Nov. 24, 2012 Around The Nation: 'Macho' Camacho dead at 50

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BOXING

‘Macho’ Camacho dead at 50 after shooting

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The director of the Centro Medico trauma center in Puerto Rico says boxer Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho has died after being taken off life support.

Dr. Ernesto Torres says Camacho went into cardiac arrest in the pre-dawn hours Saturday. He was then taken off life support and died shortly thereafter.

Camacho was declared brain dead on Thursday following a shooting in his hometown of Bayamon.

The former world champion was 50.

FOOTBALL

Browns cancel white flag giveaway

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have waved off their white-flag giveaway.

Following days of criticism, the Browns have decided to cancel a promotion to hand out white flags to fans before Sunday’s game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Because white flags symbolize surrender, the giveaway seemed to imply the Browns were giving up against the Steelers, who have won 16 of the past 17 games between the AFC North foes.

Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said in a statement on Saturday that the team scrapped the idea “in the best interests of everyone. It is something that was intended to be fun for our fans and that they could rally around, and we regret that some didn’t perceive it that way.”

The flag giveaway was poorly received by many Browns fans and even some players.

Roethlisberger shows fans his new son

PITTSBURGH — Big Ben Roethlisberger is introducing his fans to Little Ben.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback posted a picture of his newborn son on his website Saturday.

The caption reads, “Ben’s favorite photo so far ... and dad’s new screen saver for his phone!”

Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Jr. was born Wednesday night. The website describes the boy as “definitely a chip off the old block” and links to photos of Ben Sr. as a baby.

It’s the first child for the athlete and his wife, Ashley.

Harvin out for today’s game with Chicago

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have declared wide receiver Percy Harvin out of Sunday’s game at Chicago because of his sprained left ankle.

Harvin was listed doubtful on Friday after missing another week of practice, and the team downgraded him to out on the injury report Saturday while deciding not to take him on the trip so he can continue to rest. Harvin was hurt Nov. 4 at Seattle and missed the Nov. 11 game against Detroit. The Vikings had a bye last week.

Harvin is tied for 10th in the NFL with 62 receptions. He entered the week second in the league behind Green Bay’s Randall Cobb in total yards, including receiving, rushing and returning.

Penn State honors Mauti, rest of seniors

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State players wore “42” on the side of their helmets Saturday for injured linebacker Michael Mauti, and the team and students honored the senior class in an emotional ceremony before Saturday’s season finale against Wisconsin.

Mauti and the rest of the seniors helped keep most of the team together in the offseason after the NCAA levied strict sanctions on Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Mauti, who wears No. 42, hurt his left knee during last week’s 45-22 win over Indiana. A few seniors suggested wearing the numbers on the white helmets this week, but players didn’t know about the honor until they got to the locker room Saturday before the game.

It was the first time since 1974 that Penn State wore numbers on helmets.

Arkansas says Smith not to return as coach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long says interim football coach John L. Smith will not return next season.

Long says in a statement released by the university that he met with Smith on Saturday, a day after the Razorbacks’ season-ending 20-13 loss to LSU, and told him the school “would be making a change in leadership within our program.”

Smith was hired in April to replace the fired Bobby Petrino and signed to a 10-month contract. Long says that once a new coach is hired Smith will be reassigned as a consultant through the end of his contract on Feb. 23, 2013.

Arkansas (4-8, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) began the season ranked in the top 10 but quickly fell out of the polls after a stunning loss to Louisianan-Monroe on Sept. 8.

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