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Sportshorts for Monday, April 21, 2014

Published: Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:02 p.m. CDT

BOXING

‘Hurricane’ Carter dead at 76

Former professional boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial, died Sunday at the age of 76.

Carter, considered a folk hero by many and immortalized in film and song, had been battling prostate cancer for nearly 3 years.

That arrest, his imprisonment, and the ultimately successful battle to free him are immortalized in the 1975 Bob Dylan song “Hurricane” and the 1999 film of the same name, which starred Denzel Washington as Carter.

Hopkins unifies light-heavyweight titles

American Bernard Hopkins became the oldest man to unify world boxing titles when he scored a split decision victory over Beibut Shumenov on Saturday to add the Kazak’s WBA light-heavyweight title to his IBF crown.

The 49-year-old American was awarded the fight 116-111 by two judges, but Gustavo Padilla controversially had it 114-113 for the 30-year-old Shumenov, who was floored by a big right hand in the 11th round.

MLB

Tigers release starting shortstop

The Detroit Tigers released opening-day shortstop Alex Gonzalez on Sunday.

The 37-year-old Gonzalez started the opener against the Kansas City Royals and delivered the winning hit in the ninth inning, but ended up going just 5-for-30 the first 3 weeks of the season.

GOLF

Kuchar chips in for Heritage win

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Matt Kuchar saw his well-struck 5-iron on the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage come up way short of the target and settle in a front bunker.

For Kuchar, there was no better place – and no better shot in the tournament.

He followed with a stunning chip-in on Harbour Town Golf Link’s closing, lighthouse hole, to overcome a four-shot deficit for a one-stroke victory and end nearly a month of Sundays during which he came close to a title, only to lose at the end.

Kuchar shot a 64 to finish at 11-under 273, one stroke ahead of Luke Donald.

 

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