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Camacho scores a TKO over Arroyo

Published Oct. 4, 2005

Former three-time world champion Hector "Macho" Camacho used quick combinations to score a seventh-round technical knockout Tuesday night over Juan Arroyo in a junior middleweight bout in Fort Lauderdale.

Left and right combinations to the head floored Arroyo in the fourth round and opened a cut under his right eye. He failed to answer the bell for the seventh round.

The 33-year-old Camacho, who lives in Orlando, improved to 53-3 with 25 TKOs. Arroyo is 28-5. Camacho's promoter, Mike Acri, said the fighter would issue a challenge to former five-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard, who hinted last week at a possible comeback.

Camacho previously held the WBC junior lightweight and lightweight titles, and the WBA junior welterweight crown.

On the undercard, former cruiserweight champion Robert Daniels of Miami (24-3-1) scored a unanimous decision over Fort Lauderdale's Artis Pendergrass, and former Houston Oilers and University of Miami running back Alonzo Highsmith survived a second-round knockdown to score a third-round TKO over Sean Rickards of Tampa.

AUTOS: Driver Stan Fox, seriously injured in a first-lap crash in the Indianapolis 500, was upgraded from fair to good condition. Charlotte Hatfield of Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis said Fox had been moved to a private room and taken off a respirator. "He's quite alert and beginning to respond more," she said, though he has not spoken. Al Unser's car, which was ruled illegal after the Budweiser-G.I. Joe's 200 Sunday at Portland, Ore., is being shipped to a warehouse near IndyCar headquarters in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., for investigation. Unser's victory was taken away when the bottom of the car's sidepods were found to be less than 2 inches above the bottom of the car.

GOLF: Ernie Els made a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Steve Stricker to win the Family House Invitational at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Els finished the rain-delayed first round at a course-record 10-under-par 61 and shot 70 in the final round. Stricker had rounds of 65 and 66 to match Els at 13-under 131. Georgia Tech hired Oklahoma State assistant Bruce Heppler as its coach.

BASKETBALL: Ferran Martinez came off the bench to score 27 points in Spain's 94-78 upset of Russia at the European Championship in Athens, Greece. Yugoslavia, getting 21 points from Predrag Danilovic, who has signed with the Miami Heat, beat Israel 72-59 to clinch first place in Pool A with its fifth straight victory. Lithuania overwhelmed Sweden (0-5) 96-73 and took second place in Pool A; Croatia (5-0) defeated Finland (0-5) 92-77; and Slovenia, already eliminated from the medal round, got its first victory of the tournament by beating Turkey 93-74. Greece finished group play 4-2 after beating Germany (1-4) 83-79. Pool A teams Yugoslavia, Lithuania and Greece have clinched quarterfinal berths, and Italy is almost safely home. Croatia, Russia, France and Spain have advanced to the quarterfinals from Pool B. Semifinalists will gain automatic berths for next summer's Olympics in Atlanta. Brigham Young point guard Robbie Reid, son of coach Roger Reid, will leave later this summer for a two-year Mormon mission to Greece, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

COLLEGES: The Southeastern Conference and SportSouth made a four-year deal for the broadcast of some men's and women's basketball games, baseball and women's volleyball. The agreement includes a 35-week program tentatively titled This Week in the SEC. Wyoming athletic director Paul Roach, 67, announced he will retire in October.

ET CETERA: Brown University and three national education groups appealled a Title IX ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Pettine. He ruled in favor of female students who maintain that because Brown has fewer female athletes than males athletes, the school is discriminating against females. The appeal asserts that men and women have different levels of athletic interest, so schools cannot hope to have as many female athletes as males. Brown was joined by the American Council on Education, the Association of American Universities and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. The National Professional Soccer League awarded Toronto a franchise that will begin play in 1996-97. John Denton averaged 248 pinfalls to take a 29-pin lead after the first round of the ABC-PBA Senior Masters at Reno, Nev. Denton had a five-game total of 1,240.

_ Compiled from Times wires