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Wrongfully imprisoned US boxer 'Hurricane' Carter dies

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a US boxer made famous by a racially tinged wrongful murder conviction that landed him behind bars for 19 years, died Sunday, an association he directed said. He was 76. Carter, who passed away of prostate cancer in Toronto, was convicted twice in the 1966 murder of three people who were fatally shot at a tavern in Paterson, New Jersey, US and Canadian media reported. The conviction, which cut short his illustrious boxing career as a fearsome middleweight contender, made him a pop culture cause celebre.

Football: Bayer regain fourth in battle for Champions League spot

Bayer Leverkusen regained fourth place in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 4-1 romp at Nuremberg in their battle to retain their Champions League place for next season. Goals by Bosnia centre-back Emir Spahic and Poland left-back Sebastian Boenisch for Leverkusen cancelled out Marvin Plattenhardt's equaliser in the first-half from a direct free-kick which left the visitors 2-1 up soon after the break.

Cycling: Belgian Gilbert lands Amstel Gold hat-trick

Belgium's Philippe Gilbert surged clear on the final Cauberg climb to win his third Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The 31-year-old -- winner in 2010 and 2011 -- made his move inside the final 4km following a dummy-attack by BMC team-mate Samuel Sanchez and by the top of the climb, 1.8km from the finish, he was well clear. Belgian Jelle Vanendert escaped from a group of chasers to take second while Australia's Simon Gerrans out-sprinted Spain's Alejandro Valverde and Pole Michal Kwiatkowski for third. bc/pi

Football: German league table

German league table after Sunday's early match (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Bayern Munich 31 26 3 2 84 20 81 Borussia Dortmund 31 20 4 7 71 34 64 Schalke 04 30 17 7 6 56 38 58 --------------------------------------------------------- Bayer Leverkusen 30 17 3 11 54 38 54 -------------------------------------------------------- VfL Wolfsburg 31 16 5 10 56 46 53

Boxing: Champion Klitschko eyes Joe Louis heavyweight record

Wladimir Klitschko says he plans to box on for another decade in his bid to break Joe Louis's record as the longest reigning world heavyweight champion. The 38-year-old Klitschko, who has been world champion since 2006, defends his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in Oberhausen, Germany, on Saturday against Australian challenger Alex Leapai. Leapai, 34, has a 30-4-3 career record since turning professional in 2004, while Klitschko is 61-3 with 51 knock-outs and his last defeat is now a decade ago.

Football: Bayer regain fourth in battle for Champions League spot

Bayer Leverkusen regained fourth place in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 4-1 romp at Nuremberg in their battle to retain their Champions League place for next season. Goals by Bosnia centre-back Emir Spahic and Poland left-back Sebastian Boenisch for Leverkusen cancelled out Marvin Plattenhardt's equaliser in the first-half from a direct free-kick which left the visitors 2-1 up soon after the break.

Football: "Beasts" Bayern must show teeth in Madrid

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the European champions need to live up to their "Black beasts" nickname when they face Real Madrid in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first-leg. Real fans have dubbed Bayern "la bestia negra" (Black beasts) or "Bete Noire" after a series of key defeats to the German giants, most recently in the 2012 Champions League semi-final, which was decided by a penalty shoot-out in Madrid.

Cycling: Rodriguez crashes out of Amstel Gold

Joaquim Rodriguez is a doubt for the rest of the Ardennes Classics campaign after crashing out of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The 34-year-old Spaniard could well miss the Fleche Wallonne, a race he won in 2012, on Wednesday after complaining of dizziness. "Purito definitely out. @PuritoRodriguez hit by other rider," said his Katusha team's press officer Philippe Maertens on Twitter. "Too dizzy in head to continue. Too early to say something on coming races." Katusha later tweeted that Rodriguez had been taken to hospital for chest X-rays.

Cricket: BCCI proposes panel to probe IPL scandal

The Indian cricket board on Sunday decided to recommend to the Supreme Court a three-man panel to probe a spot-fixing scandal that hit the Indian Premier League, an official said. The Supreme Court had last week asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to provide details of how it planned to conduct a fresh probe into the scandal, or face investigation by a court-appointed tribunal. BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel declined to reveal the names in the proposed panel, saying they will be handed to the court at the next hearing on Tuesday.

Cycling: Rodriguez crashes out of Amstel Gold

Joaquim Rodriguez is a doubt for the rest of the Ardennes Classics campaign after crashing out of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The 34-year-old Spaniard could well miss the Fleche Wallonne, a race he won in 2012, on Wednesday after complaining of dizziness. "Purito definitely out. @PuritoRodriguez hit by other rider," said his Katusha team's press officer Philippe Maertens on Twitter. "Too dizzy in head to continue. Too early to say something on coming races."
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