BY Staff and Wire reports
Saturday, November 24, 2012
11/24/12 at 3:31 AM
Camacho's mother says life support will end: Hector "Macho" Camacho will be taken off life support, his mother said Friday night, indicating she would have doctors do that Saturday. It was a decision the former championship boxer's eldest son opposed.
The boxer's mother, Maria Matias, told reporters outside the hospital where Camacho lay unconscious since being shot in the face that she had decided doctors should remove life support, but only after three of his sons arrived in Puerto Rico early Saturday and had a chance to see him a last time.
"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.
The three other sons were expected to arrive from the U.S. mainland around midnight Friday. "Until they arrive, we will not disconnect the machine," Matias said.
Doctors have said Camacho is clinically brain dead from a shooting Tuesday night in his hometown of Bayamon. But relatives and friends told The Associated Press they were still wrestling with whether to remove him from life support.
Last N.Y. Giant to hit home run dies at Virginia home: The last player to hit a home run for the New York Giants before they moved has died. A funeral home says former Major League Baseball player Gail Harris died at his Gainesville, Va., home on Nov. 14. He was 81.
The final home run before the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1957 came against Pittsburgh. Harris played for the New York Giants and the Detroit Tigers between 1955 and 1960.
A memorial service was held for Harris in Manassas, Va., on Nov. 17. Pierce Funeral Homes says his remains were cremated. Harris was originally from Abingdon, Va.
Vonn to race giant slalom in Aspen, skip slalom: Lindsey Vonn says she's healthy enough to race in one of the two World Cup races this weekend in Aspen, Colo. The four-time overall champion will compete in the giant slalom Saturday, but skip the slalom Sunday.
Vonn recently returned to training after missing time with an intestinal issue that landed her in the hospital. She squeezed in two training runs Friday before calling it a day. Vonn then consulted with her coaches before electing to step into the starting gate just for the giant slalom.