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Member of first hall of fame class dies at 85

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Carmen Basilio who split two matches with Sugar Ray Robinson and was part of the first Hall of Fame class, died Wednesday. He was 85 and was hospitalized with pneumonia.

With a crouching style, the 5-foot-6½ slugger bored relentlessly into opponents, wearing them down with body blows in going 56-16-7 with 27 knockouts.

"I gave them action," Mr. Basilio said in 2007. "They loved to see action."

Reluctant to deal with mobsters, it took Mr. Basilio five years to get a title shot, losing by split decision. It took two more years to get his second, winning the welterweight title from Tony DeMarco in 1955 (the first of trainer Angelo Dundee's 15 world champions).

In Round 11 on Sept. 23, 1957, at Yankee Stadium, Mr. Basilio hit Robinson with 34 straight punches and won the middleweight title by split decision. Mr. Basilio lost the rematch in March 1958 by split decision, after which his eye swelled to the size of a baking potato.

In 1990, he entered the Hall of Fame with Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis and Jake LaMotta.

Soccer

Man U moves on; Barcelona upset

Visiting Manchester United beat Braga 3-1 to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League. The club, owned by Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer, failed to reach the knockout round last year. Also, Barcelona's 12-game unbeaten streak in all competitions ended with a 2-1 loss at Celtic. Barcelona still leads the group.

World Cup: Wednesday's draw left the United States playing three of its first four final-round qualifiers on the road. Schedule, 2C

MLS: Seth Sinovic's goal gave host Kansas City a 1-0 win. But Houston ousted the East's top seed and reached the conference final by winning the two-game aggregate series 2-1. It faces D.C. United or New York. Game 2 was postponed by snow in Harrison, N.J., and will be played tonight. It's tied at 1.

Et cetera

Tennis: Novak Djokovic broke for a 6-5 lead then served out the match to beat Andy Murray 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 at the ATP Finals in London. Later, Tomas Berdych beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 to keep all four alive for semifinal berths in the round-robin tournament.

Action sports: A plea deal lets charges of intoxication and vandalism against snowboarder Shaun White be dismissed if he completes alcohol treatment and community service and pays restitution. Police say White, a gold medalist in 2006 and 2010, destroyed a phone and pulled a fire alarm at a Nashville hotel Sept. 16.

Skiing: Lindsey Vonn will skip the first World Cup slalom of the season in Finland this weekend. The Colorado native will focus on preparing for the Nov. 24-25 races in Aspen, Colo.

Greyhounds: Kb's Epic Win and Kiowa Jordan Doc won final-round qualifying races for the Fall Juvenile Stakes at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. The final is Saturday.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in Brief 11/07/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:39pm]
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