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Sports in brief: Promising young boxer in coma, sister in killed after auto accident

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PROMISING teen in coma, sister killed in crash

NEW YORK — A 19-year-old New York man described by the coach of the U.S. Olympic boxing team as a future champion was fighting for his life Monday, a day after a car accident claimed the life of his sister.

Pedro Luis Sosa was in critical condition in a coma at Jacobi Medical Center after the Sunday morning accident on the Cross Bronx Expressway. His sister, 20-year-old Jennifer Sosa, was killed when she and her brother were struck by another car, sending them over a barrier and down 75 feet to a roadway below, police said.

The two had stopped after getting into a traffic accident at about 5:45 a.m. and got out of their vehicle when they were hit by another car.

Joe Zanders, the USA Boxing national coach, said Sosa — a 141-pound boxer and one of the best lightweights in the country — narrowly missed making the team that will compete in the 2012 Games in London next summer.

"When I watch him box, he reminds me of some of the great champions," Zanders said. "He has that quality about him. You can see his ability and how he handles himself."

tennis

Federer wins after six-week layoff

Roger Federer made a winning return from a six-week break, beating Potito Starace 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in the first round of his hometown Swiss Indoors event in Basel. Federer is seeded third behind top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Djokovic opens today against Xavier Malisse, and Murray plays Robin Haase on Wednesday.

Valencia Open: Nikolay Davydenko beat Gilles Simon 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the first round in Spain. Davydenko faces Nicolas Mahut, who ousted Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. Vasek Pospisil beat Tampa resident John Isner 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9).

soccer

Arsenal owner eyes Glazers' way

Arsenal's American owner, Stan Kroenke, is looking to the Glazer family's blueprint at Manchester United as he tries to boost the London club's commercial success.

Kroenke, who owns the St. Louis Rams, Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets, isn't planning on loading Arsenal with lots of new debt the way the Buccaneers owners did with United but said he is impressed with how the Glazers have turned the club into the Premier League's most successful team on the pitch and biggest moneymakers off it.

"They still won," Kroenke said. "We have a whole different philosophy, I think, in the States. … (The Glazers) took money out of the club. So what? (Lakers owner) Jerry Buss takes money out of the club. A lot of owners in the U.S. do. No one ever says anything about it."

et cetera

Autos: A small jet carrying the owner of NASCAR's top team and his wife lost its brakes and crash landed at a Key West airport, but no one was seriously injured, officials said. The Gulfstream 150 aircraft carrying Rick and Linda Hendrick ran off the runway at the Key West International Airport at 7:45 p.m. Monday.

NBA: Heat owner Micky Arison has been fined $500,000 by commissioner David Stern for violating the league's gag order, Yahoo Sports reported. Arison posted several things on Twitter on Friday, including a reply to someone who referred to those involved with the lockout as "greedy … pigs." Arison replied by saying "Honestly u r barking at the wrong owner." That was deleted a short time later.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Promising young boxer in coma, sister in killed after auto accident 10/31/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 12:10am]
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