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Former heavyweight boxer Ken Norton Sr. dies at 70
L.A. Times: Ken Norton Sr., a former heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973 before losing in the rematch later that year, has died at 70, his friend and manager Patrick Tenore says. Norton had congestive heart failure and died in an Arizona hospital where he had been undergoing rehabilitation since suffering a stroke last year.
Photo: Ken Norton Sr., left, trades punches with Muhammad Ali during their 1973 rematch. Ali won the fight by split decision. (Associated Press / September 11, 1973)
Dennis Rodman addresses Kenneth Bae at news conference
Dennis Rodman says it’s not his responsibility to ask North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to release American Kenneth Bae.
Speaking at a news conference to announce an upcoming basketball game in North Korea, Rodman said he wasn’t going over there to “rescue somebody.” Rodman said he is writing a book with Kim Jong-un and also announced he will train the North Korean basketball team for the Olympics.
Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with former NBA star Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 7, 2013, in this photo released by Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea.
JUST IN: The International Olympic Committee has voted to reinstate wrestling in the 2020 Olympics, after it was axed from the core list in February, AP’s Steve Wilson reports on Twitter. Wrestling was vying with squash and baseball/softball for a spot on the 2020 program.
Andy Murray loses, makes unexpected exit from US Open
AP: Andy Murray’s reign as defending US Open champion has ended after a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 quarterfinal loss to ninth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka.
Photo: Andy Murray, of Great Britain, reacts during a break between sets after losing the first two sets to Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the 2013 US Open tennis tournament on Sept. 5 in New York. (David Goldman/AP)
AP: The NFL and more than 4,500 former players are to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement, a federal judge says. The settlement would fund medical examples, concussion-related compensation, as well as medical research.
Plaintiffs include at least 10 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon and the family of Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide in 2012.
Alex Rodriguez, 12 MLB players suspended in drug probe
Major League Baseball has suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez without pay for the remainer of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 season. MLB says Rodriguez used numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances over the course of multiple years, according to a statement released to NBC News.
Twelve other players have received 50-game suspensions without pay for their violations in relation to the Biogenesis investigation. More updates on BreakingNews.com.
Photo: Alex Rodriguez talks during a news conference on Feb. 17, 2008, at which he admitted taking a substance known as “boli” acquired with his cousin in the Dominican Republic in 2001. (Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images)
Chris Froome has become the second Briton in consecutive years to take the Tour de France title. The 28-year-old, who learned to ride on dirt tracks in Kenya, crossed the finish line in Paris arm-in-arm with his Team Sky colleagues after more than 80 hours and 2,000 miles in the saddle. Read more from Sky News.
US sprinter Tyson Gay and Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell have failed drug tests.
Gay denies knowingly taking a performance-enhancing drug, but has withdrawn from the upcoming World Championships. Powell confirmed he was one of five Jamaican athletes who had tested positive for a banned substance at last month’s national championships.