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Press Box: Former heavyweight champ Sanders killed in shooting

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Corrie Sanders, who beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2003 to win the WBO world heavyweight title, died Sunday morning after being shot during a robbery Saturday night at a restaurant in South Africa's North West province, multiple media outlets reported.

Sanders was 46.

Sanders, a South African, was shot while attending a family member's 21st birthday. There are conflicting reports about whether the family member was his daughter or his nephew. The suspects fired randomly into the restaurant, and Sanders was shot in the hand and stomach. He was taken to a hostpital, where he died.

Sanders had a professional boxing record of 42-4, with 31 knockout victories.

Sanders' most significant bout came nine years ago when, as a 40-to-1 underdog, he stopped Klitschko in the second round of their world title fight.

Sanders was stripped of the WBO title when he declined to fight Klitschko in a rematch.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

---The University of Oregon passed LSU for the No. 2 spot in the Associated Press and USA Today college football polls released Sunday.

Oregon, which defeated previously unbeaten Arizona 49-0 on Saturday, received no first-place votes, but recorded 1,414 total votes in the AP media poll. That was 68 more than LSU, which received one first-place vote. The Ducks did not get any first-place votes in the coaches' poll either.

Alabama remained the No. 1 team in both polls for the third consecutive week.

The rest of the AP top 10 is Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas State, Stanford, West Virginia and Notre Dame. The top six were identical in the USA Today poll.

---Miami wide receiver Malcolm Lewis will be out the rest of the season as a result of a dislocated ankle sustained in Saturday's game against Georgia Tech, Hurricanes coach Al Golden announced Sunday.

SOCCER

---Robin van Persie's penalty kick in the 81st minute gave Manchester United a 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Sunday in England's Premier League. Liverpool played the final 51 minutes with 10 men after Jonjo Shelvey was ent off.

NBA

---The New York Knicks are considering signing 38-year-old Rasheed Wallace, ESPN.com reported. Wallace has not played in the NBA since the 2009-2010 season.
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