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Cardinals' Freese OK after crashing SUV

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was unhurt after crashing his sport utility vehicle into a tree while avoiding a deer in the road, police say.

Authorities said Freese crashed his 2011 black Range Rover into a tree while driving along a suburban St. Louis road at 2:30 p.m. Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

St. Louis County Police Officer Randy Vaughn said the player avoid the deered and was already outside his car when officers arrived on an "accident with injury" call.

Vaughn said Freese talked with officers and refused medical treatment, and no charges will be filed.

Freese -- who set career highs with 20 home runs and 79 RBI last season -- was to meet with team doctors during the weekend to scan for any physical injuries, General Manager John Mozeliak told the newspaper.

"I think we're all relieved to hear he wasn't hurt," he said. "That's the bottom line -- the fact that no one here was injured. I don't think there will be any issues for him coming from this."


Eagles rule out Vick, McCoy vs. Panthers

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy will both miss this week's game against Carolina, the team said Saturday.

The Eagles ruled out the key offensive pair with concussions for Monday's contest, in which Philadelphia will try to end a six-game losing streak as they face the Panthers.

Vick suffered a concussion against the Dallas Cowboys Nov. 11, and was removed from a game against Washington last Sunday after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Madieu Williams.

Starting in his place will be rookie Nick Foles, who struggled against the Washington Redskins in his first appearance, completing just 21-of-46 passes for 204 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

McCoy, the Eagles' leading rusher with 750 yards, was concussed against the Redskins, and will be replaced by rookie Bryce Brown, the team said.


49ers' Harbaugh mum on starting QB

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh remained mum Saturday on which of his two quarterbacks would start Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Harbaugh refused to let the cat out of the bag Friday in his last public comments on the budding controversy over two signal callers with hot hands.

Alex Smith has been sidelined since having his bell rung Nov. 11 but was listed as questionable Friday, raising the possibility he could return to the field in place of backup Colin Kaepernick.

"Alex went through his final test today and will be cleared tomorrow, if there are no symptoms," Harbaugh told reporters Friday. "And it's been good. He hasn't had any symptoms since Tuesday."

But, Harbaugh, added, he saw "no competitive advantage" in tipping Niners' fans and the Saints as to which quarterback would get the call.

The San Francisco Chronicle said as a rule Harbaugh refuses to discuss injuries, however indications thus far suggest Kaepernick will get another start while Smith gets additional time to recover.

Sports Illustrated reported this week Harbaugh has told Smith Kaepernick will start Sunday.


Ex-boxing champ Hector Camacho dead at 50

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Doctors in Puerto Rico confirmed the death Saturday of former boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho from a gunshot wound suffered this week.

Camacho, 50, was taken off life support Saturday at a hospital where he had been treated since being shot in the head Tuesday in an incident that appeared to be drug related.

Dr. Ernest Torres of the Centro Medico trauma center said Camacho went into cardiac arrest and died shortly after the life-support system was shut off.

Camacho, a native of Puerto Rico who grew up in New York City, won championship belts in three weight classes in the 1980s and 1990s. He retired after losing to welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997 at age 35.

Camacho came from a rough upbringing but enthralled the boxing world with not only his surgeon-like skills in the ring but his outlandish behavior in front of the media, The New York Times said.

He routinely had brushes with the law involving drug possession, domestic violence and an incident in which he tried to smuggle an M-16 rifle through customs, the Times said.

Funeral plans for Camacho were pending Saturday. He was survived by his mother, sister and four sons.

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