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Sevilla defender Antonia Puerta dies
MADRID, Spain
Sevilla defender Antonio Puerta died yesterday, three days after collapsing on the field during his team's Spanish league match against Getafe, Spanish news reports said.
The 22-year-old Puerta had been in an intensive care unit since Saturday and had been given assisted ventilation but his condition worsened yesterday, the Virgen del Rocio hospital said.
Puerta lost consciousness and fell near his own goal Saturday in the 31st minute, but was able to walk off minutes later after being treated by team doctors. He collapsed again in the locker room before being taken to the hospital, where he has been since.
Astros fire manager
HOUSTON, Texas
Manager Phil Garner and general manager Tim Purpura were fired by the Houston Astros on Monday, less than two years after leading them to their first World Series appearance. Bench coach Cecil Cooper was appointed interim manager and team president Tal Smith will serve as interim general manager.
"I felt this was the time for a change," owner Drayton McLane said. "I just think we needed a fresh start."
Asashoryu going home
TOKYO, Japan
Sumo wrestling's top star, who is at the center of a storm of criticism over bad conduct, will return to his native Mongolia to receive treatment for a stress disorder, sumo officials said yesterday. Asashoryu, who holds the sport's highest rank of grand champion, was expected to leave Tokyo as early as today after receiving approval from the Japan Sumo Association. The sumo's star's meltdown has been a major story in Japan since it was revealed that he had secretly returned to Mongolia after skipping an official exhibition tour in Japan. He was slapped last month with a two-tournament ban and a pay cut - one of the harshest punishments ever meted out to a grand champion. His trainer said the wrestler has shown signs of a serious stress disorder.


Updated : 2021-04-22 22:40 GMT+08:00