four hits in 81/3 innings and Cuba won its eighth straight World Cup with a 3-0 victory over South Korea.

It was the 24th title for Cuba since the competition began in 1938. South Korea was the last team to beat Cuba in the World Cup, in 1982.

Panama finished third in the tournament.

CYCLING: Heras nears title

Roberto Heras of Spain neared his second straight title at the Spanish Vuelta, finishing second to Ruben Plaza in the next-to-last stage. Heras, who rides for Liberty Seguros, holds a commanding overall lead going into today's 21st stage in Madrid. His closest rival is Russia's Denis Menchov, who is 4 minutes, 36 seconds behind.

COLLEGES

CROSS COUNTRY: South Florida's men's and women's teams opened the season with second-place finishes at the North Carolina Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. USF's Ryan Thomas finished ninth while Bente General was ninth in the women's race. ... Senior Andrew Lemoncello and sophomore Laura Bowerman led the Florida State men's and women's teams to their second consecutive team championships this season.

VOLLEYBALL: Six players finished with five kills or more as No. 7 Florida captured the Campus USA Credit Union Classic title by defeating UC Irvine 3-0 (30-20, 30-24, 30-13) before 4,003 at the O'Connell Center. ... Eckerd (2-6-0, 1-0 SSC) posted a 2-0 victory over PalmBeach Atlantic (7-2-0) ... Lynn University edged Saint Leo 3-2.

ET CETERA

BASKETBALL: Juan Carlos Navarro scored 35 points to lead Spain to a 114-109 overtime victory over Latvia at the European Championship.

Darko Milicic and Nenad Krstic combined to beat Israel (1-1) 93-77. Defending champion Lithuania beat Croatia (1-1) 85-67 in Podgorica for its second straight win in Group B.

RUNNING: Olympic champion Liu Xiang won the 110-meter hurdles at the Golden Grand Prix in Shanghai. Olympic and world champion Justin Gatlin captured the 100 meters.

SOCCER: Davy Arnaud and Josh Wolff scored late goals to give the Kansas City Wizards a 2-2 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy ... Christian Gomez scored off a free kick in the 65th minute to break a scoreless tie and D.C. United beat the Colorado Rapids 2-0 ... Youri Djorkaeff scored his second goal of the game in the 86th minute to help the MetroStars beat Eastern Conference-leading New England. ... Chris Rolfe scored his second goal of the game in the 84th minute to lift Chicago past Columbus.

[Last modified September 18, 2005, 02:15:36]


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