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BOXING: Boxer Morrison dies at age 44

on September 04, 2013 10:20 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Tommy Morrison’s career reached its pinnacle on a hot June night in Las Vegas, when he stepped into the ring and beat George Foreman to become heavyweight champion. It reached its nadir when he tested positive for HIV three years later.

The last 20 years of the brash boxer’s life were defined by extensive legal troubles, erratic behavior and mounting health problems. Morrison later claimed that he never tested positive for the virus that causes AIDs, even as he was hospitalized during the last days of his life. Morrison died Sunday night at a Nebraska hospital. He was 44.

His longtime promoter and close friend, Tony Holden, confirmed Monday that “the Duke” had died the previous night, but his family would not disclose the cause of death.

Griffin will start season opener

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — So much for those last-minute “concerns.” RG3 is starting Week 1.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan finally confirmed what has appeared inevitable since the start of training camp: Robert Griffin III will be under center for the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

• CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have signed defensive tackle Geno Atkins to a five-year contract extension, locking up one of their best defensive players through 2018.

The All-Pro tackle, a fourth-round pick in 2010, was entering the final year on his original deal. He made the Pro Bowl each of the last two seasons. Atkins had 12 1/2 sacks last season, the most by any interior lineman in the NFL.

Still no ruling on sailing champ

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 34th America’s Cup starts Saturday afternoon and defending champion Oracle Team USA still doesn’t know how severely it will be punished for illegally modifying prototype catamarans in warmup regattas last year and earlier this year. Organizers said late Monday afternoon that an expected decision by the international jury had been pushed back until this afternoon.

Inspectors see progress in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — IOC inspectors have seen “strong, solid progress” but think organizers need a sharper focus in the countdown to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The IOC coordination commission, headed by former Olympic hurdles champion Nawal El Moutawakel, finished a two-day inspection visit and seemed to take a stronger tone than on its previous four visits.

El Moutawakel said she was confident the games would provide a lasting legacy, but warned about delays in starting construction on one of the four main venue areas.

Crawford signs 6-year extension

CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Crawford is having one great summer.

First, he was in net when the Chicago Blackhawks stormed to their second NHL title in four seasons. Then he welcomed the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Montreal, and joined the team for the announcement of a six-year contract extension that officially stamps his arrival as one of the league’s top goaltenders.

Crawford went 16-7 with an NHL-best 1.84 goals-against average while starting every playoff game for Chicago this year.

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