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A disoriented Simiso Buthelezi during a bout in South Africa. –SABC SPORTS LIVE SCREENGRAB

A disoriented Simiso Buthelezi during a bout in South Africa. –SABC SPORTS LIVE SCREENGRAB

South African boxer Simiso Buthelezi died Tuesday night, two days after being placed in an induced coma. He was 24.

Buthelezi was rushed to the hospital Sunday after a bizarre ending to his WBF All Africa lightweight title bout with Siphesihle Mntungwa.

Buthelezi knocked Mntungwa through the ropes in the 10th and final round, but it was Buthelezi who appeared to be disoriented after the exchange. He started throwing punches aimlessly and nowhere near his opponent before the referee stopped the fight.

Boxing South Africa released a statement Wednesday.

“It is with great sadness for Boxing South Africa and the Buthelezi family to announce the passing away of Mr Simiso Buthelezi, who passed away last night on June 7 in hospital in Durban,” the statement read. “Towards the end of his bout, Mr Buthelezi collapsed and was taken to hospital and it was discovered that he suffered a brain injury which resulted in internal bleeding. At the hospital, Mr Buthelezi was given the best care possible but he succumbed to the injury.”

Buthelezi entered the fight with a 4-0 record as a professional. Mntungwa was awarded the victory by TKO.

BSA added that there will be an independent medical review of the tragedy while trainer Bheki Mngomezulu said Buthelezi was perfectly healthy during the build-up to the bout. With reports from Agence France-Presse

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The Atlanta Hawks are sending forward Danilo Gallinari and three first-round picks to San Antonio for All-Star guard Dejounte Murray, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The Spurs get a 2023 protected first-round pick via Charlotte, first-round picks in 2025 and 2027, and swap of picks with Atlanta in 2026, per the report.

The Hawks add an All-Star player to the same backcourt as All-NBA guard Trae Young.

Murray, 25, had a breakout season in 2021-22 that resulted in his first All-Star nod. He averaged 21.1 points, 9.2 assists and 8.3 rebounds per game – all career bests – in 68 starts. He finished third in the NBA with 2.0 steals per game.

Murray was selected No. 29 overall in the 2016 draft by San Antonio. He averages 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 320 career games (249 starts) for the Spurs. He missed the entire 2018-19 season with a torn ACL.

Gallinari, 33, averaged 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 66 games (18 starts) for the Hawks last season. The Spurs will be his sixth team. He averages 15.6 points per game for his career.

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West Ham and Newcastle are set to go head-to-head for Villareal forward Arnaut Danjuma this summer, with a transfer for the Dutchman now a matter of days away, according to reports in Spain.

The Dutchman is a versatile forward, able to play on either flank or through the middle, and enjoyed a strong season under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery, netting 10 and grabbing 3 assists in 23 La Liga appearances last campaign.

And, he is thought to have a release clause in his current contract in Spain, which could see him depart for around £40m this summer, with Danjuma having previously spoken of having ‘unfinished business’ in England.

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It seems as though the Hammers have stolen a march on Newcastle at present, though that could all change now that the Magpies have finalised a deal for compatriot Sven Botman.

They too need cover in the wide areas, having been scared off by the price placed upon the head of French talent Moussa Diaby this summer and keen to add quality in the final third.

While a fee with West Ham is close to being agreed, personal terms are yet to be discussed, leaving plenty of time for Eddie Howe and co, or even other clubs, to swoop in and take him away from David Moyes’s side if they wished to.


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Under pressure? You must be joking.

Emma Raducanu, who won last year’s US Open at the age of 18, hasn’t gotten past the second round at a grand slam tournament since then.

That streak continued at Wimbledon, where she lost to Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-3 on Centre Court.

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“There’s no pressure. Like, why is there any pressure? I’m still 19. Like, it’s a joke. I literally won a slam,” the 19-year-old British player said. “Yes, I have had attention. But I’m a slam champion, so no one’s going to take that away from me. Yeah, if anything, the pressure is on those who haven’t done that.”

But whether or not the player herself believes there’s no pressure on her, there is a perception from some that she has struggled to adapt to life as a major winner.

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“I was speaking to a few people that sort of suggested that after the success Raducanu had at the US Open, the world opened up to her,” Wally Masur said on Stan Sport’s Grand Slam Daily.

“A lot of endorsements, a lot of time spent advertising certain products – maybe just taken the eye off the ball a little bit on what’s really important, and just needs to get back on track with the training, and the focus, and dealing with all the off-court stuff.”

The 10th-seeded Raducanu has dealt with minor injuries recently, including a side strain that forced her to retire from a match at the Nottingham Open two weeks ago. She said she didn’t feel any pain but acknowledged being rusty after playing only “seven hours of tennis in a month.”

“To even compete with these girls at this level and win a round I think is a pretty good achievement,” she said.

Raducanu beat Alison Van Uytvanck 6-4, 6-4 in the first round — also in the main stadium — but ran into a player on a roll in the second round. Garcia, who has been ranked as high as No.4, extended her winning streak to seven matches, which includes the Bad Homburg title in Germany last week for her first tournament win in three years.

“I struggled to find a way through her today,” Raducanu said. “But it’s OK because coming into this I didn’t really have many expectations of myself. Playing on Centre Court again was, again, a really positive experience for me. So, yeah, I can take it going forwards.”

Forward is Flushing Meadows, where last September she went from qualifier to major champion by beating Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

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“Going back to New York, it’s going to be cool because I have got a lot of experiences playing on big courts, playing with people in the stadium, playing with the spotlight on you,” Raducanu said.

“I don’t mind that. I mean, for me, everything is learning. I’m embracing every single moment that is thrown at me.”

In her grand slam debut at the All England Club last year, Raducanu reached the fourth round as a wild-card entry. She followed up her US Open title with second-round exits at the next two grand slam tournaments — the Australian Open and the French Open.

Raducanu had beaten Garcia in three sets at Indian Wells this year in their only other head-to-head match.

“Obviously I learn a little bit some stuff when I played against her in the US and tried to learn from my loss and makes things better,” the 28-year-old Frenchwoman said. “It was different surface today, so it’s very different.”

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It’s also easier now to prepare for Raducanu, Garcia said, compared to a year ago when “pretty much no one knew her.”

— Additional reporting by Matt Bungard.

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