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BOXING-CAMACHO SHOT

Camacho condition gets worse

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former world boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho was in critical condition after being shot in his native Puerto Rico. Doctors and his family are expected to wrestle with whether to take him off life support after his condition worsened.

Doctors had said Camacho was expected to survive after he was shot in the face while sitting in a car Tuesday night in his hometown of Bayamon. But his condition worsened overnight and his heart stopped at one point, said Dr. Ernesto Torres, director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan.

Torres said that two specialists will examine the boxer to determine his level of brain activity.

The specialists will then consult with other doctors and Camacho's mother, who was expected to arrive from New York, to discuss whether he should be removed from life support, said Ismael Leandry, a longtime friend and former manager who was also at the hospital.

NHL-LABOR

Talks to resume

NEW YORK (AP) — NHL owners and union officials are expected to be negotiating again at league headquarters today, the 67th day of the lockout.

The two sides are trying to work out impasses on core issues such as splitting revenue and player contracts.

Whether the players' association will bring a new complete proposal, as requested by the NHL on Monday, to the next round of talks remained uncertain. But the union huddled for internal conversations after negotiations ended, and continued talking on Tuesday — pushing further bargaining back a day.

Before Monday night's 90-minute bargaining session, it had been eight days since the sides got together.

If a deal is not struck soon, more games will have to be canceled in an already shortened season. The lockout has wiped out 327 games so far. The next games still scheduled are in December.

NBA-SCHEDULE

Western showdown highlights busy schedule

UNDATED (AP) — Two of the top three teams in the NBA Western Conference collide when the streaking Los Angeles Clippers pay a visit to Oklahoma City tonight.

The Clippers have built a six-game winning streak on the way to a season-opening 8-2 record. And they're not winning against slouches. Six of the victories have come against teams that were in the playoffs last season, including the defending champ Miami Heat, the Lakers and two against San Antonio.

The Thunder seem to be embracing the team-concept in posting an 8-3 mark. They've handed out 31 assists in each of their last two games, with Kevin Durant chipping in with ten as part of his first career triple-double in Sunday's win over Golden State. Durant and Russell Westbrook are in the NBA's top 11 in scoring average.

Washington is hoping the franchise's worst start to a season ends at nine losses. The Wizards look for victory number one when they hit the road to meet Atlanta tonight. Washington has struggled through the early part of the season without the services of guard John Wall and center Nene (neh-NAY') who have been sidelined with injuries. If the Wizards can't snap out of it tonight, they'll become the 13th team in NBA history to start a season 0-10.

New York puts its league-best 8-1 mark on the line when the Knicks travel to Dallas. It's only the third time in franchise history the Knicks have won eight of nine to start the season. The Mavericks have staggered to a 6-6 start without the services of All-Star Dirk Nowizki (noh-VIHT'-skee). He continues to have trouble recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery on Oct. 17. The 34-year old estimates it could still be two more weeks before he's ready to go.

There are 14 games on tonight's schedule before the league takes Thanksgiving Day off.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25 SCHEDULE

Michigan in action

UNDATED (AP) — It's been eight days since fourth-ranked Michigan last took the court and the Wolverines are hoping the layoff hasn't hurt them. Michigan takes a 3-0 mark into tonight's meeting with Pittsburgh in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York. Those three victories have all been by 30 points or more. The last time Michigan started the season in that fashion, they went on to win the national championship.

But the Panthers are expected to give the Wolverines a tougher test than their first three opponents. Pittsburgh also is 3-0 entering the game.

Syracuse entertains Princeton tonight but, if history is any indication, don't expect the sixth-ranked Orange to be gracious hosts. Syracuse has won 23 straight home games and 34 in a row in the Carrier Dome against nonconference foes.

No. 9 North Carolina will be looking to rebound from last night's loss to Butler in the Maui Invitational, when the Tar Heels take on Illinois tonight in that tournament.

Eighth-ranked Kentucky welcomes Morehead State and No. 25 San Diego State takes on Arkansas-Pine Bluff to round out the top 25 slate.

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