Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Marc Warren are tied for the lead after two rounds of the Dubai World Championship.

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McIlroy, Donald, Warren are tied for lead

Top-ranked Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland shot a 5-under-par 67 Friday and was tied for the lead with second-ranked Luke Donald (68) of England and No. 189 Marc Warren (67) of Scotland after two rounds of the Dubai World Championship, the European Tour’s season-ending tournament.

McIlroy has already secured the money titles on the European and PGA tours, a feat first accomplished by Donald last year. The leaders were at 11-under 133.

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South Africans Louis Oosthuizen (67) and Branden Grace (65) were at 10 under.


Mother: Camacho to be

taken off life support

Hector “Macho” Camacho will be taken off life support, his mother said Friday night, indicating she would have doctors do that Saturday. It was a decision the former champion’s eldest son opposed.

The 50-year-old boxer’s mother, Maria Matias, talked to media outside the hospital where Camacho lay unconscious since being shot in the face. She decided doctors should remove life support, but only after three of his sons arrived in Puerto Rico early Saturday and had a chance to see him a last time.

Doctors have said Camacho is clinically brain dead from a shooting Tuesday night in his hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

“I lost my son three days ago. He’s alive only because of a machine,” Matias said. “My son is not alive. My son is only alive for the people who love him.”

Matias has the final say in the matter. But Camacho’s eldest son, Hector Jr., said he wants to keep his father alive.

“He’s going to fight until the end,” the son said.


Brazil manager is fired

Brazil’s soccer federation has fired Mano Menezes, manager of the national team.

Federation director Andres Sanchez said the decision to fire Menezes, 50, came after a meeting in Sao Paulo.

He said federation president Jose Maria Marin made the change because he “wants new methods and new planning” ahead of the 2014 World Cup that Brazil will host.

World Cup-winning manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is among the names touted to replace Menezes, but Sanchez said he doesn’t think negotiations for a new manager are under way.

Sanchez, the federation director in charge of the national team, made it clear he didn’t agree with the decision to fire Menezes.

QPR dumps Hughes

Queens Park Rangers, without a victory this season and in last place in the English Premier League, fired manager Mark Hughes, 49, after he was on the job for 10 months.

Arsenal keeps sponsor

Arsenal officials said they signed a $239 million agreement with Emirates to extend the Gulf airline’s sponsorship of the London team.

The agreement gives Emirates five more years on the front of the Premier League team’s jerseys and will keep the airline’s name on the stadium through 2028.


Lindsey Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion skier from Vail, Colo., will compete in a giant slalom Saturday in Aspen, Colo., and skip Sunday’s slalom in Aspen to conserve energy.

Vonn is recovering from an intestinal problem that led to a hospital stay.

“It was definitely the most pain I’ve been in, in my life,” she said. “I’m not the kind of person who goes to the hospital.”

Yuzuru Hanyu, a 17-year-old from Japan, improved his own world record in the short program to take the lead in the men’s competition at the NHK Trophy, the sixth event of the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix series.

Hanyu had a score of 95.32 in the event in Sendai, Japan. Daisuke Takahashi of Japan was second with 87.47.

Mao Asada of Japan led after the women’s short program with 67.95 points and Marai Nagasu of Arcadia, Calif., was second with 61.18.

Shackleford, the 2011 Preakness winner, ended his racing career by leading all the way in the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

The 4-year-old colt, trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Jesus Castanon, beat Take Charge Indy by a length and ran 1-1/8 miles in 1 minute, 49.12 seconds.

Shackleford paid $7.80 to win in the $447,000 race. He won six of 20 career starts, earned $3,090,101 and reportedly is headed for 2013 stud duty at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington, Ky.

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