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South Korean boxer in coma after fight
SEOUL, South Korea
South Korean boxer Choi Yo-sam lapsed into a coma defending his World Boxing organization intercontinental flyweight title after taking a beating in the final round, officials said yesterday.
Choi, who won Tuesday's fight on points, was sent to the canvass just seconds before the end of the final round by a hard right landed by Indonesian challenger Heri Amol.
Choi, 33, staggered to his feet but collapsed shortly after the bout. He has not regained consciousness, officials said. Choi underwent brain surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage.
"It seems like the outlook for his recovery is very bad. Even if he does recover, there seems to be a high chance he will be in a vegetative state," said Han Bo-young, vice president and secretary general of Korea Boxing Commission.
Djukic to be coach
BELGRADE, Serbia
Former Yugoslavia defender Miroslav Djukic was named Serbia's new coach yesterday after sealing a two-year contract with the country's Football Association (FSS).
Djukic, who steered Serbia's under-21 side to the European Championship final in June, officially takes over on January 1 and will also be in charge of the team that qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the FSS said.
He succeeds Spaniard Javier Clemente, who was sacked earlier this month after failing to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals.
Clement in Hopman
PERTH, Australia
Veteran Frenchman Arnaud Clement will replace Gael Monfils as Tatiana Golovin's playing partner at the mixed teams Hopman Cup, starting here on Saturday.
It was also announced yesterday that American drawcard Serena Williams would make a late start to the event due to illness.
Williams will not arrive in time to partner Mardy Fish in the Americans' opening tie in the tournament against Indians Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna on Saturday.


Updated : 2021-03-04 15:34 GMT+08:00